Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/all en-GB Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/got-curved-tv-samsung-now-makes-curved-soundbar-match/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s designed to partner perfectly with the company’s 55in and 65in curvy tellies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match" alt="Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-curved-soundbar-with-tv.jpg?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has just unveiled the world&rsquo;s first curved soundbar speaker, designed to accompany the firm&rsquo;s 55in and 65in curved television models.</p> <p>The Samsung HW-7500 and HW-7501 (the difference between the two models is just the colour, apparently) feature the same exact curve radius as those TVs, so when you mount them below the two products match perfectly. If you&rsquo;ve got your Samsung TV wall-mounted, you can even hook the speaker up to it directly (it replaces the TV&rsquo;s stand), so there&rsquo;s no need to drill more holes in your living room wall.</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"> New multiroom music speaker, too </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 has also announced a new M3 Wireless Audio Multiroom speaker (pictured above), which will add a more affordable multiroom music option to the company&rsquo;s range (the M5 and M7 models are already out). It&rsquo;s compatible with Spotify Connect, which you can read all about <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">here</a>.</p> <p>Prices and release dates for both speakers are yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvs/top-ten">The 10 best TVs in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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&#039;s M3 wireless audio multiroom speaker" alt="Samsung&#039;s M3 wireless audio multiroom speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-wam350.jpg?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arc at him: Samsung&#039;s curved soundbar </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/got-curved-tv-samsung-now-makes-curved-soundbar-match/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Cinema Samsung TVs Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:56:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446265 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 01/09/14: The phablet&#039;s specs are apparently confirmed – by Samsung&#039;s own website... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3 and stylus. What will the Note 4 look like?" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1_1.JPG?1409564602" /> </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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> is one hell of a phone - a supercharged 5.7in monster that earned five stars in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">our review</a> and has sat high up our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Smartphones list</a> ever since. And we&#39;re already so over it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD - BYE BYE, FAKE LEATHER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It would be fair to say that opinion was divided on the Galaxy Note 3&#39;s fake leather back.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our review, while praising the fact that it made for a much easier-to-hold device than the slippery Note II, also added that some might label it tacky. That&#39;s something of an understatement, so the fact that&nbsp;its successor will definitely arrive with a different look will be welcomed by many.</p> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-samsung-elec-sales-idUSBREA3F09320140416" target="_blank">Speaking to Reuters</a>, Samsung&#39;s senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-Ki stated that the Note 4 would arrive with a &quot;new form factor&quot;. Quite what that will involve is open to speculation, but at the very least we&#39;d guess it will either mean a grippy, dimpled plastic back as seen on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, or a more premium metal build of the type we expect to see on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime-2k-screen-its-way/news" target="_blank">Galaxy S5 Prime</a>.</p> <p>Either way, it&#39;ll hopefully signal the end of Samsung&#39;s brief dalliance with skeuomorphism.</p> <p>We&#39;d also expect the Note 4 to be fully dust- and water-proof. With seals over all of its sticky-in bits, the Galaxy S5 is waterproof to the IP67 standard, meaning it can survive a 1m dunking for up to 30 minutes. As long as Samsung can work out how to seal the slot where the Note 4&#39;s Stylus sits,&nbsp;there&#39;s really no reason why the tech wouldn&#39;t make its way to the bigger phone.</p> <p><strong>Update 21/07/14:</strong> According to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-making-super-duper-prime-edition-galaxy-note-4/news">reports from the Far East</a>, a metal-bodied Note 4 may indeed be on the way &ndash; but it could be a &quot;Prime&quot; premium edition of the phablet, with the &quot;normal&quot; Note 4 remaining mostly plastic. ET News says the Prime will feature magnesium, aluminium and stainless steel.</p> <p><strong>Update 12/08/14:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-galaxy-note-4-revealed-leaked-photos/news" target="_blank">Leaked images</a> of the Galaxy Note 4 have revealed that it sports a more angular metal frame, with a textured back panel that&#39;s reminiscent of the faux-leather effect on the Galaxy Note 3 &ndash;&nbsp;though the fake stitching seen on the previous Note looks to have gone the way of the dodo. The phablet also looks to be following the Samsung Galaxy S5&#39;s lead, with what appears to be a heart rate monitor sited next to the camera. Whether it&#39;s the standard Note 4 or the rumoured Prime variant has yet to be revealed, however. [Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/detailed_images_of_galaxy_note_4_leak-news-9298.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</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-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&#039;s dimpled back..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_0_2.jpg?1409564602" /> </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="Spy snaps of a metal-framed Galaxy Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-01.jpg?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 - twice as nice? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s where things get really interesting. There are already plenty of rumours doing the rounds about the Note 4&#39;s screen, and if they all come true we&#39;ll be looking at one very special display.</p> <p>Size-wise, we&#39;re expecting a modest jump from the Note 3&#39;s 5.7in to 5.8 or possibly 5.9in. Why? Well Samsung&#39;s upped the Note&#39;s screen size with each new version, from 5.3in on the original to 5.5in and then 5.7in. It&#39;s also done the same with its flagship &#39;S&#39; phones, from 4in to 4.3 to 4.8 to 5 and then to 5.1in on the S5. Leopards don&#39;t change their spots, so we&#39;d be amazed if the Note 4 didn&#39;t get a bigger display.</p> <p>More excitingly, it also looks like being Samsung&#39;s first 2K phone (assuming the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime-2k-screen-its-way/news" target="_blank">S5 Prime</a> doesn&#39;t arrive before it). At its Analyst Day conference last November, Samsung showed off a graph which indicated that it would launch a phone with a 2K screen - that&#39;s 2560 x 1440 pixels - sometime in 2014. With the S5 sticking with a 1080p display, the Note 4 looks a good bet for the upgrade. And with LG having now confirmed that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> will itself feature a 2K display, there&#39;ll be pressure on Samsung to follow suit on one of its flagship devices.</p> <p><strong>Update 17/06/14:​ </strong>More evidence for a 2K screen has emerged, courtesy of Samsung&#39;s own<a href="http://wap.samsungmobile.com/uaprof/SM-N910A.xml" target="_blank"> web profile</a> (spotted by <a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/06/15/samsung-galaxy-note-4-confirmed-to-have-5-7-inch-qhd-2560x1440-display/" target="_blank">Sam Mobile</a>) which lists a 2560 x 1400 screen for a device with an SM-N910A model number. Given that the&nbsp;Note 3 AT&amp;T variant is known as the SM-N900A, it&#39;s highly likely that this is the Note 4.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="804" height="603" title="LG shows off its 2K G3 screen" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-screen_0.jpg?1409564602" /> </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="461" height="346" title="Looking good" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-4-code.jpg?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN - 3 is the magic number? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 4 could also arrive with - wait for it - a 3-sided display. Yes, really.</p> <p>Rumours have been rife that the handset could feature a flexible screen which curves round the side of the device. The side displays would be used to either provide information - ticker-style notifications, weather forecasts, &#39;song playing&#39; info etc - or to allow quick access to apps such as camera and instant messaging. The advantage would be that you could run a full app on the main display - a game or film, say - but easily see notifications without having to exit the app.</p> <p>Sounds incredible, but the tech all exists. Samsung showed off a flexible &#39;Youm&#39; screen at CES 2013, and has also demonstrated curved tech in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/meet-samsung-galaxy-round-note-3-curved-screen/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Round</a>&nbsp;phone. A patent recently revealed by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.galaxyclub.nl/2014/04/samsung-patent-driezijdig-scherm-galaxy-note-4/" target="_blank">Galaxy Club</a>&nbsp;demonstrated just such a phone, and while there&#39;s no guarantee that it will become reality on the Note 4, we can always cross our fingers and hope.</p> <p>Plus, LG already has a premium device with a curved, flexible screen in the form of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex</a>. Samsung generally doesn&#39;t like to play second fiddle to LG, and how better to trump it than with a 3-sided Note 4?</p> <p><strong>Update 21/07/14:</strong> The aforementioned Note 4 Prime may boast a flexible display, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-making-super-duper-prime-edition-galaxy-note-4/news">says ET News</a> &ndash; the inference being that the normal Note 4 will stick with a flat, rigid screen.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/09/14:</strong> <a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/08/31/galaxy-note-4-makes-an-appearance-on-samsungs-mobile-website/" target="_blank">SamMobile</a> claims to have uncovered a product listing for the Galaxy Note 4 hidden behind-the-scenes on the Samsung Mobile website. The listing, in which the Note 4&#39;s codename of &quot;SM-910T&quot; is used, says the phone has a 5.7in 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED screen, and lots more besides (see below).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-flexible-screens/feature" target="_blank">Why it&#39;s time to get pumped about flexible screens</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="625" height="505" title="Could the Note 4 have a 3-sided screen?" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-note-4-patent_0.jpg?1409564602" /> </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="1187" height="890" title="Samsung&#039;s Youm prototype has already shown off flexible screen tech" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-youm_0.jpg?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G Flex and its curved display" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-homescreen-2_2.png?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER - THE BEST YET? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, your guess is as good as ours. Well maybe not quite as good as ours, but close. What we&#39;re trying to say is that beyond reasoned speculation, we don&#39;t know what the Note 4&#39;s innards will consist of.</p> <p>A report in <a href="http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/04/133_155024.html" target="_blank">The Korea Times</a> hinted that Samsung was considering kitting out the Note 4 with a 64-bit processor of the kind found in the iPhone 5s, and also that it might feature speedy LTE-A tech. Beyond that, zilch.&nbsp;</p> <p>What we can say is that the Note 4 will be a beast of a phone. The Note series has traditionally been Samsung&#39;s most powerful device, and in an interview with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/samsung-plans-galaxy-s5-by-april-with-possible-eye-scan-security.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of the company&rsquo;s mobile business, stated that the Note 4 would be &quot;targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.