Galaxy Note 3 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-note-3/news en-GB Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two big phones, but which made the biggest impression on us? </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="1146" height="860" title="The LG G Pro 2 (left) and Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/g2-pro-vs-note-3.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one the battle of the phablets. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>&nbsp;is the undisputed king of the big-phone market, while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">LG G Pro 2</a> is the super-sized version of our 2013 Smartphone of the Year, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic vs plastic </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>Fans of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo; metal build or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a>&#39;s glass-clad body will be left feeling disappointed with both the Note 3 and G Pro 2, but that&#39;s not to say they&#39;re poorly built.</p> <p>Both feel solid in the hands, but the Note 3 offers a little more grip, thanks to its faux-leather textured back.&nbsp;Opinion on Samsung&#39;s fake stitching is split, but some people will find it a little bit too tacky for their tastes. Alright, most.</p> <p>The Note 3&#39;s only other er, notable, design feature is its S Pen, which sits tucked away in the bottom-right corner of the handset. We had trouble removing it from its slot quickly, but that does at least mean it&#39;s unlikely to fall out on the train.&nbsp;</p> <p>The G Pro 2 looks like a scaled up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, and that&#39;s because it is. The power and volume buttons are in the same position on the rear, which may take a little getting used to, but fortunately, the G Pro 2 can also be locked and unlocked with a screen tap combination if you&rsquo;re not a fan of the button placement. More on that later.</p> <p>The G Pro 2 also shares the G2&#39;s sexy slim bezels, cramming more screen into a body that&#39;s only slightly larger than the Note 3&#39;s. Coupled with its svelte 8.3mm depth and clever Mini View UI option, that means it&#39;s just about usable with one hand. Its textured plastic back, meanwhile, is a big improvement over the G2&#39;s slippery plastic shell.</p> <p>Both phones also have removable backs, enabling you to swap out the battery and add extra storage via microSD card.</p> <p>It&#39;s tricky to choose a winner here. We rather like the G Pro 2&#39;s rear button placement, but the Note 3&#39;s grippy back is welcome, especially as phones of this size can be precarious to use with one hand. So, honours even. <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Galaxy Note 3&#039;s faux-leather back won&#039;t be to everyone&#039;s taste" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Note-3-back_0.JPG?1398263379" /> </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 G Pro 2 and its back-mounted volume" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-g-pro-2-smartphone-review-back-001.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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>Both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have stunning full HD displays, with impressive colours and viewing angles. Despite each stretching a 1080p resolution over more than 5 inches of screen, you&#39;ll have no sharpness complaints. Obviously the fact that the LG has the bigger display - 5.9in to the Samsung&#39;s 5.7in - means it has a slightly lower&nbsp;pixel density (373ppi versus&nbsp;386ppi) but the difference is unimportant in daily use.</p> <p>What <em>is</em> important is the relative display tech used in each.&nbsp;The Note 3 sticks to Samsung&#39;s preferred Super AMOLED tech, which means deep, true blacks and vivid colours.&nbsp;LG has instead retained the G2&#39;s IPS+ LCD screen; LCD displays tend to serve up purer whites and more realistic colours than their AMOLED counterparts. </p> <p>Which one you prefer is largely up to you and ultimately either screen will delight your eyes on a daily basis. But for cramming in a slightly larger display into a body that&#39;s only a smidgen bigger, we&#39;re going to give this round to the G Pro 2.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> LG G Pro 2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-note-3-apps/feature">10 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps</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 G Pro 2 uses an IPS+ LCD screen..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g-pro-2-screen.JPG?1398263379" /> </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="...whereas the Note 3 has a Super AMOLED display" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-screen.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Feature-packed snappers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MmnaFOiInII/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have 13MP rear cameras. Both devices can record 4K video at 30fps, 1080 video at 60fps, and slow motion 720p video at 120fps.</p> <p>So far, so even. So this round&#39;s a draw, right? Not quite.</p> <p>The G Pro 2, being the newer device, has a few more tricks up its sleeve than its rival. For starters, it takes the already excellent OIS (optical image stabilisation) of the G2 and builds on it, with its OIS+ technology delivering even better performance in dim conditions. Frankly, it beats most competitors hands down in this regard, with only minimal noise visible&nbsp;in low-light shots.&nbsp;</p> <p>Results are better still in good light, matching those from the G2,&nbsp;and the fact that you&nbsp;can use the rear volume button as the shutter is a further bonus.</p> <p>Like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), the G Pro 2 also lets you refocus on different parts of a shot after you&#39;ve taken a photo. LG calls this Magic Focus, and in use it works pretty well. To get the most from it you&#39;ll need plenty of space between foreground and background - not to mention steady hands - but it&#39;s a nice feature to have.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Note 3&#39;s snapper is every bit the G Pro 2&#39;s equal in most regards. It fires out excellent images in good light, with impressive contrast and vivid colours. But with no optical stabilisation it can&#39;t match the G Pro 2 in low light conditions, and while in typical Samsung style it&#39;s packed with camera tricks, none are as useful as Magic Focus.</p> <p>So while both phones are among the best mobile snappers out there, this round goes to the G Pro 2.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> LG G Pro 2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 25 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 Note 3&#039;s snapper excels in good light" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3119_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </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="Magic Focus on the LG G Pro 2" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520camera%252002.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Power </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 G Pro 2 and Note 3 both have identical quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 brains, along with 3GB of RAM to help them run hordes of apps simultaneously.</p> <p>And, as you&#39;d expect, both phones blaze along without a problem, handling everything from hardcore games to full HD video to multi-tabbed web browsing without a stutter.</p> <p>All of which makes it all the more surprising that the G Pro 2 produced a disappointing AnTuTu score of just 20,679, whereas in our tests the Note 3 managed a massive&nbsp;34,652.&nbsp;Now real world results are always more important than benchmarks, but at the same time we wonder whether the G Pro 2 will suffer when presented with more demanding games in the future. And while we&#39;re not going to penalise it for that now, it&#39;s something to bear in mind when making your decision.</p> <p>Throw battery life into the equation and there&#39;s only winner in this category. While both devices pack a removable 3200mAh battery, the Note 3 comfortably lasts a day, whereas the G Pro 2 struggles to do the same. Maybe that slightly larger screen is counting against it here? Whatever the reason, a full day&#39;s use is the minimum we demand from our smartphones, so this round&#39;s going to the Samsung.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini 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="567" height="425" title="The Note 3&#039;s battery is a solid full dayer" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-charger.JPG?1398263379" /> </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 G Pro 2 scored surprisingly poorly on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520performance%252001.jpg?1398263379" /> </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 Note 3 is a gaming powerhouse" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3108_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> OS tweaks </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 and LG are among the most zealous of Android tweakers and both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have been heavily skinned - for better and worse.</p> <p>The Note 3 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz interface in all of its cartoony glory, and if you can manage to forgive it the garishly in-your-face design it has plenty of nice features.</p> <p>So, in no particular order, they include: a FlipBoard-powered stream of all your news and social updates; MultiWindow, which lets you&nbsp;view two apps simultaneously; a shrunken down display option for one-handed use; Smart Rotation, which automatically adjusts the screen&#39;s orientation to match that of your face; Quick Glance, which lets you wave your hand over the Note 3 when it&rsquo;s locked to summon notifications; Story Album for arranging your snaps; S Health for tracking exercise.</p> <p>Still with us? There&#39;s something for everyone, basically. And a lot that&#39;s probably for no-one.</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="Multi Window on the Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104_1.JPG?1398263379" /> </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 Mini View mode on the G Pro 2" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520build%252002.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The G Pro 2 isn&#39;t quite so overflowing with software goodies, but it does feature one of our favourite of all OS tweaks in the form of the new Knock Code.</p> <p>LG&#39;s G2 was the first phone to introduce the concept of tapping your phone to turn it on, but that feature can now also be found on the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2, making it a bit less special. But, like The Beatles in their mid-&#39;60s heyday, LG has already moved things on again by the time its rivals have caught up.</p> <p>Rather than just tapping anywhere, Knock Code&nbsp;lets you determine where and how many knocks on the screen are required to unlock the phone. The genius of this is that it combines the switching on and passcode in one; nobody&#39;s likely to guess that you tap it twice at the top right, once on the bottom right, once more at the top left, then twice on the bottom left to unlock it. Well, unless you now use this exact sequence.</p> <p>It&#39;s far from the only software extra here. The ability to customise shortcuts for the front touch buttons is also welcome, as are&nbsp;Smart Stay (which keeps the screen on while you&#39;re looking at it), Content Lock (which sets a second password for specific photos, videos and notes) and Dual Browser, which pretty much does what the Note 3&#39;s MultiWindow does.&nbsp;Slide Aside - which lets you access frequently used apps with a three-finger swipe - merely annoyed us a little. Oh, and like the Note 3 there&#39;s a Mini View mode which shrinks the display down so you can use it easily with one hand. Unfortunately, it won&#39;t shrink the handset at the same time.</p> <p><em>Winner:&nbsp;</em><strong>Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 preview</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-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"> Other features </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 might just as well have titled this round &#39;Stylus vs No Stylus&#39;. Because while the Note 3 has one as standard, the G Pro 2 doesn&#39;t. Sure, you can buy one for it, but it won&#39;t be pressure-sensitive like the Note&#39;s S Pen, and it won&#39;t be so well integrated with the OS.</p> <p>For us, a stylus is a big win for a device of this size, enabling you to really take advantage of all that screen space by scribbling notes which you can then convert into digital text. Or just writing yourself lists. Or doodling in a meeting. Whatever you choose to do with the S Pen, you&#39;ll get use from it, so in terms of extra features the Note 3 is a clear winner.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tear me away from my Nexus 5</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 Note 3 has a stylus... but the G Pro 2 doesn&#039;t" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3101_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </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 S Pen in full flow" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3102_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </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 art of handwriting&#039;s not dead" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3103_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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>At first glance this might seem like a pretty close contest; each phone takes two rounds, with a further two ties. But in reality the Note 3 is a clear winner.