Galaxy S4 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-s4/all en-GB Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 - eight reasons to upgrade http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S4&#039;s a great phone, but the S5&#039;s even better. Here are eight reasons to consider upgrading (and three reasons to stick with what you&#039;ve got) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy S5 (left) and Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Admit it - you&#39;re looking at your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> in a new light since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> arrived.</p> <p>Don&#39;t worry, we all get phone envy from time to time - and never more so than when a new flagship arrives to knock yours down a notch in the smartphone pecking order.</p> <p>So should you upgrade from the S4 to the S5? Or are you better off sticking with what you&#39;ve got? Here are our findings.</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"> 1) It&#039;s toughened 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 phones may be crafted from beautiful slabs of the finest, er, plastic, but where the S4 was prone to creaking and flexing under pressure, the S5 feels far more robust. It&#39;s also waterproof and dustproof to the IP67 certification - which, according to Samsung, means it&#39;s safe from &quot;rain, liquids, sand, dust and sweat&quot;. Quite why anyone would sweat all over their phone is a mystery to us, as is why rain and sweat aren&#39;t considered liquids anyway. But there&#39;s no denying that this is A Good Thing for a phone to be.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy S5 is tougher" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-and-s4-cameras_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 2) It&#039;s easier on the eye(s) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two things to bear in mind here - firstly, the S5&#39;s far more physically attractive than the S4, particularly in its Charcoal Black variety. Not attractive in an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> way, maybe, but certainly more pleasant to spend time with than its predecessor, thanks to its metal-look edges and dimpled back. Secondly, it also has a nicer screen. Now in pure spec terms the S4 has a higher pixel density than the S5 (441ppi to 432ppi), but despite that, we prefer the newer phone&#39;s screen: it&#39;s brighter, text is crisper and colours seem just a little more vibrant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s screen is a beauty" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 3) It&#039;s joined the 4K club </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How important this is to you will depend on whether you have a 4K television or not. What&#39;s that? You don&#39;t have a 4K TV and don&#39;t know anyone who does? Well never mind - you&#39;ll keep your new S5 for at least a year, and by this time next year 4K TVs will be a lot more affordable. And that&#39;ll mean you&#39;ll be able to shoot 4K video on your phone and watch it on your TV, thus making up for the fact that there&#39;s barely any content yet available in 4K anyway.</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="4K FTW!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_1.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 4) It has more megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three more, to be precise - giving it a total of 16MP to the S4&#39;s 13MP (see, we knew our maths GCSE would come in handy one day). That means you can crop into photos more drastically, helping to make up for the fact that the camera lacks an optical zoom. That&#39;s not the only improvement to the camera, either: it also focuses far more quickly and has a nifty post-shot &#39;Selective focus&#39; feature which genuinely works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-zoom/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom-snapped-wild/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom is snapped in the wild</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera now has 16 megapixels to play with" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_38.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 5) It&#039;s finger friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know the S4 had a touchscreen too, but it didn&#39;t have a fingerprint scanner, did it? Well the Galaxy S5 does, and it can do more than just unlock your phone - authorise payments for Samsung apps or PayPal transactions, for instance, or access private files. Hopefully Google Play access will follow soon - being able to pay for all new apps with a press of the finger would be a mighty cool feature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</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="Give it the finger..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-fingerprint.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6) It doesn&#039;t stutter (quite as much) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 big disappointments with the S4 was that despite packing a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, it stumbled and stuttered far more often than we&#39;d have liked. Not when doing the hard stuff such as playing the latest 3D games, bizarrely, but when performing simple tasks such as moving around home screens and closing galleries. Crazy. Still, the S5, with its Snapdragon 801 chip, doesn&#39;t appear to suffer to quite the same extent - it&#39;s not flawless, but it trips up far less frequently. Just as importantly, TouchWiz - the Samsung skin which sits over Android 4.4 KitKat - has been stripped back and simplified, making it easier to use. When combined with the bug-free operation, the whole user experience feels far slicker on the S5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt 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="TouchWiz is now a far slicker experience" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_31.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 7) It tears through downloads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S5 has a new feature called Download Booster, and you can probably guess from its name what it does. That&#39;s right - it&#39;s a social media app for a heavy metal festival. Not really. Download Booster boosts your downloads by using both 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously where possible. We say &#39;where possible&#39; because you&#39;ll obviously need both a Wi-Fi connection and 4G sim for that to work. But even if you&#39;re still stuck on 3G, the fact that the S5 has 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO wireless tech should speed up your connection.</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 downloads are ALWAYS a good thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-download-booster.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 8) It&#039;s roomier </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 S4 and S5 have expandable memory via microSD card, but where the S4 can only handle a maximum of 64GB, the S5 will take a 128GB card. Alright, so a 128GB microSD card will set you back at least &pound;100 - a 64GB card can be had for about &pound;30. One caveat: Android 4.4 KitKat changed the way that apps work with external storage in order to improve security. The result is that you won&#39;t necessarily&nbsp;be able to copy all of your apps on to your microSD card; some will work, some won&#39;t. But music, videos, photos etc - they&#39;ll all be fine. And if you&#39;ve got a serious Spotify offline-syncing habit, 64GB won&#39;t go far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-vs-htc-one-six-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) - six reasons to upgrade</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="You can up the S5&#039;s storage by 128GB - on the S4 it&#039;s 64GB" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 1) But... it&#039;s harder to hold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although the S5&#39;s screen is a mere 0.1in larger, the handset itself is noticeably bigger in the hand. If you&#39;re small handed - or just don&#39;t want to risk ever dropping your phone - you might be better sticking with the S4.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5 is a physically bigger handset" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-screen_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 2) It&#039;s no night owl </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some reason, Samsung&#39;s got rid of the Night Mode from the S5&#39;s camera, instead suggesting that you use the Picture Stabilisation mode in low light. That&#39;s fine - but the option to turn it on is hidden within a menu, and if you didn&#39;t know that&#39;s what it was for you&#39;d never guess.</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="Wherefore art thou, Night Mode?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_75.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 3) It&#039;ll cost you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Galaxy S5 will set you back &pound;525, SIM-free, and if you&#39;re anything like us, you don&#39;t have that kind of money lying around. The S4&#39;s price will only go down from here - whether on contract or SIM-free - so sticking with last year&#39;s tech could be good for your wallet. Us? We&#39;d always choose the &#39;spend money we don&#39;t have on shiny gadget&#39; option, but then we&#39;re irresponsible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Save money or upgrade?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-colours_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature#comments Android Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435135 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in three seconds http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/watch-robot-solve-rubik-s-cube-three-seconds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Samsung Galaxy S4-powered, Lego-constructed machine can spin the cube faster than your eyes can follow </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="Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in three seconds" alt="Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in three seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cubestormer-3-robot.jpg?1395196306" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world speed record for the solving of a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube was just smashed &ndash; and of course it was by a robot. A British-built robot at that.</p> <p>Cubestormer 3 is the robot in question, and this past weekend it managed to solve a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube in just 3.253 seconds, smashing the previous record (which was also set by the same team) of 5.27 seconds. You can see it doing just that below &ndash; but don&rsquo;t blink or you&rsquo;ll miss 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"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cubestormer 3 is the work of British engineers Mike Dobson and David Gilday and uses an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S4 as its &ldquo;brain&rdquo;. Using the smartphone&rsquo;s camera, the robot analyses the current state of the Rubik&rsquo;s Cube and passes the info onto eight Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks (also controlled by an ARM processor).