iPhone 5S http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/videos en-SG Fully Charged: Apple claims single-digit bent iPhone 6 Plus complaints, PS4 online play free this weekend, and KFC’s fried chicken iPhone case http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-apple-claims-single-digit-bent-iphone-6-plus-complaints-ps4-online-play-free-wee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the first day of the weekend with our morning collection of 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="iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6plus-flat.png?1411794970" /> </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="/sg/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"> Apple says just nine bent iPhone complaints </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re in the thick of so-called &ldquo;Bendgate,&rdquo; after <a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/23/apples-new-flexible-iphone-6-plus-check-out-this-video/">reports began surfacing</a> of users&rsquo; new iPhone 6 Plus handsets becoming severely bent as a consequence of, say, being in a front trousers pocket. But much as that headline has spread like wildfire, Apple says it&rsquo;s an extremely minor occurrence.</p> <p>So minor, in fact, that the company claims to have received just nine total customer complaints on the matter so far - and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus together have sold more than 10 million units. Granted, the opportunists bending their phones for YouTube hits (see above) probably didn&rsquo;t report theirs.</p> <p>While still unfortunate for anyone who had his/her new phablet legitimately and accidentally bent within days of purchase - and certainly embarrassing for Apple, however frequent the deformities - the whole issue sounds a bit overblown thus far.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/25/apple-reports-only-nine-complaints-of-bent-iphones/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/znK652H6yQM" 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"> PlayStation 4 online multiplayer free this weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got a PlayStation 4, but didn&rsquo;t want to shell out for the PlayStation Plus subscription to enable online play? You&rsquo;re in luck - Sony has announced that online multiplayer for all titles will be freely accessible to all PlayStation Network users this weekend.</p> <p>It starts at 8am this morning and runs through 8am on Monday (UK timing). <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review"><em>Destiny</em></a> is an obvious option, although if you&rsquo;re seeking additional great PS4 games to play, we&rsquo;ve got <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/5-best-sony-playstation-4-games-so-far/feature">a list of the best available</a> (as of late last month).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/09/22/playstation-plus-multiplayer-open-weekend-kicks-friday/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Destiny Ghost Edition" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny_0.jpg?1411794970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> KFC cooks up fried chicken iPhone case </div> </div> </div> <div class="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;ve got a taste for ultra-weird promotional tchotchkes, then KFC has you covered with its fried chicken-shaped iPhone case. Built for the iPhone 5/5s, it looks to be a rubber or plastic faux chicken appendage that houses a device (and adds several times its size in bulk).</p> <p>Sadly, this one&rsquo;s exclusive to Japan, and it&rsquo;s a promotional item for an event called Colonel&rsquo;s Day - so we doubt there&rsquo;s any way of simply buying the thing for novelty&rsquo;s sake. We imagine once these hit eBay, however, they&rsquo;ll fetch a fine premium indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.kfc.co.jp/campaign/colonelsday_thanks3/index.html">KFC Japan</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/so-kfc-japan-has-a-fried-chicken-iphone-case-too/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Why I&rsquo;m only too happy to give all my data away</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="784" title="KFC iPhone case" alt="KFC iPhone case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kfc-iphone-case.png?1411794970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Get your master’s degree watching Marvel films </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who said hitting the books can&rsquo;t be fun? By books, of course, we mean comic books. And by comic books, we mean the big-budget Hollywood blockbuster films based on them. At least, that&rsquo;s what is happening at the University of Baltimore with its new Media Genres: Media Marvels class.</p> <p>Digging into the films released thus far by Marvel Studios, including <em>The Avengers</em> and <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>, teacher Arnold T. Blumberg aims to foster a deeper understanding of the films&rsquo; subject matter, inspirations, and real-life parallels, as well as their impact on the movie business.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/24/us-university-to-offer-course-in-marvel-movie-studies">Guardian</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Guardians of the Galaxy" alt="Guardians of the Galaxy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/guardians-of-the-galaxy_1.jpg?1411794970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/apple/fully-charged-apple-claims-single-digit-bent-iphone-6-plus-complaints-ps4-online-play-free-wee#comments Apple Film and TV Gaming iPhone 5S iPhone 6 Plus PlayStation 4 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448694 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </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="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0_0.jpg?1412738381" /> </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="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</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"> S$0.00 </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> <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"> Visual appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0_0.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Extensibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0_0.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keyboards in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</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="1280" height="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0_0.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Widgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0_0.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sharing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play 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="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1_0.jpg?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Photos and Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L 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="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0_1.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged 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="1200" height="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0_0.jpg?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</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="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0_0.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Bubbling under </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite 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="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0_0.png?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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 word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch 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" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1_2.jpg?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Apple iOS 8 </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"> Get ready for Apple&#039;s biggest update ever </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/apple-ios-8-review-03_1_0.jpg?1412738381" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433742 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: should you upgrade? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;ve got an iPhone 5s, cover its eyes now </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="In the spotlight" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-reasons-to-upgrade.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The smartphone world is a harsh, fickle mistress.</p> <p>As loyal a servant as your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> has been, it&#39;s impossible to ignore the shiny new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It has a bigger 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>Unlike the 5.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, the 4.7in display of the iPhone 6 should still be manageable for most people, although we&#39;re not going to lie and say that easy one-handed use will be possible for everyone. Just <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">ask Craig Grannell</a>.</p> <p>Android users have had the luxury of 4in+ smartphones for what seems like forever, so the Apple faithful might be scared off by a larger screen.</p> <p>Try it out, however, and you&#39;ll be rewarded with a better browsing and gaming experience, albeit at the expense of being able to easily reach all corners of the display with a single thumb.</p> <p>If 4.7in really does feel too big for your hands then that could very well be a deal breaker. But if you&#39;re willing to adjust - and trust us, after a day or so you&#39;ll get used to it - then that extra space will definitely be worth it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-55in-iphone-6/news" target="_blank">10 things you need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus</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="850" height="637" title="The lineup" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_5-2.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 more power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s is hardly a slouch, but Apple&#39;s new quad-core A8 processor is a beast. It&#39;s faster, and offers more pixel-pushing power thanks to an improved graphics processor, all of which promises to deliver the best-looking iOS games we&#39;ve ever seen.</p> <p>No, it&#39;s not like the current slew of iOS games look hideous, but you might find that releases later down the line stretch the iPhone 5s&#39; silicon a little.</p> <p>The new M8 motion co-processor can also now automatically detect if you&#39;re cycling or walking, and you can track how many flights of stairs you&#39;ve climbed too, thanks to elevation measuring.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a spec fiend after the best numbers or an avid gamer, then switching to the iPhone 6 is a no-brainer, but otherwise there&#39;s probably not enough reason to upgrade based on power alone.