</p> <p>The only area in which the G Pro 2 majorly trumps its rival is in low-light photography. But the Note 3&#39;s superior battery life and supremely useful S Pen stylus give it a big advantage over the LG phone in day-to-day use, and for that reason it&#39;s our winner here.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is... the Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3159_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature#comments G Pro 2 Galaxy Note 3 LG Samsung Smartphones Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:29:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434058 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-note-3-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ve unwrapped your shiny new Note 3 and showered it with accessories. Now what? Why, you treat it to some apps of course </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="940" height="705" title="12 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps" alt="12 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN3094_3.JPG?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Galaxy Note 3 scored a well-deserved five stars in<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;Stuff&rsquo;s review</a>. If you read it (you have read it, haven&rsquo;t you?) then you might have picked one up. Congratulations.</p> <p>If you have then take some of these Note-friendly apps for a spin and unleash the full potential of its powerful innards.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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"> SwiftKey 4.3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SwiftKey is the very first app you should install on any new Android device. It&#39;s the best touch screen keyboard we&#39;ve ever used and its word predictions are so accurate, they actually scare us a little. The<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/swiftkey-breaks-out-keyboard/news" target="_blank">&nbsp;4.3 Beta</a>&nbsp;can be downloaded&nbsp;<a href="http://www.swiftkey.net/en/blog/new-beta-layouts-for-living/" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;for free, and it gives you the option to split the keyboard up across the screen - a feature that&#39;ll come in handy when the 5.7in Note 3 is held in in a landscape orientation. You can even shrink it and move it around for easier one-handed typing. Genius.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free <a href="http://www.swiftkey.net/en/blog/new-beta-layouts-for-living/" target="_blank">Swiftkey</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Swiftkey 4.3 beta" alt="Swiftkey 4.3 beta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swiftkey-4.3_0.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> MyScript Calculator </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&#39;re into your quadratic equations (and boy, who isn&#39;t these days) then this will be an indispensable app that&rsquo;ll show off the S Pen&#39;s true power. It lets you jot down mathematical expressions on the screen before converting them into digital text and outputting the results in real time. Now if only we could math properly....</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionobjects.calculator&amp;feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS52aXNpb25vYmplY3RzLmNhbGN1bGF0b3IiXQ.." target="_blank">Play Store</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="1067" height="800" title="MyScript Calculator" alt="MyScript Calculator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/myscript-calculator_0.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Real Racing 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This racing game is one of the best-looking Android games we&#39;ve seen and it&#39;ll look superb on the Note 3&#39;s excellent 5.7in 1080p display. With its quad-core Snapdragon 800 innards and 3GB of RAM, the Note 3 will eat through this demanding game like a hot chainsaw through a barrel of butter.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a target="_blank">Play Store</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="Real Racing 3: quite smashing on Note 3&#039;s 1080p screen" alt="Real Racing 3: quite smashing on Note 3&#039;s 1080p screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/real-racing-3_1.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Map 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>This handy little app lets you doodle directions over a live view of Google Maps&#39; regular and satellite views. It&#39;s a great way to share directions with someone, and you can draw naughty images over your house too, if you&#39;re into that sort of thing.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.base2apps.mapnotes&amp;feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5iYXNlMmFwcHMubWFwbm90ZXMiXQ">Play Store</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="1067" height="800" title="Map Note: doodle directions" alt="Map Note: doodle directions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/map-note_1.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Netflix </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>Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Arrested Development. If those aren&#39;t enough to tempt you into dropping &pound;6 a month Netflix then we don&#39;t know what is. The recently update app is smoother than ever and combined with the Note 3&#39;s lusciously large screen will, will be a godsend on boring commutes, especially if your contract takes advantage of its 4G smarts.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Play Store</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="1532" height="900" title="Netflix: a godsend on boring commutes" alt="Netflix: a godsend on boring commutes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-app_0.jpg?1388053203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> FlipaClip </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>Flip books have never stopped being cool. Trouble is, we no longer have any French textbooks left to scribble in. Enter FlipaClip, an app which lets you create accurate doodles with the Note 3&#39;s excellent stylus before animating and editing them at your leisure. Welcome to the 21st century.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vblast.flipaclip" target="_self">&nbsp;Play Store</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="960" height="720" title="FlipaClip: what the Note 3&#039;s stylus is there for" alt="FlipaClip: what the Note 3&#039;s stylus is there for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flipaclip_0.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> SIGnificant Signature Capture </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>Awful name but a useful app nonetheless. Install this on your Note 3 and you&#39;ll be able to add your real signature to important documents and you can even annotate over pdf files. It can also forensically verify your signature by measuring the normal acceleration, speed and rhythm you normally use when signing something.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xyzmo.signature&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Play Store</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="SIGnificant Signature Capture" alt="SIGnificant Signature Capture" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-signature-app_0.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> How to Draw - Art Lessons </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 3 already has an excellent sketching app pre-installed, but what if you can barely draw basic shapes? How to Draw teaches you, well, how to draw, with a series of lessons that are sure to improve your caveman-like creations.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drawart.net.free&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Play Store</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="How to Draw - Art Lessons" alt="How to Draw - Art Lessons" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/how-to-draw_0.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 14 </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>Stunning graphics, the latest rosters and all your favourite on-pitch magicians are all rolled into the latest mobile instalment of the huge footy franchise. Make up for a lifetime of wide shots and poor tackles with improved touch controls, right in your hands on the Note 3&rsquo;s glorious screen. You can even play along with real-world fixtures if things aren&#39;t going your way in real life.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.fifa14_row&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Play Store</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="1038" height="779" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-android_0.jpg?1388089494" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Flipboard </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>Possibly the world&#39;s best known &#39;social reader&#39; app, Flipboard creates a personalised magazine for you, bringing in stories and images from mainstream news sources (National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times) as well as any social networks you use. One of its greatest assets is how gorgeous the results look &ndash; almost like an actual magazine.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app">Play Store</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="Flipboard" alt="Flipboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flipboard_0.jpg?1388053203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Quicker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the problems with a huge screen is that reaching across it to access controls one-handed is nigh-on impossible. Quicker helps mitigate that issue by grouping frequently used settings and shortcuts together into a single, easy-to-use place. The icons are huge too. Controls available include brightness, ringer mode, volume, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and airplane mode, and there&#39;s an LED flashlight button too.</p> <p><strong>&pound;0.89, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bwx.quicker">Play Store</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="Quicker " alt="Quicker " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quicker.jpg?1388053203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/galaxy-note-3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-note-3-apps/feature#comments Android apps Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:20:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428072 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-note-3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Furnish your new Galaxy Note 3 with a bunch of the best accessories, from headphones to cases to docks </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 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-3_0.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&rsquo;ve shelled out the readies for a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and you&rsquo;ve stuffed it full of the finest apps.</p> <p>But you&rsquo;re still not satisfied, are you? Things still don&rsquo;t feel quite right. But fear not, friend, because we&rsquo;ve scoured the web for the finest add-ons and accessories that&rsquo;ll take your Note 3 experience to heady new heights.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Hard case: Spigen Case Slim Armor </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 a butter-fingered sort and simply must keep your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Galaxy Note 3</a> protected from any form of impact damage, the Slim Armor case from Spigen is an affordable solution. Its double-layered construction increases its shock-absorbing capabilities, while the close fit doesn&rsquo;t add much bulk to your device. It&rsquo;s available in five different colour finishes.</p> <p><strong>US$30, <a href="http://www.spigen.com/brands/samsung/galaxy-note/galaxy-note-3/galaxy-note-3-case-slim-armor.html">Spigen</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="Spigen Case Slim Armor " alt="Spigen Case Slim Armor " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen-armor-galaxy-note-3.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 Qi wireless charging kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s official wireless charging pad comes with a replacement back cover for the Note 3, allowing you to simply place the phablet on the pad at night and have its battery magically topped up without any cable fiddling (OK, it isn&rsquo;t magic: it&rsquo;s due to electromagnetic fields). One warning: the replacement back cover may make the Note 3 incompatible with certain protective cases.</p> <p><strong>&pound;80, <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/official-samsung-galaxy-note-3-qi-wireless-charging-kit-black-p40813.htm">Mobile Fun</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 Qi wireless charging kit" alt="Samsung Qi wireless charging kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-qi-wireless-charger.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Shure SE425 headphones </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>Our golden-eared colleagues at What Hi-Fi? have declared the Shure SE425s as <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/shure-se425">simply the finest in-ear headphones available</a> in their price bracket. They&rsquo;re not the punchiest earbuds around when it comes to bass, but deliver astounding levels of detail and superbly solid midrange performance that more than makes up for it. Load up your Galaxy Note 3 with high-quality music files and let the SE425s do the rest.</p> <p><strong>&pound;200, <a href="http://www.shure.co.uk/products/earphones/se425">Shure</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="Shure SE425 headphones" alt="Shure SE425 headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shure-se425.