&quot;</p> <p>We&#39;d expect either the Snapdragon 801 processor that you&#39;ll find in the Galaxy S5 or even the Snapdragon 805, 4GB of RAM (the Note 3 has 3GB) and hopefully a nice big battery. MicroSD storage is a given, to supplement the 16/32/64GB that we&#39;ll likely get within the device.</p> <p>In short, it&#39;ll be among the most powerful phones yet.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/09/14:</strong> <a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/08/31/galaxy-note-4-makes-an-appearance-on-samsungs-mobile-website/" target="_blank">SamMobile</a>&#39;s digging up of the Note 4 on Samsung&#39;s own mobile site appears to have confirmed the following: it&#39;s going to have a 64-bit octo-core Exynos 5433 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There may also be a variant with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 quad-core CPU.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature" target="_blank">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3&#039;s a beast. But the Note 4 will be beastlier" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3094_2.JPG?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> CAMERA - SPECIAL K? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 3&#39;s 13MP camera is a cracker, producing superb pictures which rival those from the LG G2. But expect the Note 4 to be even better. The Galaxy S5 got a spec-bump to 16MP plus a clever software mode that enables it to refocus shots after you&#39;ve taken them. We&#39;d be very surprised if the Note 4 didn&#39;t get an upgrade to at least match the S5, but it&#39;s quite possible it&#39;ll surpass it.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy K Zoom</a> - Samsung&#39;s new half-phone-half-zoom-lensed-camera - has a 20.7MP sensor, and it&#39;s not impossible that&#39;ll find its way into the Note 4. Here&#39;s hoping.</p> <p>The Note 3 can already shoot 4K video, so there&#39;s not much more that can be improved on this front. 8K, anyone?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update 26/06/14: </strong>According to Korean site <a href="http://www.etnews.com/20140625000288" target="_blank">ETNews</a> (via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-note-4-may-go-blur-free-with-ois-1255035?src=rss&amp;attr=all" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>), the Galaxy Note 4 will only feature a 12MP camera (that&#39;s 1MP less than the Galaxy Note 3) but will include optical image stabilisation. ETNews&#39; sources claim that Samsung&#39;s trying to shed millimetres from the Note 4&#39;s thickness, and in order to pack in OIS, it can only kit the phablet out with a 12MP sensor. Round the front, it&#39;s a different story, with the Note 3&#39;s 2MP selfie-snapper getting an upgrade to a 3.7MP camera.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy K Zoom hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Could the K Zoom&#039;s sensor appear in the Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-hands-on-main.png?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> PRICING AND RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 04/08/14: </strong>It looks like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/07/133_162030.html" target="_blank">Korea Times</a>&nbsp;was right. Samsung has sent out invitations for an Unpacked event on 3 September in Berlin, just before IFA kicks off on the fifth.</p> <p>As for pricing? Considering that&nbsp;Samsung is after the premium market here, we don&#39;t expect it to come cheap.</p> <p><strong>Update 15/08/14:</strong> Indonesian site erafone has prematurely listed the Note 4 at&nbsp;IDR 9,499,000, or around &pound;490 after a direct conversion.</p> <p>While a direct conversion for the final price tag is unlikely, it suggests that the Note 4 could hover around the &pound;500 mark, which could actually be cheaper than previous Note launch prices. Potentially good news for phablet fans then, but we&#39;ll have to wait till the big reveal next month to know for certain.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be bringing you all the tech news from the halls of IFA, and will be reporting live from the front lines of the Note 4 launch too, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/09/14:</strong> Samsung&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-teases-galaxy-note-4-somewhat-nonsensical-ad/news">new teaser ad</a> doesn&#39;t reveal a great deal about the Galaxy Note 4, but it just might get you super hyped for that Samsung Unpacked event on 3rd September. Look, we said &quot;might&quot;, OK?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We love the Note 3... but can&#039;t wait for the Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3159_0_3.JPG?1409564602" /> </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="789" height="592" title="It&#039;s happening! " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ifa-invite.jpg?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung_0.jpg?1409564602" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review#comments IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:41:20 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436653 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S5 gets blasted with the shrink ray </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/galaxy-s5-mini-11-2_0.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Galaxy brand is pretty darn powerful these days. Even people who don&rsquo;t know what Android is know &lsquo;Galaxy&rsquo;, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> is one of the most desirable phones in the world, too, even though it&#39;s been out for a while and has a weird dotty back.</p> <p>Every year the Android king is joined by a little sprog, a mini version out to offer a Happy Meal alternative to the Big Mac. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is this year&rsquo;s entry.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Dazzling OLED display contrast </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Super-convenient waterproofing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CPU not super-powered </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen a mite less sharp than the S5 </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A bit pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check out those dimples </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a quick glance the Galaxy S5 Mini looks like a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> blasted with a shrink ray. All of those little S5 design extras are here.</p> <p>The pitted back, the slightly questionable ridged chrome plastic sides and the light-up soft keys are all virtually identical. Samsung has used the same finish on the rear, too &ndash; a nice soft-touch plastic for the black one, tackier plastic for the white. You can also get it in blue and gold, just like the S5.</p> <p>And like the Galaxy S5, it doesn&rsquo;t feel quite as expensive or as top-grade as some of its rivals. The most obvious phone to bring up here is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review" target="_blank">HTC One Mini 2</a>. It&rsquo;s made of metal, the S5 Mini is plastic, aside from the Gorilla Glass 3 front, of course.</p> <p>It really is business as usual. Aside from a few important changes, that is.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is obviously a bit smaller than its big brother. Shrinking from a 5.1-inch screen to a 4.5-inch one, those who like the S5 aside from its big body may instantly fall in love with this phone.</p> <p>It is a big thicker, though, by a full millimetre, as it has to pack the same array of techy bits and bobs into a smaller plastic shell.</p> <p>A millimetre? Hardly the sort of change that&rsquo;s going to make the sky crack open and fire-up the apocalypse, is it? The difference is quite obvious once you get your hands on the S5 Mini, but it&rsquo;s not what you&rsquo;d call a tubby runt.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a great positive change in the Galaxy S5 Mini. It&rsquo;s to do with water resistance: like the Galaxy S5, this is a phone with IP67 certification.</p> <p>You can drop it in the toilet without it drowning, but it doesn&rsquo;t have a cover for the microUSB port on the bottom. It doesn&rsquo;t need one. As such, this is one of the only zero-baggage water resistant phones to date.</p> <p>Without any bits to reseal after you charge the battery or plug in headphones, this is the sort of water resistant phone we&rsquo;ve been waiting for. That&rsquo;s waterproofing you can instantly forget is there. Aside from having an extra specially-treated port, the waterproofing works much as it does in the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>The inside part of the battery cover has a rubber seal that snakes around the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s battery and more vulnerable inner bits, keeping them dry. What waterproofing can&rsquo;t do is make the Galaxy S5 Mini usable in torrential rain, as water still affects the capacitive touchscreen. But Samsung still gets a bucketful of brownie points for making water resistance so pain-free.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/unbreakables-rugged-cameras-put-test/feature" target="_blank">The Unbreakables: waterproof cameras put to the test</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="1600" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S5 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S5 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-vs-s5.jpg?1409586644" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="The dimples return!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-15.jpg?1409586644" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="The S5 Mini is a full millimetre thicker than the full-size S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-14.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The eagle-eyed among you may have already noticed something else &ndash; the port on the bottom of the S5 Mini isn&rsquo;t the same as the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s. It has a standard microUSB 2.0 port while the Galaxy S5 uses a more advanced, but bigger, microUSB 3.0 port. What USB 3.0 gets you are faster file transfers and slightly faster charging, assuming your laptop or charger also has USB 3.0.</p> <p>That the S5 Mini doesn&rsquo;t have it is no great loss for most people, who presumably now live in a largely streaming world. Still into old-fashioned local storage? There&rsquo;s a microSD card slot under the hood for you to add to the 16GB of on-board storage.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 Mini also packs in the two most obvious conspicuous &rsquo;bonus features&rsquo; of the Galaxy S5: the heart rate sensor and the fingerprint scanner.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve both heard mixed reports and had mixed experiences with the fingerprint scanner. It can be used to unlock the phone as a security measure, and to confirm Paypal transactions.</p> <p>The issue is that it&rsquo;s not all that easy to use - much less so than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;TouchID sensor. You need to pass a finger over it rather than just hold it there, and unless you are really quite accurate it won&rsquo;t work. It can feel like trying to pick a lock at times.</p> <p>After trying it for a couple of days, I ended up switching it off &ndash; just as I did with the Galaxy S5. We know people who get on with the Samsung fingerprint scanner just fine, but the issue is that for it to really earn its crust it needs to be more convenient than a quick lock screen pattern swipe. We&rsquo;re not convinced it is.</p> <p>What about the heart rate sensor? It&rsquo;s not hard to use, but it&rsquo;s also not really much better than using a flash/camera combo. Apps can use these two things to monitor your heart rate &ndash; there are several good free ones on Google Play.</p> <p>Still, all these criticisms apply to the Galaxy S5 too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Waterproofing without the annoying socket flaps? Huzzah!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-18.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Black is back </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What is a bit more of a compromise compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> is screen resolution. The S5 Mini has a 4.5-inch 720p screen.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the same size and resolution as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a>, which costs just a third the price of this mobile. Is it madness?</p> <p>Not exactly. At 4.5 inches, a 720p screen still looks fairly sharp, and this is a pretty nice screen.</p> <p>As with other top-billing Samsung phones, the Galaxy S5 Mini uses a Super AMOLED display rather than an LCD one. With this kind of screen, each pixel is its own light source, enabling sky-high contrast and blacks darker than the inside of a black box in a black hole in the blackest reaches of deep space.