Android http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android/all en-SG Google releases standalone camera app http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-releases-standalone-camera-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New features up the ante with better usability, fancy blur </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="Google releases standalone camera app" alt="Google releases standalone camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google%20Camera%20app.jpg?1397804054" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-07e5e5e9-7363-31f8-3852-d4020f85c434">Remember when we said that Google was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-aims-selfie-crowd-upcoming-android-camera-update/news" target="_blank">updating its camera app</a>, possibly separate from an Android update? Well it&rsquo;s happened, and the big G has just unveiled its standalone camera app. It&#39;s currently only available in certain countries though.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Prettier pictures, yes? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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" id="docs-internal-guid-07e5e5e9-7364-d8d8-2608-534e14cf7cfa">One thing you&rsquo;ll notice on the new app is that the viewfinder is now 100 per cent, and it allows you to capture images in maximum resolution. For those with larger fingers, the extra large capture button sure helps, especially if you&rsquo;re not into using a standalone camera button or don&rsquo;t have one.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&#39;s also an improved panorama feature to play around with, and a fun 360-degree photo sphere that used to be a Google Nexus-exclusive function.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Of course, Google couldn&#39;t miss out everyone&#39;s favourite feature of the moment, Lens Blur, more commonly known as bokeh - which is just a fancy way of saying you&#39;re blurring the background of your shot with a shallow depth-of-field. It even allows you to change the subject in focus after you take the shot, just like on many of today&#39;s flagship phones. Eat your heart out, Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to Google, the algorithms used to create the 3D photo run entirely on the mobile device. Interestingly, the algorithms are like those used in 3D mapping features like Google Maps, which is pretty impressive.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you manage to get access to the US Google Play store, you can download the app <a href="http://goo.gl/llsZjx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+android/posts/86JHD2mWW6k" target="_blank">Google</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Prettier pictures, yes?" alt="Prettier pictures, yes?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/goog%20camera%20app.jpg?1397804054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/google-releases-standalone-camera-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-releases-standalone-camera-app/news#comments Android Android apps Cameras Google Smartphones Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:54:14 +0000 Melvin Tang 1435713 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 4.5 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 17/04/14: A leaked Google+ app design shows off plenty of red. But is it too much? </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="1024" height="768" title="What does Google&#039;s newest OS have in store for Android fans?" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-4.5-rough.jpg?1397790805" /> </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>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but already we&#39;re craving a new sugar fix.</p> <p>Luckily, Google I/O is set to kick off in late June, and we expect to see the latest and greatest generation of Android take centre stage.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what we think we know so far:</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"> 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"> Dessert menu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Traditionally, Android versions have been named after deliciously sweet edibles in alphabetical order from gingerbread to ice cream sandwich to the most recent KitKat, and we can&#39;t see that trend stopping anytime soon.</p> <p>The letter &#39;L&#39; is next on the list, and rumours so far point to everything from Ladoo (a popular ball-shaped Indian sweet) to Lollipop (which should be familiar to most readers).</p> <p>Given the worldwide spread of Android, we&#39;re putting our money down on the latter, but at this stage, nothing&#39;s certain. Remember Key Lime Pie?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The poshest lollipops we&#039;ve ever seen." alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipops.jpg?1397790805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>Google&#39;s new Android style is internally referred to as &#39;Moonshine&#39;, according to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/14/rumor-googles-android-app-icons-to-get-a-moonshine-makeover/" target="_blank">Android Police</a>&#39;s source.</p> <p>The newer design is much flatter and cleaner, taking a leaf out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>&#39;s design book.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colourful flat circular icons, coupled with KitKat&#39;s existing transparent status bar and navigation buttons provide a much cleaner, less cluttered minimalist look, which we&#39;re definitely fans of.</p> <p>The new icons follow on from the flattening and simplification of Google&#39;s online icons, and Android Police has managed to mock up the new 4.5 Hera Gmail interface according to the information it currently has. Pretty, isn&#39;t it?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update 17/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.googleplusdaily.com/2014/04/is-this-next-major-version-of-google.html" target="_blank">leaked .apk&nbsp;</a>for the Google+ app shows off more design changes that could make their final way into the final build of Android 4.5.