Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/features en-GB Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 3 brings 64-bit processing power to lower-end phones http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regulatory listing for next 5.25in smartphone reveals modest update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-grand-3-leak.png?1418435355" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo">recently admitted</a>&nbsp;that its smartphone line has gotten too large, something arguably borne out by the lesser-known Galaxy Grand. But this lower-end device will still apparently see a solid upgrade in its next incarnation.</p> <p>Details of the Galaxy Grand 3 have emerged thanks to an approved filing with Chinese regulatory body TENAA, and they show that the device has a 64-bit processor within: the quad-core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 410.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:49:25 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455147 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Gear VR Innovator Edition headset launches in U.S. http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-innovator-edition-headset-launches-us/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strongly targeted at tech-savvy enthusiasts, it’s slated to expand worldwide in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gearvr-final_0.jpg?1418087601" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s big foray into smartphone-based virtual reality, the Gear VR headset, was slated to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-out-december-plus-project-beyond-3d-camera-system-announced/news">debut in early December</a>&nbsp;- and that projection panned out with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R320NPWSXAR">today&rsquo;s sudden launch</a>&nbsp;in the United States.</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="/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>But Samsung doesn&rsquo;t see this as a play for the mainstream consumer, at least not yet. As Engadget points out, before you buy the headset, you have to affirm this statement: &ldquo;I understand the Gear VR is an Innovator Edition device targeted specifically to developers or early adopters of technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>In other words, if you&rsquo;re not keen on doing some tinkering and dealing with some initial headaches - figurative, but perhaps also literal - then hold off on this one. Ars Technica adds that the Innovator Edition won&rsquo;t even be sold in retail stores or widely advertised - it&rsquo;s strictly available from Samsung and AT&amp;T&rsquo;s respective websites for now.</p> <p>Ars adds that the Gear VR will start expanding into additional countries as soon as January, so hopefully a UK launch is just around the corner.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R320NPWSXAR">Samsung</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/08/samsung-gear-vr-launch-faq/">Engadget</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/12/on-sale-today-gear-vr-innovator-edition-part-dev-kit-part-consumer-product/">Ars Technica</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearvr-inside.JPG?1418087601" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-innovator-edition-headset-launches-us/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-innovator-edition-headset-launches-us/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Gaming Gear VR Samsung Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:53:43 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454915 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S6 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 08/12/14: The Galaxy S6&#039;s specs have leaked. Yes. All of them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-g-s5_1.jpg?1418035020" /> </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="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re big fans of Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. We even awarded it a full five stars in our review. But that&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s perfect, and it&rsquo;s certainly not the best smartphone around &ndash; in fact the S5 sits a fair old way down the chart when it comes to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">our best-rated mobiles</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Very metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The world keeps wondering when Samsung will ditch polycarbonate (that&rsquo;s &ldquo;plastic&rdquo; to you and us) and join the likes of Apple, Sony and HTC in delivering a flagship phone with a slinky metal or glass body &ndash; and yet the company doesn&rsquo;t seem to take the hint.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with plastic smartphones per se. Nokia&rsquo;s higher-end Lumia Windows Phones are plastic and quite glorious, as are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a> and new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye</a>, but the Galaxy S range has always fallen a little short of expected standards. That could and should change with the Galaxy S6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Metal at last: Samsung Galaxy Alpha ditches the plastic</a></strong></p> <p>Some sources have hinted at a &ldquo;more premium build&rdquo; for the S6, with Samsung going for an aluminium build, or even using super-advanced material graphene (which the company has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-speeds-production-graphene-wonder-material/news">found a way to manufacture in greater quantities</a> than previously). While the latter would be a bold, memorable move, it&rsquo;d probably push the S6&rsquo;s manufacturing costs a little too high, and to be honest at this point we&rsquo;d be happy with metal rather than another year of uninspiring plastic.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also expect to see some measure of dust and waterproofing. The S5 is sealed against the elements, and its successor is sure to follow. It might even kick things up a notch so you can take it even deeper &lsquo;neath the waves: bumping the spec to IP68 from the S5&rsquo;s IP67 rating would mean you could completely immerse the phone for a prolonged period of time without water getting inside. No more desperate bags of rice and crossed fingers if your phone tumbles into the bath or the bog.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" alt="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The render above is a concept created by 3g.co.uk. It&#39;s just one example of what the Galaxy S6 could look like, but for now, we&#39;re limited to speculation and guesswork. Until the rumour mill delivers more, that is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1ZDN-qLFV4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: time for 2K? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a very solid screen: 5.1in; 1080p resolution; AMOLED technology. We like its lush, vibrant colours a lot &ndash; but we very much doubt Samsung will stick with it for the S6.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s great Korean rival LG has already launched a phone with a 2K screen (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3</a>&rsquo;s display has a grand total of 2560 x 1440 pixels), you see, and Samsung loves to be seen to be outdoing &ndash; or at least matching &ndash; its compatriot. We think the chances of a 2K screen making its way into the S6 are very high indeed, especially as the Note 4&#39;s 2K screen proves that Samsung&#39;s got the capability to churn them out.</p> <p>The screen will probably get a slight size bump too, but maybe not too much. It wouldn&#39;t want to compete with its Note 4 brother, after all.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d personally be more than happy with 2K and 5.2in &ndash; going any bigger risks making the phone too big for the hands of normal folks and going sharper strikes us as pixel overkill on a screen this size, especially as more pixels require more power and put more strain on the battery.</p> <p><strong>Update 05/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>According to <a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/12/01/exclusive-next-galaxy-s-flagship-to-be-called-galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edge-variant-coming-too/" target="_blank">Sam Mobile</a>&#39;s sources, Samsung will also release a Galaxy S6 Edge variant which will have - you guessed it - a curved screen, fashioned after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note Edge</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This wouldn&#39;t be the craziest thing in the world given that Samsung has already shown it can produce such a device, but given the higher price of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank"> Note Edge</a>, we don&#39;t expect the curved screen variant will be pushed as the main product. If it even exists at all that is.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14: </strong>The Galaxy S6&#39;s specs have leaked online, courtesy of an AnTuTu benchmark spotted by Chinese site cnmo. According to the leak, the S6 will land with a 5.5in, 2560 x 1440 screen. While the resolution was expected, the size bump up to 5.5 inches is rather drastic, given that the current Note 4&#39;s screen is only slightly larger at 5.7 inches.</p> <p>This suggests that the Note 5 could hit the 6in mark, following in the footsteps of devices like the Nexus 6, but we&#39;ll have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" alt="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-g-s5-screen_0.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curved screen? Sure, why not </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Note 4 Edge</a> (pictured above) has a curved screen, with the right of the display bending around past the edge of the device.</p> <p>It&#39;s not that unusual to entertain the possibility of Samsung blessing the Galaxy S6 with a similar screen.</p> <p>The chief Note Edge designer Kim Na-su himself recently stated that &quot;a change in the platform can bring about a variety of new considerations [and] a curved screen is a big solution for overcoming those challenges&quot;.</p> <p>Jerry Kang, a<a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141106001109" target="_blank"> senior analyst at IHD</a> has previously stated that the Galaxy S6 will have a dual-edged screen which curves on both sides.&nbsp;</p> <p>Add all of the above together, and curved screen in the next Samsung flagship could be a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-02_1.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power: Quad-core, you know the score </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many are predicting that the Galaxy S6 will come with a new Qualcomm chipset &ndash; either the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Both are quad-core, 64-bit and more powerful on paper than any smartphone processor at the time of writing, and we&rsquo;d be pretty happy to see either of them on the S6 (they seem likely to require more power than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801, however, which could put extra strain on the battery life &ndash; see below for more on that), especially if they were paired with at least 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>Samsung has form in launching its flagship phones with octo-core Exynos chipsets too, albeit not in the UK. While eight cores might sound twice as powerful as four, in reality it doesn&rsquo;t quite work like that: in benchmarks, the Exynos-equipped S5 only performs marginally better than the Snapdragon 801-equipped S5. We think Samsung can stick to a quad-core Snapdragon 808 or 810 and still offer the performance a phone like the S6 will require.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll talk about storage here too. If it goes down the removeable backplate design route, Samsung is likely to support expandable storage via microSD, and thus the built-in storage doesn&rsquo;t need to be huge &ndash; let&rsquo;s say 32GB. If, however, the phone is has a metal unibody design and memory isn&rsquo;t user-increasable, we&rsquo;d like to see 64GB and maybe even 128GB as an option, just to keep pace with the Apple iPhone 6. And Samsung does like to be seen to be trying to keep up with Apple.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks show off what could be the S6&#39;s final specs. Power-wise, we&#39;re looking at a 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and, of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>Samsung traditionally also launches a variant with a Qualcomm processor, which is expected to be the 64-bit Snapdragon 810.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" alt="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-snapdragon_0.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="379" height="600" title="Tasty specs" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s6-antutu-benchmark.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: Bigger and better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery that matches up to the majority of its Android rivals by lasting around a day in normal use conditions (but not all: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> lasts at least half a day longer), and it holds an advantage over most too in that it&rsquo;s user replaceable. If Samsung decides to go with a seamless metal body that could change, and if it does we&rsquo;d like to see better battery life, either owing to a larger battery capacity or increased efficiency.</p> <p>The LG G3 has a 5.5in 2K screen and markedly longer battery life than the 5.1in, 1080p Galaxy S5, so it&rsquo;s certainly possible for Samsung to improve its power efficiency. Much of this will depend on the processor it chooses for the S6, and if that&rsquo;s the Snapdragon 808 or 810, neither seems likely to offer lower energy use than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 805. So it could well be that a larger battery is required.</p> <p>Of course, Samsung may want to retain its user replaceable battery selling point, in which case it&rsquo;ll probably hint that those looking for more battery life could simply buy a second battery to carry around with them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" alt="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery_1.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: Better in low light, please </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Were we betting types, we&rsquo;d put a significant wedge on the S6&rsquo;s camera outstripping the S5&rsquo;s when it comes to megapixel count. The S5 has a 16MP sensor, and we&rsquo;d be surprised if the S6 doesn&rsquo;t take things above 20MP.</p> <p>But megapixels alone don&rsquo;t make a good photo, and we&rsquo;d much rather see some measures taken to boost performance in low light conditions: larger megapixels (Apple&rsquo;s favoured method), optical image stabilisation, a wider aperture, or a combination of those. Optical image stabilisation is a distinct possibility, we&rsquo;d say, as Samsung has already used it in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not personally much inclined to take selfies, but we hear a lot of &ldquo;the young people&rdquo; are, and Samsung may well attempt to entice them to the S6 with a higher resolution front-facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye manages to squeeze a 13MP snapper on its front side, and while we wouldn&rsquo;t expect (or want) Samsung to go to those lengths, we wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see something in the 7 or 8MP range.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks point to a massive 20MP rear-facing camera, bringing the S6 up to the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, in terms of megapixels at least. Higher numbers aren&#39;t the final word when it comes to image quality however, but given the high standard of Samsung&#39;s past smartphone cameras, we&#39;ve got high hopes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" alt="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-camera_0.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Release date: No hanging about </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Mobile World Congress 2015 running from 2nd-5th March, we&rsquo;d expect Samsung to make its big Galaxy S6 reveal around that time (March/April is the period when Samsung traditionally unveils its flagship Galaxy S devices). Price-wise, we&rsquo;d expect it to be on a par with previous Galaxy S models - so don&rsquo;t expect it to be cheap and don&rsquo;t expect it to be vastly pricier than the &pound;579 the S5 cost at launch.