</p> <p>You also get control over the screen&rsquo;s tone, side-stepping an issue some OLED phone screens suffer from &ndash; oversaturated colour. Like the Galaxy S5, the colours are a little hot when the phone&rsquo;s fresh out of the box.</p> <p>They look vivid and lively, but if you want more accurate colours to, perhaps, check out your photos, there are cinema and photo screen modes that offer much more natural colours.</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="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not as sharp as the S5, but the Mini&#039;s screen delivers cracking contrast" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-21.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s a good screen, but you can notice the difference in resolution if you get really close up, or zoom out a good deal when browsing &ndash; making text teeny. Part of this is down to the diamond PenTile subpixel arrangement.</p> <p>This screen structure means the pixels share subpixels, reducing the perception of sharpness a tad. You do need to try to see this in action, though. Here&rsquo;s a pro tip: getting your eyeball that close to the screen really isn&rsquo;t comfortable.</p> <p>Like other top Super AMOLED phones, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini offers fantastic outdoors readability. The display is way less reflective than just about any LCD phone, meaning it just isn&#39;t affected by bright sunlight in the same way. Viewing angles are fantastic, too, with just a tiny blue cast to the screen at an angle &ndash; one you&rsquo;ll only really notice if you&rsquo;re looking at a pure white screen.</p> <p>We don&rsquo;t think the S5 Mini screen is dramatically better than some rivals that are a bit cheaper in all respects, though. The old-but-great <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a> and even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Moto G</a> offer displays that can compete &ndash; if not beat &ndash; the S5 Mini.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G 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="1600" height="900" title="Adjust picture settings in the phone&#039;s menus" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-6.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Interface copy and paste </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What is peculiar once again to Samsung Android phones is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini&rsquo;s interface. It&rsquo;s just-about exactly the same as the one used by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> &ndash; the latest version of the TouchWiz interface.</p> <p>In the last year, Samsung has done a lot to get rid of its old reputation for packing in features that no-one asked for without thinking about whether they might affect how fun the phones are to use. The Galaxy S5 Mini has quite a nice-looking, simple-ish interface that&rsquo;s pretty easy to use.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not perfect, being a bit less attractive than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2&rsquo;s</a> and having a bloated-looking settings menu, but it&rsquo;s a big step up from the Samsung UI of a year or two ago.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 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="1600" height="900" title="The latest version of TouchWiz is a big improvement on the bloated Samsung UI of a year or two ago" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-9.jpg?1409586644" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="The familiar notifications page" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-8.jpg?1409586644" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Voice control makes it onto the list of S5 Mini features" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-7.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Pared back performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s not quite so hot is general performance. It&rsquo;s just not as immediate as it could be, and there are some laggy moments, especially if the Galaxy S5 Mini is doing something in the background, such as updating an app.</p> <p>The beating heart at the core of the S5 Mini is an Exynos 3 Quad 3470, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor with Cortex-A7 cores, and 1.5GB RAM. What&rsquo;s disappointing is that this isn&rsquo;t really any more powerful than last year&rsquo;s Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which has a Snapdragon 400. While it may be the dual-core version of the 400, its Krait cores are more powerful than the S5 Mini&rsquo;s ones.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench3&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a> tells the story without too much subjectiveness. Where the Galaxy S5 Mini scores around 1113 points, the S4 Mini gets around 1067 according to Geekbench&rsquo;s own results table. Not much of an upgrade for 12 months&rsquo; progress, is it?</p> <p>This is also only around the same performance as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a>, a phone that &ndash; we&rsquo;ll repeat &ndash; is a a third the price, or less than half in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">its 4G version</a>. There&rsquo;s another elephant in the room too: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>That phone has a Snapdragon 800 CPU, and now costs a little less than the S5 Mini SIM-free. The Snapdragon 800 is a much more capable processor.</p> <p>But where do you see that extra power? It&rsquo;s not really in everyday performance, as we found that even the super-powered Galaxy S5 is a bit laggy now and then.</p> <p>Gaming does show up the difference a bit. It&rsquo;s not just a question of performance, but also graphical quality.</p> <p>Mid-range processors such as the S5 Mini&rsquo;s Exynos and the Snapdragon 400 tend to miss out on a few visual effects in the top games, compared to superphones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> and, more interestingly, older but more powerful (and now cheaper) phones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> and Xperia Z1 Compact.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s this slight lack of power that makes us pull a face at the Galaxy S5 Mini&rsquo;s price a bit. And even with the slightly lesser graphics, we did see a few instances of low(ish) frame rates in 3D games. We didn&rsquo;t encounter anything that was remotely unplayable &ndash; but it shows Samsung is rather pushing it with the price of the Mini.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Free Android Games</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="1600" height="900" title="Underneath that dimpled skin beats the heart of a... slightly underpowered phone" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-24.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>: Android</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Exynos 3 Quad 3470 @ 1.4GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 1.5GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in Super AMOLED, 1280 x 720 resolution (326ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP rear, 2.1MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 4G, 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 2.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2100mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65 x 9.1mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 120g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Distance runner stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, the processor seems to do a favour or two for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini&rsquo;s stamina. The little thing can last for ages with a bit of careful use, despite having a fairly average-size 2100mAh battery.</p> <p>Much like the Galaxy S5, you really have to try to drain down this phone&rsquo;s juice in a day. We found that you can comfortable get a good day and a half&rsquo;s use, without touching any power-saving modes or being careful with how much 3G/4G data you fling around the place.</p> <p>Performance is pretty great for video playback, too. As well as offering contrast greater than the screen of your local cinema, the battery lasted for 11 hours 54 minutes when playing a 720p MP4 video on loop. Mid-level screen brightness appears higher than in most LCD screen phones as well, so you&rsquo;re getting a punchier picture and it&rsquo;s going to last way longer, too.</p> <p>The Exynos CPU doesn&rsquo;t seem quite as good at holding charge overnight as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5&rsquo;s</a> Snapdragon 801, as we lost almost 10 per cent charge while snoozing, but otherwise performance is about as good as Samsung&rsquo;s top dog.</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="1600" height="900" title="Don&#039;t worry - that&#039;s supposed to happen" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-17.jpg?1409586644" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="This fairly average 2100mAh battery is good for around a day and a half in the S5 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-19.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A photographic journeyman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t go expecting quite as good camera performance as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, though. There&rsquo;s more to phone cameras than specs, but even on paper the Galaxy S5 Mini&rsquo;s is obviously not on the same level as its big brother.</p> <p>It has an 8-megapixel main sensor, where the S5 has a fancy &rsquo;n&rsquo; new 16-megapixel ISOCELL one.</p> <p>The best part of the Mini&rsquo;s camera is speed. It&rsquo;s a very fast little thing, capable of shooting away with virtually no pauses between shots, unless you shoot using the HDR mode, where there&rsquo;s a slight pause.</p> <p>As usual with higher-end Samsung phones, the S5 Mini offers a little goldmine of extra modes, many of which you may never touch. You can make a virtual tour of your home, remove objects in a scene, burst shoot and touch up portraits.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the last year, Samsung has learnt not to ram its camera app so full that you&rsquo;re just paralysed by the choice, though, so several extras are left as download options.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/15062873291/in/set-72157646552198829/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Image quality is good, with decent sharpness, reliable metering and generally pretty good image quality. However, it&rsquo;s not a patch on the Galaxy S5, as we expected from a glance at the specs.</p> <p>Photos are generally less contrasty, detail is a bit lower, the Mini is a bit less adept at dealing with high light contrast in a scene and the HDR isn&rsquo;t quite as impressive.&nbsp;It doesn&rsquo;t shoot video at 4K, either, just (up to) 1080p.&nbsp;However, we imagine most people will be happy. People who haven&rsquo;t already been spoilt by the big daddy S5 that is.</p> <p>We are a little disappointed the phone doesn&rsquo;t have the same 16-megapixel camera if we&rsquo;re honest. After all, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a> had the same sensor as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> &ndash; which was the step up model at the time.</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="1600" height="900" title="The 16MP ISOCELL sensor of the S5 hasn&#039;t made it onto the Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-16.jpg?1409586644" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="MAKE ME LOOK PRETTY!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-1.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Little details lost and found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a few little extras missing too, but Samsung has made sure they&rsquo;re things most people might not notice. You don&rsquo;t get ac Wi-Fi or MHL support. But many people don&rsquo;t even know what these do, let alone care about having them.</p> <p>And the Galaxy S5 Mini does have its fair share of higher-end extras. There&rsquo;s 4G, of course, the fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, plus the IR transmitter up on the top. This lets the Mini kick your home entertainment remotes into touch &ndash; it can replace them like a dedicated universal remote.</p> <p>Samsung may have streamlined its interface a bit, but the hardware is still pretty gadget-laden.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-has-started-testing-its-purported-three-sided-display-smartphone/news" target="_blank">Rumour: Samsung is currently testing a thre-sided smartphone screen</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="1600" height="900" title="The S5 Mini has IR functionality so it can control all of your home entertainment kit" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-23.