Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/all en-GB Samsung's new NX1 camera has pro features and a price to match http://www.stuff.tv/nx1/samsungs-new-nx1-camera-has-pro-features-and-price-match/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We love the 28MP APS-C-sensor and 15fps burst shooting - but less so the £1300 price tag </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 new NX1" alt="Samsung&#039;s new NX1 camera has pro features and a price to match" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-nx-1-main.jpg?1410777037" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Choosing your next high-end compact system cameras just got that bit harder, thanks to the new Samsung NX1.</p> <p>The supper snapper has a big 28MP APS-C sensor with back side illumination (BSI) tech, which is designed to reduce noise in shots.&nbsp;It&#39;s also impressively fast, with a new DRIMe V processor which lets you shoot full-res at up to 15fps, while the super-fast phase detection autofocus offers 205 points that cover virtually the whole sensor.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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>In true Samsung style, the NX1 gets you just about every feature under the sun too. Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth let you fling your pics anywhere and everywhere wirelessly, while 4K video capture should have the Panasonic GH4 running scared. You get a super-vivid Super AMOLED 3-inch screen on the back and, for the pro look, an 2.36M-dot OLED EVF. Unlike some super-serious cameras, the screen on the back tilts too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The NX1 also has a magnesium alloy body and is water and dust-resistant, so there&#39;ll be no need to treat it like a delicate flower.</p> <p>Sounds like a dream, doesn&rsquo;t it? The only catches are that you&rsquo;ll have to spend &pound;1300 just for the body &ndash;&nbsp;serious cash for a serious camera &ndash;&nbsp;and it&rsquo;s really not going to fit in your pocket, is it?</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to buy one at some unspecified point in time later this year.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="With the new 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS" alt="Samsung&#039;s new NX1 camera has pro features and a price to match" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-nx-1-with-50-150mm.jpg?1410777037" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/nx1/samsungs-new-nx1-camera-has-pro-features-and-price-match/news#comments NX1 Samsung System Cameras Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:30:37 +0000 Marc McLaren 1447678 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Alpha http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Android for main course, aluminium on the side in the Galaxy Alpha </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="Easier to hold than an S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alpha-700.jpg?1410792468" /> </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>When everyone complains about a phone it sometimes seems like no-one&rsquo;s listening. But Samsung has clearly taken on-board the thousands of voices saying the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> feels, y&rsquo;know, a bit cheap.</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"> £515.00 </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"> Loads of power - we mean, LOADS </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very good camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The feel of real metal </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"> Lower screen res reveals PenTile screen issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery life could be better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Quite 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"> Meet Al </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 thrown off the shackles of its standard phones and come up with something truly revolutionary in the Galaxy Alpha.</p> <p>Not really.&nbsp;What it has done is to take a fairly familiar Samsung phone blueprint, get rid of the rubbish-looking chrome plastic around the sides and replace it with a band of honest-to-goodness metal.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s aluminium, with the same sort of anodised finish you see on the back of the iPhone 6. So rather nice. It gives the Galaxy Alpha the cool and hard feel that is largely behind why metal phones feel more expensive than plastic ones. We&rsquo;re simple creatures.</p> <p>As far as design experiments go, it&rsquo;s a pretty successful one. The edges are quite severe and sharp (but bevelled), rather like the iPhone 5S, but as the 4.7in Galaxy Alpha isn&rsquo;t too large, handling it is dead easy.</p> <p>Get over the nice feel of that band of metal and things come back down to earth. The back plate is still a flimsy piece of plastic as is the inner frame. The band of metal is just that &ndash; a thin border that sits around the phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the most coherent phone design we&rsquo;ve ever seen either. A bit like the Nokia Lumia 930, the mix of metal and plastic means it doesn&rsquo;t have the design purity of the most jaw-dropping phones. The Alpha is Samsung doing pretty, not gallery-worthy.</p> <p>You also lose out on water resistance while gaining the extra bit of metal. Where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a> has treated ports and a rubber seal on the inside of its back cover so you can dunk it in water, the Alpha is not designed to withstand apple-bobbing. It&rsquo;s a bummer, and shows that Samsung hasn&rsquo;t really put its all into the phone. It&rsquo;s just er, testing the waters.</p> <p>That said, waterproofing is the only hardware extra we really missed. You still get a fingerprint scanner under the Home button, and a heart rate sensor on the back. We&rsquo;d probably trade away both to have a phone you can use in the bath, though.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tested&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="1600" height="900" title="Samsung finally gave us a metal band .. no, not the head banging type " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-4.jpg?1410792468" /> </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="Flimsy " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-11.jpg?1410792468" /> </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="Remind you of iAnything? " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-6.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OLED Balloon </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 some compromises in the Galaxy Alpha&rsquo;s screen too. It&rsquo;s a 4.7in display &ndash; smaller than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> but a perfectly good size if you&rsquo;re after a slightly smaller phone.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s not as great is the resolution. The Galaxy Alpha has a 720p screen when most phones at the price have 1080p ones. Shop around online and you can even get an LG G3 for not much more &ndash; and that phone has an even higher-res 2K screen.</p> <p>In the Alpha, the limits of a 720p screen are quite obvious if you go looking for them, more so than an LCD screen. Why? It&rsquo;s all down to the kind of display the phone uses. It&rsquo;s a Super AMOLED display, one that uses a PenTile subpixel arrangement. Without getting too techy, this uses a pixel array that makes areas of block white look a little fuzzy, and text a bit less sharp. As a result the Galaxy Alpha looks a fair bit less sharp than even the &pound;100 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">4.5in Moto G</a>.</p> <p>Top brightness isn&rsquo;t quite at the same level as the Galaxy S5. While you can see the Alpha display in bright sunlight, it&rsquo;s not as clear as the S5.</p> <p>It still looks very good, though, and the Alpha offers you loads of control over how vivid the colours are. Fresh out of the box they&rsquo;re a bit too lively &ndash; many people love them like this &ndash; but switch the screen to &lsquo;basic&rsquo; and you get a similar sort of colour accuracy the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> is capable of. Like your colours truly overblown? That&rsquo;s an option too. Like other OLED screens, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha also gets you incredibly deep blacks, perfect blacks in fact, and contrast is top-notch. Just a shame about that resolution, then.</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="Reads well outdoors but it&#039;s no S5 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-cf.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.7in LCD Super AMOLED (1280X720)<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4.4<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: Exynos 5 Octa 5430 1.8GHz processor<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth</strong>: 4.0<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: None<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: Li-Polymer 1860mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 132.4 X 65.5 X 6.7mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 115g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: all the fours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Again, there are a few little cuts compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>, but the software is very similar. You get Android 4.4.4 at launch, and Samsung&rsquo;s latest custom Android interface.</p> <p>In the last year, Samsung has done a lot to try and make its Android UI a bit more streamlined, a bit less like juggling a bag of features that keeps on spilling over. And it&rsquo;s mostly successful. The basics are clean and simple, and it doesn&rsquo;t waggle all of its extra bits in your face.