</p> <p>Even if you could out-think an octa-core Exynos CPU (you couldn&rsquo;t, but at least you have a soul, so don&rsquo;t feel bad), you wouldn&rsquo;t be able to twist the cube as quickly as Cubestormer 3. The world record attempt was performed on a speed cube, which can be twisted before the edges are fully aligned.</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/X0pFZG7j5cE" 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"> You and whose arm-y? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 area, however, where humanity still holds an edge over lightning-brained robots is table tennis. Industrial robotics company Kuka last week hosted the world&rsquo;s first ever man versus robot ping-pong, in which former world number one table tennis player Timo Boll took on an Agilus arm (which Kuka claims is the world&rsquo;s fastest robotic arm) and won &ndash; just. Given that the tournament is a promotional video for Kuka, we&rsquo;re not quite sure if we trust its results to the same degree as the Guinness-officiated Rubik&rsquo;s Cube solving, mind you.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140315005008/en/ARM-Powered%C2%AE-Robot-Breaks-World-Speed-Record-Solving#.UySreVFdURr">Businesswire</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/15/5512554/lego-mindstorms-robot-sets-rubiks-cube-world-record">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tIIJME8-au8" 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> Galaxy S4 Robots Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:54:07 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433815 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A detailed look at the differences between Samsung’s new top smartphone and its predecessor </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 S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4.jpg?1394115236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is Samsung&rsquo;s new Galaxy S5 a worthy upgrade over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4? Join us as we put the two smartphones on the scales and see exactly how they differ.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 preview</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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"> Design: Plastic fantastic? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While most manufacturers have turned to metal as the primary material for their top of the range smartphones, Samsung has remained resolutely committed to plastic (or &ldquo;polycarbonate&rdquo; if you want to be all lah-di-dah about it). This was true of the Galaxy S4 and it&rsquo;s true of the Galaxy S5 &ndash; although the newer model represents a definite evolution in build quality and looks.</p> <p>Yes, the S5 has a plastic body, but the matte, dimpled soft-touch feel is a level above the smooth, shiny S4&rsquo;s exterior. It&rsquo;s also a more solidly built phone overall, with less creaky flex in it and, more importantly, full protection against dust and water. So the verdict here is: yes, the S5 is still a plastic phone &ndash; but it&rsquo;s a better class of plastic phone.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</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 S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-design.jpg?1394115236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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: As you were </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there had been rumours that Samsung would equip the Galaxy S5 with a 2560 x 1440 quad HD screen, but as it turned out the company stuck with trusty 1080p. And we can&rsquo;t really fault them for that: full HD is plenty of pixels for a smartphone &ndash; on the S5&rsquo;s 5.1in screen it works out to a pixel density of around 432ppi.</p> <p>The S4 also has a 1920 x 1080 screen, albeit one that is a little smaller at 5in (which gives it a slightly higher pixel density of 441ppi).</p> <p>Both screens use AMOLED technology, but we haven&rsquo;t yet had a chance to compare them directly to see if the S5 can offer any noticeable image quality improvement over the (already excellent) S4. We&rsquo;ll have to call this one a tie for now, pending the arrival of our S5 review sample.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> undecided for now</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 S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-screen.jpg?1394115236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 stations </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 phones have 2GB of RAM and a choice between 16GB and 32GB of expandable storage (there&rsquo;s also a 64GB S4), but the Galaxy S5 (unsurprisingly) comes with a faster processor than the phone it&rsquo;s replacing: a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 running at 2.5GHz opposed to the S4&rsquo;s quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.9GHz.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s talk of a possible octo-core Exynos S5 arriving in the near future (there&rsquo;s an octo-core version of the S4 too, although it&rsquo;s not available in the UK), but Samsung has yet to confirm anything.</p> <p>While we haven&rsquo;t had a chance to benchmark the Galaxy S5 yet, it&rsquo;s clearly going to have the beating of its predecessor on the processing power front. The only question is by how much.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, the S4 sports a 2600mAh power plant while the S5 offers 2800mAh. Given the slight increase in screen size and power we&rsquo;d imagine battery life will work out fairly similar, although we&rsquo;ll have to run some real-world tests to find out for certain.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Samsung Galaxy S5</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"> Photography class </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 camera is another area where the S5 offers a steady improvement over its predecessor: instead of a 13MP sensor, it has 16MP. Both cameras offer 1080p video, but the S5 ups the stakes with a 4K option as well as supporting 120fps (at lower resolutions) for slow-motion shooting. While we&rsquo;re obviously a fan of new tech, 4K video is something that very few S5 users will be able to watch back &ndash; at least for a while.</p> <p>Samsung claims the S5 camera&rsquo;s autofocus is the fastest on any phone currently available (as quick as 0.3 seconds) and that it also has an improved high dynamic range shooting mode, the effects of which are previewed when you&rsquo;re composing shots.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Samsung Galaxy S5</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 S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-and-s4-cameras.jpg?1394115236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Feature face-off </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 is always loading its Galaxy S phones with interesting (some might say gimmicky) features, and the S5 is no exception: the biggest new additions are the fingerprint scanner (worse than the iPhone 5s&rsquo;, better than the HTC One Max&rsquo;s) and the rear-mounted heart rate monitor, which works with an improved S Health app to boost the S5&rsquo;s fitness tracking credentials.</p> <p>It also offers the same S Voice speech-activated search as the S4, as well as the same Smart Screen eye-tracking and Air View finger tracking capabilities that let you quickly scroll though photo galleries and the like without touching the screen.</p> <p>Both phones run on Android 4.4 KitKat (the S4 after an upgrade) and feature Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz UI laid on top.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Well, you probably don&rsquo;t need to read this section to work out that the S5 is a better phone than the S4 &ndash; Samsung wouldn&rsquo;t have released it otherwise. The performance difference may end up being fairly small (we won&rsquo;t know until we&rsquo;ve fully tested the S5) but in terms of features, design and build quality the S5 is comfortably better than the phone it&rsquo;s replacing.</p> <p>Of course, it&rsquo;ll also cost you a fair bit more, and if you&rsquo;re in the market for a bargain the S4 remains a very impressive smartphone indeed. After all, it&rsquo;s only a year old and at the time of its launch it was arguably the most powerful phone in the world.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 hands on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:44:11 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433181 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S4 Black: a taste of things to come with the S5? http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-black-taste-things-come-s5/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New edition of Samsung’s flagship phone features a faux-leather case that could be retained by its successor </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 S4 Black: a taste of things to come with the S5?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Black: a taste of things to come with the S5?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s4-black-edition.jpg?1391302404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 may be scant weeks away, but the company hasn&rsquo;t finished with its predecessor just yet. Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy S4 Black Edition &ndash; and it may provide a clue to the design language of the S5.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s fair to say Samsung has a fetish for leather (or leather-look textures) at the moment, and we wouldn&rsquo;t be at all surprised to see that trend continue when the company pulls the wrappers off the Galaxy S5 on 23rd February. While there&rsquo;s definitely a whiff of naffness about faux leather, Samsung&rsquo;s use of glossy plastic on the original S4 model came in for an awful lot of criticism too. And the faux leather texture doesn&rsquo;t attract scratches as easily as a smooth plastic, metal or glass back.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S4 Black has only been officially announced in Russia thus far, but we&rsquo;ll let you know if it turns out to be UK-bound too.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/samsung-galaxy-s4-adopts-note-3-leather-look-hints-at-s5-styling-50013320/" target="_blank">Crave</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 preview</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-black-taste-things-come-s5/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:47:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431896 at http://www.stuff.tv Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with imaging steroids http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ztylus-revolver-lens-kit-injects-your-galaxy-s4-s-camera-supercharged-imaging-steroids/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From fisheye weirdness to wide-angle goodness in a single click, this case does it all </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="901" title="Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with supercharged imaging steroids" alt="Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with imaging steroids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ztylus-1.jpg?1390962805" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>&rsquo;s camera takes very good shots in its own right, but it can&rsquo;t compete with the likes of heavy-hitters like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a>.