</p> <p>As is traditional in Android circles, we also expect to see many a leak about the S6 between now and its likely launch date. So keep an eye on Stuff.tv for all the news as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S6 preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review#comments Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:35:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450479 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note Edge http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s edgy new design makes curves work in new and interesting ways </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-edge-3.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;Guys, we&rsquo;ve got to do something,&rdquo; begins Samsung boss Jong-Kyun Shin in the totally fictional smoke-filled board meeting we&rsquo;ve made up just now.</p> <p>&ldquo;People are bored of smartphones. They say they&rsquo;re all the same, that we don&rsquo;t innovate anymore. And our arch rivals at LG are higher up the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff Smartphones Top 10</a> for heaven&rsquo;s sake! That cannot stand. We need something new and exciting. We need a device befitting of the glorious Samsung Galaxy name!&rdquo;</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"> £700.00 </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"> Curve has genuine value </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Feature-packed and powerful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery life isn&#039;t great </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A very wide mobile </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"> Edgy by name, more curvy by nature </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>Some suggest that the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a test run, a demo of the sort of designs we&rsquo;ll see in other top Samsung phones of 2015 if it proves successful.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has a curved glass screen. Most of the display is completely flat, completely normal, but the last inch of the right edge curves around to almost 90 degrees. Curves are everywhere in tech - concave TVs are all the rage and even phones such as the Galaxy Round and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex</a> have gone with interestingly bent displays.</p> <p>This is one of the most severe curves ever seen in a screen, but in not spanning across the whole display, it gives the Galaxy Note Edge a chance of being more than just an attention-grabbing gimmick.</p> <p>The crucial question is: is the curve useful?</p> <p>The answer: sort of.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex 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="Most of the display is completely flat, completely normal, but the last inch of the right edge curves around to almost 90 degrees" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-8.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Caress the curve </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>In most respects the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is quite a lot like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>. It&rsquo;s a large phone with a large screen, and it offers power user features such as a digitiser stylus.</p> <p>The curve doesn&rsquo;t make the Note Edge better for games, or drawing, or anything like that. However, it does help you deal with the practical issues that come with a phone that really fills palms and pockets.</p> <p>The default display of the curve is a list of app shortcuts, the kind you&rsquo;d normally see at the bottom of the display of any other Android homescreen. As it&#39;s so big, reaching to the opposite end of the screen with a thumb is a right pain, but thumbing the icons laid along the curvy side is easy. That your thumb already faces the right direction is what validates the bend. At least in part.</p> <p>It also makes the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge absurdly right-hander-centric, though. If you naturally hold a phone in your left hand, there seems virtually no benefit to the curve&rsquo;s spot on the phone.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll cover more on what the curve can do software-wise in a bit, but how&rsquo;s the design otherwise?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The default display of the curve is a list of app shortcuts, the kind you’d normally see at the bottom of the display of any other Android homescreen" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-2.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A big boy </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 Note Edge takes its core style from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>. A band of aluminium runs around the sides while the back is a thin plate of leather-effect plastic. Many people complain about the plastic feel of Samsung&rsquo;s phone rears, but moaning about it at this stage seems a bit pointless. It&rsquo;s the way Samsung rolls, at least for now, and it is somewhat offset by having the metal sides and an almost entirely glass front.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s impressive technical precision to the curve too. It&rsquo;s incredibly smooth, and the actual display swoops around with the top glass layer as if they&rsquo;re the same entity. Whether you agree with the curve or not, you can&rsquo;t help but conclude Samsung has aced its execution from an engineering perspective.</p> <p>While the curve provides some practical benefits as well as being as eye-catching as Ziggy Stardust walking around Tescos, the design also has its downside - the Note Edge is an extremely wide phone. At 82.4mm wide it&rsquo;s almost a half-centimetre wider than the already-massive Note 4.</p> <p>Full-size adult man-hands will find this phone a handful and trying to type on one single-handed is a nightmare of &ldquo;I&rsquo;m in a maths exam and am also naked&rdquo; proportions. This is a phone to use with two hands, or at least one hand and a pen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in</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="Many people complain about the plastic feel of Samsung’s phone rears, but moaning about it at this stage seems a bit pointless" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-10.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="This is a pretty chunky phone my modern standards" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-19.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="At 82.4mm wide it’s almost a half-centimetre wider than the already-massive Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-20.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Writing on the touchscreen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Note 4, the Note Edge uses an S Pen stylus that slots into the bottom of the phone. And, as ever, it&rsquo;s great if you&rsquo;re into that kind of thing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s fully pressure sensitive, getting you the sort of stylus experience on offer in a graphics tablet, rather than the kind of capacitive pen you can buy in PoundLand these days. The phone can be fully operated with the pen, and pretty great optical character recognition means you can handwrite your text messages and emails rather than tapping away on the keyboard.</p> <p>The extra bits of stylus-led interface in the Note Edge are pretty similar to what you get in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>, and even <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>. An Air Command menu pops up when the pen is removed, giving you shortcuts to make notes on the screen, scribble down memos or use the pen to screen grab parts of what&rsquo;s being displayed.</p> <p>We found the S Pen far more useful for precision browsing, the odd bit of handwriting and idle drawing, though. Samsung tries hard to justify the pen, but it&rsquo;s the basics we find it helps out with the most.</p> <p>Samsung has tried a bit too hard in some other ways, too...</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="Like the Note 4, the Note Edge uses an S Pen stylus that slots into the bottom of the phone" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-11.jpg?1418398512" /> </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 phone can be fully operated with the pen, and pretty great optical character recognition means you can handwrite your text messages and emails rather than tapping away on the keyboard" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-14.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="An Air Command menu pops up when the pen is removed, giving you shortcuts to make notes on the screen, scribble down memos or use the pen to screen grab parts of what’s being displayed" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/air-command.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> OCD multi-tasking </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 takes multi-tasking to the next level by letting you open loads of apps as floating widget windows, by dragging down from the top-left of the screen.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s a bit too easy to do this accidentally and end up with a screen littered with little app icons representing the multi-tasking screens you&rsquo;ve binned. We&rsquo;re sure some people will appreciate the Note Edge&rsquo;s multi-tasking, but it won&rsquo;t be most. It still feels that little bit awkward and bolted-on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">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="1200" height="900" title="Multi-tasking is great, but it’s a bit too easy to do this accidentally and end up with a screen littered with little app icons representing the multi-tasking screens you’ve binned" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-33.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Bright and bendy screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no lack of screen space, though. The Galaxy Note Edge is about as large as it could be without risking being called a tablet by anyone and everyone.</p> <p>You get a 5.6-inch screen, 0.1 inches smaller than the Note 4, but the comparison isn&rsquo;t a direct one as the shapes of these displays are slightly different. Thanks to the Note Edge&rsquo;s curvy bit, its screen is squatter, leaving the main flat bit of the display to offer the widescreen aspect we&rsquo;re used to.</p> <p>Display quality is, as has become the norm for Samsung, top notch. You get a Super AMOLED display of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels offering a blisteringly sharp 524ppi density.</p> <p>Fresh out of the box, the Note Edge&rsquo;s colours are far too saturated, typical of an over-keen AMOLED screen. But if you don&rsquo;t like your colours Toxic Crusader-style, there are options in the Settings menu for you to tone them down.</p> <p>As is the norm with OLED screens, contrast and black levels are fantastic.</p> <p>The curvy part of the screen doesn&rsquo;t really become a distraction when you&rsquo;re watching films or playing games either, as a lot of the time it&rsquo;ll revert to being mostly black when running third-party apps, with just a hint of the curvature perceptible.</p> <p>A bit like a notifications bar, you can summon the &lsquo;full&rsquo; curve display by swiping at it, bringing up your Note Edge&rsquo;s panels. These are the interface elements specific to the curved part.</p> <p>As well as the standard apps shortcuts panel, there are ones for music playback, notifications and weather, stock tickers, health trackers and even games. Naff games, mind. You can choose which to use, and flick through them with a swoosh of your thumb.</p> <p>At present most panels are Samsung-made, but Yahoo is also on-board. If we see plenty more Samsung phones start to use the screen curve, you can expect loads of other developers to join up and make panels. If the Note Edge ends up being it, the lone curvy phone, getting all that many more people involved seems unlikely. Only time will tell on that one.</p> <p>We do think there are a few steps to go before the implementation of the curve is perfect. Don&rsquo;t get us wrong: for a new design, the Note Edge&rsquo;s curvy bit feels incredibly well-implemented. However, it does leave the TouchWiz home screens looking a little busy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/smartphone-supertest-late-2014-apple-iphone-6-vs-sony-xperia-z3-vs-lg-g3-vs-motorola-moto-x-vs" target="_blank">Smartphone Supertest:&nbsp;iPhone 6 vs Xperia Z3 vs G3 vs Moto X vs Galaxy Alpha</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The curvy part of the screen doesn’t really become a distraction when you’re watching films or playing games either, as a lot of the time it’ll revert to being mostly black when running third-party apps, with just a hint of the curvature perceptible" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-32.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="A bit like a notifications bar, you can summon the ‘full’ curve display by swiping at it, bringing up your Note Edge’s panels. These are the interface elements specific to the curved part" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-16.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="At present most panels are Samsung-made, but Yahoo is also on-board" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-17.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="As well as the standard apps shortcuts panel, there are ones for music playback, notifications and weather, stock tickers, health trackers and even games" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-34.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> A Wizzy performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other than the extra bits given over to the screen curve and the S Pen, TouchWiz still largely looks the same as it did on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>. A few bits such as the multi-tasking menu have been tweaked, but the same design is in place.</p> <p>Despite the Note Edge&rsquo;s obvious early adopter appeal, Samsung has also held back installing too many apps on the phone. This isn&rsquo;t the TouchWiz of the bad old days - instead there are just a few extras, such as S Note, S Health and Smart Remote. The latter uses the IR blaster on the top of the phone so you can use your phone to control your home entertainment gear.</p> <p>General performance is very good, which you&rsquo;d obviously expect given the Note Edge&rsquo;s top-tier specs.</p> <p>It has 3GB of RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, the same used by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>. This is a 32-bit chipset while we&rsquo;re on the eve of a 64-bit sea change, but by current standards it&rsquo;s still incredibly powerful. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark we scored 3310 points &mdash; a healthy chunk more than the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;d hope, the Note Edge has no trouble with high-end games, cutting through 3D titles with ease.</p> <p>One of the great things about the phone is that while it&rsquo;s an oddball, there&rsquo;s no real compromise elsewhere. Apart from it being quite wide and, well, the cost of the thing. As with so many early adopter gadgets, it&rsquo;s damnably expensive.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z4 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="General performance is very good, which you’d obviously expect given the Note Edge’s top-tier specs" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-1.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Edgy snapper </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 Note Edge camera is much the same as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4&rsquo;s</a>. You get a 16-megapixel sensor with image stabilisation, and it&rsquo;s really rather good.</p> <p>Sharpness, daylight shooting speed and the punchiness of photos are all great. Exposure metering is good too, making it dead easy to get decent photos out of this phone.