</p> <p>However, there&rsquo;s plenty under the surface, and that does mean the Settings menu is absolutely gargantuan. It looks nothing like the regular Android menu and newbies may get phased.</p> <p>Samsung packs a bunch of extra apps into the Alpha too. Some of these have been around for years, like the S Planner calendar, but others like S Health are needed to make use of the phone&rsquo;s actual hardware. S Health is where you monitor your heart rate using the sensor on the back, and it&rsquo;s also the app that tracks your steps each day &ndash; if you want the Alpha to act as a fitness tracker. Samsung has a habit of making things less simple than they could be, and there are plenty of ways to clean the phone up if you don&rsquo;t get on with these apps. Some can be uninstalled, but you can also hide those you can&rsquo;t.</p> <p>You get 32GB storage as standard, which is greater than most of the Galaxy S5s in the UK, so app storage space isn&rsquo;t much of an issue.</p> <p>Unlike some other Samsung devices we&rsquo;ve tested in the last year or so, the Galaxy Alpha doesn&rsquo;t suffer from any major performance stuttering. This seems more likely to be down to Samsung tightening-up its software rather than improvements in hardware, but the engine running here is very, very fast 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="S Health, S Planner, it&#039;s all here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-8.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Wiggle my joystick, luv </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Performance is the one area the Alpha just doesn&rsquo;t compromise.&nbsp;</p> <p>It uses a Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa-core processor, which has four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 ones. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark it scores an extremely impressive 3086 points &ndash; even more than the 2800-odd points you might get from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. For a phone with &lsquo;only&rsquo; a 720p screen, this is masses of power.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gaming performance is excellent, and you get the extra little graphical flashy bits in top-end games like Dead Trigger 2 that were missing when we used the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a>. It&rsquo;s a surprise powerhouse, and has 2GB RAM too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those gaming skills do make us wish the internal speaker was a little better, though. Sound quality and top volume are pretty impressive for a phone this thin &ndash; although the sound is a little harsh at top volume &ndash; but the output is very much mono, and it&rsquo;s too easy to block the speaker when you&rsquo;re doing a bit of landscape gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is one benefit to a bottom-firing speaker, though. It means the back of the Alpha doesn&rsquo;t vibrate like a nightclub subwoofer when the volume&rsquo;s turned up as it does in the Galaxy S5 and the S5 Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p>We did also notice that the Galaxy Alpha seems to suffer from the old problem of some metal-coated phones &ndash; signal issues. It&rsquo;s decent enough in normal use, but if you cover too much of the phone&rsquo;s sides your signal level will drop like a stone. It never totally killed the signal, but is a sign that the plastic inlays in the metal frame haven&rsquo;t been implemented quite well enough.&nbsp;</p> <p>See the little white bits in the metal surround? These are usually used to improve signal for things like Wi-FI and mobile signal when the sides of a phone are largely metal. Aside from this, though, actual call quality is perfectly fine. You just need to be a bit careful about how you handle the Galaxy Alpha at times.</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="A few signal issues here and there " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-5.jpg?1410792468" /> </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="No S5 style vibrations with this speaker " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/s5-alpha-4.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Speedy Snapper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Alpha camera sits somewhere between the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review"> Galaxy S5</a> and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review"> S5 Mini</a> in terms of image quality. But it certainly has the shooting performance we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Samsung&rsquo;s top-end phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>Focusing and shooting speed are excellent. In daylight you can shoot 2-3 photos a second without even using one of the burst shot modes. Samsung really is a master in this field, and it makes taking photos with your phone so much fun &ndash; not to mention making action shots easier to catch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Camera resolution is a bit worse than the S5 &ndash; the Alpha has a 12-megapixel sensor instead of a 16-megapixel one. However, you can still get loads of detail out of the Alpha and we&rsquo;re pretty impressed by its shooting consistency. It&rsquo;s simply dead easy to get good shots out of this little camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>HDRs are fast to take and super-effective, and as long as lighting is decent, colour accuracy is good. Non-flash night or indoors shots do start looking a little undersaturated, but they do in most phones. It&rsquo;s good enough to replace a basic compact camera, in other words. Like the S5, shooting gets a fair bit slower in low lighting thanks to the way the low-light Picture Stabilisation mode works, but even that&rsquo;s not too bad.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Alpha is also equipped with a single-LED flash and a front camera for those selfie moments. And the range of extra modes is much the same as the S5. So you get background-blurring Selective Focus and loads of smart burst modes. You can even shoot video in Ultra HD resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - with 20.7MP camera - hands on impressions&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="1600" height="900" title="It focuses and shoots very quickly " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-camera-2.jpg?1410792468" /> </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="Handy LED flash " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-camrea.jpg?1410792468" /> </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="Selfie cam present and correct " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-selfie.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Short on 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>One bit that has been chopped down a bit in the Alpha is the battery. Its 1,860mAh unit is actually a fair bit smaller than even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Galaxy S5 Mini,</a> which has a 2100mAh battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given quite how small the battery is, the Galaxy Alpha&rsquo;s stamina is respectable, but it&rsquo;s not as good as Samsung&rsquo;s best. We got 10 hours of 720p MP4 video from a charge where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">S5 Mini</a> lasted for 11 hours 54 minutes. The phone&rsquo;s processor is efficient, but it&rsquo;s not a miracle worker.&nbsp;</p> <p>In general use, we found that the Galaxy Alpha comfortably lasts the day with charge to spare, but you really do have to cut your use significantly to get anywhere near two days, or even a full day and a half. We have a feeling Samsung may have sacrificed the battery size a bit to get the design of the phone exactly as it wanted. But just think, you&rsquo;ll probably care more about stamina three months in.</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="Just a 1860mAh battery in a £500 phone? " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-344.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha 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>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact</a>, the Alpha also gets you absolutely loads of power for a smaller phone, and a very accomplished camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>A few elements could really be improved, though. Battery life is fine but better in several of Samsung&rsquo;s other phones, the Alpha is not waterproof and it needs to keep an eye on aerial performance if it wants to avoid an &ldquo;Antennagate&quot; style scandal in the Galaxy S6.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a neat experiment in Samsung&rsquo;s phone designs that tells us a lot about the way its mobiles are probably headed. Less plastic that&rsquo;s meant to look like metal and more of the real stuff is a good thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones you can buy - including the Samsung Galaxy S5&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="1600" height="900" title="A design experiment gone right " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-front-22.jpg?1410792468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </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"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A smaller phone with zero compromise power but battery life could be better. And where&rsquo;s the waterproofing?