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;ll never reach the levels of the 1020&rsquo;s insane crop-zoom magic, you can increase its photographic powers ten-fold with Ztylus&rsquo; new Galaxy S4 Revolver camera kit.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The kit itself is made up of two parts &ndash; a revolving lens attachment and a specially designed case which it can attach to.</p> <p>The case itself entirely replaces the back cover of the Galaxy S4 and adds a camera grip for steadier shots, along with a built-in kickstand for watching movies or making video calls.</p> <p>The case is also moulded around the S4&rsquo;s speakers to project sound upwards, but we can&rsquo;t see it reaching the same high standards set by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>&rsquo;s excellent dual front-facing speakers.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also got a tripod mount attachment point for low-light and time-lapse shots.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-take-great-low-light-photos-your-phone/feature" target="_blank">How to take great low light photos with your phone</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="901" title="Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with supercharged imaging steroids" alt="Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with supercharged imag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ztylus-2.jpg?1390962805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> The Revolver lens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is where the magic happens. The revolver lens is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium and houses three different lenses, each adapted to different shooting situations. It clips securely into the aluminium ring on its case counterpart and can be removed when you want to slip the S4 back into your pocket.</p> <p>The first lens on offer is a circular polarizer lens which removes glare for bluer skies and greener grass. It&rsquo;ll also come in handy if you want to reduce reflections from windows or water, and you can adjust it to your preferred level with a few twists.</p> <p>Next up is the extreme fisheye lens, which offers a 180 degree field of view &ndash; ideal for tight spaces or shots where you just want things to look a little crazy.</p> <p>The third lens doubles up as both a wide-angle lens and a macro lens. The former is ideal for group and panoramic shots, allowing more subjects to be in the picture, while the latter will come in handy for extreme close-ups of flowers/cupcakes, or anything else you want to embiggen.</p> <p>You can pick up the Ztylus Revolver lens kit now for <a href="http://ztylus.com/collections/all-products" target="_blank">US$85</a>, and we&rsquo;re waiting for confirmation of UK release dates and prices. Ztylus has however confirmed that it will ship to the UK, if you can&#39;t wait.</p> <p>Similar kits are also on the way for the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-4s/review" target="_blank"> iPhone 4s</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">5s</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update:</strong> Ztylus has confirmed that it is working with distributors to bring the Revolving lens kit to UK retailers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/6-pro-tips-taking-killer-instagram-photos/feature" target="_blank">6 pro tips for taking killer Instagram photos</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR MORE HOT STUFF STORIES</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="936" height="702" title="Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with supercharged imaging steroids" alt="Ztylus’ revolver lens kit injects your Galaxy S4’s camera with supercharged imag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ztylus-3.jpg?1390962805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-s4/ztylus-revolver-lens-kit-injects-your-galaxy-s4-s-camera-supercharged-imaging-steroids/new" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ztylus-revolver-lens-kit-injects-your-galaxy-s4-s-camera-supercharged-imaging-steroids/new#comments Galaxy S4 Geek accessories Hot Stuff Samsung Smartphones Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:31:26 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431770 at http://www.stuff.tv Galaxy Gear makes friends with the S4 http://www.stuff.tv/android/galaxy-s4-gets-cosy-gear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s flagship handset can now be used with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, thanks to its Jelly Bean upgrade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Galaxy Gear makes friends with the S4" alt="Galaxy Gear makes friends with the S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN3171_0.JPG?1382247798" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jelly Bean update on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>, checked. Getting the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Gear</a>, done. Now all that's left, is to link up Samsung's smartwatch to its flagship Android smartphone, which has received the Android 4.3 upgrade for unlocked devices, and set to roll out in the coming months for others.</p> <p>The firm has also released the Galaxy Gear manager app for the S4, allowing to to easily set up the handset.</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/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</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"> Jelly Bean Joy </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-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s new in 4.3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/galaxy-s4-gets-cosy-gear/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/galaxy-s4-gets-cosy-gear/news#comments Android Galaxy Gear Galaxy S4 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:35:56 +0000 Mark Prigg 1428075 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy S4 http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Give your shiny new Galaxy S4 an instant upgrade with our selection of the best accessories, from headphones to cases </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="600" height="500" title="Give your S4 a treat" alt="Give your S4 a treat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Generic%20GS4%20Falling%20Left%20WHT_%20J%20Lock%20Screen2.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve got your Galaxy S4, raided the Play Store for the best Android apps on offer, and now you&#39;re ready to go - but why not give your new phone an instant upgrade with our selection of the best accessories on offer, from wireless speakers to the fanciest cases.</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/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</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"> Take some quiet time: Bose QC20 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 QC20 in-earphones feature Bose&#39;s StayHear+ tips that&#39;s won&#39;t only stay fitted but also offer passive noise cancellation.</p> <p>The active silencing unit uses dual microphones to monitor background noise and produces the opposite sound to give you the feeling of utter silence. Its rechargable battery manages 16-hours of active noise cancelled sound.</p> <p>At the touch of a button you can hear surrounding noise if needs be thanks to Bose&#39;s Aware mode. And thanks to the Bose TriPort space the bass is fantastic for the size of the buds. Coupled with active equalisation that makes for stunning sound.</p> <p>&pound;260, <a href="http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/noise_cancelling_headphones/quietcomfort_20/index.jsp&amp;Variant=qc20">Bose</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="775" height="398" title="Bose QC20" alt="Bose QC20" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> A night on the tiles: TecTiles </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s TecTiles area great little accessory, and contain an NFC tag that can, via a special app, program your S4.</p> <p>For instance, place a programmed TecTile on your bedside table, and it can activate specific settings when touched by your phone - setting an alarm and turning the phone to silent, for example.</p> <p>You can also set them to launch an app, check you in on FourSquare, or even tell your friends when you&#39;ve got home.</p> <p>&pound;20, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/microsite/tectile/">Samsung</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="3508" height="2480" title="NFC tiles that can do your bidding" alt="NFC tiles that can do your bidding" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/uk_EAD-X11SWEGSTD_004_Font_white.jpeg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Tune in to your TV: Google Chromecast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s smart TV dongle is the perfect way to get your favourite videos from your S4 onto the big screen.</p> <p>The HDMI gadget lets you watch Hulu, YouTube and Netflix shows, and the Galaxy 4 is the perfect remote, giving you an easy way to escape the chains (and prices) of your cable or satellite subscription.&nbsp;</p> <p>You&#39;ll even find your S4 is ready to go with Chromecast - the apps above all have controls built in, and they&#39;re incredibly easy to use. Crucially, you really do just use the S4 as a remote, so you&#39;re free to go off and do other things once you&#39;ve told the TV what to show.</p> <p>US$35, <a href="http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/#netflix">Google</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-stones_0.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Tough case: Otterbox Defender </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 skydiving, off-roading or any other extreme sport, then you&#39;ll need some extra protection for your new handset. Actually, as everyone knows, even walking down the street can be dangerous these days, so why not cocoon your S4 in Otterbox&#39;s Defender case.</p> <p>It&#39;s available in a multitude of colours, and you can pick some truly hideous combination from the firm&#39;s sight - perfect if you&#39;ve been unfortunate enough to aquire a brown S4.</p> <p>&pound;45, <a href="http://www.otterbox.com/Galaxy-S4-Defender-Series-Build-Your-Own-Case/sam2-galaxy-s4-set,default,pd.html">Otterbox</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="450" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sam2-galaxy-s4-build-1099-1277-20.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Wireless wonder: Sonos Play:1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll be needing a way to link your S4 to the hi-fi at home, so why not go the whole hog and upgrade your system to Sonos?&nbsp;</p> <p>It may be the new kid on the block in terms of wireless speakers, but we think the Sonos Play:1 goes instantly to the top of the class.