</p> <p>As is common among higher-end Samsung phones, the Note Edge has a ridiculously effective HDR mode that can be used as a pretty good cure-all for any photo issues. Dull-looking foreground? Sunset not &lsquo;popping&rsquo; enough? Just switch HDR on, it&rsquo;s given a top-billing spot in the camera app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note Edge camera is much the same as the Note 4’s. You get a 16-megapixel sensor with image stabilisation, and it’s really rather good." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-12.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="As is common among higher-end Samsung phones, the Note Edge has a ridiculously effective HDR mode that can be used as a pretty good cure-all for any photo issues" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-35.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HDR photos can look a little larger-than-life, but when the results often look fantastic regardless, what&rsquo;s the harm? It can occasionally push pics a little too far into unbelievable territory, but the Note Edge avoids the &lsquo;halo&rsquo; effect of lesser HDR modes.</p> <p>Thanks to OIS low-light shots aren&rsquo;t too noisy either, although they are still significantly slower-to-take than with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a>. Despite stabilisation, you have to stay still for a second or two. Still, that&rsquo;s not bad for night shots.</p> <p>There are just two elements of the Note Edge&rsquo;s photographic performance that we&rsquo;re not thrilled about, and they have more to do with the app than the actual camera quality.</p> <p>First, Samsung has desperately tried to involve the edge in the photo-taking process by always putting the shutter button on it, but this doesn&rsquo;t always work. When shooting landscape photos, it&rsquo;s just that bit too hard to reach. We&rsquo;d much rather just use a conventional &lsquo;on-screen&rsquo; shutter button.</p> <p>The preview image when shooting is also weirdly very soft in certain conditions, making it tricky to know whether your images are properly in focus or not. As the focusing is fairly reliable, you just need to have a little faith. But it&rsquo;d be nice to see the phone&rsquo;s camera make better use of the Note Edge&rsquo;s fantastically sharp screen a bit more.</p> <p>On the other hand, the front camera has a 3.7-megapixel sensor, and from our tests it seems be be better than a lot of the &ldquo;me too&rdquo; advanced 5-megapixel front cameras out there. Its photos are bright even with indoors lighting, noise isn&rsquo;t too bad and good contrast brings a good degree of &lsquo;pop&rsquo; to your shots. Nice work, Samsung.</p> <p>And just as the company has started cutting back on the number of apps it preinstalls on its phone, the number of camera modes shown off is sensible too. As standard there&rsquo;s Selective Focus, Panorama and Rear-Cam selfie. The rest of the extras can be downloaded and added from the camera app&rsquo;s settings. Samsung no longer tries to bury you with the things, which is also nice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5312" height="2988" title="HDR photos can look a little larger-than-life, but when the results often look fantastic regardless, what’s the harm?" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141126_111241.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="5312" height="2988" title="Thanks to OIS low-light shots aren’t too noisy either, although they are still significantly slower-to-take than with the Sony Xperia Z3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141123_161459.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="5312" height="2988" title="Mmm, tasty detail" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141124_160116.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Running out of juice </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>In lots of core respects, the Note Edge matches the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>, and that&rsquo;s a very good thing. However, battery life is one of the big disappointments of the phone.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using it for more than a week now and each day we virtually drain the thing by bed time. We haven&rsquo;t been streaming video for hours a day or playing games for long stretches. The Note Edge&rsquo;s lovely big screen does invite you to browse more than normal, but it&rsquo;s clear that battery performance is simply not nearly as good as it is with the Note 4 or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>.</p> <p>Battery size may have something to do with this, but it doesn&rsquo;t seem to explain the whole story. It has a 3000mAh battery while the Note 4 has a 3220mAh one. However, 3000mAh should be enough to get the phone lasting longer than we&rsquo;re seeing here. This makes us wonder if the OLED screen used here is perhaps a bit less efficient than the ones seen in other Samsung phones, with its flexibility/bendability being its lead characteristic, rather than efficiency. Buy hey, we&rsquo;re just guessing at this point.</p> <p>That battery life is our one lasting gripe of the phone tells you that Samsung has done a really good job here, though. It hasn&rsquo;t proved a curved screen is utterly essential, but it has its uses and certainly feels far less of a &lsquo;because we can&rsquo; gimmick than the Galaxy Round.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Everyhing we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S6</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="Towards the end of a normal day you&#039;ll be nervously searching for you charger" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-18.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Inspecting what’s under the carpet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s left?&nbsp;Well, this is of course a 4G phone, and all the bells and whistles of other top Samsung phones are present and correct.</p> <p>The Note Edge offers a heart rate sensor on the back and the fingerprint scanner on the front. Useful, but neither is worth basing your entire buying decision on - we actually found using a third-party app and the camera/flash combo a quicker way to tell heart rate on some occasions.</p> <p>But the Note Edge&#39;s speaker is actually pretty good. Or, at least, very loud. Its tone offers none of the nice ear-cuddling warmth of the HTC One M8&rsquo;s BoomSound speakers, but it is at least louder, so if you simply want everyone in a room to be able to hear a tune it&#39;ll do the job admirably.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note Edge offers a heart rate sensor on the back and the fingerprint scanner on the front. Useful, but neither is worth basing your entire buying decision on - we actually found using a third-party app and the camera/flash combo a quicker way to tell heart rate on some occasions." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-22.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 Edge 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>Deeply silly or the next must-have innovation in tech? The Galaxy Note Edge is sure to polarise. But in person, the phone is actually a far more reasonable, practical device.</p> <p>While the curved screen adds to the phone&rsquo;s width, it does make a number of one-handed tasks easier. You don&rsquo;t miss out on any extra features as a result of the curve, either. That probably explains why the phone is quite so terrifyingly expensive at launch. &pound;700 is a lot to pay for any phone, even an &lsquo;innovative&rsquo; one.</p> <p>High price pushes the Note Edge into a niche, but that was always where it belonged. Even if curved screens become common in 2015, this is the trailblazer. We&rsquo;ve had a lot of fun using the Note Edge, with our only serious regret for the thing being that it just doesn&rsquo;t last quite long enough off a charge to match-up with Samsung&rsquo;s more ordinary phones.</p> <p>Should you buy it? Probably only if you&rsquo;re determined to be first and most innovative in your gadget selection. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean you shouldn&rsquo;t still admire its boundary bending ways.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Phones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review verdict" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-2_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>Distinctive but not crazy, the Note Edge is next-gen design that works - with caveats</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"> Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Edge of Tomorrow? </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 wrap our hands around Samsung&#039;s curved phablet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review#comments Galaxy Note Edge Phablets Samsung Smartphones Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:17:08 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446431 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 7 ways the Samsung Note Edge is ahead of the curve http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note/promoted-7-ways-samsung-note-edge-ahead-curve/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s wrapped the screen around the side of its latest phone, and it turns out it’s a design masterstroke. </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung7lead.jpg?1417620082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here are seven things you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge&hellip;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>4 It puts the &lsquo;style&rsquo; in &lsquo;stylus&rsquo; </strong><br />Hidden away on the underside of the device, you&rsquo;ll find the Galaxy Note Edge&rsquo;s S Pen &ndash; Samsung&rsquo;s best stylus yet. It is very pressure sensitive (note: your fingers aren&rsquo;t pressure sensitive at all), and the button on the side gives it a whole new bag of tricks when you hover over the screen and click. Use the Smart Select feature to cut out and save bits of web pages or edit pictures, and fire up the ingenious Photo Note app so important stuff doesn&rsquo;t go in one ear and out the other at meetings.</p> <p><strong>5 Advanced camera system </strong><br />This latest generation of Samsung Galaxy Note devices has a souped up camera system, and the Edge is capable of taking some top quality snaps. It boasts a 16MP rear-facing camera with Samsung&rsquo;s &lsquo;Rich Tone&rsquo; Live HDR mode for lovely colours in tricky light, as well as OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) for blur-free shots in low light. And even the vainest selfie addict will be happy with the 3.7MP camera on the front, which offers a wide-angle option for cramming in more of your pals or drawing attention to the fact that you&rsquo;re on a beach/at Wembley/in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Or wherever.</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/samsung7stylus.jpg?1417620082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>6 The battery is built to last </strong><br />That big flat body can house a big flat battery, and this 3,000mAh li-ion cell is easily powerful enough to power the Note Edge for a day. It&rsquo;s also got some fast charging tricks up its sleeve &ndash;&nbsp;it&rsquo;s capable of charging from 0 per cent to 50 per cent in half an hour. And, if you&rsquo;re burning battery quicker than you can afford, whack it in Ultra Power Saving mode to eke out that little bit more texting time.</p> <p><strong>7 It packs a computing punch </strong><br />It&rsquo;s a good job the battery lasts, because you won&rsquo;t be able to put this guy down. A 2.7GHz Quad-Core processor ensures super-zippy operation, even when you&rsquo;re putting the multi-window multi-tasking capabilities through its paces. With a screen this size, it makes sense to have multiple application windows visible for a more desktop-like experience, and the Note Edge performs the job with aplomb.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=20&amp;mc=click&amp;pli=11837380&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%n">Buy your Samsung Galaxy Note Edge from December 12 here &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></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="1200" height="597" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung7photo.jpg?1417620082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/galaxy-note/promoted-7-ways-samsung-note-edge-ahead-curve/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note/promoted-7-ways-samsung-note-edge-ahead-curve/feature#comments Galaxy Note Galaxy Note Edge Promotion Samsung Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:43:31 +0000 Maguire 1454181 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: all you need to know about the Samsung Note Edge’s curves http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note/promoted-what-you-need-know-about-samsung-note-edge-s-curves/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a world where all smartphones look basically the same, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a jolt to the system. In a good way. </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-1.jpg?1417620172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Equipped with an extra strip of screen space that curves elegantly round the right-hand side of the device, the Edge lets you get even more out of your smartphone &ndash; and looks super cool to boot.</p> <p>The Note Edge continues the good work of the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note series, but that innovative screen makes it the most eye-catching Note yet. Here&rsquo;s everything you need to know about this curvy instant classic&hellip;</p> <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"> Take note </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 the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is about much more than mere shortcuts. Your call, SMS, Twitter and other alerts scroll onto the Edge screen, so whether you&rsquo;re busily catching up on email on the train or watching YouTube on the loo (more likely), you won&rsquo;t be interrupted by constant intrusive alerts.</p> <p>And apps can take advantage of the Edge too &ndash; for example, camera controls appear on the extra screen real estate, leaving the main screen clutter-free so you can concentrate on the image. The really exciting thing is that Samsung&rsquo;s made a kit for app developers &ndash; the mind boggles as to ways in which that wacky community will put the Edge to use. Games controls? EQ visulalisers? Scrolling thought for the day? It&rsquo;s bound to happen&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Round the bend</strong><br />That curvy Edge screen also has its own scrolling mechanism &ndash; a quick swipe across the side lets you scroll through different snippets of info. And there are loads of handy Edge tools to add to your scrolling selection.</p> <p>For example, a live sports scores graphic lets you keep an eye on the footy while you use the main screen for something else, and news updates can also be beamed to the Edge. There&rsquo;s even a voice recorder, so you can control a dictaphone-style app while you take notes on the main screen. Oh, and a ruler &ndash; for measuring things.</p> <p><img src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=11837379&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%n&amp;rtu=-1" /></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="653" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsungMID.jpg?1417620172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Sleep easy </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>And finally, at the end of the day when you just want to hit the hay, put the Note Edge in Night Clock mode &ndash; which switches off the main screen and displays a discreet clock face on the Edge screen.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s incredible what an extra bit of screen adds to the Note formula in terms of functionality. And, when you take the unique design into account, it will turn heads.