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Mini Bluetooth keyboard and battery pack </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>Not only does this accessory add a Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized QWERTY keyboard to your Galaxy Note 3, it also packs a 5000mAh battery that can be used to deliver a sizeable slab of extra life to the device. For comparison, the Note 3&rsquo;s built-in battery is 3200mAh, so this power pack can more than double your amount of on-the-go usage.</p> <p><strong>&pound;25, <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/mini-bluetooth-keyboard-with-5000mah-power-bank-p39306.htm">Mobile Fun</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="Mini Bluetooth keyboard and battery pack" alt="Mini Bluetooth keyboard and battery pack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5000mah-power-bank-charger-with-mini-bluetooth.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Samsung Smart Dock </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>Giving the Galaxy Note 3 a major physical connectivity boost, this dock allows you to hook up the phablet to a USB keyboard or mouse, external storage devices, an HDTV or 3.5mm audio gear, all while charging its battery.</p> <p><strong>&pound;55, <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s4-s3-note-2-3-smart-dock-edd-s20eweg-p36945.htm">Mobile Fun</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 Smart Dock" alt="Samsung Smart Dock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-3-smart-dock.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Folio case: Incipio Watson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of wallet-style cases for the Note 3 and its ilk, but the Watson stands out from the crowd because it actually is a wallet, sort of: it features three slots for credit cards (or credit card-sized items). The flip cover is made from leather, the interior is lined with microsuede to prevent scratches, and there&rsquo;s a hard shell exterior for added protection.</p> <p><strong>&pound;30, <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/incipio-watson-wallet-case-for-samsung-galaxy-note-3-black-p40897.htm">Mobile Fun</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="Folio case: Incipio Watson" alt="Folio case: Incipio Watson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/incipio-watson-wallet.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 Gear </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 you&rsquo;ll discover if you read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">review</a>, the Samsung Galaxy Gear isn&rsquo;t the smartwatch of your dreams &ndash; but it does make the ideal partner for a Galaxy Note 3. Why? Well, because the Note 3&rsquo;s size makes it impractical to keep pulling out every 30 seconds to check notifications, texts and emails, and the Gear can let you keep tabs on all these things merely by glancing at your wrist. You can reply to messages using S Voice and even, if you&rsquo;re brave enough to be seen barking into a watch, make phone calls.</p> <p><strong>&pound;300, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-V7000ZKABTU">Samsung</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 Gear" alt="Samsung Galaxy Gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-gear.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Arcam rBlink wireless DAC </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>Given the Galaxy Note 3&#39;s support for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Hi-Res Audio</a>, investing in a DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) makes a lot of sense. And the Arcam rBlink is one of the more mobile-friendly models thanks to its support for the aptX codec, which means it can stream lossless audio (in up to 24-bit/96kHz quality) from the Note 3 totally wirelessly. Hook the rBlink up to your home hi-fi and you&#39;ll be able to listen to the Note 3&#39;s stunningly detailed Hi-Res Audio tracks nice and loud.</p> <p><strong>&pound;160, <a href="http://www.sevenoakssoundandvision.co.uk/p/arcam-rblinkbluetooth-dac">Sevenoaks Sound &amp; Vision</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="Arcam rBlink" alt="Arcam rBlink" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-rblink.jpg?1388226188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate Setup: Galaxy Note 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Galaxy Note 3 Headphones Samsung Smartphones Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:23:11 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428494 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – the finest phablet on the planet http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/video-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3-finest-phablet-planet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s Giant Smartphone is back and it&#039;s lighter, larger and faster than before – but does Samsung&#039;s super-sized efforts still make it the best phablet on the block? </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="Video review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – the finest phablet on the planet" alt="Video review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – the finest phablet on the planet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-10-24%20at%2013.42.52.png?1382693718" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2764143899001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2764143899001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/video-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3-finest-phablet-planet/video#comments Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:44:38 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1428342 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet? http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/htc-one-max-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-3-dont-publish-proofing-tomorrow-morning/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s One against Three in this clash of the phablet titans. Who&#039;s your money on? </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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-max-vs-galaxy-note-3-main.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours HTC's debut big-screen blower the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-max/review" target="_blank">HTC One Max</a> is finally here, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a> is already waiting for it in the ring.</p> <p>This promises to be one hell of a slobberknocker, with both contenders throwing a heap of next-gen technology – and, of course, screens that'll barely fit itnto your slacks - behind each punch</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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"> Beauty contest </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 Note 3's build quality is miles better than the slippery plastic shell of its smaller sibling the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a>, and its faux leather back offers outstanding grip. The fake stitching is a little on the tacky side, though, so the HTC One's anodised aluminium cladding could be a deal-maker for anyone craving a premium-feeling handset.</p> <p>Still, the One Max isn't quite the beauty we were hoping it would be. Unlike the HTC One's glorious unibody design, its metallic construction is bisected by a white plastic polycarbonate band, which slightly lowers its prestige. It doesn't look ugly by any means, and its removable back cover almost makes amends for by revealing a slot for a microSD card (the HTC One doesn't have one of those).</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 3's rear cover is also removable, and the Note 3 has the advantage of a swappable battery while the One Max's battery remains unreachable.</p> <p>But there's more to life than materials and slots. Stuff reviewer Sophie Charara whipped her calculator out for the HTC One Max review and worked out that it's 31.5% heavier, 24% chunkier and 9% taller than the Galaxy Note 3, before posing this question – is all that extra heft worth it for just 0.2 extra inches of diagonal screen space? Not to our collective mind: we think the Note 3 strikes a better balance between pixels and portability.&nbsp;</p> <p>(Mind you, if screen size is your top priority then you might want to also consider the massive, 6.4in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a>, which really is more of a mini tablet with a phone thrown in.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Note-3-back.JPG?1382447421" /> </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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sophie-htc-one-max.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Screen Wars </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 vs HTC. AMOLED vs LCD. We've been here before, and once again, it's up to you whether you prefer the over-saturated colours and true blacks of an AMOLED display to the more realistic colours and truer whites of an LCD screen.</p> <p>We prefer the truer colours and whiter whites of the One Max's LCD screen ourselves, and although its pixel density isn't quite as high – both devices have 1920x1080 displays - it means little in real life. Both screens are impressively crisp.</p> <p>As mentioned above, the Note 3's overall proportions make more sense to us: in an ideal world, we'd have a Note 3 with the 5.9in LCD of the One Max affixed to it. Make it so, Samsung.</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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-vs-note-3_2.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Photo Showdown </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>HTC can talk about Ultrapixels all it wants, but the Galaxy Note 3 produces better photos hands down.&nbsp;</p> <p>While neither device has true optical image stabilisation, the Note 3's 13MP snapper produces clearer, more detailed shots than the One Max's 4MP camera.</p> <p>Still, the One Max isn't an imaging slouch, and its light-guzzling Ultrapixel sensor produces impressive low light shots. Just don't zoom into them too much.</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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-camera-test.jpg?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-camera-test.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Power Punch-out </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>On paper the Note 3's newer quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor beats the One Max's quad-core Snapdragon 600 equivalent, which is carried over from the original HTC One.</p> <p>Our AnTuTu benchmark results show that the Note 3 scores nearly 16,000 points higher than the One Max – a substantial difference.</p> <p>In actual use, though, the One Max barely trips up at all and can handle the same 3D games that the Note 3 can with ease.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to future-proof your next upgrade though then the Note 3 is the more sensible option, especially with its 3GB of RAM in comparison to the One Max's 2GB.</p> <p>The Note 3's extra grunt also means it can record 4K video, though the extra space recorded material takes up won't be worth it unless you've got a 4K TV.</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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-gaming.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-review-build-note-3_1.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> TouchWiz vs Sense 5.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We much prefer the muted design of HTC Sense 5.5 to the cartoon-like appearance of Samsung's TouchWiz, and BlinkFeed – a screen on the One Max which shows off all of your social and news media streams – is a genuinely useful and pretty addition to the vanilla Android experience.</p> <p>But Samsung, despite it's inelegant kitchen-sink approach, has some genuinely useful features littered within the Note 3, if you can look past the colourful gimmicks to find them.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ability to open two apps side-by-side is perhaps the most useful element of TouchWiz on the Note 3.</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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-review-blinkfeed_2.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/touchwiz-note-3.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Special Abilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One Max retains the excellent dual front-facing BoomSound speakers of its smaller brother. No, they won't be enough to through an impromptu party on your train carriage, but &nbsp;they're impressive for phone speakers nonetheless. One Max owners will also be able to claim 50GB of Google Drive storage for two years.</p> <p>But that's not all the One Max has in its arsenal. It's also got a fingerprint reader on its rear which can be used to lock the device. You can also assign three apps to three separate fingertips for&nbsp;quick&nbsp;launching. It sounds good in theory, but in practice we found the reader to be slow and clunky, and swiping across it soon becomes tedious. It's miles away from the slick TouchID Home&nbsp;button&nbsp;found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>, which works with a simple click.</p> <p>The Note 3 on the other hand has a killer move up its sleeve. Or rather, hidden in its lower right corner. The S Pen.</p> <p>It's quite possibly the best stylus we've ever used, and the extra note-taking and doodling smarts it offers is unlike any other smartphone or phablet on the market.</p> <p>The Note 3's handwriting recognition is also very accurate, and while it might not be as fast as bashing out a text on SwiftKey, it's a lot of fun.