</p> <p>Setup is simple and the Android app is superb, turning your S4 into a fully featured remote, and letting you easily play back songs on your handset to boot. At &pound;170, it&#39;s a bargain, especially as the firm is throwing in a base station until next year. <a>Read the full review here</a>.</p> <p>&pound;170, <a href="http://www.sonos.com/introducing/play1">Sonos</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02090.JPG?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Classy cases: Wrappers Alcantara </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s made from the same Alcantara material used in car interiors by Porsche and Maserati, and this case from British designers wrappers will give your S4 a padded pouch to enjoy its life in. They are brilliantly made, and protect your pride and joy well - especially inside a bad, where traditional flip open cases can often accidentally open.</p> <p>&pound;19, <a href="http://wrappers.typepad.com/ipod/samsung-galaxy/">wrappers</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="800" height="627" title="Cosy cases" alt="Cosy cases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6a00e54f13dbb68834017eeb017bda970d-800wi.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A button for anything: Pressy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It started life as a Kickstarter campaign, but pressy is now fully funded, allowing you to add a fully programmable hardware button to your S4 easily.</p> <p>It comes with three preset actions - including switching on the torch, enabling Silent mode and taking a photo - but can also be customised using an app.</p> <p>Pressy can also register long and short-presses, as well as a series of clicks to trigger long sequences of commands.</p> <p>$20, <a href="http://pressybutton.com/">Pressy</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="700" height="350" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dbfb96e6048522fac4652ecc41d43591_large.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Track and tap: Fitbit Force </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fitbit&#39;s latest tracking band, the Force is more than just a fitness tracker (according to Fitbit, at least), and has some neat features - for instance, the dinky OLED can show you steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes as well as floors climbed.</p> <p>Pair it with your new S4 though, and you&#39;ll be able to take advantage of a neat NFC feature to open the Fitbit app simply by tapping it against your phone.</p> <p>It&#39;s also the most partner-friendly fitness band, boasting a silent alarm that vibrates your wrist until you&#39;re up.</p> <p>$130, <a href="http://www.fitbit.com/force">Fitbit</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/1Eig_xyVMxY" 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-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"> ADONIT JOT PRO 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 Galaxy S4 might lack the S Pen smarts of its Galaxy Note 2 cousin, but that shouldn&#39;t stop you from creating portable masterpieces or letting your beautifully curvy penmanship go to waste. The Jot Pro sets itself apart from the rest of the styli flock by offering a fine tip and transparent precision disc which lets you track the path of your virtual ink for more accuracy.</p> <p>&pound;20, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adonit-Point-Stylus-iPhone-Kindle/dp/B00931DHKM/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1387296563&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=Adonit+Jot+Pro+Stylus" target="_blank">Amazon&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adonit-jot-pro-stylus_0_3_0.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 WIRELESS CHARGING COVER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wireless charging pads have become more common over the past few years, so chances are you&#39;ve got one or two lying around already, set to impress your mates at a moment&#39;s notice. If that&#39;s the case then a quick swap to this wireless charging cover is all you&#39;ll need to juice up your S4&#39;s battery in style. You cable-free rascal you.</p> <p>&pound;30, <a href="http://www.expansys.com/samsung-wireless-charging-cover-for-samsung-galaxy-s-iv-247504/?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=shopping&amp;utm_campaign=base&amp;ito=1701" target="_blank">Expansys</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-wireless-charging-cover_3_0.jpg?1388229068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature#comments Android Galaxy S4 Headphones Samsung Smartphones Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:11:11 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427883 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung counters gold iPhone 5S with gold Galaxy S4 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-counters-gold-iphone-5s-gold-galaxy-s4/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung. What are you doing? Samsung. Stahp </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 counters gold iPhone 5S with gold Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung counters gold iPhone 5S with gold Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s4-gold.jpg?1380271959" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung Mobile Arabia, it seems, has taken a look at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s-officially-launched-all-details-inside/news">Apple’s gold iPhone 5S</a> and said, “Anything you can do, I can do… much, much worse.”</p> <p>The company yesterday <a href="https://twitter.com/SamsungMobileME/statuses/382809937597837312">tweeted</a> an image of a gold Galaxy S4 with a pink front fascia sitting in the desert like Ozymandias’ crumbled statue. Above it sits the legend: “Elegance is a touch of Gold.”</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"> My eyes... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Boy oh boy. Where do we start with this one? Not only does it smack of a lack of ideas to serve up your flagship phone in gold two weeks after your biggest rival does the same, but the least you need to do is make it look like an object that a person with eyes, a brain and a sense of taste might want to own.</p> <p>A gold plastic back and a pink plastic front? It’s a million miles away from the understated subtlety and top-notch metal build of the gold-finished iPhone 5S. And the Galaxy is a great phone by the way (read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">review</a> to see why) just not great enough to withstand this kind of design molestation.</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"> My poor eyes... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pink and gold, Samsung? Really?</p> <p>Maybe the phone will perform well in the Arabian market, and it'd probably do OK in Russia, where tech manufacturers traditionally tend to let their inner Midas run unchecked, but we don’t expect it to officially launch in the UK any time soon. If you want one – and you’d have to be the biggest kind of style-masochist around – you may have some luck on eBay. Now take it away and kill it with fire: we don’t want to look at it for another moment.</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 S4 pink and gold" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 pink and gold" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-gold-nope.jpg?1380271959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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> Galaxy S4 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:57:07 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427128 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 of the best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S4 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/5-best-headphones-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to make your S4 sing? Ditch the feeble bundled headphones and get some of these classy cans </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="Sennheiser Momentum" alt="Sennheiser Momentum" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sennheiser-momentum-02.jpg?1380781581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Like most smartphones, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>&nbsp;comes bundled with a set of in-ear headphones that frankly don't do it justice.</p> <p>There's a vast array of options for enhancing your listening experience, whether you want a set of budget bass blasters or a audiophile's on-ear cans. We've rounded up five of the best options that'll make your Galaxy S4 produce the music of the spheres…</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/simon-lucas" title="View user profile.">Simon Lucas</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"> Slick Distribution SD50 (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All right, first things first: the SD50s aren’t perfect. They could be better defined in the bass, for instance. But we think you’ll agree £30 of a pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones with smartphone controls is something of a bargain. It’s not the slight lack of bass discipline you’ll notice, it’s the lack of wires around your head and just the slightest dent in your bank-balance.</p> <p><a href="http://slickdistributions.com/product/104/sd50-soundwear-bluetooth-stereo-headset/">www.slickdistributions.com</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="Slick Distribution SD50" alt="Slick Distribution SD50" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/soundwear-sd50.jpg?1380781670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> SoundMagic E10 (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seldom have first upgrades been so obvious. The S4 isn’t alone in coming supplied with in-ear buds that are best described as ‘marginal’, but you can unleash the Samsung’s full potential for just £35. The E10s, all shiny metal enclosures and lovely snug fit, offer the sort of attack, detail and accuracy the S4 loves to serve up. They’re absolute gems.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.soundmagic.com">www.soundmagic.com</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="SoundMagic E10" alt="SoundMagic E10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SoundMagic-E10.jpg?1380781670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips CitiScape Downtown (£55) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 want a pair of headphones to complement the S4’s understated good looks and all-round air of good taste, don’t look any further. The CitiScape Downtowns (we know, we know – but the name is by far the clunkiest thing about the Philips’) look, feel and, crucially, sound like they cost a fair bit more than £55. Deep, crisp and even throughout the frequency range, they’re an easy listen in the best sense of the words.</p> <p><a href="http://www.philips.co.uk/c/advanced-acoustics/290036/cat/#filterState0=ADVANCED_ACOUSTICS_HEADPHONES_SU2_GB_CONSUMER%3Dtrue;compareState0=id0%3D%2Cid1%3D%2Cid2%3D%2CcompareView%3Dfalse;productState0=page%3D1%2Csort%3Dsubcat_asc_group">www.philips.co.uk</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="Philips CitiScape Downtown" alt="Philips CitiScape Downtown" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Downtown.jpg?1380781670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Beats by Dre Powerbeats