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=20&amp;mc=click&amp;pli=11837379&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%n">Buy your Samsung Galaxy Note Edge from December 12 here &gt;&gt;&gt;</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsungFLAG.jpg?1417620172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/galaxy-note/promoted-what-you-need-know-about-samsung-note-edge-s-curves/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note/promoted-what-you-need-know-about-samsung-note-edge-s-curves/feature#comments Galaxy Note Galaxy Note Edge Promotion Samsung Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Maguire 1454179 at http://www.stuff.tv Smartphone supertest: iPhone 6 vs Xperia Z3 vs G3 vs Moto X vs Galaxy Alpha http://www.stuff.tv/apple/smartphone-supertest-late-2014-apple-iphone-6-vs-sony-xperia-z3-vs-lg-g3-vs-motorola-moto-x-vs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fanboys, ready your comments: we’re pitting Apple’s bigger, better new blower against the cream of its Android rivals </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="2014&#039;s smartphones - just chillin&#039; " alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sophie-supertest1200.png?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget everything you think you know about which smartphone you&rsquo;re going to buy next.</p> <p>Why? Because everything&rsquo;s upside-down. This autumn&rsquo;s superphones have gone rogue. The iPhone is big, the Samsung is made of metal, the Motorola is futuristic and battery life is now genuinely exciting.</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="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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"> Meet The Contenders </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>1. <strong>Samsung Galaxy Alpha</strong></p> <p>Samsung&#39;s new look? This is its first phone to add metal into the mix? But does it feel like a &pound;500 handset?</p> <p>2. <strong>Motorola Moto X</strong></p> <p>Motorola&#39;s plucky underdog adds serious specs to its promising formula of almost pure Android and customisable design.&nbsp;</p> <p>3. <strong>Apple iPhone 6&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&quot;Is this the small one?&quot; Cupertino leaps to a 4.7in flagship and levels the playing field with iOS 8&#39;s new tricks and better battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p>4.<strong> LG G3</strong></p> <p>It has the power, pixels and the reasonable price tag. But can the G3 possibly stay on top amid all this darned disruption?&nbsp;</p> <p>5. <strong>Sony Xperia Z3</strong></p> <p>Sony makes stamina sexy with the two-day Z3, its second flagship of 2014. Just bought an Xperia Z2? Look away now.&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="940" height="705" title="iPhone 6 (the cute one) " alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-main_1.png?1417616103" /> </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="940" height="705" title="LG G3 (the beefy one) " alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_5.jpg?1417616103" /> </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="940" height="705" title="Moto X (the clever one) " alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MotoXForSophie-1.png?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="940" height="705" title="Xperia Z3 (the silky one) " alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperiaz3-ross-1.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> We didn&#039;t forget the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2 are sitting this fight out. And that&#39;s because they had their chance to shine in our<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature"> </a></strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature">first mammoth smartphone supertest of 2014</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LG G3 won that test which is why it gets to go another round here against the iPhone 6 and others.</p> <p>But these three smartphones are still worth a look-in - the Z2 has gone down in price, the S5 might not have a metal build but it is waterproof and reliable and the HTC One (M8) is still truly classy in the face of fresh competition.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature">Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2</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="819" height="614" title="The early 2014 contenders" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 1. Apple iPhone 6 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The iPhone that could bring Android fans back to iOS</strong></p> <p>This is the closest we&rsquo;ve seen to Apple trying to out-Android Android&hellip; and boy, is the iPhone 6 beautiful.</p> <p>For years, the iPhone was built for regular human hands and that was that. Until now. Let&rsquo;s start with the &lsquo;big&rsquo; 4.7in screen. It&rsquo;s not nearly as sharp as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> (or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X </a>or <a href="http://site:stuff.tv sony xperia z3">Xperia Z3</a>). And a Full HD screen would be joint-first on our tweak list.&nbsp;But in every other way it&rsquo;s top-class and the pixels really do look like they&rsquo;re sitting on the glass.</p> <p>A bigger, Android-sized screen means a bigger, Android-sized body. But this 6.9mm-thick design with a seamless all-metal back (in gold, silver or black) and glossy front outclasses all bar the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8</a>. It&rsquo;s close to flawless. Even iOS 8 is as free and easy as Apple is likely to get. with app extensions which open up core functionalities to devs and widgets popping up in notifications.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the iPhone&rsquo;s already smooth performance gets another boost thanks to an A8 chip, the 8MP camera is faster and better than ever, and battery life increases slightly if not dramatically (that&rsquo;s saved for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">5.5in iPhone 6 Plus</a>).</p> <p>This is still Apple. It&rsquo;s still the most expensive option. Then there&rsquo;s the friendliness of iOS, the earliest, prettiest apps, the big Apple Pay partnerships. The iPhone continues to push ahead in many areas and now it&rsquo;s beaten (most) Androids at their own game.</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="940" height="705" title="Could bring Android fans back to iOS" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-main_2.png?1417616103" /> </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"> Apple iPhone 6 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>Screen: 4.7in IPS, 1334x720 (326ppi)<br />Processor: Apple A8 @ 1.4GHz<br />Cameras: 8MP rear, 1.2MP front<br />Storage: 16GB, 64GB, 128GB (non-expandable)&nbsp;<br />Battery: 1810mAh<br />Dimensions: 138 x 68 x 6.9mm, 129g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Detail </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>Design - large, light and slim 9/10</strong><br />If you want the very best iPhone, you can&rsquo;t have a small smartphone any more. To help out upgraders from the 5 and 5s, Apple has made the iPhone 6 curvier, incredibly light at 129g and seriously slim. Maybe a bit too slim &ndash; the camera lens protrudes from the back of the phone, like the top of&nbsp;a tiny periscope, and we can&rsquo;t help lusting after a slightly chunkier iPhone with room for a bigger battery unit. Still an object to be precious about but, as ever, it&rsquo;s a shame to hide one in a case.</p> <p><strong>Screen - whiter than white 9/10&nbsp;</strong><br />Retina HD is here and it&rsquo;s lovely. The iPhone&rsquo;s contrast is the best we&rsquo;ve seen, colours are accurate and viewing angles are superb. Plus whites are as Persil-pure as the 5s. Want it sharper? The<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review"> iPhone 6 Plus</a> has a 5.5in 1080p screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Double-tap the home button to bring the top of the homescreen or app you&#39;re using further down - not exactly elegant but it does help with thumb fatigue. When you&#39;re out snapping or bingeing on Netflix, the bigger screen does slurp up juice. There&#39;s no Ultra Power Saving mode here so don&#39;t throw out your Lightning power pack.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Camera - loveable even in low light 9/10</strong><br />This smartphone camera is so easy to love. It might only be 8MP but it&rsquo;s the most reliable snapper here and the fastest to open and get focus (thanks to phase detection Focus Pixels); the controls are speedy and images rarely disappointing. It&rsquo;s not capable of the manual heights of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3</a> but it is designed around how we take photos. The new exposure slider is genius, low-light pics look superb &ndash; better even than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3&rsquo;s efforts</a> &ndash; and auto HDR is brilliant. AF in video is almost instantaneous and slo-mo vids are now 240fps.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps - radical changes 10/10</strong><br />It&rsquo;s all change in iOS 8 with swappable keyboards, third-party filters in Photos and Touch ID fingerprint authentication in apps such as Amazon. Health is a neat hub for fitness data and Apple Pay (via NFC) is launching in the US. All that and the iPhone still often gets great games and creative apps months before Android does.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0">&nbsp;10 of the best apps for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vs Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IPhone-sophie-supertest_0.png?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IPhone3.jpg?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IPhone2.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IPhone.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 2. Sony Xperia Z3 </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>A true two-day superphone for snaps, games and audio</strong></p> <p>The Xperia Z3 has an incredible battery life, the best we&rsquo;ve encountered since last year&rsquo;s juice-sipping LG G2.</p> <p>No more babying, no more brightness level anxiety. The<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review"> 5.2in Z3</a> is good for one and a half to two days on a single charge. Standby is superb, there&rsquo;s every level of battery-saving mode imaginable and the Z3 lasts a whopping 13 hours 55 minutes on our HD video loop&nbsp;test &ndash; the best result here. </p> <p>Stamina is also the reason Sony has stuck with a 1080p screen rather than going 2K like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>. The screen is now 20% brighter and just as terrific at reproducing colours as the Z2. Zero corners have been cut. The 20.7MP camera remains one for enthusiasts with a new wide angle G lens, up to ISO 12800 in manual, and SteadyShot stabilisation for video. </p> <p>And overall performance is flawless, from fast downloads to running small apps smoothly.</p> <p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s as lovely to live with as others here. The design has improved, with curved sides and a skinnier, 11g lighter build than the Z2, but it&rsquo;s still not the most ergonomic big phone.</p> <p>There are little niggles here and there too: from low volume levels with headphones to Sony pushing its subscription services. Sony&#39;s unobtrusive front-facing stereo speakers are clear and loud though when game sound effects are on full blast, you&#39;ll really feel the vibrations. </p> <p>Ultimately, the Z3 has more specialist tricks than its rivals &ndash; hi-res audio and PS4 streaming &ndash; so it should be on every smartphone shortlist.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 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="940" height="705" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperiaz3-ross-1_0.jpg?1417616103" /> </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 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>Screen: 5.2in IPS, 1920x1080 (424ppi)&nbsp;<br />Processor: Quad-core Snapdragon 801 @ 2.5GHz<br />Cameras: 20.7MP rear, 2.2MP front<br />Storage: 16GB, 32GB (expandable)&nbsp;<br />Battery: 3100mAh<br />Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3mm, 152g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> The Details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design - no rice bag required 8/10</strong><br />At first glance this looks like the early-2014 Xperia Z2. But bezels are slimmer, port flaps refined and the Z3 gets two new colours: copper and silver green. Slightly unwieldy phones are easier to drop so Sony has added nylon corners to help stop that beautiful glass shattering on the pavement. Plus the Z3 is now IP65/68 waterproof and dustproof, the highest rating of any smartphone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen - too blue for you? 10/10</strong><br />Our only complaint with the Z3&#39;s screen is that the preset white balance is too blue. Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a>, though, Sony lets you fiddle with temperature sliders until it suits you. X-Reality and Super-vivid modes also pump up the saturation.</p> <p><strong>Camera - night-visionary 9/10&nbsp;</strong><br />This takes compact-cam-beating pics when you have time to perfect them, especially in low light. It&rsquo;s not the fastest but it has been eating its carrots. Pics are highly detailed, with fine textures still visible when you zoom in.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OS and apps - ahead of its time 9/10&nbsp;</strong><br />The slick Lifelog app pairs to its new wearables and joins Walkman and Movies Unlimited apps in Sony&rsquo;s grown-up Android skin. The Z3 is getting in early with hi-res audio and PS4 Remote Play is coming soon. We can&rsquo;t wait.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> We&#39;ve now had a go on Remote Play and while it&#39;s an awesome idea, it&#39;s not perfect. Read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review</a> for the details.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-1200-sophie.png?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartphone-supertest-xperia-z3.png?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartphone-supertest-sony-xperia-z3-2.png?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartphone-supertest-sony-xperia-z3-3.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 3. Motorola Moto X </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>A seriously clever, always-on Android made awesome by you</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s always fun to root for the underdog and the Moto X is nothing if not a surprise champion.</p> <p>No shouty features. No hype. No queues around the block. And yet, this is one of the best Androids ever made.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s just as much to love about what Motorola has designed and refined as what it has left alone. This phone is all about making Google&rsquo;s powerful services constantly available and useful. Apart from a few extremely useful, forward-thinking apps (which are helpfully bundled together) this is pretty much pure Android KitKat. You choose what to set up. And you can&rsquo;t get faster than this &ndash; opening apps, browsing, messaging &ndash; there&rsquo;s zero lag.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s no plain Nexus, though. You could hammer a nail in with the sleek, solid aluminium build and it&rsquo;s the most customisable phone on the planet thanks to Moto Maker. The bright 5.2in 1080p AMOLED screen is gorgeous, with superb viewing angles, vivid colours and deep blacks. Plus Moto&rsquo;s Attentive Display sensors turn it off when you&rsquo;re not looking, helping the 2300mAh battery to comfortably last all day long.</p> <p>Is it perfect? Is anything? Its non-expandable storage maxes out at 32GB, and if photography is your top priority some rivals make more sense. But the Moto X is the first truly gorgeous, seriously-specced Android that puts you in control of your phone, and for that, it&rsquo;s brilliant.</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="940" height="705" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MotoXForSophie-1_1.png?1417616103" /> </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"> Motorola Moto X 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>Screen: 5.2in 1920 x 1080 (423ppi) AMOLED<br />Processor: Quad-core Snapdragon 801 @ 2.5GHz<br />Cameras: 13MP rear, 2MP front<br />Storage: 16GB, 32GB (non-expandable)&nbsp;<br />Battery: 2300mAh&nbsp;<br />Dimensions: 141 x 72 x 9.9mm, 144g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> The Details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design - wood is good 10/10</strong><br />With plastic, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">leather and wood back cases (all lovely-looking)</a> plus thousands of accent combinations,<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review"> three iPhone options</a> starts to look stingy. It&rsquo;s worth noting that the regular black resin model is a steal but other materials cost more. This could be the first 4.7in-plus phone smaller hands find manageable. It&rsquo;s perfectly balanced and buttons are easy to reach on the right-hand edge &ndash; the power button is textured so you can identify it. The microUSB and nanoSIM slots are top and bottom, leaving the tapered sides clutter-free.