</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 Alpha review: The Metal Age </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"> &quot;A smaller phone with zero compromise power&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review#comments Android Galaxy Alpha Samsung Smartphones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:29:05 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447448 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Gear VR expected to cost US$199 - without the Galaxy Note 4, of course http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-expected-cost-us199-without-galaxy-note-4-course/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mobile-powered virtual reality is coming, but the total price might make you dizzy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear VR" alt="Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gearvr-final.jpg?1410397683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung hopes to jump-start consumer-level virtual reality with the Gear VR, which uses the Galaxy Note 4 for its display and guts - and now we know how much that will set users back.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-expected-cost-us199-without-galaxy-note-4-course/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-expected-cost-us199-without-galaxy-note-4-course/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Gear VR Rift Samsung Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:53:11 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447209 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the day Samsung&#039;s premier phone has been waiting for - the chance to square up to the 2014 iPhone. So which wins on paper? </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="Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in " alt="Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before Tim Cook got up this morning, before you&#39;d even heard one little detail about the new iPhone, you&#39;d probably already made up your mind on that burning question of our time: iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5?&nbsp;</p> <p>But in case you want some reassurance that your tech studies have steered you in the direction of pure gadget truths, take a look at our side by side comparison of these two mighty smartphone warriors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and Build: Metal vs Plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might think this category would be a shoo-in for the iPhone. But the Galaxy S5&#39;s waterproof, durable build might be music to the ears of many ex-iPhone owners who endured cracked screens for half their contracts. Or who dropped it down the loo after a month. The S5&#39;s dimpled polycarbonate back works to make this the grippiest, not slippiest Galaxy to date and it&#39;s light (for a big 5.1in phone) too at 145g.</p> <p>Then there&#39;s the iPhone 6. With a new 4.7in screen, it&#39;s bigger than the 5s but no less lovely. With new rounded edges, a bit like we&#39;ve just seen on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>, Apple is vying for better ergonomics than the iPhone 5s. And now you&#39;ll be able to tell which way the screen is facing when you slide it out of your pocket or bag. A few details have changed, such as the the oblong volume buttons and the camera is now slightly raised above the aluminium on the rear - that&#39;s because Cupertino&#39;s packed in a lot of glass. Probably the most impressive detail is those slim bezels either side of the Retina HD screen. Plus the new 6.9mm skinniness - the 8.1mm S5 looks fat by comparison.&nbsp;</p> <p>It comes down to this - the iPhone 6 is prettier, the Samsung more practical. The S5 is less impressively engineered than its predecessor and just doesn&#39;t feel like a &pound;500+ device. The iPhone 6 is as expensive-looking and desirable as ever, with no extra durability announced so far. We&#39;d wager it will be the smartphone of choice for everyone from monarchs to muggers with its killer looks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: iPhone 6&nbsp;</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-3_2_0.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="940" height="705" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05_0.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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: A bigger, small iPhone screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s all change in the screen department. With two new screen sizes, the iPhone 6 comes in at 4.7in in size - possibly the absolute sweet spot between a bigger screen size and ergonimics for anyone with smaller hands. It&#39;s not a sapphire display as expected but Apple did boast that it&#39;s covered in ion-toughened glass to help avoid unsightly cracks.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the resolution, it&#39;s just higher than 720p showing that Apple won&#39;t be bullied into the pixel wars by its rivals. That&#39;s 1334x750 to be exact and 326ppi - the original benchmark for a Retina display. Only now Apple&#39;s calling it Retina HD. It&#39;s not just more pixels, we can also look forward to higher contrast, wider viewing angles and more accurate colours thanks to dual-domain pixels.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the S5, it&#39;s 5.1in Full HD Super AMOLED screen is one of the best we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on. Its colour reproduction is second to none, especially those inky blacks, and at 432ppi it&#39;s still incredibly sharp. It&#39;s also the brightest we&#39;ve used outdoors, making it more useful than most on the go.</p> <p>Our only complaint? Having to dive into the display settings when movies look too saturated or homescreens look drab in Samsung&#39;s modes - adapt display does auto adjust depending on the app but we end up tweaking it anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a close one to call but the S5&#39;s screen is bigger, sharper and probably brighter - we&#39;re not sure how the iPhone could get near its brightness levels. It&#39;ll require hours of eyeballing but for now we&#39;ll give this one to the Galaxy.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;</strong></em></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-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_0_2.jpg?1410453861" /> </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" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_6_0.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: Simple vs features? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Only 8 megapixels? Calm down, Apple&#39;s throwing plenty of improvements into the iPhone 6&#39;s camera. A new sensor, for one, with an f/2.2 aperture lens, faster autofocus and software image stabilisation - it&#39;s the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus that gets OIS. The True Tone flash stays plus video gets a boost - new 240fps slow-mo video plus the ability to shoot 1080p footage at both 30 and 60fps. The f/2.2 aperture front FaceTime camera gets a burst mode for selfies and HDR video too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The S5&#39;s 16MP camera offers seriously quick autofocus and masses of detail so you can really zoom in on every shot after you&#39;ve taken it. In daytime, it&#39;s tough to beat. And it&#39;s only outclassed by top Androids such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review"> LG G3</a> in low light where it&#39;s still much better than your average smartphone snapper - just not the best. Features and modes have been trimmed down but there&#39;s still lots to play with such as its software powered Selective Focus function. Video, in 1080p or 4K, is crisp and smooth too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPhone has always been one of the most reliable tap-and-go smartphone cameras and with faster AF and a new sensor, we can&#39;t wait to test it out. Video, in particular, looks set to be stunning. The proof will be in the pictures.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: draw&nbsp;</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_9_0.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The S5&#039;s camera is feature packed " alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_76_0_2.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OS: iOS 8 vs Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Head on over to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview</a> for a full rundown of features but for now, it&#39;s safe to say that Apple Pay is the star. US only at launch, it lets you use the TouchID fingerprint scanner to tap your phone to pay via NFC, with cards stored in the Passbook app. iOS hasn&#39;t changed that much elsewhere - widgets in the notifications pulldown and the new Health app side. The main changes make it easier to work across iOS and Yosemite with features such as Continuity and Handoff syncing everything across both - perfect for MacBook or iMac owners.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the new bigger screen, Apple has also introduced Reachability - double tap on the home button and the screen moves down so you can reach the top. We&#39;re not sure this is the most elegant solution but we&#39;ll wait to try it out before criticising it too much.&nbsp;</p> <p>Samsung&#39;s Galaxy phones have always been bursting with new features and the S5 is no exception: heart rate monitor on the back, fingerprint scanner, running two apps side by side with Multi Window and the Flipboard-style My Magazine screen.</p> <p>But finally Samsung has enforced a bit of order on it all - this version of TouchWiz, running over Android KitKat, is the cleanest yet. We still prefer iOS&#39;s aesthetic and simple structure but the S5 is a good compromise between (digital) form and function.&nbsp;</p> <p>The apps playing field has levelled out a lot though occasionally there are apps such as Vine or Instagram that launch standalones or features on iOS first. Aside from looks and ease of use, Apple&#39;s charge into health and payments could make iOS the mobile operating system to beat. If everything works as smoothly as Apple promises..&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: iPhone 6&nbsp;</strong></em></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 Magazine UI borrowed from Samsung tablets " alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_34_0_3.