</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="600" height="450" title="Souped-up silicon" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/a8.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 3. It has a new 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>Even if you don&#39;t care about the GHz beneath the hood, it&#39;s hard to resist the allure of an all-new design, especially if you&#39;ve been accustomed to the almost identical bodies of the iPhone 5 and 5s over the past two years.</p> <p>The iPhone 6&#39;s design is a whole generation different from its forebears. Its softer, rounder edges should feel more comfortable in the hands, and its insanely thin 6.9mm shell is a marvel to behold. Although the protruding camera lens might be a bit off-putting at first.</p> <p>Ultimately, a change of scenery is always nice - so if you&#39;re bored and looking for something new, an upgrade is the way to go.</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="904" height="678" title="Gorgeous profile" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-3_2_1.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 a souped-up camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera changes to the iPhone 6 aren&#39;t drastic, but there are still some improvements to consider.</p> <p>While the 8MP sensor remains the same, it packs in larger pixels which should, in theory, guzzle up more light and produce more detail.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 also uses phase detection technology for very fast and clear autofocus, and we were impressed with the shooting speed during our hands-on demo.</p> <p>Sadly, there&#39;s no optical image stabilisation on the regular iPhone 6. You&#39;ll have to spring for the larger iPhone 6 Plus for that pleasure.</p> <p>Panormas have been upgraded to 43MP, while stitching has apparently improved too.</p> <p>On the video front, you can now record in super slow motion at 240fps as opposed to 120fps, and it looks very impressive indeed.</p> <p>Overall it&#39;s hard to gauge just how much better standard photos taken on the iPhone 6 really are until we carry out our full review.</p> <p>From what we&#39;ve seen of it so far, there&#39;s probably not enough to justify upgrading based on the camera alone. Of course that might all change once we&#39;ve had&nbsp;a chance to put its through its paces properly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="776" height="582" title="The sum of many parts" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_9_1.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 NFC payment magic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6 is the first iDevice to land with NFC. Traditionally it hasn&#39;t been useful for anything more than quickly pairing up with other Bluetooth devices, and while there have been a few contactless Android payment solutions, they certainly haven&#39;t been widespread enough to be practical.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s new Pay service looks set to change that. Big names such as MasterCard, American Express and Visa have all partnered up to allow contactless iPhone payments using NFC, and they&#39;ll be securely encrypted using the TouchID fingerprint scanner.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadly the service is US-only for now, but this will hopefully pave the way for widespread phone payment adoption. If you&#39;re in the US then this alone makes a very good case to upgrade to the iPhone 6, but for the rest of the world, it&#39;s another excuse to wait.</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="771" height="578" title="US only? :(" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_8_0.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It has cavernous storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6 is the first major mobile device to land with a whopping 128GB of storage, and it should kill off space worries for good.</p> <p>And while Android rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 support microSD cards up to 128GB in size (in addition to their built-in storage), as far as Apple devices go, that&#39;s unlikely to ever be an option.</p> <p>The only problem is price. The 128GB iPhone 6 will set you back a massive S$1288 SIM-free, although it will obviously be a lot easier to swallow on contract, where the payments are spread out.</p> <p>It&#39;s unlikely that many people will need this much space, but if you&#39;re set on Apple and have a massive media collection, then this could be a very tempting reason to upgrade, especially as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipod-classic-finally-dead/news" target="_blank">iPod Classic has just been killed off.</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipod-classic-finally-dead/news" target="_blank">The iPod Classic is finally dead</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="652" height="489" title="Plenty of storage" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6_1-1.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> So.... should you upgrade? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Maybe. It depends on what you&#39;re after.</p> <p>The biggest reasons to upgrade are obviously the new design, larger screen and NFC payments, although the latter is a US-only feature for now.</p> <p>The screen size alone will be enough to win over most people, with major benefits to gaming, video watching and even just web browsing. It&#39;s a massive change, and unless you actively don&#39;t want a bigger screen is reason enough to upgrade on its own.</p> <p>If a big screen isn&#39;t a big deal for you, the remainder of the iPhone 6&#39;s new features - for instance the changes to the camera and upgraded processor - are not really enough to justify the upgrade on their own. Or at least they don&#39;t appear to be; we might change our mind once we actually test the phone properly.</p> <p>Of course, there&#39;s nothing wrong with wanting the newest, shiniest thing either, so go ahead and fuel the flames of your inner geek with an upgrade. We won&#39;t blame you one bit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Decisions, decisions..." alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-reasons-to-upgrade.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: should you upgrade? </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 weigh up the pros and cons </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/iphone-6-vs-iphone-5s.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature#comments Apple iPhone 5S iPhone 6 Smartphones Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:06:08 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447257 at http://www.stuff.tv Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing http://www.stuff.tv/sg/guilty-charged-7-other-iphone-battery-crimes-you-could-be-committing/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t blame your phone, blame your own careless charging habits </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="567" height="431" title="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPhone%20battery%20main.jpg?1410298778" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&rsquo;ve tweaked <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/18-ways-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature">the settings we&rsquo;ve recommended</a> for better battery life, and yet your phone doesn&#39;t do the time it&rsquo;s supposed to?</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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Overheating your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Think your iPhone is only vulnerable to a hard fall or death by drowning? Think again. Your iPhone&rsquo;s battery can meet an untimely death due to overheating. Leaving your phone in the car&rsquo;s glove box while you run errands is a very bad idea. The heat generated will likely cook your battery to death.</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="Overheating your phone " alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/overheat.jpg?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>When out on a hot day, make sure your phone stays cool. Don&#39;t leave it out in the sun. The ideal functioning temperature is around 22&deg; C, or room temperature if you don&#39;t always carry a thermometer around with you. In case you&rsquo;re wondering, there&rsquo;s a too cold scenario as well. It&rsquo;s the unlikely Singapore temperature of -20&deg; C.</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-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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaving the battery high and dry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So you&#39;ve retired that old iPhone, but don&#39;t neglect it. Especially if you want to keep its battery healthy just in case you need to use it again as a backup. Don&rsquo;t just toss it into your cupboard at whatever charge it&rsquo;s holding, because that&#39;s just going to mess with its juice mojo.</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="Leaving the battery high and dry" alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/half%20full.jpg?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>Charge the battery up to 50% before putting it away. And if you have an old iPhone that you use for music sitting pretty in a dock, it&rsquo;s worth fully discharging and recharging its battery to keep it in healthy working condition. As for your regular iPhone, it doesn&rsquo;t require that same treatment as it&rsquo;s used on a daily basis. The rule of thumb is that the more active the battery is, the healthier it stays.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charging in case </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is your iPhone heating up when you&rsquo;re charging it? It could be because of that fancy case you bought at a roadside that&#39;s trapping the heat, thus causing the overheating. That heat generated could very well be dealing some damage to your battery without you knowing.</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="573" height="425" title="Charging in case " alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone%20case.jpg?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>Check on your phone while it&rsquo;s charging. If it&rsquo;s getting extraordinarily hot, remove your iPhone from its case before charging it to maintain its cool, and thus keeping the battery in good health.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Switching your computer off during a charge </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 have your iPhone hooked up to your computer, merrily charging away while you do your work. However, when it&#39;s time to switch your computer off, you forget that your iPhone is still connected and leave it there.</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="690" height="425" title="Switching your computer off during a charge" alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone%20charging.jpg?