</p> <p>Unlike the cheaper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Moto G</a>, the X oddly doesn&#39;t have stereo speakers; but the front-facing single speaker is clear and loud enough for a bit of grime on the bus.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen - strikes a good punch 9/10</strong><br />The Moto X&rsquo;s display is on the punchier end of the spectrum, without looking too alien, but the downside of AMOLED colours is that from certain angles whites can look a bit yellow. It&rsquo;s 424ppi, so text&nbsp;looks seriously smooth.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OS and Apps - good night, dear phone 10/10&nbsp;</strong><br />Motorola&rsquo;s always-on sensors, controls and software have really come into their own. Our favourite is the addictive, battery-saving Moto Display, showing hidden monochrome notifications on the lockscreen. Using IR sensors, the phone recognises when your hand approaches it and triggers&nbsp;up to three icons. Elsewhere, you can set up modes that&nbsp;can be turned on and off via natural commands such as &ldquo;Good night&rdquo;. Speaking of voice control, it&rsquo;s always-on, plus &ldquo;OK Google&rdquo; can be swapped for any custom phrase.&nbsp;&nbsp; <p><strong>Camera - considerate flasher 8/10&nbsp;</strong><br />A huge improvement over the first Moto, this 13MP cam takes detailed shots in good light and smooth 1080p video. Both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> are faster and more capable in low light &ndash; though the X&rsquo;s new ring flash is slightly kinder to faces.&nbsp;The Moto&#39;s sensors let you wave to silence calls and alarms and twist your wrist twice to launch the camera - ideal for keeping your eyes on the scene.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X 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" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-hi-res.png?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-detail-1.jpg?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-review-detail-2.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 4. Samsung Galaxy Alpha </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>Metal at last - Samsung&#39;s long-awaited design change&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung doing &lsquo;style&rsquo; and it&rsquo;s not afraid to shout about it &ndash; from 10ft-high billboards screaming &ldquo;high powered supermodel&rdquo;. This style arrives as a metal band around the Alpha and is a sign of things 
to come &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Note 4 </a>has already followed suit. The flat aluminium rim makes the Alpha feel cool and hard, where previous all-plastic Galaxys felt clammy. Edges are bevelled and a little sharp and the shape seems closer to an iPhone 5s than any Android. Most importantly, it feels solid.</p> <p>The 4.7in AMOLED display isn&rsquo;t the sharpest but it&rsquo;s bright (really very bright) with searingly vivid colours (which, thankfully, you can tone down) and brilliantly deep blacks. The home button doubles up as a finger scanner, there are tons of extras such as an Ultra Power Saving mode and the 12MP rear cam shoots consistently great snaps.</p> <p>Performance is lickety-split and software lag has been tightened up.Battery life is simply good, nothing more. The Alpha lasts a day of regular use or a respectable 10 hours on our 720p video rundown. There&rsquo;s no microSD 
slot but the standard model does at least cram in 32GB.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sure, next to an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a>, the Alpha feels a bit of a mish-mash of materials and details. But we love the smaller size and that it doesn&rsquo;t feel like a Samsung. In fact, it&rsquo;s the best evidence yet that the company can do style properly.</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="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-main-supertest.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha 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>Screen: 4.7in 1280x720 AMOLED (312ppi)&nbsp;<br />Processor: Exynos 5 Octa 5430 @ 1.8 GHz<br />Cameras: 12MP rear, 2.1MP front<br />Storage: 32GB (non-expandable)&nbsp;<br />Battery: 1860mAh<br />Dimensions: 132 x 66 x 6.7mm, 115g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 Details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design - don&#39;t dunk it, dude - 8/10</strong><br />That metal band has its downsides. It means the Alpha isn&rsquo;t waterproof even though the cheaper S5 Mini is. But the plastic back can be removed, so swappable batteries help to ease the pain of the small 1860mAh one fitted. White plastic strips on the top and bottom edges try to make sure signal and Wi-Fi aren&#39;t blocked by the metal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The bottom-firing speaker sounds better than you&#39;d expect on a thin phone and means the back doesn&#39;t vibrate when you turn it up to 11.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen - why, oh eye? 8/10</strong><br />Our eyeballs can&rsquo;t get enough of the 4.7in 720p iPhone 6 screen, so why do they blink at the same size and resolution here? One word: PenTile. This subpixel arrangement can make text look jagged at lower resolutions.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Camera - out-snap my brain 8/10</strong><br />Like the Galaxy S5, the Alpha&rsquo;s focussing and shooting speeds are so nippy your brain won&rsquo;t catch up until you&rsquo;ve shot six snaps in a row. Things slow down in Picture Stabilisation mode, but it&rsquo;s still faster than most.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps - feature search 9/10</strong><br />Samsung&rsquo;s is still the only settings menu we&rsquo;re glad has its own search bar. That means feature fans know that this &lsquo;fashion phone&rsquo; doesn&rsquo;t miss out &ndash; S Health, My Magazine and Download Booster are all worth a go.</p> <p><strong>REVIEW</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-supertest-red.png?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-detail-2.jpg?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-detail-1.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. LG G3 </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>Still a spec sheet warrior, just not the classiest or cleverest </strong></p> <p>The mighty G3 was the highest-specced smartphone on the planet when it arrived. And nothing&rsquo;s changed. Since then the likes of the iPhone 6 and Moto X have caught up but not surpassed the LG on paper &ndash; and the G3 has even dropped in price.</p> <p>Since the 2K screen on the G3 was announced, no-one but maverick Chinese phone-maker Oppo has matched the resolution, with Sony choosing battery life over pixels. After months with the G3, would we take a 1080p screen for more than a day&rsquo;s battery? Probably, if the superb display tech remained and stamina could match the Xperia Z3.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the biggest screen here at 5.5in but, unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the expertly engineered body still feels manageable for all but the smallest of hands. It&rsquo;s not jaw-droppingly beautiful but it is practical.</p> <p>Fast, accurate and reliable, the 13MP cam shouldn&rsquo;t feel ashamed that the new iPhone snaps better pics of faces in low light. It&rsquo;s still one of the sharpest shooters around. There&rsquo;s still very little lag around Android &ndash; the Snapdragon 801 is holding up well &ndash; but the Moto X is milliseconds faster at day-to-day tasks.</p> <p>Is it as much of a joy to live with as sleeker, more intuitive rivals? Not quite. But the G3 remains a fantastically future-proof choice and will continue to grace out Top 10 list for some time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_6.jpg?1417616103" /> </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"> LG G3 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>Screen: 5.5in 2560 x 1440 (534ppi) IPS<br />Processor: Quad-core Snapdragon 801 @ 2.5GHz&nbsp;<br />Cameras: 13MP rear, 2MP front<br />Storage: 16GB, 32GB (expandable)&nbsp;<br />Battery: 3000mAh<br />Dimensions: 146 x 75 x 8.9mm, 149g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-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 Details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design - faux metal but manageable - 9/10</strong><br />Although the overall size of the G3 is manageable with well positioned buttons, we&rsquo;re less enamoured with the faux metal now we&rsquo;ve fondled both the iPhone and the Moto X&rsquo;s leather and wood options. Apart from the Sony, the G3 is the only smartphone on this test with a microSD slot - making it an especially good deal when compared to, say, a 128GB (and &pound;700) iPhone 6.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen - double-tap to wake 10/10</strong><br />The 5.5in screen seems massive at first but you&rsquo;ll soon forget. Double-tap to wake becomes second nature. Sharp enough to read e-books, it has a cool, natural colour palette for movies and only the Apple has better contrast. Doubts about 2K? The G3, like all the phones here apart from the Xperia Z3, needs charging every night. Some global models come with built-in wireless charging, otherwise buy a Quick Circle case to add this functionality.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Camera - smile! Keep smiling! 9/10</strong><br />The G3 takes great images in low light but using the flash on the go isn&rsquo;t very practical. It blinds your subjects and takes an awkwardly long time. If people move because they get bored, that makes for blurry pics.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OS and Apps - third-party switch? 9/10</strong><br />LG&rsquo;s Android skin has improved a lot since the G2 but it&rsquo;s still not our favourite. In fact, you&rsquo;ll be tempted to swap it. It does have some clever tricks, though, such as customising which apps show onscreen buttons. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G3-supertest-red.png?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G3-supertest-detail-1.jpg?1417616103" /> </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="3000" height="2000" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G3-supertest-detail-2.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-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"> The 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><strong>The Winner is ... Motorola Moto X </strong></p> <p>After the Moto X, you won&rsquo;t want to go back to any other Android. It&rsquo;s smart, it&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s the kind of beautifully crafted handset you find yourself picking up for no reason whatsoever. Motorola&rsquo;s software works seamlessly wit Android to make your life that bit easier and Moto Maker lets a mass-produced phone be personalised like never before.&nbsp;</p> <p>App fiends might prefer an iPhone or photographers the Z3, but the Moto X feels like it&rsquo;s built for everyone, made even sweeter by its price. It&rsquo;s no budget Moto G but it is a reasonable &pound;460 for the 32GB model, which we&rsquo;d recommend, and &pound;10 a month cheaper than the iPhone on a typical contract. Around the world, particularly in the US, it&#39;s even more of a bargain compared to its rivals. Who could say no to that?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones in the world right now&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><strong>THE FINAL SCORES </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (from &pound;420)</a></strong> ✭✭✭✭✭<br />Since when was Motorola capable of producing a true superphone? Since now.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 (from &pound;410)</a></strong> ✭✭✭✭✭<br />The G3&#39;s reign at the very top may be over, but it&#39;s still a powerhouse with a superb screen.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 (from &pound;540)</a></strong> ✭✭✭✭✭<br />This is the freshest iPhone in years but the very best Androids still have the edge.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 (from &pound;530) </a></strong>✭✭✭✭✭<br />Sony does things differently - the Z3, like the Z2 before it, is the connoisseur&#39;s choice.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review">Samsung Galaxy Alpha (from &pound;515)</a></strong> ✭✭✭✭✩<br />Samsung&#39;s answer to the S5&#39;s critics is a fine phone that&#39;s flawed in a couple of areas.</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="Tech Rater scores for all five phones which helped to make the overall decision" alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 vx Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy A" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/supertest-image.jpg?1417616103" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s next? </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>We might have tested nearly all of the finest handset hardware for the year but the best is still&nbsp;to come. Superphones like these keep getting better, with new operating systems, apps and functionality arriving a month after you buy. Case in point, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a>, complete with Material Design, is rolling out to the Moto X already with the LG G3 due an update by Christmas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many of iOS 8&rsquo;s neatest tricks &ndash; such as Continuity, which lets you browse seamlessly from iThing to iThing and answer phone calls on your Mac &ndash; hadn&rsquo;t arrived when we did this five-way test, and Apple Pay is US-only at launch. So look out for an update to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 review</a>. Oh, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">PS4 Remote Play</a> is now live for the Sony Xperia Z3. It&#39;s no deal-breaker but it&#39;s a nice addition for gamers in busy households.&nbsp;</p> <p>And there&rsquo;s plenty more still to come this year &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a> wasn&rsquo;t quite in time for this test, but we&#39;ve now had a look at both this and its wacky cousin, the Note Edge. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6</a>, essentially a big Moto X, will be getting the full Stuff test treatment very soon. Happy deciding.&nbsp;</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="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/smartphone-supertest-late-2014-apple-iphone-6-vs-sony-xperia-z3-vs-lg-g3-vs-motorola-moto-x-vs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/smartphone-supertest-late-2014-apple-iphone-6-vs-sony-xperia-z3-vs-lg-g3-vs-motorola-moto-x-vs#comments Apple G3 Galaxy Alpha iPhone 6 LG Moto X Motorola Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:55:55 +0000 Sophie Charara 1453843 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: OK Go releasing album as DNA, Destiny’s first expansion exposed, and the Galaxy S5 fell well short of sales targets http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/fully-charged-ok-go-releasing-album-dna-destiny-s-first-expansion-exposed-and-galaxy-s5-fell <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start the day 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="OK Go" alt="OK Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ok-go.jpg?1416987831" /> </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="/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"> OK Go’s new album coming as DNA </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>Power pop band OK Go is best known for its elaborate, meme-ready music videos, which have at times <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim">utilized new technology</a> to create amazing scenes. Now the band plans to innovate in another way, by releasing a very special edition of its new album - called <em>Hungry Ghosts</em> - as DNA.