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-continuity_0_2_0.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: A8 vs 801 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s A8 chip powers the iPhone 6 and it claims performance is 25% faster than the iPhone 5s. Now, the 5s is almost unflappable so our main problem is finding games, apps and benchmarks to really test out these improvements. More excitingly, Apple says the A8 is 50% - yep 50% - more power efficient than its predecessor, the A7. That means higher battery life in both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus - ten hours 4G browsing on the 6 and 11 hours of video. As usual, Apple hasn&#39;t actually told us the size of the battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like the S5, the iPhone should have blistering connection speeds - thanks to more 4G bands (with faster download speeds) and fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Apple is even introducing Wi-Fi calls, supported by EE in the UK, with hand-off to the network too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The S5? Samsung&#39;s problem was never power, it regularly put the fastest silicon on the planet into its flagships. It was always the little things that tripped it up - still, the S5 is the most lag-free Samsung Galaxy yet down to a Snapdragon 801 processor and tweaks to TouchWiz. Put it this way, you can play 4K video in one window while scrolling around the web in another.</p> <p>Connectivity is as fast as expected - there&#39;s MiMo Wi-Fi and Samsung&#39;s Download Booster which combines Wi-Fi and 4G. A browsing, streaming and downloading showdown is in order. These are two of the most powerful mobile devices on the planet, it&#39;s no surprise they&#39;re both pocket rockets.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: draw&nbsp;</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3482514087001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3482514087001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-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="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_78_0_2.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until we&#39;ve tested the iPhone 6, it&#39;s tough to say how it stacks up against the mightiest of its Android rivals, including the Galaxy S5.&nbsp;</p> <p>But if Apple can pull of NFC payments (as nobody has managed yet) health and fitness tracking (as nobody has managed yet) and seamless integration of its phones, tablets, laptops and computers then the iPhone 6 will be a formidable device to compete with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sure, the screen resolution isn&#39;t as high and neither is the megapixel count. But Apple has always succeeded in building phones that work, and work beautifully. With a bigger screen, refined design, new sensor and better battery life, Apple&#39;s new smartphone ticks a lot of boxes. So while we may rethink our verdict once we&#39;ve spent some real time with it, for now the iPhone 6 looks like the winner here.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: iPhone 6&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now&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="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4" alt="iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_8_0.jpg?1410453861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 </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"> Apple takes on Android: which will win the weigh-in? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news#comments Apple Galaxy S5 iOS 8 iPhone 6 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:17:33 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447096 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sphero’s off-road Ollie launched, Samsung’s 105in curved 4K TV is bendable, and new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer footage http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End this IFA week strong by filling your brain with quick-hit tech news </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="Sphero Ollie" alt="Sphero Ollie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-ollie.jpg?1409910791" /> </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"> Sphero&#039;s Ollie robot on sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 were quite taken with the Sphero 2B when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">we saw it at CES</a> back in January, as it rebooted the original smartphone-controlled ball with a tubular design, a massive speed boost, and an off-road friendly design. Rightly so, it&rsquo;s been given its own branding for release, and now the Ollie is on sale.</p> <p>The Ollie is still controlled via an app, but this little wonder can reach speeds of up to 14mph, and it&rsquo;s designed to be tossed around - so really, take it outside to somewhere jagged and bumpy and let it rip. Hitting an obstacle at the right angle will send it flying and spinning gloriously until it lands safely and continues rolling along.</p> <p>Sphero&rsquo;s latest connected toy can be purchased now for &pound;79.99 the company&rsquo;s website and will begin shipping on 15 September, and there&rsquo;s more fun on the horizon in the form of swappable tyres and even a Bluetooth-connected ramp coming soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">Meet the rugged Sphero 2B</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/Zi-5hbaGmuQ" 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’s curved 105in 4K TV is now bendable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in July, we scratched our collective heads at word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung 105in curved 4K UHD set</a> that was planned to retail for US$120,000 - that&rsquo;s about &pound;73,500. Who might be buying such a thing? Is there no end to such extravagance?</p> <p>Apparently not. <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a> spotted a surprising thing at IFA this week: a newly bendable version of that same 105in set, which means users can watch it either curved or flat. Samsung apparently hasn&#39;t pinned down a price point just yet, but surely such a convenience won&rsquo;t be a free addition to the existing value proposition.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a>, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&amp;page=1&amp;news_seq=23687">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung&rsquo;s curved 105in 4K UHD TV priced at US$120,000</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="898" title="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" alt="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curvedtv-bendable.png?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Scope out seven minutes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>November&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> looks to represent the big shake-up that the shooter series has needed for at least a couple of years now (even if it does seem curiously similar to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review"><em>Titanfall</em></a> in spots), and multiplayer is always a huge component of the experience - so we&rsquo;re extra excited to see this far-future take on it.</p> <p>Check out seven fresh minutes of official footage, which digs deep into the various perks of the exoskeleton, details the ample customization and Pick 13 system, and shows off some of the maps and modes you can expect to explore later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCnoeg_WOko">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TCnoeg_WOko" 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-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal#comments 4K Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gaming IFA 2014 Robots Samsung Sphero TVs Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446653 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Stylish new Asus MeMO Pad 7 shown, Temple Run VR revealed, and the Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/fully-charged-stylish-new-asus-memo-pad-7-shown-temple-run-vr-revealed-and-samsung-gea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a heavy slate of Samsung news this morning, but it’s IFA week - Samsung is everywhere </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="Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C)" alt="Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-memo-pad7.png?1409825989" /> </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"> Asus shows stylish new MeMO Pad 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tucked away in its IFA announcements slate today (which included <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">the ZenWatch</a> and a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news">pair of intriguing laptops</a>) was news that Asus has another MeMO Pad 7 tablet on the horizon. While it can be easy to confuse the names of the various Asus tablets, you won&rsquo;t have trouble telling the ME572C apart from its brethren upon sight.</p> <p>See, the 7in Android tablet is designed to look much like a clutch bag, with a lightly textured finish in colors like Champagne Gold, Burgundy Red, and&hellip; Gentle Black. Despite the soft touch on the design, it sounds pretty capable, with an Intel Atom 64-bit quad-core processor and a Full HD IPS display running at 323ppi.</p> <p>And like its visual inspiration, it should be rather svelte, coming in at just 8.3mm thick and 269g. The MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C) is due out in Q4 from John Lewis for &pound;179.99.