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 S5 Mini verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a pretty good miniature take on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>. It looks and feels similar, and offers most &ndash; if not quite all &ndash; the features of its more expensive brother.</p> <p>Most important of the lot, you get the S5&rsquo;s fantastic screen contrast and black level, and the option to have either more accurate or larger-than life colour.</p> <p>Look a bit deeper and you do see a few cuts here are there, though. The CPU is far less powerful, and some games just don&rsquo;t look quite as good as they would on something such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a>. Plus, the camera is a lot more ordinary than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s. It&rsquo;s not bad, just not quite as remarkable.</p> <p>While some may not mind these cuts, we can&rsquo;t help but feel that Samsung&rsquo;s asking for slightly too big a bundle of cash for this little Android.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">The Best Cheap Smartphones - Reviewed</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-mini-5.jpg?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&#39;t just a small Galaxy S5, it&rsquo;s a cut-down one, but it still offers a fairly top-notch phone experience</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review#comments Galaxy S5 Mini Samsung Smartphones Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:31:14 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434784 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung teases Galaxy Note 4 with somewhat nonsensical ad http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-teases-galaxy-note-4-somewhat-nonsensical-ad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll see lots of phabulous people having fun – but none of them are using a phablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You think this guy uses a Samsung phablet IRL?" alt="You think this guy uses a Samsung phablet IRL?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-note-4-teaser.jpg?1409312223" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What kind of lifestyle will you lead if you buy the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Well, we can&rsquo;t say for sure right now (it won&rsquo;t be unveiled until next Wednesday, 3rd September), but Samsung is suggesting this phablet will make your existence on this planet totally AWESOME.</p> <p>The company has just released a teaser ad for the device that doesn&rsquo;t really reference or relate to phablets at all: it&rsquo;s simply one minute of cool urban creatives living their cool urban creative and culturally rich lives to the backing of a Mos Def song.</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"> Can u note </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, so there is a &ldquo;write&rdquo; reference, and obviously you can write on a Note using the S-Pen; and an exhortation to &ldquo;go big&rdquo; which is probably a reference to the Note 4 having a big screen. That&rsquo;s about your lot, really &ndash; the only reasons we know it&rsquo;s definitely about the Note 4 is the fact that the video itself is called &ldquo;Ready to Note?&rdquo; and there&#39;s a brief glimpse of a stylus tapping a phablet towards the end.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just Samsung that does this kind of thing, of course &ndash; Apple has been at it for years, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kajjMuZx8nY" target="_blank">Sony just teased its upcoming Xperia range</a> (also to be unveiled at IFA on 3rd September) with a similar video &ndash; but we&rsquo;re not sure the Galaxy Note 4 will ever be purchased by someone as a means of being cool or culturally relevant (we could make a joke about it being too big to fit in a skinny jeans pocket but this isn&#39;t 2010, so we won&#39;t).</p> <p>What will it be? A really large phone with a stylus. Probably good at multitasking and pretty powerful. And, you know, that&rsquo;s alright. We&#39;ll find out for sure next week.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-asks-if-youre-ready-note-latest-note-4-teaser-ad">Android Central</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/tPzaPI418_0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-teases-galaxy-note-4-somewhat-nonsensical-ad/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galaxy Note 4 Phablets Samsung Smartphones Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:32:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446141 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-4k-video-demand-service-coming-samsung-tvs-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix isn’t the only video streaming service looking to offer ultra HD shows and movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October" alt="Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-uhd.jpg?1409241957" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has announced that it&rsquo;ll be launching a 4K Amazon Prime video-on-demand service on its televisions globally from October.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not yet clear if Amazon&rsquo;s service will be exclusive to Samsung TVs (but Samsung would probably make a big deal of it if it were, so we&rsquo;re guessing it won&rsquo;t be) and the amount and nature of the 4K content it&rsquo;ll make available remains a mystery. Still, it&rsquo;s good news for anyone with a Samsung 4K TV and no 4K videos to watch.</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>Samsung also announced that it&rsquo;ll be bringing 4K Netflix streaming (currently limited to the second season of <em>House of Cards</em>, <em>Breaking Bad</em>, <em>Ghostbusters</em>, <em>Ghostbusters 2</em>, <em>Smurfs 2</em> and four nature documentaries) to its European TVs, and that it&rsquo;s reinforcing partnerships with other European 4K content providers like Wuaki.tv, maxdome and CHILI.</p> <p>With the cat now out of the bag, we&rsquo;re expecting to hear more about Amazon&rsquo;s 4K streaming plans very soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ue55hu7500-4k-tv/review">Samsung UE55HU7500 4K TV review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/amazon/amazon-4k-video-demand-service-coming-samsung-tvs-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K Amazon Samsung Streaming TVs Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:57:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446080 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear Live http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could it be fourth time’s the charm for Samsung smartwatches? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Live review" alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-live-review-clock-side.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a> and now Gear Live.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks fairly premium </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sharper screen than the G Watch </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compatible with all Androids (4.3 and above) </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Growing app selection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charging cradle fail </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as comfortable as the LG </div> <div class="field-item odd"> One day battery life </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too square to be hip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gadget afficionados won&#39;t mistake this for an earlier Gear. The Live has a simpler design than its forebears, with no visible screws, fancy flourishes, IR blasters or cameras.</p> <p>But it does have family traist - the same square screen, curved, brushed aluminium body and silicone strap with a single power button on the right-hand edge.</p> <p>The belly of the Gear Live curves slightly to rest on your wrist unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>, which&nbsp;sits flat on top. Which you find more comfortable will be a personal preference, but for us the LG is slightly more comfortable overall as it&rsquo;s less rigid as you turn and move your wrist.</p> <p>Both are a bit too heavy and definitely too chunky. But if there&rsquo;s one thing tech giants know how to do it&rsquo;s make gadgets slimmer and lighter, so 2015&rsquo;s batch of Korean wristwear will no doubt be much sleeker. Big bezels make the Samsung a big thing (especially on small wrists) and over a couple of weeks it draws more attention than the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review"> G Watch</a>.&nbsp;Waterproofing to IP67 makes it rainproof, too, and you can dunk it for 30 minutes in up to 1m of water. Perhaps when you hit precisely 30 minutes and 1 second the thing explodes, but we doubt it.</p> <p>Practical, reasonably subtle but sticking perhaps a little too closely to Gear DNA then. Basically, we&rsquo;re still lusting after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360 preview - everything you need to know&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleeker and tidier than the Gear 2 " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-clock-forward.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="Bit fiddlesome this Samsung strap " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-strap.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="A power button - more than the G Watch can boast " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-button.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> But the Super Amoled screen is lovely </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 more a screen on a strap than a replacement for a regular watch, and that screen is a good&rsquo;un. Its 320x320 resolution might sound rubbish but the&nbsp;1.63in Super AMOLED square&nbsp;is very sharp for a smartwatch, with text in notifications that&#39;s noticeably crisper than on the LG. Every notification comes with a background image, and while those are a bit pixellated they&#39;re also fairly pretty, with lovely, vivd colours. An option to turn them off might be nice for those who want to get serious about power saving, though.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not perfect - it can be hard to read outdoors, there&rsquo;s no auto brightness to save power in dim lighting and pump up the brightness when it&#39;s sunny, and it&rsquo;s a fingerprint magnet. But the Samsung is still a big, capable fish in this so-far small smartwatch pond.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">The LG G Watch tested</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="Punchy colours, sharp text " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-clock-update.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> One day battery isn&#039;t enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve mentioned battery life a couple of times already. That&rsquo;s no coincidence, eagle eyes. Because with a teeny 300mAh unit and a busy, colourful OS, it was never going to be pretty.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> has a slightly bigger 400mAh but in reality that only equates to an extra one or two hours. Both need charging at least every other day and will only manage two days over the weekend - assuming you&#39;re anything like us and barely use it compared to midweek.</p> <p>In every other respect, the Gear Live is the better choice over a Gear 2 or Neo, but on battery life those are three to four dayers.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> easily lasts five. Clearly always-on Android Wear needs more juice than manfacturers can currently squeeze into a wristwatch.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s more bad news. As with the LG the Gear Live is bundled with a charging cradle that has a microUSB port, but it&#39;s that little bit smaller, fiddlier and easier to lose. And while cradles are neat, they&#39;re also a bit of a pain as you have to take it everywhere. A microUSB port straight into the watch would be a whole lot more convenient.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Want a week-long smartwatch? Pebble Steel reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Pull down from the watchface to glimpse the battery " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-battery.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="Waiting for Moto " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-rainbow.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Always on, always helpful </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 smartwatches have already developed a reputation for features overkill, but this time Google&#39;s firmly in charge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you get your head around Android Wear, it&rsquo;s gloriously simple.&nbsp;Firstly, it tells the time. The main screen is a watchface that can be swapped for a small number of preloaded faces or custom designs - there&rsquo;s no official space on Google Play for these yet but they can be found if you&#39;re willing to search off-piste.