</p> <p>Yes, that DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The band is working with Sri Kosuri, biochemist at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), whose previous conversion of a book into DNA got their attention. It&rsquo;s a matter of transferring one kind of code (digital) to another (genetic), and the result could merely look like a few drops of water in a vial. Except it&#39;ll have many thousands of copies of the album encoded within.</p> <p>Well, at least that&rsquo;s what it <em>might</em> look like, if they can sort out the logistics. &ldquo;Legally speaking, it&rsquo;s unclear whether we will be able to sell the DNA to anyone, or how we would physically get it to them,&rdquo; said singer Damian Kulash to the New Yorker. &ldquo;Obviously, it&rsquo;s an artistic gesture and a scientific project, not the most efficient way to actually buy our album.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/petri-dish-pop">The New Yorker</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim">Fully Charged: Legendary Star Wars games being re-released, Office 365 users get unlimited OnDrive storage, and Elon Musk sees A.I. as a threat</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny’s first expansion exposed </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 still hooked on Bungie&rsquo;s amazing online shooter, <em>Destiny</em> (like we are), then you&rsquo;re no doubt looking forward to digging into <em>The Dark Below</em>, the first big expansion pack. It&rsquo;s due out on 9 December, and above you&rsquo;ll find an official deep dive into what it entails, including new story content, multiplayer maps, and customization options.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6saWAcGizxU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6saWAcGizxU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 sales missed targets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal this week, Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - significantly underperformed compared to both the previous model and the company&rsquo;s own expectations.</p> <p>Samsung produced 20% more initial units of the S5 than it did for the S4, but sales were about 40% less than expected - about 12 millions units reached consumers in the first three months, while the S4 sold 16 million in the same span. Do the math, and it sounds like several million handsets were &ldquo;piling up in warehouses,&rdquo; says the report, forcing Samsung to amp up its marketing spend to get them moving.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s recent third-quarter profits were down 60% on plummeting smartphone sales, and an executive recently admitted that Samsung would streamline its device portfolio next year. We found the Galaxy S5 to be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">another excellent phone</a>, but &ldquo;it doesn&rsquo;t quite go above and beyond&rdquo; compared to some more exciting competitors, says our review. Hopefully the S6 can make a bigger leap.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-considering-shake-up-in-management-1416783847">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/24/7273817/samsung-management-shakeup">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-official.jpg?1416987831" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Batman: Arkham Knight trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2015, and thanks to this new clip, we have a litany of fresh reasons as to why. It&rsquo;s the first of three new trailers (the next is due in a week) spotlighting the Ace Chemicals Infiltration mission, and it serves up more than three minutes of trimmed gameplay and cinematic footage that focuses only on the awesome-looking stuff. So, pretty much all of it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPXtuCDp47s">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jPXtuCDp47s" 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/destiny/fully-charged-ok-go-releasing-album-dna-destiny-s-first-expansion-exposed-and-galaxy-s5-fell#comments Console games Destiny Galaxy S5 Gaming Music Samsung Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453887 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: It&#039;s still a great Android tablet, but the new, low price for the iPad Mini 2 makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 look rather pricey </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="A regular homescreen on the Tab S - Magazine is just a swipe away " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-main.png?1416416302" /> </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="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s taken Samsung a while, but there have been signs of late that it&#39;s finally cracked this whole tablet thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Just last week we proclaimed the Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>&nbsp;to be&nbsp;the best full-sized Android tablet on the planet. And now here comes the similarly specced 8.4in model out to repeat the trick.</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"> £320.00 </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"> Stonkingly good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Magazine UI has really come into its own </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to hold, solid build </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"> The iPad Mini 2 is now much cheaper </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some UI lag </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Play apps aren’t tablet optimised </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"> Slim and solid </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>Sure, we like how the Tab S 8.4 is even skinnier than the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review"> TabPro</a> at a ludicrous 6.6mm thick. We also like how seriously light in the hand the 294g tab is - without feeling cheap or toy-like. And how it&rsquo;s still easier to hold one-handed than an iPad Mini thanks to the screen ratio.</p> <p>But what&rsquo;s really won us over is how sturdy the Tab S feels compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">last few batches of Samsung tablets</a> - and smartphones - we&rsquo;ve tested. OK, it&rsquo;ll flex very slightly if you really go at it but the plastic build is nice and solid. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the smooth, stable aluminium form of an iPad Mini but it&rsquo;s enough to really make a difference. Especially when you&rsquo;re paying &pound;320.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">The best-looking small tablet - iPad Mini with Retina display reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>In terms of looks, we&rsquo;re talking textbook Galaxy. Home button below the screen in portrait, in-between two brightly lit capacitive buttons. Fairly slim bezels. MicroSD card slot on the side. Samsung is still playing around with textures and trimmings, though - on our Dazzling White model there&rsquo;s a slightly slippy back panel and a faux-metal, rose gold band around the edge. It also comes in Titanium Bronze.</p> <p>The good news is that the fake stitching and faux leather have been banished to tablet design hell but, to be honest, Samsung needs to keep trying. It&rsquo;ll get there. For now, the Tab S is a skinny and sturdy slate that won&rsquo;t look cheap and nasty next to an iPad Mini.&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="Dazzling white and rose gold looks better than it sounds " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-corner.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-rear.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microUSB.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microSD.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What are those clicky circles on the back? </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>Simple Clickers, silly.</p> <p>Now if you&rsquo;re not planning to attach any covers to your Tab S, you can ignore them. If you&rsquo;re interested in protecting your Samsung, however, these will keep it in place more securely than a magnetic cover. They only work with Tab S covers; any Bluetooth keyboards instead have slots to rest the slate in and don&rsquo;t make use of the circular click locks.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> This screen&#039;s a stunner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What. A. Screen.</p> <p>If you thought the Tab S 10.5&rsquo;s display was tasty, get ready for a mesmerising staring session with the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>With a 2560x1600 resolution and at this size, it&rsquo;s sharper than the bigger Samsung tablet - a whopping 360ppi - and it&rsquo;s also a bright, punchy Super AMOLED panel.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the brightest small tablet we&rsquo;ve ever used, in fact, so a bit of sunlight won&rsquo;t stop you catching up on emails. And by sharp we meant insanely sharp, like the TabPro before it, with extra detail on hi-res images and in full HD videos to make your jaw drop. The fact that it&#39;s a Super AMOLED panel also means that deep blacks are seriously impressive. And if you like your colours vibrant, you won&#39;t be disappointed.</p> <p>All that and it&rsquo;s both taller and wider than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini with Retina display&rsquo;s</a> 7.9in screen in a very similar sized body. So is it better?</p> <p>After a lot of testing and squabbling, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a> just edges ahead. Why? The Tab S 8.4 might display beautifully inky blacks but whites in apps, movies or webpage backgrounds have a bit of a blue tinge to them and don&rsquo;t look as pure and crisp as on the iPad. We got the best out of it when we manually chose a Super AMOLED setting to get eye-popping homescreens and Papergarden magazines then switched to Basic for movies. The iPad looks gorgeous with no alien colours or skintones no matter what you throw at it. If you plan to use it mainly for movies or gaming rather than browsing the web, though, you can&rsquo;t get better than the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>Us? We use the internet too much.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Stuff Tab S edition looks tasty " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-summer-cycling.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-screen.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-1_0.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Magazine UI is now a killer feature </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>Three things raise Samsung&rsquo;s new UI, based on KitKat 4.4.2, above regular Android tablets: Magazine UI, Samsung freebies and Multi Window.</p> <p>The first means that two homescreens are given over to tiled widgets showing calendar info, Hancom Office docs, email, news streams from Flipboard and WatchON TV info. It&rsquo;s gorgeous, it&rsquo;s lively and, though Magazine UI isn&rsquo;t new - we&#39;ve seen it on a few other Samsung tabs - it&rsquo;s improving all the time,&nbsp;with a new briefing panel for calendar, bookmarks and alarms. You can&rsquo;t turn it off but it&rsquo;s easy to ignore.</p> <p>The Tab S series takes the concept of freebies to dizzy heights with Galaxy Gifts. 50GB of Dropbox for two years, free books via the Kindle app, a three-month Marvel Unlimited sub and plenty more. Non-essential Samsung apps are also (ironically) relegated to a Galaxy Essentials app too, so it&rsquo;s up to you what you download.</p> <p>Multi Window, which lets you view two apps splitscreen, is also present and correct, together with new tricks such as being able to swap the apps round and dragging and dropping text from one window to the other. This is a bit hit and miss but definitely a step in the right direction.</p> <p>Lastly, Papergarden is a nice treat too. It&rsquo;s an interactive magazine store populated by titles which have designed special Tab S editions to take advantage of the resolution and ratio, <em>Stuff</em> included.</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="Briefing on Magazine UI is simple and glanceable " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-magazine-briefing.png?1416416302" /> </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="Apps and freebies are neatly packaged into two areas " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-galaxy-gifts.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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>Screen: 8.4in 2560x1600 (360ppi) Super AMOLED</p> <p>Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core, 1.3GHz quad-core)&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 3GB</p> <p>OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)</p> <p>Camera: 8MP rear with LED, 2.1MP front, 1080p video @30fps</p> <p>Storage: 16GB (+ microSD up to 128GB)</p> <p>Battery: 4900mAh&nbsp;</p> <p>Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 3G/4G</p> <p>Dimensions: 125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm</p> <p>Weight: 294g, 298g (LTE)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance just short of perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As much as we like the feature-packed, grown-up looking version of Touchwiz, sadly it must be responsible for the occasional lag we experienced when using the Tab S 8.4. Because it can&rsquo;t be that beastly Exynos 5 Octa processor and 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s minor but up against flawless performance from the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini</a>, it shows. Open and close Chrome or the Gallery&nbsp;a couple of times&nbsp;or swipe between Magazine screens and homescreens and you&rsquo;ll see stutters.</p> <p>When taxed with <em>Asphalt 8</em> or less intensive games such as <em>Blek</em> though, the Tab S 8.4 is dreamy. Downloads are fast and 1080p video playback is smooth. With an AnTuTu score of 34,411 and that silicon, they should be too. It&rsquo;s not an Android niggle, it&rsquo;s a Samsung one.</p> <p>Still, storage is a bright spot. &pound;320 for a 16GB machine doesn&rsquo;t sound so bad when you can drop another &pound;80 on a 128GB microSD card if you really want locally stored media. A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">128GB iPad Mini with Retina display</a> costs &pound;560. Do the maths.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">The &pound;260 LG G Pad 8.3 review&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 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"> All-Day Battery </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 might only have a slightly larger battery than that in the TabPro 8.4 - now 4900mAh as opposed to 4800mAh - but Samsung&rsquo;s doing something right because the Tab S&rsquo;s battery life is superb.</p> <p>In our week with the device, we tended to go a day and a half between charges and in our HD video rundown (half brightness, Wi-Fi and sync on) it managed just over 10 hours. Yet another reason the Tab S is so much nicer to live with than the TabPro - less charging.</p> <p>It charges quickly too and now as well as a regular power-saver mode, there&rsquo;s also Samsung&rsquo;s Ultra Power Saving mode. This kills most apps apart from calls, messages and emails and switches the screen to black and white. Less of a lifesaver than on the S5 but still nice when you hit 7%.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That bright colourful screen lasts longer than you might think " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-lockscren.png?1416416302" /> </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 the fingerprint scanner any good? </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>Yes and no. Function-wise it&rsquo;s impressive, with multiple users able to assign digits to unlock their account (after selecting their name on the lockscreen), three fingers per user can be stored and payment for Samsung apps and PayPal is already integrated.</p> <p>We might be nitpicking but it&rsquo;s just not very elegant to use. You have to swipe a finger over the Tab S&rsquo; home button which is tricky to get right unless it&rsquo;s flat on the desk and doesn&rsquo;t work everytime. Using your thumb as you hold the tablet in two hands helps, but overall we still prefer Apple&rsquo;s press-to-scan style of fingerprint recognition. For now, we&rsquo;ll use Samsung&rsquo;s for payments only - it&rsquo;s slightly more hassle than the security is worth for unlocking.