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014#.VAeiAFa1WCY">Asus</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">Asus shows off haul of fresh Android tablets</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"> Temple Run coming to Gear VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Temple Run</em> is one of the absolute biggest mobile games of all time, generating more than 170 million downloads across versions and platforms, and it can get fairly frantic as you&rsquo;re swiping to dodge hazards at high speeds.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll be a lot crazier in first-person, which is what&rsquo;s coming in <em>Temple Run VR</em> for Samsung&rsquo;s newly-announced Gear VR headset. It very much looks like the same general game albeit in brain-melting, immersive 3D, and we imagine spotting that snow beast could provide some rather startling moments indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://kotaku.com/first-person-temple-run-makes-samsungs-vr-headset-terri-1630103313">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on 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="750" title="Temple Run VR" alt="Temple Run VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/temple-run-vr.jpg?1409825989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Gear S gets Swarovski crystal strap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re not only interested in owning a standalone, 3G-enabled smartwatch, but also one that glistens with visible opulence, then Samsung has you covered. Thanks to its ongoing partnership with Swarovski, a crystal-lined strap will be sold for the upcoming Gear S wearable.</p> <p>The strap is made using a new Swarovski product called Crystal Fine Mesh, which intertwines the crystals within the metal. It&rsquo;s &ldquo;one of the most exclusive products in the Swarovski assortment,&rdquo; says Samsung&rsquo;s press release, and it&rsquo;ll be available in October online and at Samsung stores. No word yet on the surely-extravagant price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/09/02/Swarovski-Extends-34;Swarovski-for-Samsung34;-Collection-with-the-New-Samsung-Gear-S-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-filefield field-field-image"> <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 Swarovski crystal strap" alt="Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-swarovski.png?1409825989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung plots Knight Rider tribute in smart home commercial </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 an effort to spotlight its ultra-modern connected home technology, Samsung enlisted the talents of&hellip; David Hasselhoff and KITT the talking car from &lsquo;80s television series, <em>Knight Rider</em>? Indeed. As the Hoff keeps trying to shill for Samsung, his former on-screen companion takes offense to the much newer, sleeker tech. It might not say a lot about the product, but it certainly makes a fun impression.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TribrhyYr-0">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/02/samsung-smart-home-kitt-hasselhoff/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-buys-smartthings-boost-its-connected-home-potential/news">Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential</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/TribrhyYr-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> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/fully-charged-stylish-new-asus-memo-pad-7-shown-temple-run-vr-revealed-and-samsung-gea#comments Asus Connected home Gaming Gear VR IFA 2014 Samsung Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446524 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung's audacious Galaxy Note Edge brings curved screens to the masses http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-edge/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-brings-curved-screens-masses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New phablet has a bent screen that&#039;s certainly pretty and might even be practical </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-01.jpg?1409754636" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has revealed not just one, but two phablets at its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/watch-samsung-galaxy-note-4-live-stream-here-2pm-uk-time/news" target="_blank">Unpacked</a> event &ndash; and one of them has a curved screen.</p> <p>Joining the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a> is the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a curved smartphone with a unique form factor.</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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-edge/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-brings-curved-screens-masses/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-edge/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-brings-curved-screens-masses/news#comments Galaxy Note Edge IFA 2014 Phablets Samsung Smartphones Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:53:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446445 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/everything-you-need-know-about-samsung-galaxy-note-4/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Note 4 is finally real - and here are 10 reasons to be excited about it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SM-N910_Charcoal-Black_Combination-Pen_018.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of leaks, rumours and general pie-in-the-sky speculation, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> has finally made its debut at IFA 2014, right here in Berlin.</p> <p>Before you dive into our hands-on review, here&#39;s everything you need to know about Samsung&#39;s latest phablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It has a 2K screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Note 4&#39;s Super AMOLED display retains the same 5.7in size as its predecessor, it smashes through the pixel count barrier with an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>-matching 2560x1440 2K resolution.</p> <p>That give it an ultra-hi-res pixel density of 515ppi to the Note 3&#39;s lowly 386ppi, which should make for incredibly detailed images and super-sharp text. The fact that the screen uses Samsung&#39;s Super AMOLED tech should give it the same stunning colours and punchy blacks as those on the Samsung&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">10.5</a> tablets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_3.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It has a Premium design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gone are the days when all Samsung phones were cheap, plasticky affairs - the Note 4 has a new faux-leather back which both looks and feels more premium than the one on the Note 3, plus a metal band around its edges in the style of the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Samsung Galaxy Alpha.</a>&nbsp;It&#39;s also impressively slim, measuring up at 8.5mm in thickness.</p> <p>As with all Samsungs the rear is removable, and beneath it lurks a replaceable 3220mAh battery and microSD slot for extra storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_4.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It&#039;s More powerful than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy Note 4 is a seriously mighty phone, with Qualcomm&#39;s mighty 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor doing all the hard work inside it. That shiny new sliver of silicon is more powerful than the 801 variant found in the European versions of current devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a>, making the Note 4 one of the most powerful known Android devices. Like the Note 3 it also has 3GB of RAM.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_6.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It has super 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>The already-announced Korean version of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A also has a Snapdragon 805 processor (not to mention a 2K display), and Anantech has already put it through its preliminary paces. Not only is the 805&#39;s Adreno 420 GPU more powerful than the 801&#39;s, but it also appears to be more power efficient, with the S5 LTE-A outperforming the regular 1080p S5 in <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/8314/galaxy-s5-ltea-battery-life-performance">a battery life test.</a></p> <p>All of which tallies with Samsung&#39;s own claims about the Note 4&#39;s battery life: it says the device will outperform the Note 3, which itself lasted for more than a day in our own stringent tests.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_5.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It has a super snapper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 3&#39;s 12MP camera was one of the best we&#39;ve used, taking superb images in most conditions. Well the Note 4 promises to outdo it.</p> <p>For starters it&#39;s had a spec boost to 16 megapixels and it also now gets optical image stabilisation. The latter puts it in line with the all-conquering LG G3 and should lead to better images in low-light conditions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_5.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 6. It has a more talented S Pen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S Pen has always been one of the Note series&#39; key selling points, and it returns here in super-charged form.</p> <p>The Pen is now twice as sensitive, and more natural to use, with the speed and pressure of your stroke and even the tilt of the device all now affecting the thickness and opacity of your scrawl. Plus, it has new software functionality which enables users to highlight text and select multiple photos by holding down its function button and dragging across. There are also now fountain pen and calligraphy pen options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_1.