</p> <p>The second main function - and the reason you probably want a smartwatch rather than a dumbwatch - is pulling in notifications from your Android smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0. That includes phone calls, texts, WhatsApps, calendar appointments and anything else that appears in your notifications pulldown on your phone. Individual apps can be muted but you can&rsquo;t get more granular than that just yet by tweaking which notifications come through - e.g. turning off one Gmail account and leaving another on.</p> <p>Unlike a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble watch</a>, these notifications appear as cards (stacked in some cases and easily swiped away to the right) but they can&rsquo;t be accessed again in a central hub. They&rsquo;re there to be dealt with on-wrist.</p> <p>Also unlike Pebble or any other smartwatch, Google Now adds contextual cards - a stream of weather, calendar and yesterday&rsquo;s steps every morning. And how many minutes you are from the address you searched for in Google Maps on your phone yesterday. Or bus times as you approach a stop. We&rsquo;re itching to take an Android Wear watch on our hols as that&rsquo;s when Google Now comes into its own - flight times, currency conversions, places nearby.</p> <p>All of this involves a lot of swiping. So it&rsquo;s best to suck it up and use voice on the Gear Live. Google Voice is the best we&rsquo;ve used yet and though there are still niggles - such as sending dictated messages before they&#39;re ready - it brings in Google&rsquo;s cleverer-than-Siri Knowledge Graph for quick searches and consistently works well enough to encourage you to carry on. Really.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Full, in-depth review of Android Wear and its features&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dark and stormy in South West London " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-weather.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="Simple step counting with Google Fit " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-fit.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Donwload Wear Mini Maps to pan around your location " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-maps.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Bark at the Gear Live - Show me my agenda! - and it will " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-calendar.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Heart rate monitor - works when it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Wear has said no to skins so what we&rsquo;ve just described is true of any AW device.</p> <p>That means the differences are almost entirely to be found in the hardware, and here&#39;s the Gear Live&#39;s big extra feature over the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> - the Samsung can read your resting heart rate. It&rsquo;s a function that makes much more sense on a wearable than a phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. And although you have to hold steady and it can be temperamental, it works.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s fairly accurate, too, although shouldn&rsquo;t be used for medical reasons and can&#39;t track your heart rate over the course of a jog - unlike, for example, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>. It&rsquo;s compatible with third party fitness apps but Google&rsquo;s own platform, Fit, is still in early days. For now, there&rsquo;s little more than a graph of daily step counts.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review">Samsung Gear Fit review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s big on BPM in 2014" alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-heart-rate.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Android Wear apps are getting good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In our<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review"> LG G Watch review</a>, we said Android Wear apps needed time. We were right - already there&#39;s plenty more support for Wear devices in big name apps. An update for WhatsApp that adds complete previews and the ability to reply via voice&nbsp;is available direct from its website and coming soon to Google Play.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also lots of fun apps to play around with. <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.dheera.wearmaps&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Mini Maps for Wear</a> lets you pan around a map with your GPS location if Google&#39;s step by step directions aren&rsquo;t enough, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cypressworks.wearvolume&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wear Volume</a> is a big and simple control for your smartphone&rsquo;s volume and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.npi.wearminilauncher&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wear Mini Launcher</a> adds a grid of app icons to swipe through, plus a quick access brightness slider and other settings.</p> <p>You can pretend you bought a calculator watch with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mkiisoft.calcwear&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wear Calc</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wearablewidgets&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wearable Widgets</a> lets you display individual homescreen widgets (one for free, more for &pound;1.29) on your wrist. We moaned about the lack of proper Spotify controls with skipping as well as play/pause but Wearable Widgets makes that possible, too.</p> <p>On balance, there&rsquo;s probably still more choice for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> owners, but Wear is now the go-to place for developers of apps for wearables so expect that gap to be closed imminently.</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="Skip Spotify tracks with the Wearable Widgets app" alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-spotify.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="Tiny icons with Wear Mini Launcher " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-wear-mini-launcher.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Quick access to settings with Mini Launcher " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-review-mini-launcher-2.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Live 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>With two devices on sale, it&rsquo;s not hard to be the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy right now. But the Samsung just edges ahead of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a> nonetheless.</p> <p>Why? Mainly thanks to that sharper screen and bonus heart rate monitor. But they&rsquo;re very close in both price, specs and what they&rsquo;re capable of. So it mainly comes down to which one you prefer to wear. The LG will attract less attention, the Samsung&#39;s design will mark you out as an early adopter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, it&rsquo;s probably better to wait. That&rsquo;s because the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>&nbsp;looms large. A Moto launch event has been set for 4th September and its gorgeous, round smartwatch comes with wireless charging and a truly premium design that really looks worth the money.</p> <p>Android Wear OS needs to stay simple to succeed. That means anyone building one of these devices needs to throw everything into the design - exactly as Motorola appears to be doing. We suspect HTC, Asus, Fossil and stealthy fashion companies are quietly perfecting Wear watch designs, too. And we&#39;d bet a small fortune Samsung already has a Gear Live successor in development...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The top ten devices in wearable tech&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s not much between the Gear Live and G Watch " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-lg.JPG?1409587709" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Android Wear usefulness in a well-specced Samsung package - but it&rsquo;s still not quite there yet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Live review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fourth time&#039;s the charm? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review#comments Android Wear Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:04:57 +0000 Sophie Charara 1445957 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung unveils Gear Circle headset, GoPro’s dog harness, and Doctor Who coming to Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/doctor-who/fully-charged-samsung-unveils-gear-circle-headset-gopro-s-dog-harness-and-doctor-who-comi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Once you’ve read the morning’s smartwatch news, take in everything else here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Circle" alt="Samsung Gear Circle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-circle.png?1409207581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung announces Gear Circle headset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alongside the Gear S standalone smartwatch, Samsung this morning revealed the Gear Circle, a new headset designed to be paired with smartphones. When connected via Bluetooth 3.0, you&rsquo;l be able to take calls, use voice commands, and listen to music via the device.</p> <p>The Gear Circle features a magnetic lock that secures the device around your neck when not in active use, with vibrations used to alert you to calls and notifications. As for how long it&#39;ll actually be useful while worn, Samsung says the 180mAh battery provides about 11 hours of talk time and nine hours of audio playback.</p> <p>Pricing details aren&rsquo;t yet available, but the Gear Circle is set to launch in October (like the Gear S), and we expect to see it next week at IFA.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/08/28/Samsung-Gear-S-Enhances-the-Smart-Wearable-Experience-1">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news">Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro’s dog harness is a wonderful thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve seen insane shots of extreme sports antics, car crashes, and so much more thanks to the versatility of GoPro cameras, but even amidst all that large-scale action, the thought of seeing the world through the perspective of our pups can&rsquo;t help but bring a huge grin to our faces.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s now officially possible thanks to GoPro&rsquo;s new Fetch dog harness, which has two mounting locations (chest and back) for multiple views, plus it&rsquo;s washable, water-safe, and well-padded, not to mention designed for dogs between 15-120lbs. It&rsquo;s sold for US$59.99 (about &pound;36) from GoPro&rsquo;s website, and YouTube should be flooded with amazing dog clips any moment now&hellip;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://shop.gopro.com/mounts/fetch-dog-harness/ADOGM-001.html">GoPro</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news">Turn your car into a movie camera with GoPro integration for BMW and Mini</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-VBKUMNcmWU" 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"> Doctor Who skin packs coming to Minecraft on Xbox 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marking the recent premiere of Series 8 of Doctor Who (with the new doctor, played by Peter Capaldi), BBC Worldwide announced yesterday that characters from the long-running show will be made available for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition in premium content packs.</p> <p>The first, due out in September, brings Capaldi&rsquo;s Twelfth Doctor along with five others to be named, each with its companions and some adversaries, including the Daleks. More packs are due out as Series 8 unfolds over the next few months.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.doctorwho.tv/whats-new/article/doctor-who-comes-to-minecraft-on-xbox">Doctor Who</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Minecraft Doctor Who" alt="Minecraft Doctor Who" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-doctor-who.JPG?1409207581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Disney planning massive drone-controlled puppets? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Disney is in the business of amusement and entertainment, so it&rsquo;s no doubt always seeking new and interesting ways of bringing that to paying customers. Might the next big thing for Disney parks be gargantuan, blimp-like puppets controlled by flying drones?