</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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-s-pen_0.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-review-fingerprint-reader_2.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Juiced Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the One Max and Galaxy Note 3 have substantial batteries, with the former packing in a 3,300mAh power pack and the latter featuring a 3,200mAh battery.</p> <p>Despite its bigger screen, we found that the One Max dropped 2-4% less per hour than the Note 3. Both phones should last you till you've slumped down on the couch after a long day at work, which is all we can ask for considering how hard we hammer our devices.</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="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-battery.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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 Note 3 will probably appeal to more people given its slightly more manageable size, better camera, S Pen tricks and faster innards, all of which make it the better device overall, in our opinion.</p> <p>But if you're a media monster who will appreciate a big beautiful screen and decent speakers, both of which are wrapped up in a premium metal body, then the HTC One is the handset for you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-verdict.JPG?1382447421" /> </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="604" height="453" title="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" alt="HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – which is the best phablet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-review-main_0.JPG?1382447421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One Max vs Galaxy Note 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/htc-one-max-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-3-dont-publish-proofing-tomorrow-morning/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/htc-one-max-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-3-dont-publish-proofing-tomorrow-morning/feature#comments Galaxy Note 3 HTC One Max Samsung Smartphones Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:19:23 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427929 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Seven apps you should download right now http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3-8-apps-you-should-download-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just got hold of Samsung’s wonderful phablet? Trick it out with these killer bits of software </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 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-3.jpg?1380686184" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as you’ll see from our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">full review</a>, is a wonderful mobile device: powerful, fully-featured and equipped with one of the best screens in smartphones. We’ve scoured the Play Store to find some of the best bits of software with which to furnish it.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> SketchBook Mobile Express (£Free) </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>SketchBook Mobile Express is a drawing app designed for non-tablet Android devices, and the Galaxy Note 3 is probably the best device for it: the large screen and highly accurate S-Pen stylus makes drawing and painting a joy (well, by smartphone standards), and features like the ability to import layers from the camera or Gallery app make it much more than a simplistic sketcher.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sketchbookexpress">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GmC0WUf4dr8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MX Player (£Free) </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>Widely regarded as one of Android’s best video player apps, MX Player works with most file types (plus most subtitle formats), offers both hardware and software acceleration, and features a raft of gesture controls. It’ll help you make the most of the Galaxy Note 3’s razor-sharp 5.7in screen, and because it supports multi-core decoding will also wring the best performance out of its quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mxtech.videoplayer.ad">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MX Player" alt="MX Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mx-videoplaye.jpg?1380686184" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Real Racing 3 (£Free) </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>Real Racing 3 is most likely the best-looking game on Android – and it’s free. Well, sort of: publisher EA has gone HAM on in-app purchases here, so much so that’s playing it almost feels like a satirical exploration of just how awful IAPs are. Anyway, if you can live with feeling like a game is constantly pestering you for the change in your pockets, you should give this a whirl. There are over 50 cars, 1,000 events and the chance to race your friends through the game’s “Time Shifted Multiplayer” mode.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_row">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nRZ9S9UmEgk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Papyrus (£Free) </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>A simple but powerful note-taking app that works beautifully with the pressure-sensitive S-Pen (lines increase in thickness the harder you press) as well as your fingertip – in fact, you can use the former for writing and the latter for erasing. Images can be cut and pasted in from other apps in the free edition, but adding typed text or being able to draw geometric shapes require an in-app purchase.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.steadfastinnovation.android.projectpapyrus&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Papyrus" alt="Papyrus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/papyrus.jpg?1380686184" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Maze Racer (£Free) </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>Designed specifically for the Galaxy Note range, this simple game tasks you with drawing a line from the start to the finish of a series of mazes in the fastest time possible. Touch an edge and you’re whizzed back to the beginning. After each level you’re given a mark out of three stars, dependent on your speed: can you get three stars in all 46 stages?</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=spcoding.mazeracer&amp;feature=nav_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDMsInNwY29kaW5nLm1hemVyYWNlciJd">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gyeH7OZlIRU" 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-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"> Netflix (£Free) </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>Netflix is a no-brainer, basically. For a few pounds a month, you can watch a dazzling variety of TV shows and a (slightly less dazzling) selection of movies on any compatible device you own. There aren’t many smartphones as well-equipped for the on-demand video service as the Note 3, so fill your boots!</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RoTGW8QMuPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Monkey Write: Learn Chinese (£Free) </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>Winner of Samsung’s first Galaxy Note app challenge, Monkey Write uses the phablet’s abilities to help you learn a new language – or at least the letters that make it up. Each Chinese character is learnt through you writing it on the Note 3’s screen using the S-Pen, with every stroke numbered for ease. Once you’re feeling more confident, you can turn off the number guides and see how you fare unaided.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.monkeywriteapp.write&amp;feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5tb25rZXl3cml0ZWFwcC53cml0ZSJd">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KLYZ73HeCOs" 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> Android apps Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:29:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427323 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Steve Jobs’ time capsule unearthed, flexi-screened Galaxy Note 3 coming soon, and the voice-activated 3D printer http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steve-jobs-time-capsule-unearthed-flexi-screened-galaxy-note-3-coming-soon-and-v <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four tech stories to keep you busy while your quaff your morning coffee/tea/kale juice </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="Steve Jobs time capsule" alt="Steve Jobs time capsule" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/time-capsule.jpg?1380112234" /> </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> <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"> Steve Jobs’ 30-year-old time capsule discovered </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>30 years ago, the late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs was among a group of International Design Conference attendees that donated items to a time capsule in Aspen, Colorado. Jobs donated the Lisa mouse he had used during his presentation at the conference, and among the hundreds of other items were a Rubik’s cube, a six-pack of beer and a Moody Blues record. Well, it was 1983.</p> <p>The capsule – a 13-foot long tube – was originally due for exhumation in 2000, but excavators had lost its location and it was, essentially, deemed to be MIA. Until now: enter the crew of National Geographic’s Diggers show, who found and dug up the tube. Many items inside were mouldy and ruined, but some, including Jobs’ mouse, had been packed in plastic and hence survived the 30-year hibernation relatively intact. [Source: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/2300-13579_3-10018326.html">CNET</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Flexi-screened Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active “coming soon” </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 a report is true, we could be seeing Samsung’s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-flexible-screens/feature">YOUM flexible display technology</a> finally making its way into a consumer product as early as next month. Android Community claims that the limited edition Note 3 Active will rock a bendy, near-unbreakable screen and waterproof construction. Stay tuned for more soon… [Source: <a href="http://androidcommunity.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-active-reportedly-confirmed-for-next-month-20130924/">Android Community</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Linn Exakt hi-fi puts your source in the speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most hi-fis convert digital audio to analogue long before the signal reaches the speaker, but the Exakt from Linn works to keep the lossless digital path going for as long as possible. In fact, the signal is converted inside the speaker itself, at the very last stage before you hear it. Linn calls it “the most direct connection ever made between the listener and the artist” and while the hyperbole is worthy of Kanye West, the fact is that high quality recordings like Studio Master files should remain more loss-free than on any standard hi-fi. Want one? Well, here’s the thing: prices for the Exakt start at £50,000. One to bookmark for when your lottery numbers finally come up, then…</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="Linn Exakt" alt="Linn Exakt" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/linn-exackt.jpg?1380112234" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Voice-activated 3D printer makes whatever you tell it to </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>Yahoo! Japan has delivered a very special 3D printer to a Japanese school for visually-impaired children. When the kids speak a search term – “giraffe” or “car” – the printer retrieves 3D image data from the web and uses it as the basis for a model. You can see exactly how it works in the video above.</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/xQx6YeoKVwU" 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> 3D printers Apple Galaxy Note 3 Linn Samsung Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:18:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427045 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – it's bigger, faster and thinner than ever http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/hands-video-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3-meet-bigger-faster-thinner-and-4k-loving-phab <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Samsung Galaxy Note is back – with a whopping 5.7in screen, octa-core processor and 4K video recording. We struggle to wrap our hands around Sammy&#039;s monster phablet </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="Hands-on video review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – meet the bigger, faster, thinner and 4K-loving phablet " alt="Hands-on video review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – meet the bigger, faster, thinner " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-13%20at%2014.19.40.png?1380279565" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2669710236001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2669710236001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <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 3 hands-on video </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"> Has Sammy made the best phablet ever? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/hands-video-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3-meet-bigger-faster-thinner-and-4k-loving-phab#comments Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:17:32 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1426622 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 mind-blowing features that prove phones are getting smarter than ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The killer apps and capabilities of five of the best Android and Windows Phone 8 phones in the world right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" alt="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Brilliant%20features%20of%20smartphones.JPG?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It's not just Apple that can innovate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here are the most inspired and useful features of five of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">10 best smartphones</a>&nbsp;in the world.</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/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2 garnered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/lg-g2-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">rave reviews</a> from Stuff HQ for its smart bits and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">how it measured up</a> against a couple of the phones mentioned here. We loved how easily it chomps through tasks, its whole-day-and-then-some battery life and its bleedingly sharp screen, but what sneaked into our hearts was a simple feature you’d think smartphone developers would have thought of long ago - KnockOn.</p> <p dir="ltr">This ingeniously simple feature allows users to tap twice on the G2’s screen to wake it up or knock it out. Since the G2’s design resulted in the power button being shifted to the back, KnockOn is more of a necessity than a creative move. We’re not fussy about details, as long as new useful ways of doing things are the end result of inconvenience.</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="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G2.JPG?1378980696" /> </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 G2 killer feature </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>What a feat(ure): KnockOn knocks it out of the park with its intuitiveness, but be sure to clear a space on the home screen to make it a smooth slide into la la land. Plus, you never have to fiddle with the power button again (except when you want to switch the phone off proper).</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"> HTC One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The One brought a ton of new features to the Android community including a beautiful body, a refreshed home page and Harry Potter-esque photos in the form of Zoe shots. It brought a much needed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature" target="_blank">breath of style</a> to the dowdy Android pack and also gave us the new UltraPixel camera, choosing to increase sensor size over megapixel count.</p> <p dir="ltr">And with that unconventional move, HTC proved that less is, sometimes, more with better-lit low light shots and a restless gallery of photos to mix things up via Zoe shots. While the Zoe may be an interesting feature, it’s still more of a novelty than a go-to given the memory it snuffles up with each click. Impressive concepts but HTC still needs to tweak them to make them useful in the long run.</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="HTC One" alt="HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One killer feature </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>What a feat(ure): Amongst its innovative offerings, BlinkFeed is the most practical of them. For information-guzzlers, the fresh feed is a godsend, snatching up the latest goss’ from your chosen sources to piece together in an unending scroll of brainfood. Saves us the inconvenience of opening one app at a time to feed our eyes. With its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-mini/review-0" target="_blank">Mini-me</a>&nbsp;outed and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/59in-htc-one-max-phablet-spotted-press-shot/news" target="_blank">a larger version</a>&nbsp;spotted in the wild, you’ll find that One size fits all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 925 is one of the finest beasts in the Nokia stable (that is, until they trot the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a> out). We could <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">wax lyrical about its hi-tech innards</a>, but we’re sure you’ve had enough of stats.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a Windows phone, it’s tough to go up against the iOS and Android big boys in terms of downloadable apps. But there’s one area in which Android phones have failed us time and again, and that is...the camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">For some reason, Android phone cameras just ain’t bringing it with their inaccurate colour replication, loss of detail and demand of completely steady hands. They do try to compensate with loads of camera features, but they’re not fooling us much. The Lumia 925’s 8.7MP PureView eye sees all clearly and gives the iPhone 5 a run for its money with its image stabilisation system.</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="Nokia Lumia 925" alt="Nokia Lumia 925" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20Lumia%20925.png?1378980696" /> </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"> Nokia Lumia 925 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): With Smart Cam, you can apply the camera effects (best shot, object removal, action shot or motion focus) post-capture instead of being made to commit beforehand. How are our fickle minds supposed to know which mode the shot will look best in? Users can even bump their skills up a notch manually with the Nokia Pro Cam app.</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"> Sony Xperia Z1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Though we do have doubts about the camera performance of Android devices, Sony Mobile’s latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/ifa-2013/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> might reassure us. With its 20.7MP snapper, 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor and an f/2.0, 27mm equivalent lens, it should make short work of its competitors.</p> <p dir="ltr">Put the hardware aside, and you’ll find more reasons to be impressed with its camera software features. Some, like the Timeshift Burst and its ability to capture 60 consecutive frames, is not the newest kid on the block (think Samsung Galaxy S4) but it adds more functionality to the 20.7MP camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Z1 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Film a video, and broadcast it onto your Facebook page immediately with Social Live. Every other app is centred around the Z1’s snapper, from Info Eye that uses Amazon to recognise books to Vivino which sneakily tells you what wine you are drinking and lets you pass off as a wine connoisseur. AR Effect adds a dinosaur to the mix, mostly to entertain your kids but the novelty will wear off after a few shots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z1.jpg?1378980696" /> </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 Z1 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): Sony Mobile is no lightweight when it comes to imaging functions for its Android smartphones. Its impressive hardware and just as innovative software that works in tandem with the 20.7MP shooter will get nods of approval from shutterbugs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Two years ago, Samsung raised a few eyebrows with the first Galaxy Note. Tech pundits had doubts over its gargantuan (by that year’s standard) 5.3in display. While most people are more concerned with how ridiculous you’ll look (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/7-ways-look-good-using-phablet/feature-0" target="_blank">we have the solution for that</a>), one feature was uncharacteristically left out of the limelight - the stylus.</p> <p dir="ltr">The S Pen triggered a revival of the smartphone stylus, once a necessary tool to interact with the resistive touchscreens of antique devices. Yet, the Samsung stylus has done more than that, introducing Air View, which shows a preview of an image or e-mail when the S Pen hovers over them, on the Galaxy Note 2.</p> <p dir="ltr">Last week, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> revealed a new feature for the S Pen, dubbed Air Command, that reveals a ring with five commands - Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Action Memo, in particular, is a nifty little tool that makes handwriting interact naturally with the phone’s features. Scribbling a phone number will trigger a call, while an address will let you look it up on the map when Action Memo is activated.</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%20Galaxy%20Note%203.jpg?1378980696" /> </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 Note 3 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): The pen is mightier than the sword. And Samsung's S Pen stylus is mightier than the pen. Particularly as it'll now let you play with the awesome Pen Window. You simply draw an oblong on-screen and are presented with options as to what you'd like to fill it with, including YouTube videos, calendar and the eternally useful calculator. The apps then ready and willing to do you bidding.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature#comments Android G2 Galaxy Note 3 HTC LG Lumia 925 Nokia One Samsung Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Xperia Z1 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:11:38 +0000 Will Findlater 1426565 at http://www.stuff.tv The Samsung Galaxy Gear's £300 UK price tag will make your wallet weep http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gears-300-uk-price-tag-will-make-your-wallet-weep/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung reveals prices for the Galaxy Gear and Note 3 – but you aren&#039;t going to like them one bit </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="616" height="462" title="The Samsung Galaxy Gear&#039;s £300 UK price tag will make your wallet weep" alt="The Samsung Galaxy Gear&#039;s £300 UK price tag will make your wallet weep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/galaxy-gear-note-3-prie.jpg?1378739147" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Three hundred pounds. That's how much a shiny new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/hands-review-samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-brimming-tech-if-not-direction/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a> smartwatch will set you back on release day according to a new <a href="http://www.samsungnote3andgear.co.uk/" target="_blank">pre-order site</a>, and it's a larger number than we were hoping for.</p> <p>Given that the Galaxy Gear costs US$300, we were holding out for a price tag hovering around a maximum of £250 (and even that seems a little steep), but alas, we were wrong.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy Gear Hands-On Video Review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2656341327001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2656341327001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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" alt="Video preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – is this the best version yet? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-06%20at%2011.36.22.png?1378467394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2652592609001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2652592609001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/video-preview-samsung-galaxy-note-3-best-version-yet/video#comments Galaxy Note 3 IFA 2013 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:52:15 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1426284 at http://www.stuff.tv Big is beautiful: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launches with 5.7in screen and all-new S Pen http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/samsung-galaxy-note-3-launched/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s official: the 5.7in phablet is here with a scorching 8-core processor, brand new S Pen and... leather back? </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 3 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-3-01.jpg?1378379190" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has launched the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Galaxy Note 3</a>, the latest version of its stylus-wielding phablet, at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013">IFA</a>&nbsp;tech show in Berlin.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big screen, beefy specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That big screen is backed up by big specs: an Octo Core processor from Samsung clocked to 1.9GHz for the 3G version, and a four-core 2.3GHz processor for LTE phones (and, likely, some global markets). You also get a whopping 3GB of RAM; Impressive stuff from a hardware point of view.</p> <p>There’s also support for 4G LTE data and high quality 24-bit audio, and options for 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage (expandable via microSD), plus a giant 3200mAh battery, the same found in the Galaxy Mega.</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 Note 3 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-3-05.jpg?1378379190" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Wrapped up in Leather </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 3’s camera is also, er, noteworthy. It offers a 13MP sensor, optical image stabilisation anti-shake technology – and 4K video recording.</p> <p>And despite chatter that Samsung would opt for an all-metal build, instead it's taken things in a rather different direction, with the phone sporting a leatherette back (complete with stitches!) in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink finishes. Don't fancy them? Samsung's also introducing a line of swappable back covers and flip covers in seasonal shades, and is collaborating with Moschino on a line of hard cases for the phablet.