</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"> Capable Cameras - If You Need Them </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 goes without saying that Samsung has stuck a pair of decent cameras on the Tab S 8.4. Well, we wish it went without saying so we didn&rsquo;t have to look like a berk testing the rear 8MP camera, but hey, some people use tablet cameras.</p> <p>It fares better in daylight - at times getting close to matching smartphone cameras with rich colours and good exposure. Things get fuzzy at night, but essentially the rear snapper can step in when your smartphone&rsquo;s sleeping. There&rsquo;s an LED flash on the back too and the 2.1MP front camera handles Skype calls nicely. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Not quite as embarrassing as taking snaps with a 10in tab " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-camera-1.png?1416416302" /> </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="LED flash i.e. permission to get this out in the club " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-rear-build.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an incredible tablet with almost no flaws. Superb screen, unique features, a battery that doesn&rsquo;t need charging every night&hellip; really, there&#39;s very little that&#39;s missing here.</p> <p>So does it beat the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini with Retina display</a>? Well, it&rsquo;s lighter, easier to hold one-handed, has a bigger screen, offers more storage for less money and comes with tons of freebies.</p> <p>But for us the&nbsp;iPad Mini&nbsp;stays on top by a whisker for its unrivalled tablet design, absolutely flawless performance and wider selection of optimised tablet apps. Sure, the Tab S 8.4 is smaller than most Android tablets and both the Magazine UI and Papergarden help but the App Store is where you&rsquo;ll find the best apps for (slightly) bigger screens.&nbsp;</p> <p>Against other Android tabs, though, it&#39;s a winner. OK, so if a cheap price is your main requirement then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">LG G Pad 8.3</a> have you covered. But if what you&#39;re really after is the very best Android tab on the planet, well then that&rsquo;s now made by Samsung. In both sizes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">These are the Top Ten tablets on the planet&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s almost nothing to disappoint here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-8.4-review-portrait-verdict.png?1416416302" /> </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="SuperAM-OOOH-LED" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-colour.png?1416416302" /> </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"> UPDATE: Apple throws an iPad Mini 2-shaped spanner in the works </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>All of the above represents how we felt about&nbsp;</strong><strong>the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</strong><strong>when we first reviewed it back in August 2014, but Apple&#39;s now shifted the whole small tablet arena by dropping the price of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;to just &pound;240. We still like Samsung&#39;s tab a great deal but there&#39;s no denying that it now looks mighty pricey by comparison and we&#39;ve had to drop it from 5 stars to 4 stars as a result.</strong></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;re still set on a small Android tablet the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 could well be the one for you, but do make sure you also check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</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-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"> 10 </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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>This light, bright Super AMOLED star is one of the best small Android tabs out there</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"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: &quot;An incredible tablet&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review#comments Android Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Samsung Tablets Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:11:46 +0000 Sophie Charara 1443659 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Winter training tips for spring marathons http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-winter-training-tips-spring-marathons/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You! You should run a marathon. The sense of achievement, the glory, the charitable causes. We’re with you every step of the way. Figuratively speaking. </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/marathon2.jpg?1416415379" /> </div> </div> </div> <script type='text/javascript'> var ebRand = Math.random()+''; ebRand = ebRand * 1000000; //<![CDATA[ document.write('<scr'+'ipt src="HTTP://bs.serving-sys.com/Serving/ActivityServer.bs?cn=as&amp;ActivityID=561114&amp;rnd=' + ebRand + '">'); //]]> </![cdata[></script><p><noscript><br /> <img width="1" height="1" style="border:0" src="HTTP://bs.serving-sys.com/Serving/ActivityServer.bs?cn=as&amp;ActivityID=561114&amp;ns=1" /><br /> </noscript></p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Stay dry </strong><br />Marathons are all about mentality. Your brain will tell your to give up way before your body hits its limit but keeping morale up is important. Staying dry while you&rsquo;re training in winter is crucial. Dress warm and keep the water away to stay healthy and, possibly, cheerful.</p> <p><strong>Get a coach </strong><br />A decent coach makes all the difference. Someone to shout when you&rsquo;re feeling down, encourage you when you&rsquo;re knackered and generally keep tabs on you. Finding someone you can tolerate is a challenge, though, so the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a virtual coach.</p> <p><strong>Wear it </strong><br />The Note 4 works brilliantly with smartwatches such as the Samsung Gear Fit to make training simple &ndash; you can track progress, sort your workout music and keep an eye on the mountains of emails piling up as your office awaits you return.</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/MarathonLead.jpg?1416415379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Eat right </strong><br />Running isn&rsquo;t just about carbo-loading before you head out: eating right is something you need to do every day. On non-running days you should aim to eat plenty of protein, while foods rich in Omega-3 can help keep your joints moving easily. On running days, shoot for foods such as fruit and nuts, smoothies and foods with plenty of carbohydrates. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a diet tracker: tap in what you&rsquo;re eating and it uses its built-in database to keep track of how you&rsquo;re doing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-7-ways-samsung-galaxy-note-4-extension-your-body/feature">Read more: how the Note 4 can become an extension of your body &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-N910FZKEBTU/?cid=uk_banner_haymarket_note4contentpartnership_20141029_mb_cont-marathons">Buy your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 here &gt;&gt;&gt;&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=11472142&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%n&amp;rtu=-1" /></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/MarathonFood.jpg?1416415379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/galaxy-note-4/promoted-winter-training-tips-spring-marathons/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-winter-training-tips-spring-marathons/feature#comments Galaxy Note 4 Promotion Samsung Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:21:24 +0000 Maguire 1453532 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung says fewer phones ahead, Nokia’s Z Launcher hits Google Play, and now you can search every tweet ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start your day off strong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge.jpg?1416448929" /> </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="/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"> Fewer Samsung phones in 2015 </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 went a little crazy with its smartphone selection this year, with all manner of variants and spinoffs for its flagship devices, not to mention numerous mid-range and low-end options. Perhaps relatedly, Samsung also reported dramatically sinking profits after the Galaxy S-fueled surge.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s time to pare down the release calendar, it seems. Robert Yi, Samsung&rsquo;s head of investor relations, tells The Wall Street Journal that the company will trim its selection down by about 25-30%, and that they&rsquo;ll seek to share more key components between models.</p> <p>No doubt, we&rsquo;ll see a Galaxy S6 before long, and surely new versions of other familiar Samsung handsets, but expect fewer slightly-tweaked variants that are probably more trouble than they&#39;re worth for the manufacturer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-plans-to-cut-smartphone-models-by-up-to-30-in-2015-1416282267?tesla=y&amp;mg=reno64-wsj">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/18/samsung-will-make-less-phones-with-long-names-starting-with-galaxy/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia’s Z Launcher out on Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we found out yesterday morning, Nokia has a brand new tablet called the N1, which looks a whole lot like an iPad mini - except it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. More specifically, it utilizes Nokia&rsquo;s own Z Launcher, which offers predictive suggestions of the apps you&rsquo;ll want to use at any given time, and lets you scribble with your finger to initiate searches.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a few months before the N1 actually launches, but you can grab the Z Launcher now on your Android 4.1+ device via Google Play. It <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-see-30-minutes-metal-gear-solid-v-phantom-pain-plus-blackberry-s-phablet-and-n">first became available</a> as an APK through Nokia&rsquo;s own beta program over the summer, but now anyone can snag the slick still-in-beta launcher and give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nokia.z">Google Play</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news">Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L</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="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" alt="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1_0.jpg?1416448929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Search all of the tweets </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>About half a trillion tweets have been sent out over Twitter since its debut in 2006, and now you can easily search the entire database thanks to substantial upgrades made by the service.</p> <p>You can track the trajectory of popular hashtags by finding tweets bearing them over a certain time span, or seek out certain terms sent out into the world by particular users. Twitter posted a mind-numbingly long and complex explanation of how they pulled it off, but the takeaway is this: whatever embarrassing scree you posted that one hazy night back when is now much easier to find. Take care.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-complete-tweet-index">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://time.com/3592734/twitter-search-every-tweet/">Time</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">35 best free apps for Android</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="725" title="Stuff on Twitter" alt="Stuff on Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter-stuff.png?1416448929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Final Fantasy VII recreated in LittleBigPlanet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We honestly don&rsquo;t want to think about the amount of time and determination it took to bring this project to life, but someone has recreated the entirety of PSone role-playing classic <em>Final Fantasy VII</em> within <em>LittleBigPlanet 2</em>.</p> <p>What you see above is the first of 107 video clips than span the entire, freely playable experience, using the PlayStation 3 creation suite to recreate iconic locations, characters, and moments. And since all past shared series content is also available in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> - launching soon on PS4 and PS3 alike - even new-gen console owners can get in on the nostalgia-glazed zaniness.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOJu0vZ05Q">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/18/littlebigplanet-2-fan-meticulously-recreates-final-fantasy-7/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEOJu0vZ05Q" 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/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo#comments Android Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Nokia Samsung Smartphones Twitter Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453503 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 7 ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is an extension of your body http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-7-ways-samsung-galaxy-note-4-extension-your-body/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We care about our tech. We want it faster, slimmer, longer-lived and more connected. But we also want our technology to care about us. </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung_health3_resize.jpg?1418028549" /> </div> </div> </div> <script type='text/javascript'> var ebRand = Math.random()+''; ebRand = ebRand * 1000000; //<![CDATA[ document.write('<scr'+'ipt src="HTTP://bs.serving-sys.com/Serving/ActivityServer.bs?cn=as&amp;ActivityID=561114&amp;rnd=' + ebRand + '">'); //]]> </![cdata[></script><p><noscript><br /> <img width="1" height="1" style="border:0" src="HTTP://bs.serving-sys.com/Serving/ActivityServer.bs?cn=as&amp;ActivityID=561114&amp;ns=1" /><br /> </noscript></p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>5 The coach will spur you on
</strong><br />We all need a bit of motivation. For us, it&rsquo;s the promise of cake at the end of a run. For you, it could be the coach on the Galaxy Note 4. Tell the coach what your goals are and it&rsquo;ll set you related challenges.</p> <p><strong>6 It records your workouts
</strong><br />Recording your workout history is critical to reaching your goals, and provides a useful bit of motivation when it it&rsquo;s raining outside and you&rsquo;ve got to put another 5km under your belt. Tracking your distances, complete with compatibility with your music library and an audio guide, is a great way to stay on top.</p> <p><strong>7 It tracks your stress