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what some recently discovered patents for &ldquo;aerial display systems&rdquo; seem to imply, which includes one that would &ldquo;turn the sky or some other airspace into a display &lsquo;screen,&rsquo;&rdquo; says the Washington Post. With regulations for commercial drone use still being hashed out in many places, this might not be an innovation we see anytime soon - but at least Disney&rsquo;s thinking about it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/27/disney-filed-a-patent-for-blimp-sized-puppets-controlled-by-drones-but-that-doesnt-mean-theyll-be-in-parks-soon/">Washington Post</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="851" title="Disney&#039;s drone plans" alt="Disney&#039;s drone plans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-drones.png?1409207581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/doctor-who/fully-charged-samsung-unveils-gear-circle-headset-gopro-s-dog-harness-and-doctor-who-comi#comments Doctor Who Drones GoPro Minecraft Samsung Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446046 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another Samsung smartwatch? Indeed, but this one doesn’t need your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-s-1.png?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been called a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-reportedly-set-unveil-standalone-watchphone-soon/news">watchphone</a>&rdquo; and most recently the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news">Gear Solo</a>,&rdquo; but Samsung has finally revealed its next long-rumoured wearable device: the Gear S, a smartwatch that has its own SIM card and 3G connection.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear S also features Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity, and you can use an onscreen keyboard for texting or use the S voice feature to issue commands. Samsung also claims that the device has &ldquo;more enhanced multi-sensors&rdquo; for health and fitness tracking, along with GPS and the S Health suite. It&rsquo;s IP67 rated for dust and water resistance, as well.</p> <p>While the watch doesn&rsquo;t require use of a smartphone, it can still be paired with a device for call and message forwarding, with Samsung claiming that it&rsquo;ll be easy to swap between 3G and Bluetooth connections as desired.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s Gear S will be available in October and quite likely on display at IFA next week. No word yet on pricing, but beyond the watch itself, we can&rsquo;t help but wonder how much it&rsquo;ll cost to provide service for such a device on top of your monthly phone bill. Sounds like a potential hang-up to us unless carriers have bundle deals in mind.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/08/28/Samsung-Gear-S-Enhances-the-Smart-Wearable-Experience-1">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-g-watch-r-revealed-first-fully-circular-android-wear-display/news">LG&rsquo;s G Watch R revealed with first fully circular Android Wear display</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-2.png?1409586644" /> </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 Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-3.png?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-4.png?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear S smartwatch packs its own SIM card </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phones? Where we&#039;re going, we don&#039;t need phones </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news#comments IFA 2014 Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:01:55 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446036 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 looks set to get a fingerprint scanner http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-galaxy-note-4-looks-set-get-fingerprint-scanner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s flagship phablet will be getting a new Fingerprint Shortcuts feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-4.jpg?1409053541" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;due to be revealed&nbsp;in just a few days&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/rumour-samsung-launching-note-4-apple-showing-iphone-september/news">on 3 September, to be exact</a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other reports suggest that the Galaxy Note 4 will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-galaxy-note-4-revealed-leaked-photos/news">have an angular metal frame</a>&nbsp;with bevelled edges and plastic inserts at the base of the phone. It&rsquo;s also said to cost IDR9,499,000 (around &pound;490),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-note-4-could-cost-more-s1000/news">according to Indonesian online retailer</a>, erafone.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll find out for sure at Samsung&#39;s Unpacked event at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news">IFA 2014</a>, on 3 September.&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/details_on_the_samsung_galaxy_note_4_fingerprint_scanner_emerge-news-9460.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news">IFA 2014: What to expect at Europe&#39;s biggest tech show</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/RzTT7AIO3lA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-galaxy-note-4-looks-set-get-fingerprint-scanner/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-galaxy-note-4-looks-set-get-fingerprint-scanner/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Phablets Samsung Smartphones Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:34:25 +0000 Stephen Graves 1445939 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung’s handy multi-device charger, 24-hour Xbox One game trials, and contactless donkey ride payments finally a reality http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-samsung-s-multi-device-charger-24-hour-xbox-one-game-trials-and-contactless-pa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t miss our roundup of news odds and ends from all around the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Multi-Charging Wall Charger" alt="Samsung Multi-Charging Wall Charger" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-multicharger.jpg?1408689181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s triple-device charger solves a mounting problem </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 currently sells smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, headsets, and quite a bit more in the handheld department. Coming soon? Perhaps the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news">Gear Solo</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news">Gear VR</a>, among surely many others. If you&rsquo;re entrenched in Samsung&rsquo;s device ecosystem, keeping everything charged is probably already a challenge, and it&rsquo;s only going to get worse.</p> <p>Enter the company&rsquo;s new Multi-Charging Wall Charger, a smart plug that can split an electric current across up to three devices hooked up via standard microUSB (which means it works with non-Samsung devices as well). The Max 2A signal is automatically divided based on how many devices are attached, and while more means longer waits, it&rsquo;s perfect for overnight charging without crowding your wall sockets or USB ports.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s priced at US$39.99 (about &pound;24) and will be available soon from Samsung&#39;s US store, though no word yet on worldwide availability.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/ET-KG900JWESTA">Samsung</a> via <a href="https://bgr.com/2014/08/21/samsung-multi-charging-wall-charger/">BGR</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Daylong game trials coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It appears that free 24-hour game trials of certain titles are coming to Xbox Live Gold members using Xbox One, thanks to a report from a user in Microsoft&rsquo;s ongoing preview program. An image posted on Reddit shows &ldquo;Free Play Day with Gold&rdquo; listed atop a game, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, while an unrelated Twitter exchange between Xbox Support and another user seems to confirm the concept.</p> <p>Considering how consistently great Sony&rsquo;s free games have been for PlayStation Plus, it feels like Microsoft has been playing catch-up with creating additional value for its paid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. A game that you can potentially play in full for an entire day? Depending on the game selection, that could be a very great thing indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://i.imgur.com/ZRazKDw.jpg">Reddit</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/21/6052923/xbox-free-demo-24-hour">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-s-huge-august-update-now-available/news">Xbox One&rsquo;s huge August update is now available</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="895" title="Free Play Day" alt="Free Play Day" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-freeplayday.jpg?1408689181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Finally! Contactless donkey ride payments a thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 upon a time, kids without a small amount of change would be unable to ride the donkeys at Blackpool Beach. Imagine them sitting on the sand, bawling their little eyes out because mum and dad didn&rsquo;t carry any cash or coins. It&rsquo;s a heartbreaking image.</p> <p>&ldquo;Over the years I&rsquo;ve had to turn hundreds of kids away because mums and dads don&rsquo;t have the cash on them to pay for a ride on Dillon [the donkey] &ndash; and the beach is often the last place you want to be carrying lots of change,&rdquo; says Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys, clearly longing for a modern solution to this sad scenario while also seemingly acknowledging the futility of his business model.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s an issue no more, thanks to Barclaycard, which has created the &ldquo;UK&rsquo;s first payment saddle&rdquo; for Dillon. Now parents at Blackpool with contactless credit or debit cards can simply tap and let their children enjoy the finer things in life. Such as riding a beach burro.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news">You can now pay your bus fare with a tap of 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="799" title="Contactless payment donkeys" alt="Contactless payment donkeys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/contactless-donkeys.JPG?1408689181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Save the world with squats in Superhero Workout </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting fit can be a real pain (in more ways than one), but developer Six to Start knows that adding gaming elements to your workout can make a world of difference - as it&rsquo;s shown in the past with The Walk and the immensely popular Zombies, Run! for mobile phones.</p> <p>The company&#39;s latest mobile and tablet app is Superhero Workout, out now for iOS (&pound;2.99) and this autumn for Android, which uses the device&rsquo;s camera for motion-sensing tech that delivers on-the-fly readings of your workouts. But more than that, it gives you a reason to sweat, with quick routines that read actions like punches as energy blasts. And it works with the Apple TV, which lets you better position your iOS device for motion sensing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/superhero-workout/id884178077?mt=8">App Store</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-could-be-making-fitness-band-your-barbell/news">Apple could be making a fitness band&hellip; for your barbell</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UbslAzz1Lh4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-samsung-s-multi-device-charger-24-hour-xbox-one-game-trials-and-contactless-pa#comments iOS apps Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Xbox One Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445592 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: what to expect at Europe's biggest tech show http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From the Note 4 to the Xperia Z3 to a whole load of new laptops, there&#039;ll be plenty on show in Berlin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept render" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-4-render.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few product launches that can compete with a new iPhone in the anticipation stakes, but we&#39;re certain to get at least one at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014" target="_blank">IFA 2014</a>.</p> <p>Samsung will use the&nbsp;Berlin tech show, which runs from September 5-10, to reveal the Galaxy Note 4 - and expectations surrounding a new phone have rarely been higher.</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"><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"> Asus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus tends to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks &ndash; remember that dual-booting Windows/Android tab it announced at CES?</p> <p>So anything could happen at IFA. One thing that we do know is coming is an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-android-wear-smartwatch-likely-ifa-next-month/news" target="_blank">Asus smartwatch</a>; the manufacturer was announced as an Android Wear partner, and it&#39;s teased an image of a smartwatch ahead of IFA. Unlike Motorola and LG&#39;s efforts, the Asus Android Wear smartwatch is expected to be a budget offering, which could undercut the LG G Watch&#39;s &pound;160 price tag.