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. It has three microphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 use is that, you might say? Well the trio of mics gives the Note 4 clever noise-cancelling skills which make it possible to isolate individual voices even in noisy rooms. A new voice-recording app is included to help get the most out of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. It has sensors galore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Love the fingerprint scanner and heart-rate sensor on the Galaxy S5 but holding out for a bigger handset? Then you&#39;ll be very happy with the Note 4. It includes both, making it possible to unlock the phone with a tap of your finger and track your pulse after a run.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="901" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8_0.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 9. It has a two-sided twin... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>...otherwise known as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.</p> <p>You can read about it in full in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Galaxy Note Edge </a>hands-on review, but the headlines are: it has near identical specs to the Note 4 except for its 5.6in screen, which curves round into a second display capable of displaying notifications and controlling certain apps. Truly revolutionary or just a gimmick? We&#39;ll find out soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-01.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 10. It will form a gaming super-team with the Gear VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re excited by the Oculus Rift&#39;s promise of virtual reality gaming, the Gear VR should have you hyperventilating. It&#39;s a VR headset powered by the Note 4 - so no need for a separate PC. You simply slot the Note 4 into the Gear VR and plunge yourself into virtuality. Read more about it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Gear VR hands-on review</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR 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" alt="10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-vr.jpg?1409830406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/everything-you-need-know-about-samsung-galaxy-note-4/news#comments Android Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:39:54 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446434 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear VR hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s what our eyeballs made of Samsung&#039;s Note 4-powered virtual reality headset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9947.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Gear VR - in case you missed it amongst the Note 4 and Note Edge news - is the South Korean tech giant&#39;s plan to bring virtual reality to the masses. Sort of.</p> <p>Unlike the Oculus Rift which requires a PC, the Gear VR is powered completely by the Galaxy Note 4. Intrigued? Let&#39;s find out more:</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"> Refined design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear VR&#39;s design actually looks a lot more refined than the Oculus Rift. While it clearly has some Rift DNA (as evidenced by the logo on its side), it looks sleeker and, well, more like a finished product.</p> <p>Given that the final retail version of the Rift has yet to be revealed, this is no surprise.</p> <p>It felt comfortable for the ten minutes we were wearing it, though it was a little front-heavy thanks to the weight of the Note 4 that was slotted into it. The adjustable bands and thick padding at the back felt like they&#39;d hold up well with long-term use, but we&#39;ll have to wait for our final review unit to see if we develop a stiff VR neck.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9928_1.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9929.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Clipping off the front cover revealed the Note 4 dock, which clicks into place in front of the optical lenses.</p> <p>The lenses themselves can be adjusted with a dial on the top, while navigating menus and making selections is taken care of by a touchpad and back button on the right.</p> <p>While we used the Note 4&#39;s speakers for audio, you&#39;ll definitely want to plug in some headphones, or better yet some wireless Bluetooth ones, for a truly cable-free experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9939.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9931.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compared to the excellent Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 which we tried out at Gamescom, the Gear VR actually held up very well.</p> <p>Its 2560 x 1440 AMOLED panels has a higher resolution than the Rift&#39;s 1080p offering, but, as with the Oculus Rift, we noticed pixels when first diving into the Gear VR&#39;s virtual world.</p> <p>After looking around and observing our surroundings however, our brains did a good job of ignoring the pixels.</p> <p>We didn&#39;t experience any motion sickness, although we&#39;d have to test it out for longer to ensure the long-term effects of use. We also found it a little disconcerting that we couldn&#39;t see our hands when we looked around, although this problem is dependant more on the games and controllers as opposed to headsets themselves.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9942.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9936.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Our initial impressions suggested that the Rift provided a slightly clear picture, although this could be due to the fact that our Gear VR lenses weren&#39;t adjusted properly.</p> <p>The Rift also has the advantage of infrared sensors and camera motion tracking support, which lets you peer over and around objects, adding a further level of immersion.</p> <p>The Note 4&#39;s Snapdragon 805 processor didn&#39;t produce any stutter or lag in the 360 degree videos and games that we tried out, although we were told that using the headset would drain the Note 4&#39;s battery noticeably faster.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9945.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Controls </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 only game we played was a space shooter in which we navigated a ship by moving our heads around, aimed with our eyes, and shot by tapping the touchpad at the side of the headset, Cyclops-style.</p> <p>It worked well, but was a basic tech demo more than a fully fledged title. The VR will however be compatible with all Android Bluetooth controllers for more complex games, and navigating the menus with the die-mounted touchpad was fast and intuitive.</p> <p>The other demos we tried out were a virtual cinema in a cartoon-style beach, and a 360 degree video shot in a theatre. The accelerometer of the Note 4 did a decent job of accurately tracking our head turns, and we felt completely immersed even when looking behind or below ourselves.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9933.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9948_4.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear VR could be a very tempting purchase for gamers, but the fact that it&#39;s designed exclusively around the Note 4 itself means that its market is limited.</p> <p>Still, as it&#39;s essentially a shell with some straps, lenses and a touchpad thrown in, we&#39;re hoping for a competitive price tag.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t have the 3D motion tracking of the Oculus Rift, but from our brief time with it it still served up an impressive experience, especially considering it&#39;s powered purely by a portable device.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the Google Play store soon fills up with compatible games - which Project Cardboard has already started to inspire - then the Gear VR could be a tempting purchase for Note 4 owners.</p> <p>Our full review will give us a better understanding of the VR&#39;s potential and limitations, so watch this space.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-reveals-gear-vr-note-4-powered-headset-which-could-bring-virtual-reality-masses/news"><strong>READ MORE: Samsung reveals the Gear VR: a Note 4-powered headset which could bring virtual reality to the masses</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9941.JPG?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review#comments Gear VR IFA 2014 Samsung Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:33:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446437 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung reveals the Gear VR, a shell that turns a Galaxy Note 4 into a virtual reality headset http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-reveals-gear-vr-note-4-powered-headset-which-could-bring-virtual-reality-masses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks like Samsung&#039;s got its fingers in a shiny new virtual pie </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="Apply directly to the face" alt="Samsung reveals the Gear VR: a Note 4-powered headset which could bring virtual " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-vr.jpg?1409830309" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Alongside the Note 4 and Note Edge announcements in Berlin, Samsung surprised the tech world with another, rather different product - the Gear VR.</p> <p>It&#39;s a virtual reality headset not unlike the Oculus Rift (indeed, it was created in collaboration with the Oculus team), but it does have some major differences.