</strong><br />We can tell when we&rsquo;re stressed: we start scowling at the cat and stress-eating crisps. The S-Health app can tell when you&rsquo;re stressed through the more scientific method of measuring your heart-rate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-7-reasons-s-pen-better-your-finger/feature">Read more: why the S-Pen is way better than your finger</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-N910FZKEBTU/?cid=uk_banner_haymarket_note4contentpartnership_20141029_mb_cont-bodyextension">Buy your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 here &gt;&gt;&gt;&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=11472139&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%n&amp;rtu=-1" /></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/samsung_health2_resize.jpg?1418028549" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/galaxy-note-4/promoted-7-ways-samsung-galaxy-note-4-extension-your-body/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-7-ways-samsung-galaxy-note-4-extension-your-body/feature#comments Galaxy Note 4 Promotion Samsung Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:17:39 +0000 Maguire 1453444 at http://www.stuff.tv I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR http://www.stuff.tv/audi/i-was-driven-new-audi-tts-inside-samsung-gear-vr/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s partnered with Audi to deliver virtual experiences of the next TT model – and Stuff went eyes-on </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 VR rig attached to the Audi TTS" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-pro-vr-2.jpg?1416220956" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>People don&rsquo;t drive cars before they buy them any more, and people buy cars based on what smartphone they use: two nuggets of information I gleaned from a brief conversation with Amit Sood, Tech Lead of <a href="http://http://www.stuff.tv/audi-launches-worlds-first-kinect-powered-car-dealership-london/news">Audi City London</a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> You&#039;re going to want a TTS </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 drive is both great fun and a bit surreal. The slick visuals and crescendoing engine roar give a sense of of the TTS&#39;s brutal speed at odds with the unhurried delivery of Löffler, who explains how Usain Bolt&rsquo;s taut legs inspired the TTS&rsquo;s design as he hammers it around the track. Looking around at him from the passenger seat, it&#39;s impressive how good he is at delivering a script at a hundred miles per hour.&nbsp; <p>The footage was filmed on five GoPros mounted on a custom frame wedged in the passenger seat (pointing forward, up, down and to both sides). The five feeds were resolved into a 60fps, 3000x1500 video stream that allows you to look every which way but backwards (look down, and you have no legs).</p> <p>There are limitations, of course. The video isn&#39;t 3D - for obvious reasons, you can&#39;t lean forward to get closer to the car&#39;s controls - and the lack of G forces as you accelerate and corner takes some&nbsp;of the drama out of the drive. But short of putting you in a simulator, or of actually being driven in the car, this is the closest you&rsquo;re going to get.</p> <p>Other Audi VR videos to watch include a look at the design sketches of the TTS, a 360-degree walk-around of the TT Coupe (the model you can drive away this month), and a comparison between the TT Roadster and the TTS (both coming next year). The drive is definitely the main event.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will Findlater, looking sharp in a Samsung Gear VR" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-gear-vr-6.jpg?1416220956" /> </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 VR filming rig" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-tt-pro-vr-1.jpg?1416220956" /> </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="Jurgen Loffler, ready to proselytise" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-tt-pro-vr-2.jpg?1416220956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> You’re going to want a Gear VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear VR itself performs incredibly well. The video didn&rsquo;t stutter in playback even when I moved my head quickly, and the phone&rsquo;s nine-axis sensor did an impressive job of picking up my orientation as I looked around the dashboard and the track ahead. <p>Coincidentally, earlier that very same day I&rsquo;d tried a headset from VRTX One that operates in the same way as the Gear VR, except with an LG G3 in place of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Viewed through lenses that fill your entire field of vision, it&rsquo;s clear that the G3 has the better screen for close-ups &ndash; the Note 4&rsquo;s pentile OLED looks comparatively pixellated &ndash; but isn&rsquo;t so good at the movement sensing, which is noticeably jerkier.</p> <p>The VRTX One headset I tried was still at prototype stage, though, and the G3 inside was running different footage (in case you&rsquo;re wondering, an amazing-looking augmented reality fantasy RPG that only appears when you&rsquo;re gazing at a particular QR code, some footage from the side of a Linkin Park gig and some NFL training), and may perform better with further optimised software.</p> <p>The Gear VR&rsquo;s ergonomics and controls are also impressive: a wheel between the lenses smoothly adjusts focus, while a responsive touch panel on the right-hand side of the headset navigates menus, and a back button on the left returns you to your previous screen. (The GameFace has no visible controls.) It&#39;s a really comfy thing to wear, though judging from the pictures, not something to try in public.</p> <p>It&#39;ll be interesting to see how the Gear VR copes with 3D games run off the Galaxy Note 4. If the experience is as smooth as it is with the TTS drive video, the Gear/Note combo will be hugely compelling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news">The first VR headset for mobile phones is built for the LG G3</a></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="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR, side view" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-gear-vr-1.jpg?1416220956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR, at the business end" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-gear-vr-2.jpg?1416220956" /> </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="The Gear VR, at a wonky angle" alt="I was driven in an Audi TTS… inside a Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-gear-vr-7.jpg?1416220956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Sold? </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>I&rsquo;d still recommend anyone in the market for a TT actually drive the car &ndash; after all, that&rsquo;s part of the fun &ndash; but if your dealership is in an area as manic as Piccadilly, I can understand taking the VR drive option. And it lets you &#39;try out&#39; a variant of the car you can&#39;t in real life just yet. <p>In fact, the VR option&rsquo;s worth a go in any case. First, it&rsquo;s fun, and second, even if you walk out of the dealership without having bought a TT Coupe, Roadster or TTS you probably will want a Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4.</p> <p>If you want to have a go, head down to your local dealership: the TT VR experience will be live at 47 Audi Centres from this Saturday, and a further 115 next weekend. Put on your good shoes. <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/new-audi-tt-has-all-angles-covered/news">New Audi TT has all the angles covered</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/audi-gear-vr-5.jpg?1416220956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/audi/i-was-driven-new-audi-tts-inside-samsung-gear-vr/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/audi/i-was-driven-new-audi-tts-inside-samsung-gear-vr/feature#comments Audi Galaxy Note 4 Gear VR Samsung Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:09:40 +0000 Will Findlater 1453194 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Spacecraft lands on comet, Samsung’s gold-covered curved TV, and converting a PlayStation TV back into a handheld http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-vita/fully-charged-spacecraft-lands-comet-samsung-s-gold-covered-curved-tv-and-convertin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the tech news you need to begin the day </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="ESA spacecraft render" alt="ESA spacecraft render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/esa-comet-spacecraft.jpg?1415928314" /> </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="/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"> Spacecraft successfully lands on comet </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 tuned into social media, you probably got a strong whiff of this news all over your feeds yesterday, but if not: the European Space Agency <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/12/7204373/humanity-just-landed-a-spacecraft-on-a-comet">landed a spacecraft on a comet</a> following 10 years of travel.</p> <p>ESA&rsquo;s Rosetta orbiter dropped the lander towards a comet named 67P/Churyumov&ndash;Gerasimenko, and seven hours later, it touched down and made contact back to Earth. Unfortunately, the built-in harpoons added to anchor the lander to the surface failed to launch, and the craft may have bounced away from and back to the comet in the time since.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s hoping that the spectacular thrill of the landing hasn&rsquo;t been <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-galactic-s-spaceshiptwo-explodes-california-test-flight/news">dashed by a surprise malfunction</a>, but whatever the case, it&rsquo;s a major accomplishment for the space agency and should provide plenty of data and insight on topics as significant as the construction of our solar system.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/12/7204373/humanity-just-landed-a-spacecraft-on-a-comet">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30032559">BBC]</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-galactic-s-spaceshiptwo-explodes-california-test-flight/news">Virgin Galactic&rsquo;s SpaceShipTwo explodes in California test flight</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s gold-covered curved TV </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>To raise money for a medical charity and turn some heads in the process, Samsung commissioned Korean artist Sung Yong Hong to slather the back of a 78in curved UHD TV with gold lacquer paint and add images inspired by the history of televised entertainment.</p> <p>The set will be auctioned off by Christie&rsquo;s in Hong Kong, but will first be displayed from 20 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Proceeds from the auction benefit Orbis, which aims to promote access to quality eye health care.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=44557">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/got-curved-tv-samsung-now-makes-curved-soundbar-match/news">Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match</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="835" title="Samsung&#039;s gold curved TV" alt="Samsung&#039;s gold curved TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gold-tv.jpg?1415928314" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Turn the Playstation TV back into a handheld </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>Well, this is baffling. Sony&rsquo;s new PlayStation TV, launching tomorrow in the UK, is essentially the cheap home console version of the PlayStation Vita handheld, albeit without compatibility for many of the Vita&rsquo;s best games. And the aftermarket DekaVita7 takes the PS TV, wraps a large plastic shell around it, and thus turns it back into a portable system. Wait, why?</p> <p>We can&rsquo;t answer that question. Sure, the DekaVita7 offers a larger display than the Vita - it has a 7in IPS LCD, whereas the Vita has just a 5in display - but it lacks touch interactions, is compatible with a small portion of the Vita game library, and scraps the relatively precise design of the Sony handheld in favor of a big slab of plastic.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s priced at nearly &pound;125 in Japan, where it&rsquo;ll apparently launch next spring. But only if there are enough pre-orders to satisfy creator GameTech&rsquo;s manufacturing targets; otherwise &ldquo;the project will be abandoned.&rdquo; Good luck with that.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gametech.co.jp/preorder/dekavita7/en/index.html">GameTech</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/11/12/7204493/this-overpriced-bulky-gadget-turns-your-playstation-tv-into-the">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">Sony PlayStation Vita Slim 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="800" title="DekaVita7" alt="DekaVita7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dekavita.jpg?1415928314" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Simband dev kit is an enhanced Gear S </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 hopes to bring on a variety of hardware and software partners for its health platform, and the Simband is the company&rsquo;s ideal for what a wellness-centric wearable should look like. And in its current iteration, designed to give developers something to work with, it looks pretty well identical to the Gear S smartwatch at a glance.</p> <p>Granted, there&rsquo;s more to it on the inside part of the strap, with numerous modular sensors included to measure things like heart rate, oxygen and CO2 levels, EKG levels, and quite a bit more. On the outside, however, it looks just like the Gear S, with the same large, curved screen. But this isn&rsquo;t quite consumer-ready tech yet, and the current Simband won&rsquo;t be sold: it&rsquo;s simply a reference for developers that&rsquo;ll get them thinking about Samsung&rsquo;s plans in the space.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/12/samsungs-simband/">Mashable</a>, <a href="http://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-simband/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-makes-health-monitoring-push-simband-and-open-platform/news">Samsung makes health monitoring push with Simband and cloud-based platform</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="675" title="Simband" alt="Simband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/simband-devs.jpg?1415928314" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/playstation-vita/fully-charged-spacecraft-lands-comet-samsung-s-gold-covered-curved-tv-and-convertin#comments Gaming Health and fitness PlayStation Vita Samsung TVs Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453052 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Gear VR out in December, plus Project Beyond 3D camera system announced http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-out-december-plus-project-beyond-3d-camera-system-announced/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera module will generate virtual surroundings based on the recorded footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gearvr-innovator.jpg?1415846623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re eager to begin exploring virtual worlds with your new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it won&rsquo;t be much longer now: the Gear VR headset shell is due out in a few short weeks.</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="/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"> Project Beyond </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 impending release is big news on its own, Samsung also took the opportunity to demonstrate what&rsquo;s ahead for the headset: namely, Project Beyond, a 360-degree camera unit that captures 3D footage of the world around it - a gigapixel per second of it, actually.</p> <p>The device has a total of 17 Full HD cameras, with 16 of those encircling the disc-like design and featuring wide 45-degree angle optics (the last camera is up top). Operators will be able to record footage or stream it live for other Gear VR owners to view.</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="600" title="Samsung Project Beyond" alt="Samsung Project Beyond" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-project-beyond.jpg?1415846623" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Verge had a chance to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/12/7205289/samsung-annonces-project-beyond-a-360-degree-3d-camera">check out footage</a>&nbsp;created with Project Beyond, and found the experience mostly impressive, albeit with some caveats - like not being able to move through the world or hear the audio from the scene.</p> <p>Still, it sounds like the first step towards creating some really impressive, immersive VR experiences. Samsung says the camera won&rsquo;t be available for sale right away, as it&rsquo;s still in active development, but that content created with it will be available to all Gear VR users from the start.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/12/7205289/samsung-annonces-project-beyond-a-360-degree-3d-camera">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FnBIvq8jzds" 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/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-out-december-plus-project-beyond-3d-camera-system-announced/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-out-december-plus-project-beyond-3d-camera-system-announced/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Gear VR Oculus Samsung Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:54:40 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453002 at http://www.stuff.tv