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>Keep your laptop turned on while you&#39;re charging your iPhone via USB. If not, unplug your phone from the laptop. Why? If your it&#39;s connected to a laptop that&rsquo;s not active, the said laptop could be draining the iPhone battery.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Using counterfeit charging products </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That relatively unknown portable battery pack might be a lot more affordable but what&rsquo;s more cost-effective in the long run? Investing in a properly certified product or having to replace your iPhone because of a damaged battery? Surely you&#39;ve heard about the horror stories that accompany using counterfeit products. Some cause battery damage in the long run, or way worse, injuries.</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="Using counterfeit charging products " alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/made%20for%20iPhone.jpg?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>Use third party products from established companies such as Belkin or Griffin that feature the &ldquo;made for iPhone&rdquo; logo. These have been certified by Apple to work properly with iPhones. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epilife.com.sg/index.php/accessories/storage-devices/mophie-space-pack-16gb-case.html" target="_blank">Space Pack by Mophie</a>&nbsp;(from S$209) even offers extra storage space for your iPhone&rsquo;s stubborn memory and battery at the same time, and comes in variants of 16, 32, and 64 GB.</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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charging your phone all the time </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 panic if your phone&rsquo;s battery level dips below 75% and break into a cold sweat as it approaches the 50% mark. Having your phone battery less than half full is not acceptable to you. As a result, you plug your phone in for a full charge once it reads 70%, because who knows when you&rsquo;ll need to leave the office and find yourself at the mercy of a charge-free environment?</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="Charging your phone all the time" alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battery_1.jpg?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>Every battery has a life cycle of a certain number of charges. A properly maintained iPhone battery can keep up to 80% of its original battery capacity for up to 500 full charge and discharge cycles. Bearing that in mind, it&rsquo;s good practice to fully drain and recharge your phone once a month.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keeping your phone switched on 24/7 </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>You can&rsquo;t imagine living without your phone, and as a result, have never powered it down in the last year you&rsquo;ve had it. Don&#39;t you know that even when your phone&#39;s screen is switched off, it&#39;s still technically working?</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="Keeping your phone switched on 24/7" alt="Guilty as charged: 7 other iPhone battery crimes you could be committing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/poweroff.png?1410298778" /> </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"> Do this instead </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>Give your poor phone and its batteries a break every now and then. Switch it off when you know you definitely won&rsquo;t be utilising it, like over a Saturday night when morning alarms are not a concern. You&rsquo;ll be doing your phone and yourself a big favour.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stop killing your iPhone battery </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/iPhone%20battery%20main.jpg?1410298778" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/guilty-charged-7-other-iphone-battery-crimes-you-could-be-committing/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/guilty-charged-7-other-iphone-battery-crimes-you-could-be-committing/feature#comments iOS iPhone 5S Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:49:17 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445910 at http://www.stuff.tv The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has entered the tech space http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/als-ice-bucket-challenge-has-entered-tech-space/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple, HTC, and Nokia, get your ice buckets up; Samsung’s putting you up to the challenge </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="590" height="425" title="The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has entered the tech space " alt="The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has entered the tech space " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsing.jpg?1408955346" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re all familiar with what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is &ndash; we&rsquo;ve even seen our editor, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/yes-alsicebucketchallenge-remember-its-true-aim/feature">Tein Hee Seow, get soaking wet</a> after dunking a pail full of icy water on himself. But this trend has now extended beyond humans doing it; even tech companies are jumping on the bandwagon.</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="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A publicity stunt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But as you know, after getting splashed, you&rsquo;ve got to nominate three others to partake in the challenge within 24 hours, or pay up to charity. And it doesn&rsquo;t take a genius to guess which other devices the Samsung Galaxy S5 brought on to the battlefield &ndash; the Apple <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/node/1425523">iPhone 5S</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Nokia Lumia 930</a>.</p> <p>We think Samsung should stop being such a bully; we&rsquo;re sure <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-butterfly-2/review">HTC&rsquo;s Butterfly 2</a> can live up to the challenge and more (we&rsquo;ve seen it get submerged in water with our own eyes). &nbsp;</p> <p>And as for Apple and Nokia, they should just confront the challenge with <a href="http://youtu.be/wkO4NIqAMss" target="_blank">some degree of class the way Patrick Stewart did</a> &ndash; sign a cheque, pull out a bucket of ice, and prepare themselves a scotch on the rocks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/yes-alsicebucketchallenge-remember-its-true-aim/feature">Say yes to the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, but remember its true aim &nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/samsung-galaxy-s5-ice-bucket-challenge-2014-8/#.U_qQb8fEaRc" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6w4Gqt-ljb4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/als-ice-bucket-challenge-has-entered-tech-space/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/als-ice-bucket-challenge-has-entered-tech-space/news#comments Apple Galaxy S5 HTC iPhone 5S Lumia 930 Nokia One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:53:31 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445836 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 iPhone camera secret features to use on World Photo Day http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-things-you-might-not-know-about-iphone-camera/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In honour of the annual celebration of photography, here&#039;s how you can upgr8 your iPhone-tography skills </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="567" height="425" title="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone5scam.jpg?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The iPhone&#39;s camera is indisputably one of the best smartphone cameras around. But can it be made even better?</p> <p dir="ltr">Well, of course, if you know a few things about how to work that imaging magic. Why have the tools at your disposal, but have no clue as to how to use them properly? We&#39;re here to right that wrong; here are some of the things you should know to make you a better iPhone-tographer.</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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tip #1: Access the camera app from anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You come across an absolutely fascinating scene while playing a game on your phone. Don&rsquo;t panic trying to hit the home button, activate the camera app, and drop your phone in the process; the camera function is available from every app.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> All you have to do is swipe up and click on the bottom right icon to bring up the trusty snapper, get your shot, and resume playing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes!</a> for that elusive high score. Easy peasy.</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="Tip #1: Access the camera app from anywhere " alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/access.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tip #2: Activate infinite burst mode automatically </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> Trying to photograph a child or a pet would normally result in a blurry mess that looks nothing like your subject. You resort to repeatedly tapping the capture button to get quick shots in succession, and it still doesn&#39;t work quick enough.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Activate infinite burst mode by keeping your finger on the shutter button. After which the photos will appear in your album as a photo stack with the best photo at the top of the stack, automatically chosen by taking into account whether the faces are in focus and even blink and smile detection to boot.</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="Tip #2: Activate infinite burst mode automatically" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/burstmode.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tip #3 Take stills while recording video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong>&nbsp; You come across a particularly photogenic moment while filming, mentally marking that moment in your head, and then promptly forgetting it and burning the rest of your day trying to find it in your entire reel of footage later.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Snap while you shoot video. Note that familiar shutter button next to the red recording one? That&rsquo;s the one you tap to get your stills mid-video which are automatically saved to your camera roll.</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="Tip #3 Take stills while recording video" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/filmstills.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tip #4 Natural skin tone in pictures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You take a photo at night with the flash activated, only to look back at it and realise the flash has created a harsh white light that blinds your subject while washing it out at the same time.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:&nbsp;</strong>Knowing the problems that come with a single flash, the iPhone 5S&#39; camera utilises a cool LED alongside a warm one to create even lighting.