&nbsp;</p> <p>Current Google+ app users will notice that the grey navbar is now a bright red - matching the Google+ logo - but the major change lies with the menu background shading, which is an impossible-to-ignore red.</p> <p>Currently, when you bring up a menu within an app in Android, the screen behind the menu is greyed out slightly to draw attention to the menu. It appears that, for the Google+ app at least, this has changed to a bright shade of red.</p> <p>Personally we find it too much. It&#39;s distracting and not easy on the eyes at all. Perhaps different apps will have different shades, but we&#39;d rather Google kept things consistent across the entire OS.</p> <p>Clearly there&#39;s plenty of time for things to change, and we&#39;d bet our entire gadget collection that Google&#39;s design team is working away on hundreds of tweaks as we speak.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7 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="759" height="569" title="New Android 4.5 icons" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-4.5-leak01.jpg?1397790805" /> </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="Icon comparison " alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-android-icons.jpg?1397790805" /> </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="600" height="450" title="New Gmail interface mock-up" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.5-gmail.jpg?1397790805" /> </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="280" height="210" title="Seeing red" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/googleplusnew_0.jpg?1397790805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/06/rumor-googles-plan-to-bridge-chrome-android-and-search-to-do-everything-on-your-device/" target="_blank">Android Police</a>, the 4.5 update is known internally as Hera. The site is confident that all the information it possesses about Android 4.5 is accurate, although it stresses that things could very well change leading up to the official unveil in June.</p> <p>Hera is reportedly centred around the unification of Android and Chrome, and features a special Chromium build designed to run on Android.</p> <p>A big change that Android 4.5 brings to the table is functional multitasking windows, which shows off apps as interactive HTML 5-powered windows that are able to carry out actions as opposed to just being a static list of screenshots of open apps.</p> <p>That means you could, for example, reply to an email straight from the multitasking window without having to fully enter the main app.</p> <p>HTML 5 integration could therefore dramatically change the way in which we interact with Android devices, making basic actions far more powerful.&nbsp;The overall aim is to make the transition from Desktop to mobile seamless. Android 4.5 could see you start a task on your laptop, before opening it up on your phone as an interactive card when you&#39;re on the go, so you can carry on from where you left off.</p> <p>Looking up an address on google Maps before dashing out the door could, for example, have Google Maps automatically open on your phone so that you don&#39;t have to go digging for the address again.</p> <p>Sadly we know little else about just how deeply HTML 5 will be integrated into Android, but we&#39;re definitely excited to see what Google has in store for us all.</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="1680" height="1291" title="Powerful multitasking actions " alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusae0_wm_gradient.png?1397790805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 4.5 (which we&#39;ll call Lollipop for the time being) is expected to be officially revealed on 25 June at Google I/O.</p> <p>If Google sticks to tradition, it will launch initially on the Nexus 6, in addition to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.</p> <p>We&#39;ll continue to update our Android 4.5 preview with all the latest info, so stay tuned.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:50:29 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435523 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung: Tizen phone and Android Wear smartwatch coming this year http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 will see the arrival of the first smartphone equipped with Samsung’s new operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range_0.jpg?1397715847" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A Samsung executive has confirmed that the company plans to launch a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-dead-long-live-tizen/news">Tizen</a>-based smartphone and an Android Wear-based smartwatch before the end of 2014.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of product strategy at Samsung, said that at least two phones sporting the Tizen operating system were in the works &ndash; and that the first, a high-end model, was due to launch around the end of the second quarter of 2014 (likely May).</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung will still rely on Android as the main platform for its smartphones, but hopes that Tizen &ndash; developed in-house and debuted in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a> smartwatch&nbsp;&ndash; will eventually account for at least 15 percent of its handsets.</p> <p>Speaking of smartwatches, Yoon had something to say on those, too: first, that Samsung eventually wants its Gear watches to be compatible with all Android smartphones rather than just its own Galaxy devices; and second, that it plans to launch an Android Wear smartwatch later this year.</p> <p>Seems like Samsung thinks there&rsquo;s plenty of scope for it to enjoy the best of both worlds.