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Asus smartwatch" alt="Asus smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-smartwatch-tease.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Huawei </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Huawei is set to refresh its smartphone range at IFA, with the next generation of the Ascend Mate set to be the highlight of its line-up. The Ascend Mate 7 is widely expected to pack a fingerprint sensor; invites to its media event feature a fingerprint graphic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gsmdome.com/huawei-ascend-mate-7-mt7-c00-gets-certification-tenaa" target="_blank">Certification details</a> point to the Mate 7 arriving with a 1.8GHz Kirin 920 processor, 2GB RAM, a 13MP main camera, a&nbsp;6.1in 1080p display&nbsp;and 16GB internal storage, while previous AnTuTu benchmarks revealed an&nbsp;ARM Mali-T624 MP4 graphics chip.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/huawei-ascend-mate-7-pics-fingerprint-scanner-44832/" target="_blank">Leaked pics</a>&nbsp;showing a Huawei phone with a 720p display and&nbsp;1GB RAM, plus a fingerprint sensor, are believed to show the Mate 7&#39;s mid-range cousin, the G7.</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="Huawei IFA teaser" alt="Huawei IFA teaser" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ifa-2014-teaser.jpg?1408673857" /> </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="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ascend-mate-7_3.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ascend-mate-7_1.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ascend-mate-7_2.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> LG </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a lot of kit lined up for IFA, if the rumour mill is to be believed. Leading the charge is the <a href="http://www.itechpost.com/articles/12484/20140728/lg-g3-prime-to-launch-in-september-unveiling-expected-at-ifa-2014.htm" target="_blank">LG G3 Prime</a>, an updated version of LG&#39;s flagship smartphone with improved specs. It&#39;s reportedly similar to the Korea-exclusive G3 Cat 6, with a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB RAM.</p> <p>LG could also be gunning for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with an LG G3 Stylus, accidentally leaked in a YouTube video. Unlike the Note 4, though, the G3 Stylus looks set to be a mid-range model &ndash; leaked specs suggest that it&#39;ll pack a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, an 8MP camera and a 5.7in 1080p screen.</p> <p>LG is also reportedly planning to launch a new smartwatch, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news" target="_blank">LG G Watch 2</a> &ndash; a mere two months after the G Watch&#39;s debut. Assuming this absurdly short product life cycle is correct, the new model is expected to pack an AMOLED display that delivers deeper blacks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 Stylus" alt="LG G3 Stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-stylus.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="LG G Watch" alt="LG G Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_0_0.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Microsoft/Nokia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft and Nokia look set to keep pushing camera tech as the big selling point for their smartphones; a leaked video has revealed has shown off a <a href="http://weibo.com/u/1921644117?from=profile&amp;wvr=5&amp;loc=infdomain" target="_blank">Lumia 830</a> phone with the same massive 20MP PureView camera found in the Lumia 1020. The Windows 8.1 phone is also expected to pack a 4.5in 720P display and a microSD card slot for storing all your snaps. The rumours are backed up by Microsoft&#39;s official press invite, which teases the camera module seen in leaked snaps of the phone.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s also expected to launch a <a href="http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/2014/08/08/lumia730-to-have-a-dual-sim-variant-official-looking-orange-color-render-leaked-in-china/" target="_blank">Lumia 730</a> midrange phone, with leaked specs pointing to a 4.7in 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 procesor and Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB RAM, a 6.7MP rear camera and 8GB storage. Among its more interesting features are dual-SIM capability and a 5MP front snapper &ndash; evidence that Microsoft is hopping aboard the selfie bandwagon?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft/Nokia at IFA 2014" alt="Microsoft/Nokia at IFA 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-ifa-2014.jpg?1408673857" /> </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="Nokia Lumia 830" alt="Nokia Lumia 830" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-830-01.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 830" alt="Nokia Lumia 830" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-830-1.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Motorola </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola has sent out invites to a launch event on 4 September in Chicago ahead of a global announcement &ndash; and they&#39;re anything but subtle. The <a href="http://newfrommoto.com/" target="_blank">teaser site</a> shows images of two phones marked &quot;X&quot; and &quot;G&quot;, a round watch and what looks like a Bluetooth headset. The first three are simple enough to guess &ndash; the rumoured replacements for the Moto X and Moto G, and the Moto 360 smartwatch.</p> <p>Leaked specs from a <a href="http://www.livrarialogos.com/3973947-Smartphone-Moto-X-1-Preto" target="_blank">Brazilian retailer</a> point to the Moto X+1 (or X2) arriving with a 5.2in 1080p display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory; power will likely come from a 2,900mAh battery, while the phone also features microSD support, a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Serial Twitter leaker <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/455310263382601728" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>&nbsp;has also revealed the backplate options list for the X2, including four different woods, four leather colour choices and &quot;warm, neutral and cool&quot; colour options.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a> is the first circular Android Wear smartwatch; a leak from Best Buy points to a US price of around US$250 (&pound;150), a 1.5in, 320x290 screen covered by Gorilla Glass 3, waterproofing to 1.1m, and (unsurprisingly) a heart-rate monitor and pedometer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360 preview: everything you need to know</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="Motorola at IFA 2014" alt="Motorola at IFA 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Motorola.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Moto 360" alt="Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-08-07-at-10.37.14_1.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X+1 (X2) colour options" alt="Moto X+1 (X2) colour options" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evleaks-x2.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Panasonic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panasonic looks set to focus on home automation this year, sending out an invite to a press conference that includes &quot;connected home entertainment and photography, to smart kitchen appliances, latest beauty products and more.&quot; It&#39;s accompanied by a graphic showing tech being used in different rooms, including the bathroom and kitchen.</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="Panasonic at IFA 2014" alt="Panasonic at IFA 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-ifa.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 biggest launch of IFA 2014 &ndash; both literally and figuratively &ndash; is set to be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>. The latest incarnation of Samsung&#39;s phablet is expected to ditch the plastic build of its predecessor for a metal frame, reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Its specs are due for an overhaul, too &ndash; with a rumoured 2K screen, 64-bit processor and LTE-A connectivity.</p> <p>The Note 4 will also reportedly pack a 12MP camera with OIS, and a 3.7MP selfie-snapper &ndash; and a relatively low price tag. One Indonesian site inadvertently put up a pre-order page with a price of around &pound;490, though we&#39;ll have to wait until after Samsung&#39;s Unpacked event on 3 September for confirmation.</p> <p>Also expected to put in an appearance at Unpacked is a new smartwatch, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news" target="_blank">Gear Solo</a> &ndash; which could feature its own SIM card for making calls and sending texts.</p> <p>Finally, Samsung&#39;s expected to take the wraps off its long-rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news" target="_blank">Gear VR</a> headset &ndash; designed as an accessory for its Galaxy phones, the headset has reportedly been produced in collaboration with virtual reality wizards Oculus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-01_2.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung Gear VR" alt="Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearvr_0.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung round watch" alt="Samsung round watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-round-watch2_0.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>Sony is bringing the big guns to IFA &ndash; it&#39;s expected to launch its second flagship smartphone of the year, in the form of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z3</a>. Leaked snaps showing off a slightly curvier design, while upgrades are expected to include a 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. In other areas, it&#39;s business as usual; both the camera and screen look set to be holdovers from the Z2, with a 20.7MP Exmor R sensor and G lens and 5.15in Full HD display. Spy shots have also revealed the existence of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/glimpse-next-mini-smartphone-king-sony-xperia-z3-compact-gets-shot-wild/news" target="_blank">Xperia Z3 Compact</a> &ndash; likely sporting a 4.3in screen.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s also rumoured to be prepping a <a href="http://www.digi-wo.com/thread-20997-1-1.html" target="_blank">Smartwatch 3</a> for a launch at IFA &ndash; it&#39;s said to retain the original&#39;s square design, while adding a transflective screen for better visibility. Whether it&#39;ll feature Google&#39;s Android Wear OS, though, is open to debate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-back.jpg?1408673857" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z3-compact-leak.jpg?1408673857" /> </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 about Apple? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple isn&#39;t going to IFA &ndash; it doesn&#39;t like to mingle with the competition &ndash; but it is likely to steal everyone&#39;s thunder with its own launch event, expected to fall on 9 September.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s event is likely to showcase the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>, a 4.7in smartphone; it&#39;s possible that a larger <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/55in-iphone-6-shell-revealed-new-pics/news" target="_blank">5.5in iPhone 6L</a> may put in an appearance, too. And Apple could also be gearing up to launch its own foray into the smartwatch market with an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch </a>device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 preview: everything you need to know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Laptops Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Sony TVs Xperia Z3 Xperia Z3 Compact Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:34:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1444559 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Netflix’s VR browsing interface, Samsung’s tablet rainbow shines upon London, and Facebook is paying Oculus Rift bug bounties http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-netflix-s-vr-browsing-interface-samsung-s-tablet-rainbow-shines-upon-london-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the fun and fantastic in our latest morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oculix" alt="Oculix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-vr.jpg?1408602781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix creates Oculus Rift VR browsing prototype </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday, Netflix published the results of its latest Hack Day, in which developers have free reign to dream up new functionality based around the streaming video service. One of the prototypes really stands out: Oculix, a working virtual reality interface that uses the Oculus Rift headset and Leap Motion controller to let you use gestures to explore the service&rsquo;s offerings in 3D.