&nbsp;To make the most of the tech, you should use the volume button as the shutter button to prevent the flash from bouncing off your fingers for the most natural skin tones.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can also activate the flash when you&rsquo;re shooting a video. Just look to the top left hand corner and click on the flash icon.</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="Tip #4 Natural skin tone in pictures" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone%205s.jpg?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tip #5 Slapping on a filter is a reversible process </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> The filter options that are available to users in the iPhone&#39;s camera app are a much welcomed addition. But what if you decide a photo looks the best in its original state after your mopey black and white mood passes?&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:&nbsp;</strong>You can go back in time, well, sort of.&nbsp;Apple&rsquo;s filters are non-destructive so if you change your mind after applying a filter, you can tap edit again and it will give you the option of taking it off by applying the No Filter option. Ahh, sweet redemption. So go on and filter your photos without a care since they&rsquo;re not permanent.</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="Tip #5 Slapping on a filter is a reversible process" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/filters.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tip #6 Stay focused </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You focus your photo only to change your mind and try to reframe it from another angle and refocus. Nope, still doesn&#39;t look right. Repeat process. By the time you&#39;ve decided, the scene you were trying to capture in the first place might have changed. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Few might know this, but all you have to do is tap and hold the focus to maintain the exposure and focus while you experiment with reframing the shot. The yellow square should flash a couple of times before bringing up the yellow bar that says AE/AF lock.&nbsp;Saves you the trouble and time of having to refocus every time you switch it up.</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="Tip #6 Stay focused" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ae%20af%20lock.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tip #7 Panoramas from any point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You&#39;re about to shoot a panorama of the landscape before you but panning from left to right is not going to be possible because of the obstacle on your right. Bummer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Did you know you can switch sides of your panorama just by tapping either side to change up the origin? It doesn&rsquo;t always have to pan from left to right. And if you want a certain subject to be the focus of the panorama, you can lock the focus just by tapping and holding that spot on the photo.</p> <p dir="ltr">The panorama is further perfected by the phone&rsquo;s internal intelligence to maintain consistent exposure for perfect highlights without washing out the shadows. So it doesn&rsquo;t matter if part of your panorama is in the shade, it will still turn out perfect.</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="Tip #7 Panoramas from any position" alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pano.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tip #8 Sharing with fellow iPhone-tographers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Imagine this</strong>: the family&#39;s on holiday, but everyone&#39;s busy taking their own photos on their iPhone. Somehow, mum took a better picture of the same landscape, and you&#39;d rather use that picture for Facebook or Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution</strong>:&nbsp;You can share your photostreams (all photos within a moment or selected ones only) across all iDevices, and even collaborate via iCloud or AirDrop.&nbsp;The camera automatically puts your taken photos in categories called moments which keeps details of when your photo was taken.&nbsp;Now, different members of the family can all contribute to the same holiday album for you not to miss out on a single moment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Tip #8 Sharing " alt="8 things you might not know about the iPhone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharing.png?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unlocking iPhone camera secrets on World Photo Day </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"> Bet you didn&#039;t know these 8 imaging tricks for Apple&#039;s smartphone </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/iphone5scam.jpg?1408434057" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-things-you-might-not-know-about-iphone-camera/feature#comments Apple iOS iPhone 5S Smartphones Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:04:53 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437413 at http://www.stuff.tv Razer Junglecat http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5s/razer-junglecat/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our hands around Razer&#039;s iShell to see if it opens the door to iPhone gaming Nirvana </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="Looks nothing like a cat to us" alt="Razer Junglecat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9981.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mobile gaming has reached dizzying heights, but no amount of shiny graphics and fancy 3D renders can make up for the fact that for many games touchscreen controls just don&rsquo;t cut it.</p> <p>We&#39;re not talking about the likes of Candy Crush Saga or Fruit Ninja of course - they&#39;re perfectly adapted to frantic finger swipes.</p> <p>But first person shooters, racers, and anything else that requires precision and multiple inputs, have always suffered with on-screen buttons.</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"> S$130.00 </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">6 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"> Chunky and littered with buttons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no two ways about it - your iPhone does look fat in this. But that&rsquo;s simply the price you pay for physical buttons, and you&rsquo;re unlikely to want to use the Junglecat as a permanent case.</p> <p>Control-wise, the Junglecat has a D-Pad, a pause button, and four ABXY buttons. There are two triggers around the back, which are a welcome addition, although we&#39;re a little disappointed not to see two on each side.</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="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_0.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Trigger happy" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_0.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Dissection " alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_0.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>When the iPhone 5s is slotted into the Junglecat its Lightning charger port is obscured. The upside of this is that you can finally join your Android friends in the swanky microUSB charging club.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course there are also cut-outs for the headphone jack and camera.</p> <p>Two front-facing speakers are built-in, but they&rsquo;re not actually any louder than the iPhone 5s&#39; regular ones.</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="Thicker than your average" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9995.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Camera cut-out" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9986_1.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Junglecat&#39;s sliding mechanism feels sturdy, although it would have been nice if had an adjustable tilting mechanism too.</p> <p>And the buttons and rear triggers feel a little too plasticky for our liking. A matte rubber finish would have felt more premium and less cheap in the hands.</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="View from the rear" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Razer Junglecat iOS companion app is a one-stop-shop for all compatible iOS games. While the library is a respectable size, the app wasn&#39;t available to download at the time of writing, so we were unable to browse it in full (or adjust the controller sensitivity settings for that matter).</p> <p>There are plenty of top titles to choose from, including racers such as Asphalt 8 and Sonic &amp; All-Stars Racing, and shooters like Dead Trigger 2.</p> <p>And as for how the controls feel? <p>Not bad.</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="Asphalt 8" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9990.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Racing around the tarmac on Asphalt 8 is certainly a lot better than using the accelerometer controls, and given that Asphalt 8&#39;s controls are actually among the best motion controls we&#39;ve used, that&#39;s quite a compliment.</p> <p>You simply cannot beat real buttons when it comes to precise corners, drifting and lining up headshots, and the Junglecat&#39;s physical controls make you feel as though you&rsquo;re on a Nintendo handheld.</p> <p>But buttons need to be pressed harder than you&rsquo;d expect to register, while the buttons and triggers offer no resistance but are instead spongy. The sticks, too, lack subtlety, and we initially had plenty of car crashes thanks to our careful cornering being registered as no cornering at all.</p> <p>Once you get used to it and compensate you&rsquo;ll be winning in no time, but Razer needs to adjust the resistance and button sensitivity for a more natural, console-like experience.</p> <p>Perhaps the companion app&rsquo;s sensitivity settings will fix this issue - we&rsquo;ll certainly update this review if that turns out to be the case.</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="In action" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_1.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>The fact that dedicated controllers for iPhones are now properly supported is an undeniably Good Thing, but we haven&rsquo;t yet found a really great one.</p> <p>The Razer Junglecat doesn&rsquo;t do that.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a bit big and it feels a bit cheap, and while we might forgive that if it actually was cheap. The Junglecat is S$130, which is around the same price as the Moga Ace Power, a controller that also feels well below premium but has more accurate controls.</p> <p>A matte finish and tweaked button resistance could make the Junglecat a very formidable controller, as would a bit of a price cut, but for now it&rsquo;s just another also-ran in the iPhone gamepad race.</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="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9983.JPG?