</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 3 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-3-03.jpg?1378379190" /> </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 Note 3 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-3-02.jpg?1378379190" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> No KitKat on board </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>Despite some rumblings that the Note 3 would come with Android Kit Kat, it actually sports Android Jelly Bean 4.3, over which Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is laid.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The S Pen is mightier than the S word </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 3 packs an all-new S Pen stylus, with an arsenal of new features. A new S Pen interface enables you to ping up an Air Command menu by clicking the button on the side of the stylus. This displays new controls arranged in a fan pattern – such as Action Memo, which lets you scribble phone numbers in order to call them, search the contact on a map or send an e-mail.</p> <p>A "Scrapbook" command lets you copy and organise content by circling it – for example, copying text and images in a browser window, while Pen Window lets you open application windows by sketching a window over whatever you're doing on the device.</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 3 will be released on 25 September, and although pricing and contract info has yet to be revealed, UK carriers EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have already announced that they're carrying the phone. SIM-free shop <a href="http://www.unlocked-mobiles.com/sim-free-mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-note-3-sim-free-p-84508.html?osCsid=415dd28133f7378fef4781d44b8f0b57">Unlocked Mobiles</a>, meanwhile, is offering the 32GB model in black or white for just shy of £600.</p> <p>Want to know more? Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/hands-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3/news">hands-on review</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-3-04.jpg?1378379190" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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 3 launches at IFA </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"> A 5.7in screen, an all-new S Pen, an 8-core processor... and leather? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/samsung-galaxy-note-3-launched/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galaxy Note 3 IFA 2013 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:51:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426182 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/hands-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get to grips with Samsung&#039;s 5.7in leatherette powerhouse </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/galaxy-note-3-angle.jpg?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Since Samsung invented the category two years ago, phablets have been the surprise success story of the smartphone world.</p> <p class="p1">After all, who'd have thought a phone that's bigger than a child's face would be popular? But the Note range is, and with good reason - the gadgets are powerful, staggeringly versatile and, for anyone who uses one to replace both their phone and tablet, great value.</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"><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"> Design and build - slimmed down, leathered up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember when Samsung made the screen on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-%E2%80%93-hands-review/news">Galaxy S4 </a>bigger than the S3's without increasing the width? Well, the Note 3 does a similar job of embarrassing last year's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-2/review">Note 2</a> on the bezel front by almost banishing the border around the massive 5.7in screen completely. The home button and capacitive multi-tasking buttons stay put at the base of the panel.</p> <p>But it's not so much of a game of spot the difference round the back. Samsung has certainly listened to moans of cheap plastic – there's streaked metal on the sides and a stitched leatherette finish to the rear, which makes for a surprisingly tactile effect we're not used to when pawing smartphones. It's an interesting move and, in the hand, isn't as strange a mixture as you might think.</p> <p>In brighter colours it doesn't scream masculinity, mind you - more bargain DFS sofa - so Samsung may have been wise to offer a 'classic' smooth finish in addition to the various leatherette hues to keep the Note 3's appeal as broad as possible.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the news is all positive. Slim at just 8.3mm, sturdy and light enough at 168g, it's a case of the same but better in terms of build. There's no getting round the fact that this is a big phone - but if that's what you're after, it's as good-looking a big phone as you'll find.</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/galaxy-note-3-leatherette.jpg?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-note-3-angle.jpg?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-note-3-dynamic-back.jpg?1380006923" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-note-3-side.jpg?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Screen - crikey, it&#039;s good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A full HD 5.7in AMOLED screen is nothing to be sniffed at and side by side with its 5.5in, 720p predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3 has a slight edge when it comes to the rendering of text and images. The 1080p resolution stretched over 5.7in still yields a healthy 388ppi. Its almost blindingly bright when cranked up, and colours are as punchy and vibrant as we've come to expect from Samsung screens.</p> <p>The news is similarly good with video. Playing a 1080p YouTube clip was totally seamless, and only the excessive compression of the source material proved any issue. We have hopes for the Note 3 as a portable entertainer.</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/samsung-galaxy-note-3-hands-on-versus-note-2.JPG?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-with-iphone.jpg?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Power: tons of it, on paper </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>Without a proper review unit of the Note 3 it'd be unreasonable to comment on the grunt of the 1.9GHz octo-core processor (the LTE version will run on a 2.3GHz quad-core), coupled with a massive 3GB of RAM. </p> <p>But running two apps at the same time in MultiWindow mode, navigating the menus, flicking between running processes and bringing up apps by drawing a box with the S Pen worked without the any stutter, which suggests an increase in performance over the Samsung Galaxy S4. Could this be the gadget that conquers the TouchWiz performance penalty? Let's hope so.</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/samsung-galaxy-note-3-hands-on-review-video.JPG?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Camera: It&#039;s 4K video-capable (honest) </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>Testing the 13MP rear camera's anti-shake tech will have to wait for a full review, but settings, filters and features-wise it's a similar set-up to the Galaxy S4. That means fast auto-focus, bags of detail (we hope - snaps looked very crip on screen) and the ability to capture photos while recording video. </p> <p>As we were testing the 2.3GHz LTE version of the Note 3, we got to film some 3840x2160 16:9 video. It might as well have been a QVGA CIF for all the Note 3 cared - it tore through the task with ease. Did we mention it's powerful?</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"> S Pen and apps: big, handy upgrades </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 S Pen stylus has evolved from a bit of a gimmick to something genuinely useful.</p> <p>In addition to increasingly accurate handwriting recognition, it's now capable of letting you search through past scrawls by scrawling new ones - and it genuinely works.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the biggest news is the new wheel of functions that you can bring up by hovering the S Pen over any portion of the screen and clicking its button. If you want to save a webpage or image, you simply select the Scrapbook function and then circle the content you want to keep, after which it's stored in a Google+-like content feed for your future perusal.</p> <p>A better illustration of the Note 3's PC-like power is Pen Window, which allows you to call up a commonly used app such as YouTube or the calculator just by drawing a rectangle that it can sit within. It all works wonderfully, but if we're being picky, we'd prefer if we could jump straight to circling or drawing boxes without the faff of first opening the wheel menu.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-3-review-hands-on-apps.JPG?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Initial 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>In many ways the Note 3 is more of a gadget lover's phone than even the Samsung Galaxy S4. And we like it. A lot. <p>On paper, it's &nbsp;a worthy upgrade from last year's model: a bigger screen in the same sized body, a doubling in screen resolution, a 4K, 13MP camera and HD audio capabilities should be enough to make Note 2 owners envious, and just about everyoen else besides. Only Sony's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/sony-xperia-z1-launches-ifa-2013/news">Xperia Z1</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news">Z Ultra</a> come close to the Note 3's raw power.</p> <p>Dig beneath the silicon and there are clever OS tweaks and S Pen tricks that could quickly become addictive. Come for the specs, stay for the functionality.&nbsp;The Note 3 might get laughs for its gigantic size, but based on what we've seen at IFA, we're taking it very seriously indeed.</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/galaxy-note-3-back-2_2.jpg?1380006923" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-3/ifa-2013/hands-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/hands-review-samsung-galaxy-note-3/news#comments Galaxy Note 3 IFA 2013 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:20:33 +0000 1426209 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 3 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The original phablet gets a third iteration – and Samsung reclaims the gigantophone crown [UPDATE: now includes S Pen tips and tricks video] </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 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN3094.JPG?1391708015" /> </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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A lot has changed in the smartphone wars since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note/review" target="_blank">original Galaxy Note</a> waddled into our lives with its finger-stretching girth, huge (at least at the time) screen and stylus.</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"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £99 with £34pm Three contract </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful innards gobble up Android </div> <div class="field-item even"> Your eyes will appreciate the big screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> S Pen is finally very useful </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"> Still too big for constant one-handed use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Design and build could be more premium </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"> Plastic in disguise </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>Simply fabulous fashion news: the tacky, slippery, almost oiled-up plastic that&rsquo;s hampered the sex appeal of Samsung&rsquo;s past Galaxy handsets is no more. Sort of. It turns out the back of the Note 3 is still plastic, but it&rsquo;s disguised to look like leather, complete with fake stitches.</p> <p>Soft and rubbery to the touch, the new backside means we finally have a Galaxy device that doesn&rsquo;t leap out of the hands like a greased up <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=water+wiggler&amp;es_sm=93&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=oWlDUrylF8OrhQfss4DQCQ&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&amp;biw=1149&amp;bih=1315&amp;dpr=1" target="_blank">water wiggler</a>. Given the Note 3&rsquo;s large dimensions and our attempts at tricky one-handed use (more on which later), this extra grip is a godsend and should save many people from accidental gravity-influenced screen wipeouts.</p> <p>The actual style of the Note 3&rsquo;s new not-quite-leather wardrobe, as with any aesthetic debate, is subjective. Jony Ive supporters will definitely gag at its skeuomorphism and label it tacky, but before close inspection it does look relatively classy.</p> <p>While the Note 3&rsquo;s new wardrobe is an improvement overall thanks to its grippiness and groove-cut metal-looking border, it still can&rsquo;t hold a candle to the premium materials enveloping the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.</p> <p>Ergonomically, the Note 3 sits comfortably in the hands with well-balanced weight, but the usual phablet caveats apply &ndash; you&rsquo;ll need to engage in some finger balancing acts to use it one-handed. While not on the same insane scale as the Xperia Z Ultra (which requires Hagrid-sized mits), the Note 3 is still a device you&rsquo;ll be using with two hands most of the time.