</p> <p>Whether or not this will actually turn into something useful down the line remains to be seen, but it&rsquo;s an interesting vision for now. Check out Netflix&rsquo;s <a href="http://techblog.netflix.com/2014/08/netflix-hack-day-summer-2014.html">blog post</a> for other notable prototypes, including one that uses Philips Hue lightbulbs to match the colour of what you&rsquo;re watching.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techblog.netflix.com/2014/08/netflix-hack-day-summer-2014.html">Netflix</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news">The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wmbnjFYSpao" 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"> Samsung builds a rainbow out of 150 tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tacking a vivid rainbow upon the London skyline with the help of 150 Galaxy Tab S tablets, Samsung on Tuesday evening unveiled the &ldquo;Midnight Rainbow,&rdquo; which measures 26x14 feet and chains together the devices to create the colourful effect.</p> <p>It was assembled at Observation Point on Southbank, and was designed to show off the sharp AMOLED display in grand fashion - but it only remained in place until yesterday afternoon. If you missed it, the Midnight Rainbow lives on in the photo above.</p> <p>Or you can do Samsung a solid and pick up 150 tablets for a makeshift recreation. Or maybe just buy one for yourself; as our review below espouses, it&rsquo;s a rather excellent Android option on the smaller end of the tablet pool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8.4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Midnight Rainbow" alt="Midnight Rainbow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxytabs-rainbow.jpg?1408602781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Facebook paying Oculus Rift users to report bugs </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 tens of thousands of lucky Oculus Rift development kit owners probably feel pretty lucky to get in on the ground floor of something huge. We bet most of them didn&rsquo;t know that using the hardware extensively could make them a fair amount of money, as well.</p> <p>Facebook has just lumped Oculus in on its bug bounty program, which pays at least US$500 (&pound;300) per eligible reported bug from a independent security contractor - and there&rsquo;s no maximum on the amount paid.</p> <p>Facebook reportedly paid US$1.5 million (&pound;900,000) for such bug reports across its properties last year, so&hellip; get to work, Rift dev kit owners. It&#39;s likely to pay you sooner than whatever VR experience you&#39;re working on will.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/20/6004113/facebook-will-now-pay-you-money-to-find-bugs-in-the-oculus-rift">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature">Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2: eyes-on preview at Gamescom 2014</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="Oculus Rift" alt="Oculus Rift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculusrift_2.jpg?1408602781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/facebook/fully-charged-netflix-s-vr-browsing-interface-samsung-s-tablet-rainbow-shines-upon-london-a#comments Facebook Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Netflix Oculus Rift Samsung Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445469 at http://www.stuff.tv The new Nook tablet is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 http://www.stuff.tv/barnes-noble/new-nook-tablet-rebranded-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-70/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s first Nook hardware for Barnes &amp; Noble is out today in U.S. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-nook-front.jpg?1408563215" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bookseller Barnes &amp; Noble has lost a lot of money over the past several years, so to keep the Nook brand alive, the company has decided to stop producing its own hardware. That&rsquo;s where Samsung comes in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s available in white and black, and sells for the same price in the States - US$179 (about &pound;108) with the instant discount factored in. What might make this version a bit more appealing is the bundle of free content, which Barnes &amp; Noble values at more than US$200, including free eBooks, episodes of television series, and trial magazine subscriptions, plus a US$5 Nook Store credit.</p> <p>No mention yet of a release outside the United States, but unless you want to wait for the possibility of a UK-centric batch of media freebies, the standard Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 accomplishes the same thing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/samsung-galaxy-tab-4-nook-barnes-noble/1119732448">Barnes &amp; Noble</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-sony-sued-because-killzone-isn-t-1080p-enough-new-nook-glowlight-launches-89-a">Fully Charged: Sony sued because Killzone isn&rsquo;t 1080p enough, new Nook GlowLight launches for &pound;89, and Batman v Superman moved up</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="700" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-nook-side.jpg?1408563215" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/barnes-noble/new-nook-tablet-rebranded-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-70/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/barnes-noble/new-nook-tablet-rebranded-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-70/news#comments Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab Samsung Tablets Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:12 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445436 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-buys-smartthings-boost-its-connected-home-potential/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smart home company, which makes home appliances app-controllable, will be run as an independent entity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential" alt="Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smartthings_0.jpg?1408159131" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has acquired &ldquo;Internet of Things&rdquo; company SmartThings in an apparent US$200 million (&pound;120 million) deal, seemingly in an attempt to boost its smart home, er, smarts.</p> <p>SmartThings, based in California&rsquo;s Silicon Valley, makes an app and Hub that allows the user to control hundreds of smart home devices &ndash; light switches, locks, thermostats etc. &ndash; from his or her smartphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</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"><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"> Smart home for all? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 acquisition will see SmartThings remain an independent company operating within Samsung&rsquo;s Open Innovation Center group, and SmartThings claims on its blog that it will continue to push for an open smart home platform &ndash; in other words, it won&rsquo;t just be making devices compatible with Samsung smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>The blog post says the company&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;support all of the leading smartphone vendors, devices and applications &hellip; and help many more people around the world easily control and monitor their homes using SmartThings&rdquo; and it believes its new partnership with Samsung will help achieve that.</p> <p>SmartThings isn&rsquo;t the first smart home company to be snapped up by a tech giant. In January 2014, smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-google-buys-nest-simcity-goes-offline-and-game-thrones-back/news">acquired by Google</a> for a whopping US$3.2 billion. The connected home and the Internet of Things, it seems, are destined to become one of the next big technology battlegrounds.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/" target="_blank">SmartThings</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project: make your house a smart home of the future</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="SmartThings devices" alt="SmartThings devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices_1.jpg?1408159131" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Connected home Samsung Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:51:11 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444930 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks’ surprising iPad app, and Samsung’s big smart home acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Friday off right by catching up with the latest tech happenings around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" alt="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sms-biosport.png?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel and SMS Audio team for biometric earbuds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>50 Cent&rsquo;s SMS Audio announced yesterday that it will release biometric, heart rate-sensing earbuds this autumn in collaboration with Intel, which first premiered the tech back at CES this year. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones pull power straight from the standard headphone jack, meaning you don&rsquo;t need to charge anything before use; they&rsquo;re effectively plug-and-play.</p> <p>Granted, you&rsquo;ll need the RunKeeper app at launch to actually access the heart rate data, although additional apps will be supported over time. The earbuds are also sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating, and come with three sizes of ear gels and hooks for optimum comfort. No word on price just yet, but multiple colour options will launch in Q4.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/14/intel-and-sms-audio-to-supercharge-fitness-wearables">Intel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my-gadget-life-–-50-cent/news">My Gadget Life - 50 Cent</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Hanks made a typewriter app for iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tom Hanks: actor, seemingly all-around good guy, and productivity app maker? That&rsquo;s the surprising news this week following yesterday&rsquo;s launch of Hanx Writer for iPad.</p> <p>Published by Hitcents, the app was designed under the direction of Hanks, who is an avid fan of classic typewriters and once had a collection of 200 such machines. The free app recreates the look of typewriter keys and the loud sound effects, and offers additional virtual typewriters to wield via in-app purchases.</p> <p>&ldquo;I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it&#39;s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,&rdquo; said Hanks to USA Today, before charmingly adding, &quot;There&#39;s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/08/14/tom-hanks-hanx-writer-typewriter-app/13580367/?csp=tech">USA Today</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002055/hanx-writer-ipad-app-released-by-tom-hanks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hanx-writer/id868326899?mt=8">Tom Hanks turns video game developer with Electric City</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="Hanx Writer" alt="Hanx Writer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hanx-writer.PNG?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung acquires SmartThings for US$200 million </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 made a big splash in the smart home market on Thursday by purchasing SmartThings, a company that specializes in connected home controllers that allow appliances and devices using different standards to communicate with each other. SmartThings began as a Kickstarter success story before raising millions more in funding, and Recode pegs the Samsung acquisition at US$200 million (about &pound;120 million).</p> <p>Despite now being under a rather large corporate umbrella, SmartThings says it will continue to run independently and maintain its open platform for taming various Internet of Things devices. Even so, this gives Samsung a suddenly large stake in the burgeoning smart home field, just weeks after joining Nest and others to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news">form the Thread standard</a>&nbsp;for such things.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/news/smartthings-updates/smartthings-samsung-open-platform/">SmartThings</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/14/internet-of-bling-samsung-buys-smartthings-for-200-million/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project - make your house a smart home of the future</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="SmartThings" alt="SmartThings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices.jpg?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa#comments Connected home Headphones Intel iOS apps Samsung Wearable tech Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444900 at http://www.stuff.tv