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/iphone-5s/razer-junglecat/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5s/razer-junglecat/review#comments Geek accessories iPhone 5S Razer Smartphones Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:07:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1441199 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone have what it takes to beat Apple&#039;s finest? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Fighting fire with... Apple" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fire-phone-vs-iphone.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Amazon&#39;s finally joined the smartphone crew, launching its Fire Phone into an arena already crowded with iPhones, Androids and even the odd Windows Phone.</p> <p>But while the competition may be fierce, Amazon&#39;s debut handset still manages to stand out thanks to its 3D screen, built-in tech support, top-notch camera and world-scanning Firefly feature.</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="/sg/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Fire Phone doesn&#39;t stray too far from the tried-and-tested as far as design goes. It looks like a smartphone, it&#39;s shaped like a smartphone, it is a smartphone. It&#39;s a nicely built one though, with a rubberised body, Gorilla glass on both the front and back and expertly machined aluminium buttons.</p> <p>It has a 4.7in screen and dimensions of 139x66.5x8.9mm, which makes it bigger than the iPhone but smaller than every flagship Android out there. All that glass makes it heavier than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - 160g to the S5&#39;s 145g, although you&#39;re unlikely to notice much difference in use.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is smaller. It has&nbsp;a 4in screen, measures 123.8x58.6x7.6mm and weighs a lot less than the Fire: a mere 112g. Like the Fire Phone it&#39;s beautifully built, with an aluminium shell and typically Apple attention to detail.</p> <p>In short, both phones have premium builds and classy looks. We might change our opinion once we&#39;ve actually seen the Fire Phone in the flesh, so to speak, but until then this round&#39;s a tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</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="Metal and glass" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire-phone-5s-1.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On specs alone the Fire Phone&#39;s display is a disappointment. With a resolution of 1280x720 - that&#39;s 315ppi - it looks decidedly antiquated next to the 1080p screens of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), let alone the 2K display of the LG G3.</p> <p>Against the 5s, though, it&#39;s a close-run thing: the iPhone&#39;s 1136x640 resolution isn&#39;t too hot itself, and its 326ppi is near enough to the Fire Phone&#39;s that you&#39;d barely spot the difference in pixel density.</p> <p>But there is one significant advantage to the Fire Phone - it&#39;s 3D. Well, kind of. On the front of the handset sit four cameras - one in each corner - which track the position of your head and calculate how you&#39;re looking at the screen. Through some clever software tricks it then displays an image which appears to have depth.</p> <p>This differs from the standard 3D method of making images appear to come out of the screen, and has several uses - you can, for instance, look to the side of labels on a map in order to read the text underneath. Or look behind objects in games. Or simply marvel at the various 3D-effect lock screens.</p> <p>Is it genuinely useful? It&rsquo;s too early to say. Developers have the potential to create some truly innovative apps for the Fire&rsquo;s 3D screen, so we&rsquo;ll remain tentatively optimistic for the time being.</p> <p>Until we wrap our hands around some mind-blowing 3D apps though, it&rsquo;s another draw for now.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Not one, not two, but THREE Ds." alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> CAMERA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s is generally regarded as having one of the best smartphone cameras around, and like the Nokia Lumia 1020 &ndash; it&rsquo;s constantly used as a benchmark to measure the imaging prowess of rival devices.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s&rsquo; 8MP camera produces more detailed, more accurate shots than many of its 13MP Android competitors, so the Fire Phone&rsquo;s 13MP camera isn&rsquo;t guaranteed to be the superior snapper, despite the extra megapixels it offers.</p> <p>The iPhone&rsquo;s dual-LED amber/white flash could mean that its colours will still be more accurate, especially with skin tones.</p> <p>The Fire Phone, like the LG G3, also offers optical image stabilisation, which, on paper, means it should cope well with movement and low-light shots.</p> <p>Both cameras have their advantages. Until we&#39;re able to examine shots taken with both devices in supervised conditions, this is a draw too.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="Snap-tastic" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>This isn&#39;t the typical case of Android vs iOS. While the Fire Phone is technically running Android, it&#39;s a very heavily modified version called Fire OS v3.5 - and its unrecognisable from stock Android.</p> <p>The bad news is that the Fire Phone lacks the official Google Play Store and Google apps. Not only does that mean no Gmail, Google Maps, Play Music or Hangouts, it also means that users will have to settle for Amazon&#39;s Android App Store.</p> <p>While Amazon&#39;s alternative app storefront has plenty of apps to fill its shelves, there&#39;s no escaping the fact that the official Play Store has more.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s therefore comfortably beats the Fire Phone when it comes to both the number of apps, and the quality of those on offer.</p> <p>The Fire Phone does fight back with a few Amazon exclusives however. Its Mayday feature is ideal for the less tech-savvy, serving up a direct connection to an Amazon helper who can help troubleshoot problems in real time.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Firefly feature is also rather impressive. It lets you take photos of everything from CDs to books, as well as having the ability to recognise songs and films. Naturally, it will provide an Amazon link to everything it recognises, letting you snap up things you like the look of with just a few clicks.</p> <p>We go into detail regarding iOS 7&#39;s gorgeous looks and features in our full in-depth review, but from what we&#39;ve seen, it offers a sleeker, prettier user experience. That, coupled with its superior app selection, gives this round to the Apple camp.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</em></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="2537" height="1903" title="Don&#039;t swat this fly" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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="Pretty isn&#039;t it?" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Search-iPhone_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>The iPhone&#39;s A7 chip slightly outperforms the Fire Phone&#39;s Snapdragon 800 in numerous <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5" target="_blank">Anantech benchmarks</a>, but for all intents and purposes - given the smoothness of other Snapdragon 800 Android devices like the LG G2 when compared to the iPhone - both devices should perform equally smoothly.</p> <p>The Fire Phone&#39;s 2GB or RAM compared to the iPhones 1GB is an advantage on paper, but in practice we&#39;ve found that this tends to make no difference to the slickness or multitasking of iOS.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="2416" height="1812" title="Close match" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-Hand-Email-Carousel_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Fire Phone has a larger battery than the iPhone 5s (2400mAh vs 1560mAh), so it should last longer than its Apple rival in general use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amazon lists the Fire Phone as having up to 65 hours of music playback and up to 285 hours of stand-by time, while the iPhone hits 40 hours and 250 hours respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Amazon Fire Phone</strong></em></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="600" height="449" title="Sip the juice" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battery_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Until we get the Fire Phone in our hands to test out its camera and 3D display and more, a lot of these categories will remain draws.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our initial impressions, based purely on the paper-based specs of both devices, have us choosing the iPhone 5s, mainly due to the superior app selection.</p> <p>This could very well change if we feel that the Fire Phone has more to offer in our full review however, so stay tuned.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Winner. For now" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature#comments Amazon Apple Fire Phone iPhone 5S Smartphones Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:54:04 +0000 Elissa Loi 1439950 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon’s Fire Phone isn’t wearable-friendly at launch, and PS4 pre-orders can be pre-loaded http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup of the most notable news from around the tech industry </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="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-launch.png?1403231435" /> </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="/sg/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"> Amazon’s Fire Phone lacks Bluetooth 4.0 LE at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 curious detail that emerged late last night after the debut of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone is the fact that it only supports Bluetooth 3.0&mdash;that means that the device won&rsquo;t ship with compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) standard that makes wearables work well with phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an odd omission, but not a critical one, apparently. Amazon tells Mashable that the functionality will be patched into the device via a software update after launch. Still, considering all of the neat little features built into the device, it&rsquo;s certainly a strange oversight.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/amazon-fire-phone-bluetooth/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news">Amazon Fire Phone &mdash; 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer&rsquo;s 3D smartphone</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"> PlayStation 4 digital pre-orders can now be pre-loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big benefits of buying digital versions of big AAA console video games on the release date is that you don&rsquo;t have to wait for daylight hours to hit the store and grab a copy&mdash;but when there&rsquo;s a 30GB download staring you in the face, you might be better off just going to bed anyway.