 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make the most of the S4’s fly-away 130g weight by using it as an exercise companion. The ideal companion to your exercise companion are these rather torturous-looking Powerbeats. The chunky bands loop over your ears, and they work a treat – it’s pretty much impossible to work the Powerbeats loose, even if you favour a vigorous workout. And if your regime is a pacy and powerful as the sound the headphones produce you’ll be fighting fit in no time.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatsbydre.com/earphones/powerbeats/beats-powerbeats.html">www.beatsbydre.com</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="Beats by Dre Powerbeats" alt="Beats by Dre Powerbeats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Powerbeats.jpg?1380781670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you’ve decided to pay this sort of money for headphones, you want a bit more than just great sound for your cash. And the Sennheisers have you covered. They sound superb, of course: delicate but punchy, poised but muscular, and stuffed with detail. But it’s the use of materials – suede for the headband, stainless-steel sliders, memory-foam earpads – that let you know where your money’s gone. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/over-ear-headphone-momentum-stereo">en-uk.sennheiser.com</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="Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears" alt="Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sennheiser-momentum.jpg?1380764005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-s4/5-best-headphones-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature#comments Galaxy S4 Samsung Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:09:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426822 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s 64-bit superphone takes on Samsung&#039;s best-seller – but which should you buy? </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="Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone-5s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The heavyweights of the smartphone world are set to duke it out once again, with Apple pitting its latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5S</a> against the well-established <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>.</p> <p>But which of the two deserves your hard-earned pennies? We've pored over the two superphones and cogitated long and hard to see which wins out in terms of specs, camera and sheer desirability. Read on...</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Design – more of the same </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 this point, both Samsung and Apple are refining rather than innovating in terms of design – both companies have their design philosophies, and they're sticking to them.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Samsung, that means the Galaxy S4 features the same plastic – sorry, <em>polycarbonate </em>– build as its predecessor – and although it still feels a bit lightweight and flimsy, it does mean that you can easily swap out the battery and add flip covers, should you so desire. At 130g, it's heavier than the iPhone – no surprise, as it's a considerably larger 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm versus the iPhone's 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm.</p> <p>Apple, meanwhile, has stuck with the tried-and-tested aluminium and glass build of the iPhone 5, adding a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/treasure-hunters-listen-gold-iphone-5s-real/news">gold-and-white finish</a> to the existing grey/black and silver/white editions. Look closely and you'll spot the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor in place of the familiar Home button – of which more below. The iPhone certainly feels more substantial in the hand, despite its 112g weight – though that's balanced out by the advantages of having a micro USB port as opposed to a Lightning connector, as well as the S4's replaceable battery and 64GB of expandable microSD storage.</p> <p>As far as we're concerned, the iPhone 5S wins out here – it's a sleek and stylish pair of Jimmy Choos to the S4's dull but practical wellington boots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-main_3.jpg?1379574924" /> </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 S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-design.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 – bigger is better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S4 packs an impressive 5in 1080p Super AMOLED screen, delivering 441ppi pixel density and tucked behind Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for safety.</p> <p>The iPhone 5S' screen is the same 4in, 1136x640px Retina Display found on both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5C. At 326ppi, it's impressive – but it's hopelessly outclassed by the S4's bigger, higher-resolution effort. Of course, gadgeteers with smaller hands may find that the iPhone's screen makes for more comfortable surfing than the S4's big display.</p> <p>However, we have to hand it to the Galaxy S4 here – a 5in 1080p screen is pretty much standard issue on high-end phones. If you're buying on contract, you'll likely be hanging on to your next phone for two years – by which time the iPhone 5S screen is going to look very dated indeed.</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="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S4-review-screen_0.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Specs – Apple goes 64-bit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple doesn't publish detailed hardware specs, but the 5S reportedly packs 2GB RAM along with its new A7 processor – the first 64-bit smartphone processor. Don't expect a massive increase in speed as a result, though – the A5's ARM v8 chip architecture is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-64-bit-smartphones/feature">likely more about future-proofing the iPhone</a> and powering hardware like the Touch ID sensor than delivering an immediate performance boost.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPhone 5S also features a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5s-constantly-tracks-your-movement/news">M7 motion co-processor</a>, which makes for more efficient power management while enabling constant motion tracking. So, expect a boost in battery life along with an array of new motion-sensing tricks – including health apps and contextual awareness. If you're in a moving vehicle, the iPhone won't try and connect to Wi-Fi networks, for example.</p> <p>The iPhone's standout new feature is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. You can unlock your phone by either clicking and holding the sensor, or tapping the power button and then the sensor. It'll store up to five fingerprints; at present it's only used as a security measure, but when (if?) Apple lets developers at it, it has a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/9-genius-ways-use-iphone-5s-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor/feature">whole host of potential uses</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The UK Galaxy S4 packs a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, rather than Samsung's own 1.6GHz octa-core processor – you also get 2GB RAM, a replaceable 2600mAh battery and 16, 32 and 64GB storage options (with support for an additional 64GB via microSD). Other features include NFC, an IR blaster and support for Air Gestures and Smart Scroll.</p> <p>Once again, Apple's refused to integrate smartphone features that are regarded as industry standards – like NFC and microSD – into the iPhone, in favour of gambling on a potentially revolutionary technology. Like Siri, Touch ID could have a whole host of applications – but only if Apple lets developers use it, and only if it's properly integrated with apps. It's too early to tell at this point – so if you're buying a phone based on how you'll use its features right now, we have to hand this round to the S4.</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-2663574139001" 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="2663574139001" /> <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="604" height="453" title="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-m7382105452_0.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5s-camera-has-bigger-sensor-slo-mo/news">iPhone 5S' camera</a> has had a slight spec boost over that of its predecessor. Like the iPhone 5, the 5S features an 8MP snapper – but it features 1.5µ pixels instead of the 1.4µ pixels found on the iPhone 5. The aperture has been boosted from f2.4 to f2.2, as well. In theory, that should make for better low-light images, with reduced noise. The iSight camera will also shoot 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 120fps.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple's kitted out the iPhone 5S camera with what it's calling a "true tone" flash – it reads whether you're taking a photo under tungsten (yellow) lighting or daylight (blue) lighting conditions. When you take a snap, it'll then flash its twin amber and white LED flashes in varying intensities, effectively colour balancing the scene. Apple claims the iPhone 5S can create up to 1000 different colour temperatures with its flash – we'll be checking this feature in detail in our full review.</p> <p>Software-wise, you get a new burst shooting feature that'll snap up to 10fps, picking out and suggesting the best images from the sequence for you. Round the front, you get a 1.2MP Facetime camera that'll shoot 720p video.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S4, meanwhile, packs a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-features-dual-camera-shooting-mode/news">13MP, f2.2 main camera</a>. That means you'll get higher-resolution images than the iPhone, but with its 1.12μ pixels, its low light performance will likely struggle against the iPhone 5S camera. It'll also shoot 1080p video at 30fps – as will its 2MP front snapper.</p> <p>The S4's camera features include Eraser, which lets you paint out moving objects from the frame, Drama Shot, which captures 100 frames at 25fps and creates a composite image, Animated Photo, which lets you create eight-second GIF clips – and animate specific areas of a picture, and Best Photo and Best Face modes that pick out the best image from a burst shot for you.</p> <p>A conclusive verdict will have to wait on our full review of the iPhone 5S; the S4's camera wins out on a raw megapixel count and its array of (somewhat gimmicky) features, while Apple appears to have focused on real-world applications for its camera. Most smartphone images are shot in low-light environments, and its larger camera pixels and True Tone flash will likely give the iPhone 5S the edge in these situations.</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="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-review-camera-rear_0_0.jpg?1379574924" /> </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="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-camera-lens_3.