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-samsung-elec-sales-idUSBREA3F09320140416">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung launching Android Wear watch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news#comments Android Smartphones Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:34:38 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435639 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: More evidence for games on Apple TV, Half-Life completed in record time and how Android was originally touchscreen-free http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fully-charged-more-evidence-games-apple-tv-half-life-completed-record-time-and-how-android-w <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily round-up of all that’s going on in the world of gadgets </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="A huge heat sink suggests the next Apple TV will be built for gaming" alt="A huge heat sink suggests the next Apple TV will be built for gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-heat-sink.jpg?1397612980" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New evidence for Apple TV’s move into video games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve long suspected that a future edition of the Apple TV would support video games &ndash; and a newly-filed patent from the company suggests that it&rsquo;s preparing for a gaming future by drastically increasing the size of the device&rsquo;s heat sink. This heat sink may be necessary to help cool a larger, more powerful A7 processor &ndash; the kind necessary for running games, in other words.</p> <p>A recent <a href="http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Amazon+Fire+TV+Teardown/23856">iFixit teardown</a> reveals that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">Amazon Fire TV</a> box, which supports games, boasts a similarly large heat sink.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/04/apple-patent-reveals-larger-apple-tv-heat-sink-right-for-gaming.html">Patently Apple</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"> Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After 12 years, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP. The company is aware, however, that a few hold-outs aren&rsquo;t keen to ditch the venerable OS yet, and in an effort to encourage them to adopt Windows 8.1 is offering an &pound;80 (S$166) discount on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-video-review/video">Surface Pro</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review" target="_blank">Surface Pro 2</a>. In order to qualify for the deal, all you have to do is order the tablet from the <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/DisplayHomePage">UK Microsoft Store</a> using a PC running XP. Doing so will apply the discount immediately.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP" alt="Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-screen_0.png?1397612980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Watch Half-Life completed in a mere 20 minutes </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 original <em>Half-Life</em> was a game worth savouring, its story and presentation rewarding players who took time to smell the metaphorical roses as they battled through the &ldquo;unforeseen consequences&rdquo; of Black Mesa&rsquo;s resonance cascade.</p> <p>But try telling that to a group of speedrunners who&rsquo;ve been plotting a record-breaking play-through of Valve&rsquo;s iconic shooter since 2010. After years of practice, they&rsquo;ve nailed it, completing the entire game (without cheats) in a shade over 20 minutes. You&rsquo;ll need a strong stomach to watch it (there&#39;s a LOT of bunny-hopping) but it&rsquo;s embedded above, should you feel the need to see something quite pointless and yet amazing today.</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"> Before Apple revealed the iPhone, Android didn’t support touchscreens </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 seems almost impossible to believe nowadays, with 99 percent of smartphones dispensing with physical keyboards, but there was a time when Google had no plans to make its Android OS touchscreen compatible. One of the documents to come to light during the recent Apple versus Samsung legal spat has revealed a 2006 specification for Android (as yet unannounced to the public) &ndash; and touchscreens were not on the agenda.</p> <p>A passage in Google&rsquo;s document reads: &ldquo;Touchscreens will not be supported. The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.&rdquo; It does however note that &ldquo;there is nothing fundamental in the product&rsquo;s architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future&rdquo; &ndash; and good thing, because shortly after Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 it swiftly became apparent that touchscreens would define the immediate future of smartphones.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/04/13/heres-what-android-looked-like-before-the-iphone/">Recode</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Could you imagine Android without touchscreens? Us neither" alt="Could you imagine Android without touchscreens? Us neither" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-logo.jpg?1397612980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/android/fully-charged-more-evidence-games-apple-tv-half-life-completed-record-time-and-how-android-w#comments Android Apple Gaming Surface Pro Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:51:57 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435527 at http://www.stuff.tv Leaked screens reveal new Android icons http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/leaked-screens-reveal-new-android-icons/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Android update might freshen up current looks with featureset </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="Leaked screens show new Android icons, redesign in order?" alt="Leaked screens show new Android icons, redesign in order?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/flat%20icon.jpg?1397721725" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What&#39;s happening with Android right now? <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/14/rumor-googles-android-app-icons-to-get-a-moonshine-makeover/" target="_blank">Android Police</a> sniffed out what seem to be new icons for the mobile operating system, a couple of which have shown up on a Google <a href="http://partners-connect.withgoogle.com/" target="_blank">Partners</a> page.