</p> <p>Luckily, that&rsquo;s about to change with PlayStation 4 games, or at least the most notable ones to start. Sony announced yesterday that digitally pre-ordered games can be downloaded to your console days before the release date, so they&rsquo;ll be there and ready to unlock right at midnight upon launch.</p> <p>Massive upcoming releases like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield Hardline, and Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End are all on the list, and next week&rsquo;s film tie-in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be the first to kick off the initiative. If it&rsquo;s like most movie games, however, that might be one to hold off on pre-ordering before the reviews drop.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/18/pre-order-pre-load-upcoming-ps4-games/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</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="583" title="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" alt="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transformers-game.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo#comments Amazon Fire Phone Gaming iPhone 5S PlayStation 4 T-Mobile Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1439607 at http://www.stuff.tv This case will transform any table into a giant trackpad for your iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to bestow your iPhone with magical gesture control powers? Well now you can </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="1077" height="808" title="Great concept, weird name" alt="This case will transform any table into a giant trackpad for your iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fuffr.jpg?1401753949" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fuffr. It&#39;s a word that sounds like a marshmallow-based Pokémon, or the name of a particularly spoilt poodle, but it&#39;s actually a rather clever iPhone case which could revolutionise how we interact with our smartphones.</p> <p>Clipping the unobtrusive case to your iPhone lets you interact with it by moving your fingers around on the surface of a surrounding table, essentially turning the iPhone&#39;s surroundings into one big giant trackpad.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The case itself communicates with the iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0, and although the exact method of its gesture tracking technology have yet to be revealed, we believe it&#39;s based on infrared technology, similar to that found on the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leap-motion/leap-motion/review" target="_blank"> Leap Motion controller</a>.</p> <p>The Leap Motion controller has three LEDs which emit a pattern of 3D infrared dots. Two infrared cameras are then used to determine the position of your hands as they move through the emitted infrared beams.</p> <p>Its possible that Fuffr uses a similar, shrunken down version of this IR technology to track your fingers on the surrounding surface.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leap-motion/leap-motion/review" target="_blank">Leap Motion: one year 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l1ncnN2PsnA" 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Currently the company is only offering dev kits to developers by request, and is looking to expand its team to take its vision further.</p> <p>Without app support, it will essentially be useless, so we expect to see a big drive to rein in developers before any final retail version is released.</p> <p>Apple could of course always snap up Fuffr and incorporate its technology into the iPhone 8, but that&#39;s just pure pipe-dreaming on our part.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://fuffr.com/#about" target="_blank">Fuffr</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-case-transforms-the-space-around-your-iphone-into-1583802975" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jgQG_eG62W8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news#comments Geek accessories iPhone 5S Smartphones Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:55:51 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438402 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best apps for survivalists http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ipad-air/six-best-apps-survivalists/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you really want to escape the 9-5 this summer, go feral with the help of the best survivalism and exploration apps </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 best apps for survivalists and exploration" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-apps-survivalists-main.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just because you love gadgets and tech it doesn&#39;t mean you need to spend all summer sat in front of a glowing screen with your headphones on. </p> <p>Heading off into the wilderness to reconnect with Mother Nature can be a great way to recharge your batteries and prepare you for the inevitable depression that the long winter months will bring.</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="/sg/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Smart Compass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A compass is a must for any trek in the wilderness, and a smartphone compass can do things that a traditional model couldn&#39;t dream of. Smart Compass has an augmented reality display which makes it incredibly intuitive to follow: hold your phone or tablet up to the horizon and real-time video from the camera is overlaid with a compass heading. This enables you to set off in the direction of a landmark without having to constantly re-check your orientation. It&#39;s simple, very effective and free.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.sira.compass" target="_blank">Download Smart Compass here</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="Smart Compass" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-smart-compass.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. SAS Survival Guide </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 SAS Survival Guide could be the only survival app you&rsquo;ll ever need. It has a huge amount of well-written info on everything from making camps and fires to foraging and coping in extreme conditions. And as well as all the guides and tutorials, there&#39;s a bunch of useful tools including a text-to-Morse encoder. An imminent update will add the SAS Urban Survival Guide to the package. Handy for when the zombie apocalypse eventually comes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS, Windows Phone&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;from S$6.98</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trellisys.sas" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/sas-survival-guide/id357811968?mt=8" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/sas-survival-guide/0153f6c4-ac7c-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for Windows Phone here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SAS Survival Guide" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-sas-survival-guide.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. Magnificent Magnifier HD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This might not seem like an essential tool for a survivalist, but there are plenty of occasions when the ability to zoom in on some tiny detail will come in handy.&nbsp;There are loads of magnifying-glass apps out there, but we&rsquo;d stick our pin in this one. It&rsquo;s great for diagnosing vehicle breakdowns or making repairs in dark spaces, as well as improving legibility of maps or small print. And unlike with a normal magnifying glass, you won&#39;t need to juggle a torch at the same time when using it in the dark.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cps.mmxi.magnifier" target="_blank">Download Magnificent Magnifier HD here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Magnificent Magnifier HD" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-magnificent-magnifier-001.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. First Aid By British Red Cross </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 always best to swot up on first aid before you set off into the bush. Even so, the Red Cross app is brief enough to be used in the heat of the moment for many emergencies, with clearly laid-out sections, step-by-step advice and embedded videos you can watch wherever you are. There really is no reason not to download it - and it could even be a life-saver one day.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS, BlackBerry&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.rca" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/first-aid-by-british-red-cross/id483408666?mt=8" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/69078/?lang=en&amp;countrycode=GB" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for BlackBerry here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="First Aid by British Red Cross" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-red-cross-first-aid.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. Outdoors Great Britain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Planning to explore the great outdoors on your next Euro-trip? When it comes to exploring the countryside,&nbsp;Proper Ordnance Survey maps are unbeatable.&nbsp;Even with in-app purchases this works out cheaper than the folding equivalents, and they can be downloaded for offline use, so you won&rsquo;t need a phone signal to access them. Planning on trekking a little further afield? Editions for France, Germany and the USA are also available.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;S$3.98</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/outdoors-great-britain-gps/id336150457?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Outdoors Great Britain here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Outdoors Great Britain" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-outdoors-great-britain.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. Mushroom ID </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither Stuff nor the makers of this app are suggesting you use it in isolation to identify edible fungi (one wrong move could kill you), but it can be used as part of your education in wild mushroom hunting. There are clear photos to help with identification, and details of edibility and toxicity.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;S$5.98</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/mushroom-id-british-fungi/id693100198?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Mushroom ID here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mushroom ID" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-apocalypse-mushroom-id.