</p> <p>Check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-ways-look-good-using-phablet/feature" target="_blank">7 ways to look good using a phablet</a>&nbsp;to prepare yourself for using the Note 3 in public.</p> <p>A Note wouldn&#39;t be a Note without an S Pen, and on the Note 3 it&rsquo;s tucked in the familiar bottom-right corner of the device. We found it pretty tricky to remove from its slot, though, even after a whole two days of practice &ndash; that means it&rsquo;s unlikely to drop out unaided, but does make quick note-taking a bit less, well, quick.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2764143899001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2764143899001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Note 3 has leather effect plastic rear casing" alt="Note 3 has leather effect plastic rear casing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3157.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="*not real stitches" alt="*not real stitches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3098_1.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Tricky to remove, but the new S Pen is excellent in use" alt="Tricky to remove, but the new S Pen is excellent in use" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3101_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> More connections than Heathrow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first glimpse of the Note 3&rsquo;s charging port will fill you with dread, revealing what appears to be a proprietary connector. But fear not: what you&rsquo;re actually looking at is a shiny new but soon-to-be-standard microUSB 3.0 port.</p> <p>That means the Note 3 can suck up a 900mAh current when you&rsquo;re charging it from your PC as opposed to microUSB 2.0&rsquo;s 500mAh current, resulting in faster charging. The newer port also offers faster data rates for media transfer, but that won&rsquo;t stop the Jony Ive brigade from shielding their eyes from the rather ugly connector while holding their minimalist Lightning cables close for comfort.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t set alight to your tangle of microUSB 2.0 cables just yet, though, because they can still plug into the right-hand section of the Note 3&rsquo;s port. Backwards compatibility for the win.</p> <p>Aside from that, the Note 3 follows the Galaxy tradition of a microSD slot to bolster the internal 32GB/64GB storage, as well as a removable 3,200mAh battery. Both of which will be ambrosia to the power user brigade.</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="4000" height="3000" title="Note 3 has massive 3200mAh battery" alt="Note 3 has massive 3200mAh battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3154.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Note 3 has microUSB 3.0 cable" alt="Note 3 has microUSB 3.0 cable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3135.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 display that&#039;s worth the extra girth </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>Our eyes have no complaints whatsoever when staring at the Galaxy Note 3&rsquo;s pixel-packed Full HD Super AMOLED Plus 5.7in screen. It&rsquo;s crystal clear, bright, and serves up bold colours and crisp, easy-to-read text. In short, it&rsquo;s everything you&rsquo;d want to see from a flagship device.</p> <p>Its extra size really comes into its own when placed next to rivals such as the already rather large-screened LG G2, which looks tiny in comparison. Your thumb will pay for the extra real estate, and all but the most shovel-handed will find it hard to swipe and type with one hand comfortably, a problem familiar to phablets but one that doesn&rsquo;t plague the smaller G2.</p> <p>But the extra space spoils you when watching movies, reading ebooks or playing the latest games. If you&rsquo;ve a voracious appetite for visual media the usability trade-off will be an easy one to make.</p> <p>Comparing the Note 3&rsquo;s screen to that of the G2 (which is one of the best smartphone displays we&rsquo;ve ever seen), is initially a little disappointing, thanks to the over-saturated, cartoon-like colours &ndash; the calling card of Samsung&rsquo;s AMOLED displays. But dive into the Note 3&rsquo;s settings and you can flick the Screen Mode to &lsquo;Professional Photo&rsquo;, which displays far more realistic colours that are almost identical to those of the G2&rsquo;s display. We&rsquo;d heartily recommend this quick fix to anyone who wants their Note 3 screen to look its most natural.</p> <p>The Note 3 screen&rsquo;s larger dimensions mean it has a lower pixel density than the LG G2, and if you&rsquo;re the type to press your eyeballs against screens you will notice that the G2 is tiny bit sharper, but in the real world the Note 3 definitely doesn&rsquo;t leave you wanting for pixels.</p> <p>The G2 clearly trumps the Note 3 in the white department, though, and comparing the two screens is like sitting through a Daz commercial. The G2 serves up pristine, glacially pure whites while the Note 3&rsquo;s whites look like they&rsquo;re a dirty cream colour in comparison.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the sort of thing that&rsquo;ll bug you a lot when comparing the Note 3&rsquo;s screen to other LCD counterparts, but in isolation it&rsquo;s unlikely to bother you.</p> <p>The Note 3&rsquo;s AMOLED display redeems itself, as ever, with its true, deep blacks, but the G2&rsquo;s screen is so impressive with blacks that are almost as dark, that this is only a slight advantage.</p> <p>So is the Note 3&rsquo;s screen the very best we&rsquo;ve seen? Not quite. But it&rsquo;s not far off, and the Note 3 is obviously head, shoulders and wasteband above the G2 if size is important to you &ndash; and if you&rsquo;re reading this review, it probably 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="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G2 seems big until you put it next to the Note 3" alt="The LG G2 seems big until you put it next to the Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3127.JPG?1391708015" /> </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 Professional Photo mode makes the Note 3&#039;s screen look most natural" alt="The Professional Photo mode makes the Note 3&#039;s screen look most natural" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3129.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Say cheese </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 3&rsquo;s 13MP rear snapper is impressive, and it trades blow-for-blow with the LG G2&rsquo;s superb 13MP camera &ndash; currently the benchmark for Android snappers.</p> <p>In most regular shots in good light the Note 3 produces photos that are a little more saturated, but with slightly greater contrast. Some of the G2&rsquo;s shots look pale by comparison, with a little less in the way of finer textures and details picked up.</p> <p>Occasionally, though, the slight over saturation of the Note 3&rsquo;s shots can result in a loss of detail. Folds in flower petals can be drowned out in patches of colour that are too vivid, while the G2 manages to retain such finer details.</p> <p>The Note 3&rsquo;s HDR mode is very good, with greater emphasis on detail thanks to the higher range of contrast. As with most HDR modes there&rsquo;s a slight processing delay, and many serious snappers avoid their over-emphasising ways, but if you like your photos extra sharp there&rsquo;s little to argue about here.</p> <p>On other occasions the differences between the Note 3 and G2 pics are so small you&rsquo;d be hard-pressed to spot the difference without seriously zooming in.</p> <p>Macro shots are also very hard to tell apart. In some close-ups the Note 3 comes slightly out on top, while the G2 is the victor in others. We&rsquo;ve chalked that down to the difficulty in focusing both cameras on the same exact spot at such short distances, but either way both phones offer excellent detail and depth of field effects when shooting at very close range.</p> <p>The Note 3 is beaten fairly soundly by the G2 in low light situations, both with and without the flash. Thanks to its Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), the G2&rsquo;s shutter can remain open a touch longer, capturing more light, resulting in more detail, more accurate colours and less noise. That makes the G2 a far better choice on nights out, even if you disregard the fact that it&rsquo;s also more compact and easier to handle after one or two glasses of your favourite tipple. Party documentarians should obviously also consider the iPhone 5s &ndash; it&rsquo;s True Tone flash is a thing of wonder.</p> <p>Overall the Note 3 emerges slightly ahead of the G2 in normal shots, thanks to its greater contrast, but it fails to impress in low light conditions. Given that a large majority of people use their phones in low light when they&rsquo;re out and about, the G2 camera&#39;s versatility probably makes it the best choice for most.</p> <p>Naturally the Note 3&rsquo;s camera app comes loaded with Samsung&rsquo;s usual box of tricks, from a fantastic gif creator to an Eraser Mode that removes photobombers with minimal hassle.</p> <p>60fps 1080p video recording is also on the menu, and while that imperfect image stabilisation results in slightly shakier movies than you&rsquo;ll get from the G2 and 5s, the results are perfectly usable. Unlike its rivals, the Note 3 will also record in 4K &ndash; a minor brag given the current paucity of 4K TVs, but a brag all the same.</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 Note 3 13MP camera" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13MP camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3119.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="4128" height="3096" title="Galaxy Note 3 camera produces saturated results" alt="Galaxy Note 3 camera produces saturated results" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130925_180137.jpg?1391708015" /> </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="4128" height="3096" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera - sample photo" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera - sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130925_180634.jpg?1391708015" /> </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="4128" height="3096" title="The Note 3 camera isn&#039;t very comfortable with low-light conditions" alt="The Note 3 camera isn&#039;t very comfortable with low-light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130925_181505.jpg?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> This Snapdragon breathes fire </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 Note 3 packs two different flavours of silicon depending on where you are in the world. The first is Samsung&#39;s own Exynos 5 Octa processor and the other is Qualcomm&#39;s mighty Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor.</p> <p>In Blighty we get the latter, and it clocks in at 2.27Ghz, the same as the 800 chip in the mighty LG G2. But does it deliver the G2&#39;s silky smooth Android experience?</p> <p>In a word, yes. Despite Samsung&#39;s heavily skinned TouchWiz (more on that later), we didn&#39;t experience any stuttering, slowdown or lag, even when running a multitude of apps and demanding games simultaneously. Web browsing is as zippy as can be, pages are rendered smoothly and text resizing is as smooth as butter in a hot pan.</p> <p>This is a welcome pattern that has emerged in our most recent smartphone reviews and is a trend that&#39;s thankfully now the norm in all new Android flagships. Unless Google gets something seriously wrong with Android 4.4 KitKat, the niggles and lag of the Android of old appear to have been banished for good.</p> <p>Interestingly, AnTuTu rates the Note 3 a full 6,000 points lower than the LG G2, despite the fact that both share the same silicon. Seeing as the G2 is also skinned just as heavily as the Note 3, the difference in scores could be due to the S Pen extras running in the background, but the Note&#39;s 3GB of RAM clearly does its job well in keeping things running smoothly.</p> <p>At the end of the day, the numbers don&#39;t matter. The Note 3 runs slicker than your average Android smartphone and matches the LG G2 at every dip and corner in the Android speed racetrack, and that&#39;s what really counts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3&#039;s got more than enough power for the latest games" alt="The Note 3&#039;s got more than enough power for the latest games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3108.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Multi-tasking doesn&#039;t make the Note 3 stutter" alt="Multi-tasking doesn&#039;t make the Note 3 stutter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104.JPG?1391708015" /> </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 Note 3 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>Operating System - Android 4.3</p> <p>Processor - 2.27GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 /w Adreno 330 (N9005)</p> <p>RAM - 3GB</p> <p>Screen - 5.7in Super AMOLED Plus with 1920x1080 resolution (386ppi)</p> <p>Camera - 13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p>Storage - 32/64GB (expandable by up to 64GB)</p> <p>Data - 4G LTE</p> <p>Battery - 3200mAh</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"> Super stylus </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 3&rsquo;s S Pen stylus is one of the main things that separates it from the competition, but we approached it with a little trepidation as we&rsquo;ve never found its ancestors very easy to use.</p> <p>Once we eventually slid it out from deep within the Note 3&rsquo;s innards (pro tip: nails are invaluable), we were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to doodle and make notes on the Note&rsquo;s generous screen. It&rsquo;s a million miles away from the slippery, hard tip of the original Note&rsquo;s stylus and offers even more grip than that found on the Note 2&rsquo;s. And it also works with the capacitive back and menu buttons, a feature we&rsquo;ve been crying out for since the very first Note.