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Overall reboot or just icon tweaks? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Besides the likelihood that Android 4.5 might make an appearance soon, could a smaller refresh perhaps come our way&nbsp;in the meantime?</p> <p>The icons seen in the screens were from the following apps: Play Music, Books, Movies, and Games, alongside Google+, Calendar, People, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Camera, and the Play Store. That&#39;s pretty much the entire spectrum of stock Android apps already.</p> <p>If you can&#39;t wait and would like to do your own look refresh, why not<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/11-ways-make-android-look-even-better-ios-7/feature" target="_blank"> tweak your Android to look better than iOS</a>?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/14/android-icons-redesign/?ncid=rss_truncated" target="_blank">Engadget</a>, Image:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.androidpolice.com" target="_blank">AndroidPolice</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="567" height="425" title="Overall reboot or just icon tweaks?" alt="Overall reboot or just icon tweaks?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/icons%20stuff%202.jpg?1397721725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/android/leaked-screens-reveal-new-android-icons/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/leaked-screens-reveal-new-android-icons/news#comments Android Google Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:55:51 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435471 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Note 4 rumours surrounding a launch at IFA 2014 have sprung up like clockwork </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="And so it begins..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1.JPG?1397184582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review </a>has only recently landed, but already the rumour mill is turning its attention to its large brother, the Galaxy Note 4.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the latest rumours point to a reveal at IFA 2014, which is set to kick off on 5 September.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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-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/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news#comments Android IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:40:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435254 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 - eight reasons to upgrade http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S4&#039;s a great phone, but the S5&#039;s even better. Here are eight reasons to consider upgrading (and three reasons to stick with what you&#039;ve got) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy S5 (left) and Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Admit it - you&#39;re looking at your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> in a new light since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> arrived.</p> <p>Don&#39;t worry, we all get phone envy from time to time - and never more so than when a new flagship arrives to knock yours down a notch in the smartphone pecking order.</p> <p>So should you upgrade from the S4 to the S5? Or are you better off sticking with what you&#39;ve got? Here are our findings.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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"> 1) It&#039;s toughened up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones may be crafted from beautiful slabs of the finest, er, plastic, but where the S4 was prone to creaking and flexing under pressure, the S5 feels far more rubust. It&#39;s also waterproof and dustproof to the IP67 certification - which, according to Samsung, means it&#39;s safe from &quot;rain, liquids, sand, dust and sweat&quot;. Quite why anyone would sweat all over their phone is a mystery to us, as is why rain and sweat aren&#39;t considered liquids anyway. But there&#39;s no denying that this is A Good Thing for a phone to be.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy S5 is tougher" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-and-s4-cameras_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s easier on the eye(s) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two things to bear in mind here - firstly, the S5&#39;s far more physically attractive than the S4, particularly in its Charcoal Black variety. Not attractive in an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> way, maybe, but certainly more pleasant to spend time with than its predecessor, thanks to its metal-look edges and dimpled back. Secondly, it also has a nicer screen. Now in pure spec terms the S4 has a higher pixel density than the S5 (441ppi to 432ppi), but despite that, we prefer the newer phone&#39;s screen: it&#39;s brighter, text is crisper and colours seem just a little more vibrant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s screen is a beauty" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;s joined the 4K club </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How important this is to you will depend on whether you have a 4K television or not. What&#39;s that? You don&#39;t have a 4K TV and don&#39;t know anyone who does? Well never mind - you&#39;ll keep your new S5 for at least a year, and by this time next year 4K TVs will be a lot more affordable. And that&#39;ll mean you&#39;ll be able to shoot 4K video on your phone and watch it on your TV, thus making up for the fact that there&#39;s barely any content yet available in 4K anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="4K FTW!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_1.