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> iOS 7 vs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone hardware isn't the only thing that Apple's overhauled – its iOS software has been given a ground-up redesign for iOS 7, with bright, blocky colours replacing skeuomorphic icons and interfaces, and a pull-down settings menu that finally brings it up to speed with Android's multitasking. Airdrop file sharing and an overhauled Siri round out the major upgrades – check out our 7 things you need to know about iOS 7 for full details.</p> <p>Samsung's stuck with its tried and tested TouchWiz interface over Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S4. Android provides obvious advantages over iOS in terms of customisation – as Android fans will rush to remind us in the comments – while TouchWiz is, as ever, a little overstuffed. The touchless <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-tracks-your-fingers-and-your-eyes-magical-air-and-gesture-technology/new">Air Gestures and Air View</a> features are the sort of things you'll <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-features-%E2%80%93-how-useful-are-they/news">show off down the pub once and never use again</a>, but some features are genuinely useful. S Health, a suite of health widgets that let you input exercise and calorie intake, is "neat and addictive," while the WatchOn EPG makes good use of the phone's IR blaster.</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="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S4-review-homescreen.jpg?1379574924" /> </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="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-fingerprint_0_0.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Price – gold will cost you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S4 will set you back £420 on Amazon for a 16GB version; a 16GB iPhone 5S will cost a more substantial £550 – going up to £630 for the 32GB version and a whopping £710 for the 64GB option.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-gold_2.jpg?1379574924" /> </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 S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-blue.jpg?1379574924" /> </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="280" height="210" title="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-held_0.jpg?1379574924" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S4-review-smart-scroll-eye_0_0.jpg?1379574924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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 iPhone 5S may well be a more exciting phone than the Galaxy S4, but as ever, Apple's made some curious decisions – it's the only flagship smartphone without a 1080p display or NFC tech, and its 8MP snapper looks somewhat feeble on paper next to the S4's 13MP camera. But Apple has packed some genuinely exciting – if as yet untested – technology into the iPhone 5S, in the form of its 64-bit processor and Touch ID sensor.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're prepared to gamble on whether those features are actually useful, the iPhone is undoubtedly the more exciting option – plus it looks a hell of a lot better than the S4.</p> <p>The Galaxy S4, though, has the virtue of tried and tested technology – plus its removable battery and expandable storage make it by far the better option for day-to-day use. We'll be updating this feature once we've reviewed the iPhone 5S in full – so stay tuned for our thoughts, and in the meantime check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-review-apple-iphone-5s-smartphone-knows-youre-you/feature">iPhone 5S hands-on review</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature#comments Apple Galaxy S4 iPhone 5S Samsung Smartphones Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:19:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426729 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 vs iPhone 5 vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-htc-one-and-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does LG’s new flagship have what it takes to tempt people away from its main Android and iOS peers? </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="LG G2 and HTC One" alt="LG G2 and HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has just unveiled the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/watch-out-galaxy-s4-lg-g2-official-and-it-packs-one-hell-punch/news">G2</a>, its new flagship Android phone and a concerted attempt by the Korean company to enter the smartphone big leagues.</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"> Hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 LG G2 is the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, here clocked at 2.26GHz. It’s teamed up with 2GB of RAM. That sounds like an awful lot of processing power.</p> <p>The only phone here that matches it on paper is the Sony Xperia Z1, which also packs the Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a proprietary dual-core 1.3GHz A6 chip and 1GB of RAM, and the HTC One rocks a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz and 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also sports 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 600, but it’s clocked slightly higher than the One at 1.9GHz. All, on paper, lag behind the LG G2.</p> <p>In practice, the G2 wipes the floor with the above opposition (with the exception of the Xperia Z1, which we haven't tested yet but expect to run it very close). In our review, it garnered an AnTuTu benchmark score of almost 34,191, while the HTC One managed "only" 25,651. It's the most powerful phone we've used to date, and more than beefy enough to handle anything you throw at it.</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="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>The LG G2 has a 5.2in 1920 x 1080 (423ppi) screen that runs almost edge-to-edge on the front face; despite its giant dimensions, this means you can still hold the phone (reasonably) comfortably in one hand. It uses IPS LCD tech and offers better brightness (if not sharpness) than the HTC One’s 4.7in 1920 x 1080 LCD. It also has wide viewing angles (not hugely important for a phone but nice all the same) and deep, inky blacks.</p> <p>The Samsung S4’s 5in Super AMOLED matches G2 for resolution, while the iPhone 5’s 4in LCD Retina display features 1136 x 640 pixels, putting it at the bottom of this particular pile.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1's LCD offers the same 1920 x 1080 resolution in a 5in size, so it's slightly sharper than the G2. We have yet to test it out fully, so can't say with certainty which offers the better colour reproduction and contrast. Sony has crammed new picture-enhancing technologies (Triluminous Display and X-Reality) into the Z1, however, which may give it the edge.</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 S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2’s outer body is mostly constructed from plastic, but unlike the S4 doesn’t have a removeable backplate, so it’s less creaky than Samsung’s phone. It’s sleek too, thanks to the only physical buttons being the rear-mounted power and volume keys.</p> <p>The metal-bodied iPhone 5 and HTC One are a level above the G2. The One in particular, with its beautifully machined, seamless unibody, feels like a phone apart in this group. The Sony Xperia Z1 is also a sleeker, more sophisticated-looking handset than the G2 and comes with the added bonus of waterproofing.</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/htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has equipped the G2 with a 13MP camera and optical image stabilisation (OIS) to combat the blurriness that can occur when taking photos with unsteady hands. It’s the only phone here to offer OIS, but the feature is available on certain Nokia Lumia models (like the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">1020</a>).</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1 features a 20.7MP sensor, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13MP sensor, the iPhone 5’s snapper offers 8MP and the HTC One musters 4MP. Of course, the One’s sensor has an “UltraPixel” design that cuts down the number of pixels in order to make each individual pixel larger and more effective in low light. So it’s not really helpful to merely compare megapixel counts when discussing which camera is best. There’s also the quality of the lens, colour reproduction and contrast to consider. The iPhone 5, for instance, is widely regarded as better for photos than the Galaxy S4 despite its smaller number of megapixels.</p> <p>In testing the G2's snapper proves as impressive as it looks on paper. It's particularly adept in low light, even with the flash turned off, delivering far sharper shots than the Samsung S4. The colours pop more too.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 seems most likely to prove a formidable opponent when it comes to camera quality (although the G2 still holds the optical stabilisation card). We'll update this article once we've given it a proper review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-camera_0.jpg?1378743300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 comes with a giant non-removeable 3,000mAh battery that combines snugly with the Snapdragon 800’s power-saving capabilities to deliver a lot of use: we got 19 hours of normal level use out of it before it dropped to five percent battery, which is pretty immense. You won't get similar longevity from the iPhone 5, HTC One or Galaxy S4.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a 1,440mAh battery, the HTC One 2,300mAh and the Samsung Galaxy S4 2,600mAh. The S4 is the only model here with a user-swappable battery, however, so you’re able to carry a spare around with you in case of power running low.</p> <p>What we are interested to see is how the Sony Z1 matches up. It also sports a Snapdragon 800 and 3,000mAh battery (and a slightly smaller screen) so in theory it should last about as long.</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="LG G2 battery screen" alt="LG G2 battery screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-battery_0.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> User interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G2 runs on the Android 4.2.2 operating system, over which is layered LG’s own UI software. While the Snapdragon 800 keeps everything fast and lag-free, and LG has dropped in a few unique tricks of its own design (the ability to turn on the screen by knocking on it twice, a restricted-access “Guest Mode” for when you’re handing the phone to kids or friends), we can’t help but feel we’d much rather have Google’s stock Nexus Android interface.</p> <p>The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 also use their respective manufacturers’ own UIs, but the former two are available with the stock edition of Android too. Perhaps LG, which enjoys a good working relationship with Google, will go down the same route a few months from launch?</p> <p>The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 (soon to be updated to iOS 7), which offers a much tighter, slicker and friendlier user experience than any of the manufacturer-tweaked versions of Android.