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s long enough to hold comfortably and the variable pressure rubber tip offers plenty of friction and resistance without slipping all over the place. The upshot of all this is that this is the closest we&rsquo;ve ever managed to replicate our natural handwriting on a portable device, and the handwriting recognition is, quite frankly, fantastic.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s still quicker tapping out a message on SwiftKey, there&rsquo;s something rather satisfying about seeing your handwriting accurately converted into a message, or creating quick notes and doodles with your natural scribbles. But that&rsquo;s not even the half of it&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2789690720001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2789690720001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New S-Pen - close to natural handwriting" alt="New S-Pen - close to natural handwriting" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3100.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Comfortable to hold, S-Pen makes notes easy" alt="Comfortable to hold, S-Pen makes notes easy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3103_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Stick it with the pointy end </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>Hovering the S Pen above the screen and clicking its button brings up an Air Command menu wheel. There are five features on offer, each one with a more confusing marketing name than the last. Try to keep up.</p> <p><strong>Action Memo</strong></p> <p>The first option on the wheel is Action Memo. Click that and you&rsquo;ll get a Post-It-sized overlay for making quick notes. If you write a phone number, email, URL or even address, you can then select it and carry out the relevant action for each. Jotted down a phone number? Select it then save it to contacts or call it directly. Got someone to write down their address? Fire it up in Google Maps. Even with our remarkably bad handwriting, the Note 3 does a very good job of translating our scribbles.</p> <p><strong>Pen Window</strong></p> <p>Another option in the Air Command Wheel is Pen Window. Select it, draw out a box, choose from a list of compatible apps, and boom &ndash; you&rsquo;ve just drawn yourself a fully interactive widget. It&rsquo;s a very impressive trick to show off to your mates, but it&rsquo;s a lot quicker to just fire up the app you need, and some of the widgets look squashed and disproportionate depending on what size you&rsquo;ve drawn them on.</p> <p><strong>S Finder, Screen Write and Screen Booker</strong></p> <p>The first of these Air Commands is a universal search that sifts through everything on the device, even your handwritten notes. Screen Write snaps a screen shot that you can then make annotations on, and Screen Booker lets you select only the parts of the screen that are relevant before defacing them with derogatory doodles, if you&rsquo;re into that sort of thing.</p> <p>It all makes for an impressive tech demo, but we&rsquo;re not quite convinced how many of these S Pen features are actually more convenient than doing things manually, though the screenshot annotations and handwriting search could certainly be useful.</p> <p>The artists out there should also be able to make excellent use of the SketchBook app. Ross Presly, Stuff&rsquo;s resident designer and avid skull-drawer, certainly did.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-note-3-apps/feature">10 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3</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="Hovering S Pen over screen bring up Air Command menu" alt="Hovering S Pen over screen bring up Air Command menu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3102_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Use S Pen in notes to open URLs in browser" alt="Use S Pen in notes to open URLs in browser" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3116_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Notes 3 has enough power for multi-multi-tasking" alt="Notes 3 has enough power for multi-multi-tasking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ross-skull.jpg?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Fort Knox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of our key gripes with BlackBerry 10 is that it&rsquo;s Balance feature (the one that lets you separate your phone into work and play profiles) requires you to faff around with work servers and permissions. Samsung Knox on the Note 3 works straight out of the box and lets you keep work and play completely separate.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve set up a pin you can access Knox from a single tap in the notification bar at anytime, and it automatically locks itself after a certain time limit has passed. Unlike LG&rsquo;s Guest Mode, Knox also works at an enterprise level, which should keep your IT manager happy, 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="Note 3&#039;s Fort Knox works straight out of the box" alt="Note 3&#039;s Fort Knox works straight out of the box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3159_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Know protects with password" alt="Know protects with password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3162.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TouchWiz - everything but the kitchen sink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz interface returns once again, and it looks as bright and cartoony as ever. We really want Samsung to go back to the drawing board and redesign its Android skin to something a lot lighter and more grown-up &ndash; for inspiration the software guys need look no further than HTC&rsquo;s Sense 5.0, Sony&rsquo;s lightweight Xperia Z skin, or of course, stock Android.</p> <p>But we digress. TouchWiz is back, and its packed full of so many software extras that we&rsquo;re not even sure where to start. It seems like with each and every new Galaxy release, Samsung&rsquo;s developers try their very best to cram in absolutely anything and everything they&rsquo;ve been working on to add to an already copious software feature list. As with the S Pen features we&rsquo;d prefer it if a lot of it was stripped down, but there are some useful tricks thrown in.</p> <p>Swiping up from the bottom of the Home screen reveals an HTC Blinkfeed-like stream of all your news and social updates, all powered by FlipBoard. It&rsquo;s very easy on the eyes and we like the fact that it&rsquo;s completely hidden until you summon it.</p> <p>Another one of the Note 3&rsquo;s most useful features is Multi Window, a little app menu that appears when you press a permanently overlaid button, and lets you fire up two compatible apps simultaneously. Want to browse the web while checking your emails? Done. It&rsquo;s a useful feature for multitasking that&rsquo;s also found on the G2, but the Note&rsquo;s bigger screen makes it a far more usable feature.</p> <p>Speaking of screen size, if it&rsquo;s all too much for your poor hands to handle there are swiping thumb gestures that shrink down the display to either the left or right side of the screen. It seems a little pointless to waste that extra space, but can be useful if you need to bash out a text in a hurry with only one hand free.</p> <p>If you dive deep within the Note 3&rsquo;s settings you&rsquo;ll come across a setting called Smart Rotation. Turn it on and the Note 3&rsquo;s screen will automatically adjust screen rotation according to the orientation of your face. No more fumbling around with the auto-rotate setting whenever you&rsquo;re reading on your side. Smart indeed.</p> <p>Dive even deeper and you&rsquo;ll find a Quick Glance option that lets you wave your hand over the Note 3 when it&rsquo;s locked, briefly summoning any notifications you might have before turning off again. You&rsquo;ll look odd doing it, but you can pretend you have superpowers. It&rsquo;s far quicker to just wake the screen at the press of a button and pull down the notification bar though. We&rsquo;re adding this one to the &lsquo;pub trick pile&rsquo;.</p> <p>As for the rest? There&rsquo;s Story Album for arranging your holiday snaps, S Health for tracking your exercise, and an integrated IR blaster that turns the Note 3 into a remote for your TV. We could go on, but we could be here all day.</p> <p>Essentially there&rsquo;s a little something for everyone here, if you can be bothered to sift through the noise. It&rsquo;s fine if you don&rsquo;t, of course, as the Note 3 is a superb device even with its great mass of tricks stripped away. We&rsquo;d appreciate it if Samsung could split the wheat from the chaff for the next generation of Galaxy devices, though.</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 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3095.JPG?1391708015" /> </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 FlipBoard-powered news feed is excellent" alt="The FlipBoard-powered news feed is excellent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3112_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="Google Play and Samsung Music app, side-by-side" alt="Google Play and Samsung Music app, side-by-side" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3118.JPG?1391708015" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3111_0.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Battery life - enough but not much more </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>Our usual video rundown test is processing as we speak and we&rsquo;ll update the review with the results forthwith, but in everyday use the 3,200mAh battery does a fine job of powering the massive screen and mass of software extras for more than a day of moderate use. It&rsquo;ll certainly outlast an iPhone 5, although won&rsquo;t keep going for as long as the battery freak that is the G2.</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="USB 3.0 means hi-speed data transfer" alt="USB 3.0 means hi-speed data transfer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3168.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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>Put simply, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best phablet in the world right now. Its glorious 5.7in screen pumps out crisp detail and punchy colours while still remaining pretty portable, at least compared to the gargantuan 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra.</p> <p>It has a superb camera that more than holds its own against the LG G2 in all but dim conditions, and it eats Android, 3D games and multitasking for breakfast.</p> <p>The S Pen is a doodler&rsquo;s dream and feels far more natural than any other stylus we&rsquo;ve used, and if you throw in the Samsung software extras that are useful to you, the Note 3 should be the number one choice if you&rsquo;re keen to follow the phablet path.</p> <p>Not everyone will be, and for those people there are more fantastic flagship phones available than ever before, as just a glance at our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 list of the best smartphones in the world</a> will attest. But for those who want to replace the phone and tablet with one do-it-all device there is a new champion &ndash; the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-note-3/feature"><strong>Want the best cases, headphones and accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Read our Ultimate Setup</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Galaxy Note 3 S View case" alt="Galaxy Note 3 S View case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3148.JPG?1391708015" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Galaxy Note 3 S View case" alt="Galaxy Note 3 S View case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3149.JPG?1391708015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want one device to replace your phone and tablet combi? The Galaxy Note 3 is the finest phablet 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 Note 3: &quot;The best phablet in the world&quot; </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"> Samsung reclaims the gigantophone crown with its new phablet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review#comments 4K Android Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:44:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425965 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen leak confirms just how much it will stretch your fingers http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/galaxy-note-3-screen-leak-confirms-just-how-much-it-will-stretch-your-fingers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy Note 3 is even bigger than its predecessor, according to the latest leaks. Are your hands ready? </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="805" height="604" title="Galaxy Note 3 screen leak confirms just how much it will stretch your fingers" alt="Galaxy Note 3 screen leak confirms just how much it will stretch your fingers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-3-screen-leak.jpg?1377776488" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your giant shovel hands laughed in the face of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-2/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 2</a>, then perhaps the Galaxy Note 3 will cut your digits down to size.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/galaxy-note-3/galaxy-note-3-screen-leak-confirms-just-how-much-it-will-stretch-your-fingers/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/galaxy-note-3-screen-leak-confirms-just-how-much-it-will-stretch-your-fingers/news#comments Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:07:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1425927 at http://www.stuff.tv