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/ipad-air/six-best-apps-survivalists/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ipad-air/six-best-apps-survivalists/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps iPad Air iPhone & iPad iPhone 5S Windows Phone apps Tue, 20 May 2014 13:32:07 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437537 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s last One conquered our Top Ten Smartphones list – find out how its successor fares against the latest iPhone </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="iPhone 5 vs HTC One (M8)" alt="iPhone 5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5s-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone&nbsp;&ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <p>While its name might not exactly roll off the tongue, it&#39;s a gorgeous phone; wrapped up in metal, with an innovative camera and an improved version of HTC&#39;s Sense UI.</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="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Death to all but metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The M8 improves upon its predecessor&#39;s metal-and-plastic design with a gorgeous build that feels like a single piece of metal &ndash; available in brushed steel, silver and gold variants. It&#39;s hefty, at 160g and 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm, but its newly-curvy surface fits in the hand even more neatly than the original One. HTC&#39;s attention to detail can be seen in the&nbsp;gorgeous micro-drilled speakers and brushed-metal finish, though the&nbsp;chunky bezel is slightly less welcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPhone 5s sticks with Apple&#39;s tried-and-trusted design philosophy, a metal-and-glass build that delivers only incremental changes over the iPhone 5.&nbsp;Apple may have been conservative, but it&#39;s hard to improve on the iPhone&#39;s design, a beautifully-engineered slimline slab of anodised aluminium. It&#39;s an ergonomic marvel; Apple&#39;s refusal to join in the screen size war means that it&#39;s perfectly suited&nbsp;for one-handed use, with carefully-placed buttons helping it feel just right in the hand.&nbsp;Like the One (M8), it&#39;s available in three finishes: Space Grey, silver and a subtler-than-it-sounds white-and-gold finish.&nbsp;</p> <p>The most substantial change? Apple&#39;s replaced the Home Button with its new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, of which more later.</p> <p>The One&#39;s the closest an Android phone has come to matching Apple&#39;s design and build quality &ndash; but the fact remains that the iPhone is the yardstick by which it&#39;s measured.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong>&nbsp;iPhone 5s</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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Power! Unlimited power! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8)&#39;s spec sheet is as impressive as you&#39;d expect from an Android flagship in 2013. You get a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. 16GB or 32GB of storage is a bit stingy, but you have the option of up to 128GB microSD card storage, correcting one of the previous One&#39;s few flaws. Power comes courtesy of a 2600mAh battery, with a low-power mode offering a claimed 15 hours of life on just 10 per cent battery.</p> <p>The iPhone&#39;s 1.3GHz A7 processor and 1GB of RAM look somewhat scanty in comparison, though in everyday use it handles everything you can throw at it with ease. The wonders of having developers optimise their apps for a single platform, no doubt &ndash; and for apps that require location data, Apple&#39;s M7 motion co-processor helps to lighten the load on the A7 by processing motion sensor data. Apple&#39;s much-vaunted 64-bit architecture has yet to deliver on its promise, though.</p> <p>The iPhone&#39;s 1560mAh battery is a little bit small for a modern phone, and on raw capacity the HTC wins out; we&#39;ll have to wait for a full test of the M8&#39;s battery life before we can make a fair comparison between the two.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>HTC One (M8)</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="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-01.JPG?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen Gems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where once it ruled the roost with its Retina displays, Apple has rather been left behind when it comes to screens. Its 4in, 1136x640 display hasn&#39;t changed substantially since the previous generation, delivering 326ppi. A few minor tweaks to the display have resulted in better contrast and a little bit of extra detail.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8)&#39;s display, by contrast, is a substantial 5in, 1080p affair that&#39;s sharper than the iPhone at 441ppi. Vibrant colours and a wide viewing angle make the most of all that extra screen real estate &ndash; it is a beautiful display, and easily bests the iPhone&#39;s effort.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lens flair </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC has doubled down on its Ultrapixel camera &ndash; literally. It packs what HTC&#39;s calling a Duo camera; a 4.1MP snapper coupled with a dedicated depth sensor for Lytro-like refocusing tricks. What initially seems like a gimmick proves to be rather useful in practice, allowing you to tweak pics to your heart&#39;s content. The Ultrapixel camera does make for lower-resolution snaps, though, and the promised improvement in low-light performance isn&#39;t really noticeable enough to warrant the trade-off for bigger pixels. But unless you&#39;re planning to print your pics, the M8&#39;s snapper is plenty sufficient for the Instagram food pics and Facebook baby snaps that are the mainstay of most phone cameras.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s sticks with an 8MP sensor, like its predecessor &ndash; albeit with some subtle upgrades that make for bright, punchy images.&nbsp;Like the HTC One, it features a dual LED flash for more natural flesh tones, and boosted pixel size for improved low-light performance. The Camera app, meanwhile, is a &quot;delight&quot;; quick to open, with easily-accessed filters and a simple burst mode.</p> <p>With smartphones packing cameras with 41MP sensors and 4K video capability, neither phone is at the cutting edge of camera technology &ndash; so if you&#39;re choosing between the M8 and the 5s, it&#39;s fair to say that the camera isn&#39;t your highest priority.&nbsp;It may not have the raw power of the iPhone&#39;s camera, but the M8&#39;s extra features are genuinely useful on a day-to-day basis, so it wins this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> HTC One (M8)</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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-camera.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sense 6 vs iOS 7.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s packs Apple&#39;s iOS 7.1, which finally brings the operating system&#39;s visuals in line with Jony Ive&#39;s minimalist hardware design. It&#39;s slick and speedy, with intuitive, useful features. Android fans may complain that the Control Centre, with its handy bank of buttons, is lifted from similar &#39;droid docks, but who&#39;s interested in point scoring? What matters is how it works in day-to-day use, and iOS 7.1 is simple, feature-packed and smooth. The iPhone&#39;s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is typical of Apple&#39;s approach &ndash; it makes unlocking the phone and paying for apps and music that little bit easier.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s App Store continues to lead the field, too &ndash; there&#39;s none of the fragmentation that you get on the Android platform, which means that Apple users can usually expect to get apps and updates first.</p> <p>HTC&#39;s Sense 6 UI is no slouch, though. Built on Android 4.4 KitKat, it&#39;s slick and engaging, with a new tap-to-unlock feature and gesture controls for quick access to the homescreen and BlinkFeed. BlinkFeed itself has been improved, too &ndash; the social media and news aggregator is no longer limited to HTC&#39;s official selection of feeds. You can now add any RSS feed you like, making it a brilliant at-a-glance snapshot of your world.</p> <p>As ever, the choice between Android and iOS comes down to personal preference &ndash; with Sense 6, the HTC One (M8) is on an equal footing with Apple&#39;s iOS 7.1.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Draw</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="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-05.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-06.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>The HTC One (M8) has shot to the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top Ten Smartphones</a> list, and with good reason &ndash; it outclasses pretty much every phone out there in terms of build quality and power. The M8&#39;s camera may cause some quibbles, and if you&#39;re blessed with small hands you may find its bulk daunting, though.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is certainly the M8&#39;s equal in terms of design; Apple&#39;s aesthetic sensibilities are second to none, and it&#39;s beautifully complemented by the iOS 7.1 operating system. But but on pretty much every other spec, it loses out to the newcomer. Faced with a phone like the M8, Apple needs to up its game.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: </strong>HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s </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"> Is it time to make the switch? </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/iphone-5s-vs-htc-one-m8_0.jpg?1396410098" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature#comments Apple HTC iPhone 5S One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:52:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434277 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 5s vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who will win this clash of the 4in titans? </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="819" height="614" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z1-compact-vs-iphone-5s.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>iPhones have always been the smartphone of choice for people who want a smaller easy-to-manage screen size without compromising on specs and power. But now there&#39;s mini, mighty competition in the form of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a>.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality all around </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 normally walks away from the build quality round with an easy victory, but the Xperia Z1 Compact has inherited the premium DNA of its larger <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> brother, so it&#39;s definitely no walkover.</p> <p>Slathered in glass on both sides with metal edges, the Z1 Compact feels every bit as premium as the iPhone 5s, and it&#39;s available in everything from black to eye-searing yellow.</p> <p>The plastic port covers might let the Z1 Compact down a little bit, but they bless it with waterproof superpowers. Try dropping your iPhone 5s in the toilet and see how it fares. Or don&#39;t.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> feels every bit as premium as any Apple product we&#39;ve held before it and it&#39;s noticeably thinner and lighter than the Z1 Compact. It&#39;s beautiful to look at, and a pleasure to hold, and you&#39;ll want to caress it every time you slip it out of your pocket.