</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="LG G2 guest mode" alt="LG G2 guest mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-guest-mode_0.jpg?1378743300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G2 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of non-expandable storage. The Sony Z1 comes in 16GB only. All the other models offer up to 64GB built-in – the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options, the HTC One in 32GB and 64GB and the Samsung S4 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Samsung S4 and Sony Z1 also feature a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB of additional space.</p> <p>There’s no IR port on the G2, something you’ll find on both the One and S4. But it does sport a 24-bit, 192kHz DAC, which can mean better audio quality through headphones (you’ll need to have compatible files on the phone, naturally).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5" alt="iPhone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 LG G2 has impressive hardware, and on paper is the equal or better to all of these other flagship devices when it comes to almost all specs, storage excepted.</p> <p>In the flesh we've found it to be the best smartphone currently on the market, and you can read exactly why we think that in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">full review</a>. We have yet to give the Sony Xperia Z1 a full review, though, so it's entirely possible that it could knock the G2 off its perch when it goes on sale.</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="LG G2 and competitors" alt="LG G2 and competitors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-competitors.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-htc-one-and-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple G2 Galaxy S4 HTC iPhone 5 LG One Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:15:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425396 at http://www.stuff.tv 12 of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 apps http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/10-best-samsung-galaxy-s4-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software to unleash the true power of your Galaxy S4&#039;s 1080p screen, super-fast innards, myriad sensors, IR blaster and 13MP camera </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 S4" alt="samsung galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s4_0.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve already given you the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-s3-apps/news " target="_blank">10 best apps for the Galaxy S3</a>. Now the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> is here, with an array of sensors and super specs &ndash; and you&#39;ll be needing special apps perfected for its powers. Luckily for you, we&#39;ve taken the legwork out of it by compiling this list of 10 essential apps &ndash; download them now and you&#39;re on course for the ultimate S4 experience.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/luke-edwards" title="View user profile.">Luke Edwards</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"> Galaxy S4 Sensors (£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>Take full advantage of the S4&#39;s myriad sensory powers: predict the next coming rain using the pressure and humidity sensors, or plan you where to take snaps using the light sensor. It&rsquo;ll leave you feeling like an all-seeing cyborg.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.komur.android.galaxys4sensors&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">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=" galaxy s4 sensors app" alt=" galaxy s4 sensors app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/S4-sensors-app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> CSR Racing (£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>Hyper real racing on a mobile. A year ago this level of graphics was reserved for consoles only, but now you can race the likes of Audi R8s and BMW M3s in full 1080p resolution with next-gen lighting. We defy you to play CSR Racing without leaning round the corners as you steer.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.naturalmotion.csrracing&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="csr racing s4 app" alt="csr racing s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CSR-Racing%20s4%20app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Magisto Video Editor &amp; Maker (£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>Sometimes, science is so clever that you feel like a person from ancient times crying &ldquo;witchcraft!&rdquo; &ndash; and that&#39;s the case here. Using algorithm smarts, Magisto seamlessly combines your video clips and snaps with themes and music to instantly create movies. And thanks to the S4 processor you won&rsquo;t have to wait around too long while it works its magic.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magisto&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="magisto s4 app" alt="magisto s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/magisto%20s4%20app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Floating Browser (£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>Take advantage of the S4&rsquo;s floating apps with a browser that, at a touch, brings up a web window that&rsquo;ll let you continue using some of the screen for other tasks. Taking notes from a site? It&rsquo;s easy with this app.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gpc.myweb.hinet.net.PopupWeb&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</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="Floating Browser s4 app" alt="Floating Browser s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/floating-browser-s4%20app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Galaxy S4 Universal Remote (£2.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Use the IR blaster on your S4 to control anything &ndash; well, over 300,000 devices anyway. That should cover your TV and set-top box, with some air conditioners and DSLRs chucked into the mix too. It&rsquo;s certainly cheaper than a conventional universal remote, and in this case you&#39;ll have it everywhere you go. Good for turning up the volume in the pub then.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moletag.galaxy.s4.remote&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="ir remote s4 app" alt="ir remote s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IR-remote-S4%20app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 (£6 per month) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stream full 1080p movies and TV shows directly to your eyeballs, via your S4. Anywhere. Assuming you have Wi-Fi, or don&rsquo;t mind paying the data charges, this library of entertainment is easily accessible from an app that&rsquo;s designed with such minimalism even Jony Ive would be impressed (not that he&#39;d ever admit to that about an Android app).</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="netflix s4 app" alt="netflix s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-s4-app.jpg?1388053298" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Real Boxing (£0.69) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 some of the best graphics you&rsquo;ll see on a mobile. From beads of sweat to fountains of blood, the gory action will have you enthralled in this 3D boxing game. It sports over 30 fights, three belts and 20 opponents, which should keep you busy for a while. Just don&rsquo;t get too carried away and launch your phone across the floor.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vividgames.realboxing&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="real boxing s4 app" alt="real boxing s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/real-boxing-s4-app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Everything Home (£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>Take advantage of the S4&#39;s super-fast Internet connection and giant screen by letting Everything Home guide you. Just type or speak what&rsquo;s on your mind and it&rsquo;ll find everything locally on your phone, and online, associated with that. A simple but experience-expanding way to search beyond the limits of Google. It&#39;s still in beta, mind you &ndash; so you may encounter a few quirks along the way.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.everything.launcher&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="everything home s4 app" alt="everything home s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/everything-home%20s4%20app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Floating Notifications (£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>This does exactly what the name suggests. Unlike normal notifications, these pop up in a handy bubble on top of any app. One tap tells you what it is and another takes you to it, or you can double tap to get rid of the bubble. It&#39;s simple, effective and runs smoothly with the mega RAM of the S4.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=robj.floating.notifications&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="floating notifications s4 app" alt="floating notifications s4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/floating-notifications-app%20s4.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Marvel Heroes Live Wallpaper (£1.50 per hero) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the app is free, you&rsquo;ll have to shell out for a live animation of your favourite hero on your lock screen. But that includes custom alerts like Daily Bugle headlines, screen tap actions, 3D graphics that can be viewed by rotating the phone, and character-specific widgets like clocks.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happ.marvel&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</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="marvel heroes s4 live wallpaper" alt="marvel heroes s4 live wallpaper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/marvel-live-wallpapers%20s4-app.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Nova Launcher Prime (£2.60) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 beauty of Android is that you can customise it without having to jailbreak it. If you&#39;re not a fan of Samsung&#39;s cartoony TouchWiz interface then dial things back a notch with Nova Launcher, which offers custom icon packs and gesture controls, letting you set up your S4 just the way you want it.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-ways-make-android-more-beautiful-ios-7/feature" target="_blank">Check out how to use Nova and other apps to make your S4 (and any other Android phone) look beautiful</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="500" title="Best Galaxy S4 apps" alt="Best Galaxy S4 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nova%20launcher.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SWIFTKEY 4.3 (£2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 best touch screen keyboard we&#39;ve ever used and its word predictions are so accurate, they actually scare us a little. The latest version includes emoji support and the option to split the keyboard up across the screen. You can even shrink it and move it around for easier one-handed typing, if you like.