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-reveals-gear-vr-note-4-powered-headset-which-could-bring-virtual-reality-masses/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-reveals-gear-vr-note-4-powered-headset-which-could-bring-virtual-reality-masses/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Gear VR IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:32:15 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446442 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on 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"> The Note 4 is official - and we&#039;ve already had a play with it. Here&#039;s what we think of Samsung&#039;s new flagship bigphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-main.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a mystery no more. And it&#39;s even got a curved-screen brother in the form of the crazy Note Edge. </p> <p>From its 2K screen and powerful Snapdragon 805 innards to its S Pen powers, souped-up camera and VR gaming tricks, it&#39;s got enough new features to leave gadget fans salivating. </p> <p>We were lucky enough to get some hands-on time with it at IFA 2014, so read on for our first impressions.&nbsp;</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"> A screen that&#039;s dripping with pixels. And colour </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 obvious headline with the Note 4 is that it has a 2K display. The screen size itself is unchanged from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Note 3</a> at 5.7 inches, but the resolution is now an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>-matching 2560x1440. That gives it a whopping great pixels per inch count of 515 - that&#39;s slightly lower than that of the G3&#39;s smaller 5.5in screen, but it&#39;s still higher than most rivals and we didn&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness. We did, however, notice a difference in colour. </p> <p>Unlike the G3, which has an LCD panel, the Note 4 uses Samsung&#39;s Super AMOLED display, and the results are simply stunning. </p> <p>If you&#39;ve seen the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Galaxy Tab S</a> range of tablets then the Note 4&#39;s screen will be instantly familiar. Colours are punchy enough to wallop your retinas (in a good way), and its true blacks easily trounce those of the G3, thanks to AMOLED&#39;s ability to completely turn off pixels to render black. </p> <p>Some users might find the unrealistically vibrant colours a little OTT, but a quick play around with the display settings lets you tone things down a bit, resulting in more realistic colours while retaining the deep blacks. </p> <p>The Note 4 uses the same Adaptive Display technology found in the Galaxy Tab S range, which means that it automatically adjusts its colours according to the warmness and brightness of ambient light. We didn&#39;t get to test this out in detail, nor were we allowed to take the Note 4 outdoors to test its performance in bright sunshine, but if the Tab S screens are anything to go by, the Note 4 should handle the sun&#39;s rays with ease.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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="1600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Premium at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 body of the Note 4 has also received a welcome upgrade. The faux-leather back returns, but it feels softer, grippier, and less cheap than the rear of the Note 3. Not only that, but there&#39;s a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Galaxy Alpha</a>-like metal band wrapped around the entire edge of the device. It feels sturdy and more luxurious, which is exactly what we want to see from Samsung&#39;s flagship devices. </p> <p>Yes, it still lacks the weighty metal feel of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, but it&#39;s a definite improvement over its predecessor. The extra grip will come in handy too, given its size. </p> <p>Slipping the Note 4&#39;s rear cover off reveals a removable 3220mAh battery and microSD slot, which should keep power users ticking along nicely. The Note 4 also retains the Galaxy S5&#39;s rear heart-rate monitor and home button fingerprint scanner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-rear.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power in spades </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 expect the UK variant of the Note 4 to land with Qualcomm&#39;s Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful smartphones ever. </p> <p>Qualcomm&#39;s new chip is beefy enough, in fact, to turn the Note 4 into an Oculus Rift-like VR headset, when slotted into the Gear VR. </p> <p>READ MORE: Samsung Gear VR hands-on review </p> <p>Not only is the 805 more powerful, but because its more efficient, Samsung has told us that the Note 4 actually surpasses the Note 3 when it comes to battery life, despite having to push all those extra pixels. We&#39;ll have to reserve our judgement until we spend more time with a review unit, but if true that&#39;ll be a seriously impressive bit of jiggery-pokery.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-front-close-up.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> More megapixels, with OIS to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 gone, replaced by a 16MP effort with built-in optical image stabilisation.</p> <p>We didn&#39;t have enough time to take photos with multiple devices in a controlled environment, so you&#39;ll have to wait for our full review to see how we rate it against its peers. But what we can say now is that it focuses on subjects quickly, and pictures taken with it (and viewed on its screen) appear to be sharp and detailed. We didn&#39;t get a chance to put the optical image stabilisation through its paces either, but if the LG G3&#39;s performance is anything to go by, we expect the Note 4&#39;s low-light shots to improve as a result.</p> <p>The front-facing camera also has a new wide-angle selfie mode, which sweeps across like a panorama to capture you and your entire host of pouting comrades without cutting anyone off. Useful if you like that kind of thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-what-it-needs-do-reclaim-top-spot/feature">What the Apple iPhone 6 needs to do to become our favourite again</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-camera.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S Pen - better than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S Pen of course returns, and this time it packs in twice the sensitivity, along with new fountain pen and calligraphy pen options.</p> <p>Again, we were only able to spend a brief time doodling with it at the launch event, but our first impressions were very positive. Writing feels natural, and the pressure, speed and even tilt of the device itself all affect the thickness and opacity of the virtual on-screen ink in a totally natural way.</p> <p>The S Pen can also be used to highlight text and select multiple photos, by holding down its function button and dragging across, similarly to the way you would on a PC mouse. In practice it worked well: selecting chunks of text was much quicker using this method than holding down text and selecting it with our fingers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 wouldn&#39;t be a Samsung device without a slew of software extras. There were far too many to test out in the short time we had with the device, but from what we saw there are a few useful features for Note fans to look forward to.</p> <p>Multi Window returns, allowing you to multitask with two selected apps running side by side and thus making the most of the screen&#39;s real estate. A new voice recording app also makes use of improved noise cancelling technology, thanks to the Note 4&#39;s three microphones. Samsung showed us a demo in which up to eight different directional voice recordings could be isolated even in a noisy, crowded environment, and the level of detail was impressive.</p> <p>Ultra Power Saving mode also returns, converting the Note 4 to a basic call-and-messaging device in order to squeeze the most out of its battery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-apps.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 3 was a superb phone, spending many a week in our Smartphones Top 10, but the Note 4 has all the ingredients to surpass it. Its screen is bright, vibrant and sharp and its insides are some of the most powerful we&#39;ve seen to date. </p> <p>Throw in an even better S Pen, a specced-up camera and an improved design, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Samsung&#39;s new gigantaphone.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course we&#39;ll have to reserve our final judgement until our full review, but on first impressions it looks as if Samsung has ticked all of the right boxes - and even created a few new ones for good measure.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen-2.jpg?1409925412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 revealed – we go hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our mitts around Samsung&#039;s latest phablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4.jpg?1409925412" /> </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 Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:41:20 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436653 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get up close and personal with the Note 4&#039;s curvy-screened brother </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-02.jpg?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not content with unleashing the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>&nbsp;on the world, Samsung has brought its wacky brother the Note Edge out to play &ndash;&nbsp;and it&#39;s got a curved wraparound display.</p> <p>Although&nbsp;its eye-catching form factor will raise lots of questions &ndash;&nbsp;not to mention eyebrows &ndash;&nbsp;the Note Edge&#39;s spec sheet is&nbsp;identical to its sibling in almost every single way. So, is that curvy display enough to set it apart from its sibling?