</p> <p>So then. In one corner we have the solid, stockier well-built Z1 Compact. In the other, the sleek and graceful iPhone 5s.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both are well-crafted premium devices that will appeal to different tastes, but the Xperia Z1 Compact just edges out ahead, thanks to its waterproof powers.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</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="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-back.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="461" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z1-compact-yellow.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Mini screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s&#39; 4in screen with its count of 326ppi is sharp, bright, has excellent viewing angles and serves up crisp whites.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 Compact&#39;s display is a little larger at 4.3 inches but has a slightly higher 342ppi, thanks to its 720p resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p>While you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness unless you ram your eyeballs against the screens (we wouldn&#39;t recommend this), the iPhone 5s&#39; screen is a little brighter with purer whites and text when browsing seems a little sharper.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact makes up for this with slightly more vivid colours and darker blacks. It&#39;s also got far better viewing angles than that of its larger Z1 brother, and matches the excellent viewing angles of the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>Both devices have excellent screens but the iPhone 5s pips the Z1 Compact to the post thanks to its slightly sharper, brighter screen, and dazzling whites.</p> <p><em>Winner: </em><strong>Apple iPhone 5s</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-review-main_0.JPG?1392971722" /> </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="1189" height="894" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-compact-screen.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Oh snap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s&#39; camera might be an 8MP offering in a sea of high megapixel cameras, but it still produces some of the best, most accurate smartphone snaps around.</p> <p>It&#39;s got some formidable competition in the Z1 Compact though, thanks to its huge 20.7MP sensor - the same one found in the full-size Xperia Z1.</p> <p>Those extra megapixels mean that you an crop into photos without losing as much detail - something the iPhone 5s and its 8MP snaps suffer with.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact also offers tonnes of extra features from Superior Auto Mode to manual mode which lets you tweak the exposure yourself. It&#39;s also got a dedicated shutter button to start up the camera app in an instant and take photos, though it&#39;s a little too small and stiff for our tastes.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a fun AR mode and Timeshift which takes snaps both before and after you press the shutter button, letting you choose the perfect shot. The Z1 Compact even lets you live stream to Facebook, though why you&#39;d want to is beyond us.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s keeps things much simpler, which is actually no bad thing. The Z1 Compact can be a little overwhelming with its array of settings and options while the iPhone 5s will be much easier to pick up and start shooting.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s also has a genuinely cool slow motion video mode which will come in more handy than live streaming your hangover fry up on Facebook.</p> <p>In practice, the iPhone 5s still produces clearer, more detailed shots than the Z1 Compact, and you&#39;ll get better photos from it unless you want to crop into a lot of snaps post-shot - something the average upload-to-Facebook crowd will rarely do.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s&#39; dual white/amber LED flash also prduces more natural skin tones and colours.</p> <p>For most people, the iPhone 5s will be the better choice for a quick point-and-shoot snappers, thanks to its detailed, accurate shots and quick, easy-to-use controls.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em><strong>&nbsp;iPhone 5s</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="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-build_2.JPG?1392971722" /> </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="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/11111.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power and endurance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither the iPhone 5s with its 64-bit A7 processor, nor the Z1 Compact with its quad-core Snapdragon 800 innards, will leave you wanting for power.</p> <p>Games, multitasking, apps - you name in, they can handle it with ease.</p> <p>While Apple fans are used to all this power on a smaller device, the Xperia Z1 Compact is refreshing, as it&#39;s the first truly no-compromise Android phone with a smaller display. No other Android phone its size even comes close.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 does come out ahead of the iPhone 5s on battery life though, thanks to its larger 2300mAh offering, compared to the iPhone 5s&#39; smaller 1560mAh battery.</p> <p>Unlike the iPhone 5s, the Z1 Compact will happily last a day before needing a top up.&nbsp;</p> <p>While it&#39;s a draw on the power front then, the Z1 Compact easily wins on battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</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="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-battery-life_0_2.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a fan of Apple&#39;s gorgeous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>, then there&#39;s clearly one winner.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">Apple iOS 7 review</a></strong></p> <p>But unlike more bloated Android handsets like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> which have heavily modified versions of Android, Sony&#39;s Android tweaks are thankfully minimal and won&#39;t bash you in the face with cartoony icons or crowded features.</p> <p>While the Z1 Compact is still running Android 4.3, we expect to see an update from Sony to Android 4.4 KitKat in the (hopefully) near future.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2222.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>As long as you&#39;re not set on Android, the iPhone 5s edges out as the slightly better choice, thanks to its combination of&nbsp;good looks, premium build, sharp screen, fantastic camera and all the beautiful thrills that iOS 7 has to offer.</p> <p>Having said that, the Xperia Z1 Compact offers a waterproof build, plenty of power, a decent camera and a formidable battery life for&nbsp;less than the iPhone 5s.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can&#39;t go wrong either way, so enjoy whichever one ends up gracing your pockets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best smartphones in the world</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="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-verdict_2.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPhone 5s vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact </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"> Who will win this clash of the 4in titans? </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/xperia-z1-compact-vs-iphone-5s.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature#comments Apple iPhone 5S Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:58:03 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432509 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet SenseCover, the touch-sensitive iPhone case http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5/meet-sensecover-touch-sensitive-iphone-case/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moshi’s clever cover lets you answer calls, even when it’s closed </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="Meet SenseCover, the touch-sensitive iPhone case " alt="Meet SenseCover, the touch-sensitive iPhone case " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moshi-sensecover-main.jpg?1390963983" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world isn&rsquo;t exactly short of iPhone cases, but occasionally one comes along that demands a little more attention. And the Moshi SenseCover is one such case.</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="/sg/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"> You got the touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 SenseCover looks much like any other flip case, but there&rsquo;s a secret weapon on the leatherette front: Moshi&rsquo;s proprietary SensArray pads, which transfer your touch through the cover and onto the screen, allowing you to make the slide-to-answer-a-call gesture even while the case is closed. A peephole opening in the front, meanwhile, means you can check the time and see who&rsquo;s calling.</p> <p>The SenseCover is available now in two finishes (black or titanium), priced at US$45 (S$57). Currently, it&rsquo;ll fit only the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> models.</p> <p>[<a href="http://store.moshimonde.com/sensecover-touch-sensitive-iphone-5-flip-case-428.html" target="_blank">Moshi</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/a-touch-sensitive-iphone-case-that-lets-you-answer-call-1510066524" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet SenseCover, the touch-sensitive iPhone case " alt="Meet SenseCover, the touch-sensitive iPhone case " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moshi-sensecover-3.jpg?1390963983" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/iphone-5/meet-sensecover-touch-sensitive-iphone-case/news#comments iPhone 5 iPhone 5S Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:46:45 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431801 at http://www.stuff.tv Ryan Seacrest wants to turn your iPhone into a BlackBerry http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5/ryan-seacrest-wants-turn-your-iphone-blackberry/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The celebrity-backed Typo adds a familiar looking keyboard to your iPhone 5S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/typo-keyboard-iphone.jpg?1386579035" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You read that right. Host extraordinaire Ryan Seacrest thinks that we all still need buttons for our messaging.</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="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</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/sg/iphone-5/ryan-seacrest-wants-turn-your-iphone-blackberry/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iphone-5/ryan-seacrest-wants-turn-your-iphone-blackberry/news#comments Geek accessories iPhone 5 iPhone 5S Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:54:27 +0000 Nigel Yap 1429905 at http://www.stuff.tv