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey&amp;referrer=utm_source%3Dwebsite%26utm_medium%3Dgetswiftkey%26utm_campaign%3Dskx" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="BEst Samsung Galaxy S4 apps" alt="BEst Samsung Galaxy S4 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swiftkey-4.3_0_1.jpg?1391303885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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> Apps and Games Galaxy S4 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:21:42 +0000 Luke Edwards 1425384 at http://www.stuff.tv Google to sell “pure” Android Samsung Galaxy S4 http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/google-to-sell-pure-android-samsung-galaxy-s4 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fancy a version of Samsung’s flagship phone – without Samsung’s software running on it? You’re in... </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/google-galaxy-s4_0.jpg?1377765136" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has announced plans to sell a version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s4">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>running the same “stock” version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as you’d find on the&nbsp;<a></a></p> <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/news/phone/news-nugget/google-to-sell-pure-android-samsung-galaxy-s4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/google-to-sell-pure-android-samsung-galaxy-s4#comments Galaxy S4 Google Samsung Smartphones Sun, 05 May 2013 15:48:12 +0000 Luke Edwards 1425391 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Supercharged Kindle Fires on the way, a genius new GoPro app and the robot that can perform parkour http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-clever-new-gopro-app-speedy-kindle-fires-way-and-robot-can-perform-parkour/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ease yourself into the day with these bite-size morsels of compelling tech news </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="RHex" alt="RHex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rhex.jpg?1375262871" /> </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"> Updated GoPro app adds remote control and sharing 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>GoPro users with Android or iOS devices should definitely get hold of the company’s new app, which opens up a wide range of new options for the HERO2 and HERO3 models of the action cam. Using a Wi-Fi connection (which means HERO2 users will require the Wi-Fi BacPac accessory), the app allows you to remotely control camera settings, monitor battery life and start/stop recording, as well as view footage and photos and share them via email, text, Instagram, Facebook and the like. The app is free and available from the <a href="http://gopro.com/software-app/gopro-app">usual places</a>. The Windows Phone app, sadly, has yet to be updated. [Source: <a href="http://gopro.com/share-your-gopro-experiences-with-the-new-gopro-app-for-mobile-devices/">GoPro</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="GoPro app" alt="GoPro app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-app.jpg?1375262871" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire tablet “specs revealed” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently Amazon is readying a trio of new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-89/review">Kindle Fire</a> tablets – and they’re going to be mighty powerful. Boy Genius Report claims to have obtained details on the specs from “multiple trusted sources”, and they’re impressive. The entry-level 7in model will have a 1280 x 800 screen, replacing the existing model’s 1024 x 600 display. BGR reports that the 7in HD version will have a 1920 x 1200 screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and optional cellular connections and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage. The 8.9in Kindle Fire HD will feature the same specs but a 2560 x 1600 screen and 8MP rear camera. These specs – coupled with a presumably affordable price tag – would make the Fire HD models incredibly appealing as alternatives to the iPad and Nexus 7. [Source: <a href="http://bgr.com/2013/07/30/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-2-specs-exclusive/">BGR</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="Kindle Fire" alt="Kindle Fire" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire.jpg?1375262871" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Hong Kong man: Samsung Galaxy S4 burned down my house </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of Fire, here’s something every gadget fan fears: the exploding smartphone. A Hong Kong man named Mr Du claims that his <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a> burst into flames in his hands, causing him to drop it onto his (clearly flammable) sofa; the resulting blaze, he says, destroyed his home and Mercedes. Mr Du had the phone plugged into a charger when the alleged incident occurred, suggesting that an exploding battery was the culprit; he says this was an official Samsung-branded battery. Samsung Hong Kong is investigating the blaze, and says chemical analysis of the site should determine whether or not it was a legit power plant or a dodgy third-party one. [Source: <a href="http://xianguo.com/article/2104424FB1DC2D9945E97B777F425C78">Xianguo</a> via <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/29/samsung_phone_burns_down_house/">The Register</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="Hong Kong man: Samsung Galaxy S4 burned down my house" alt="Hong Kong man: Samsung Galaxy S4 burned down my house" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s4-fire.jpg?1375262871" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Meet RHex, the six-legged robot able to climb walls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does the idea of a robot that can climb frighten you? What about one that can leap through the air in order to navigate large obstacles? While such a robot doesn’t exist just yet, RHex XRL, a project in development at the University of Pennsylvania, is well on the way to becoming it. The six-legged creature can, by activating its legs in different sequences, perform double-jumps, flips and even drag itself onto ledges after leaping towards them. It’s still limited in its abilities – but how long before it breaks out of its masters’ labs and brings havoc to the world? [Source: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57596166-1/leaping-parkour-robot-is-cute-and-a-little-creepy">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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ntlI-pDUxPE" 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> Amazon Galaxy S4 GoPro Kindle Fire Samsung Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:16:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425180 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the sweating mannequin and other crazy gear designed to push tech to its limits http://www.stuff.tv/dyson/meet-sweating-mannequin-and-other-crazy-gear-designed-push-tech-its-limits/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the tech stress testers designed to separate the men from the boys at tech boot camp </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="1641" height="1231" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jawbone-dissected.jpg?1374421055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>From clumsy pavements drops to deadly toilet bowls, our gadgets are constantly poised on the precipice of disaster.</p> <p>It takes a lot of work to ensure they're up to the task of serving us, so we've rounded up a few examples of tech stress testers which push gear to their limits.</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"> HAL the sweating mannequin - Nike </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Meet HAL, Nike Sport Research Lab's sweating mannequin whose only purpose on this Earth is to replicate a huffing and puffing human to see how well performance sportswear handles sweat. Once you get past his chillingly soulless eyes, you should thank him for his services. Before running the hell away as fast as you can.</p> <p>[Image credit: <a href="http://www.designboom.com/design/nikes-new-nature-amplified-apparel-products/" target="_blank">Design Boom</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="751" height="563" title="HAL the sweating mannequin - Nike" alt="HAL the sweating mannequin - Nike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-mannequin.jpg?1374421055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Robots (lots of robots) – Dyson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dyson's vacuum cleaner testing floor looks like the seventh circle of cat hell. Robotic arms, vibration stations, drop platforms – these poor vacuums must endure them all to prove their worthy of gracing your cupboard under the stairs. No wonder Mr Tibbles is petrified of them.</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/KdmEAWCJJmw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big shower 2000 – Jawbone 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>Jawbone took the original Up band back to the drawing board after it succumbed to the stresses placed upon it by users. The Up 2.0 was redesigned from the ground up – and happily survived our Tough Mudder session without a single complaint. Looking at the various tests (including a thorough soaking from the ominously-named Big Shower 2000), we can see why.</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/l3xk48GsPIg" 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"> Everything but the kitchen sink - Samsung Galaxy S4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 must really hate the Galaxy S4. That's the only conclusion we can come to after watching it being dropped, smashed, pummelled, water boarded and even baked in an oven with butter. Still, at least you know it'll hold its own in the real world. It's <em>seen</em> things, man.</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/K4f9gQ7b6Gg" 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-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"> Giant PS4 controller - Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-tested-galvanic-stress-sensing-dualshock-4-controller-ps4/news" target="_blank">Sweat detection sensors</a> aren't the only thing that Sony tried out when designing the PS4 controller. They created one that was 50 per cent larger than usual to replicate what it felt like for a child to play a console game like Knack. "We realised that if we just made a controller that was scaled up to match the difference between the child's hands and our hands, that we could experience ourselves directly what you can and can't do with the controller," explains PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny. "We realised immediately that the shoulder buttons are out of range."&nbsp;Now that's dedication.</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/mark-cerny-sony.jpg?1374421055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/dyson/meet-sweating-mannequin-and-other-crazy-gear-designed-push-tech-its-limits/news#comments Dyson Galaxy S4 Jawbone Nike PlayStation 4 Samsung Sony Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:17:50 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1424961 at http://www.stuff.tv