</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"> Well-rounded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note Edge&#39;s rounded screen is instantly noticeable. Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/meet-samsung-galaxy-round-note-3-curved-screen/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Round</a>&#39;s full curve, the Edge&#39;s display only curves off on the right hand side of the device, with the curved edge effectively acting as a small second screen.</p> <p>Thanks to its identical 2560 x 1440 2K resolution and AMOLED panel, the Edge&#39;s display appeared just as sharp and vibrant to our eyes as the Note 4&#39;s.</p> <p>While the Note 4 has a 5.7in display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the Note Edge&#39;s display is slightly smaller at 5.6in with a 16:10 aspect ratio, thanks to the nature of the curved display.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-10.jpg?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Living on the edge </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 showed off various different uses for the news ticker-like second screen. You can display the time and discreetly view notifications by swiping the curved edge while the rest of the screen remains blank.</p> <p>We found the swipe a little tricky to master, and would have preferred a simple double tap method, as seen in the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <p>In general use, you can swipe across the side display of the Note Edge to switch between various widget-like functions; you can track your calories burned and steps taken, see the latest stocks and weather information scroll past. You can also display (very thin) wallpaper on the curved surface, if you want to add a dash of extra customisation to the device.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-19.jpg?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The edge of the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 second screen can be used as a dock for the standard phone, email, internet and message icons displayed on the side, if you want a cleaner looking desktop; and when you&#39;re watching videos or snapping photos, the camera and movie controls are displayed on the second screen, opening up the the main display and removing distractions.</p> <p>Similarly, the Edge will also display notifications along the side of the phone, which should prove less of a distraction than the standard Android notification bar.</p> <p>The Edge&#39;s screen is a definite head turner;&nbsp;however, its actual usefulness will depend on how many developers are prepared to add Edge functionality to their apps. Samsung told us that the SDK for the Edge&#39;s screen will be open to developers; assuming they take advantage of it, we could see some interesting app implementations once it launches.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-13.JPG?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-14.JPG?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Take note of the design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unsurprisingly, the Note Edge takes its design cues from the Galaxy Note 4; that means it&#39;s rocking the same improved soft grippy faux leather back and metal banding around the outer edges for a more premium feel. In the hand it feels like a definite improvement over the pure plastic of past Galaxy devices.</p> <p>A removable battery and microSD slot are also present and accounted for - two important features for media hoarders and power users.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-11.JPG?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-16.JPG?1410406593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-01.JPG?1410406593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The power curve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Note 4, the Edge comes rocking a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, which makes it incredibly powerful, on paper at least. We didn&#39;t spot any lag when swiping around, but we&#39;ll have to wait for our full review to squeeze every last drop of power from its silicon innards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stabilised camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We didn&#39;t have time to thoroughly test out the 16MP camera of the Edge and compare shots with its rivals, but we have high hopes for its optical image stabilisation.</p> <p>The LG G3 already makes good use of its OIS lens to capture more light in darker conditions while minimising blur; we&#39;d expect to see more of the same from its similarly-equipped Samsung rivals.</p> <p>The Edge also features a wide-angle selfie mode which you can sweep across like a panorama to capture more subjects. Both the Note 4 and the Note Edge also allow you to take a selfie by using their rear heart rate sensors as shutter buttons.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-17.JPG?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Learning curve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s tricked out the Edge with all of its standard TouchWiz software smarts like Multi Window, and there are plenty of new tricks for the S Pen too. Not only is it twice as sensitive; you can use it to select sections of the screen and paste them into a scrap book, before dragging and dropping them into messages and emails to send them off.</p> <p>A feature called Snap Note also caught our eye. If you snap a photo of whiteboard or paper notes, it automatically detects the edges, compensates for any skewed angles, and converts text and diagrams into digitally editable versions.</p> <p>That means you can increase the size of written text and even change its colour. It won&#39;t be useful for everyone, but for students snapping photos of lectures, slides and notes, it could be a godsend.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-05.JPG?1410406593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance, it&#39;s hard to see why Samsung just didn&#39;t release the Galaxy Note Edge and scrap the Note 4 altogether.</p> <p>When we asked a representative, they told us that price was one factor for releasing two separate devices. The increased production costs to create the Edge&#39;s curved display means that it won&#39;t be released in every market; although it&#39;s a pretty safe bet it will hit UK shores.</p> <p>The Edge has all the tasty specs and software tricks of the Note 4, with an unusual and eye-catching design thrown in for good measure. While the second screen&#39;s usefulness is debatable at this stage, it might be quirky enough to tempt users away from the standard Note 4. If the price is right that is.</p> <p>Stay tuned for our full Galaxy Note Edge review for our final verdict.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-20.JPG?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> Hands-on with the crazy, curved Samsung Galaxy Note Edge </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review#comments Galaxy Note Edge IFA 2014 Phablets Samsung Smartphones Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:31:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446431 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 live stream here from 2pm UK time http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/watch-samsung-galaxy-note-4-live-stream-here-2pm-uk-time/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s Unpacked event is set to reveal its latest phablet – and more gadgets galore </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="758" height="590" title="Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 live stream here from 2pm UK time" alt="Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 live stream here from 2pm UK time" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-4-live-stream.jpg?1409739232" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news" target="_blank">IFA 2014</a>&nbsp;kicking off in Berlin, the major manufacturers are gearing up to show off their wares.</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"> Samsung Unpacked live stream </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s theatrical presentation could also showcase new smartwatches, and a rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-gear-vr-headset-could-let-you-switch-between-virtual-and-reality/news" target="_blank">Gear VR</a> headset that&#39;s designed to work with its Galaxy phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ll know for sure at 2pm UK time &ndash; and you can watch the live stream right here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news" target="_blank">IFA 2014: all the latest news</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VRLy0QQI6xU" 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> <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"> Watch Samsung&#039;s Galaxy Note 4 live stream here </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"> Watch the Samsung Unpacked event live from 2pm UK time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-4-live-stream-caro1.jpg?1409739232" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/watch-samsung-galaxy-note-4-live-stream-here-2pm-uk-time/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/watch-samsung-galaxy-note-4-live-stream-here-2pm-uk-time/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Gear VR IFA 2014 Phablets Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:55:04 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446420 at http://www.stuff.tv 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?1409830263" /> </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?1409830263" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 IFA 2014 Samsung TVs Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:56:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446265 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