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4) It has more megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three more, to be precise - giving it a total of 16MP to the S4&#39;s 13MP (see, we knew our maths GCSE would come in handy one day). That means you can crop into photos more drastically, helping to make up for the fact that the camera lacks an optical zoom. That&#39;s not the only improvement to the camera, either: it also focuses far more quickly and has a nifty post-shot &#39;Selective focus&#39; feature which genuinely works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5-zoom/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom-snapped-wild/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom is snapped in the wild</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera now has 16 megapixels to play with" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_38.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5) It&#039;s finger friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know the S4 had a touchscreen too, but it didn&#39;t have a fingerprint scanner, did it? Well the Galaxy S5 does, and it can do more than just unlock your phone - authorise payments for Samsung apps or PayPal transactions, for instance, or access private files. Hopefully Google Play access will follow soon - being able to pay for all new apps with a press of the finger would be a mighty cool feature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Give it the finger..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-fingerprint.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6) It doesn&#039;t stutter (quite as much) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big disappointments with the S4 was that despite packing a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, it stumbled and stuttered far more often than we&#39;d have liked. Not when doing the hard stuff such as playing the latest 3D games, bizarrely, but when performing simple tasks such as moving around home screens and closing galleries. Crazy. Still, the S5, with its Snapdragon 801 chip, doesn&#39;t appear to suffer to quite the same extent - it&#39;s not flawless, but it trips up far less frequently. Just as importantly, TouchWiz - the Samsung skin which sits over Android 4.4 KitKat - has been stripped back and simplified, making it easier to use. When combined with the bug-free operation, the whole user experience feels far slicker on the S5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TouchWiz is now a far slicker experience" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_31.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7) It tears through downloads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S5 has a new feature called Download Booster, and you can probably guess from its name what it does. That&#39;s right - it&#39;s a social media app for a heavy metal festival. Not really. Download Booster boosts your downloads by using both 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously where possible. We say &#39;where possible&#39; because you&#39;ll obviously need both a Wi-Fi connection and 4G sim for that to work. But even if you&#39;re still stuck on 3G, the fact that the S5 has 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO wireless tech should speed up your connection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Quicker downloads are ALWAYS a good thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-download-booster.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8) It&#039;s roomier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the S4 and S5 have expandable memory via microSD card, but where the S4 can only handle a maximum of 64GB, the S5 will take a 128GB card. Alright, so a 128GB microSD card will set you back at least S$200- a 64GB card can be had for about S$60. One caveat: Android 4.4 KitKat changed the way that apps work with external storage in order to improve security. The result is that you won&#39;t necessarily&nbsp;be able to copy all of your apps on to your microSD card; some will work, some won&#39;t. But music, videos, photos etc - they&#39;ll all be fine. And if you&#39;ve got a serious Spotify offline-syncing habit, 64GB won&#39;t go far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-one-m8-vs-htc-one-six-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) - six reasons to upgrade</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can up the S5&#039;s storage by 128GB - on the S4 it&#039;s 64GB" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) But... it&#039;s harder to hold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although the S5&#39;s screen is a mere 0.1in larger, the handset itself is noticeably bigger in the hand. If you&#39;re small handed - or just don&#39;t want to risk ever dropping your phone - you might be better sticking with the S4.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5 is a physically bigger handset" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-screen_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s no night owl </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some reason, Samsung&#39;s got rid of the Night Mode from the S5&#39;s camera, instead suggesting that you use the Picture Stabilisation mode in low light. That&#39;s fine - but the option to turn it on is hidden within a menu, and if you didn&#39;t know that&#39;s what it was for you&#39;d never guess.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wherefore art thou, Night Mode?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_75.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;ll cost you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Galaxy S5 will set you back S$1068, SIM-free, and if you&#39;re anything like us, you don&#39;t have that kind of money lying around. The S4&#39;s price will only go down from here - whether on contract or SIM-free - so sticking with last year&#39;s tech could be good for your wallet. Us? We&#39;d always choose the &#39;spend money we don&#39;t have on shiny gadget&#39; option, but then we&#39;re irresponsible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Save money or upgrade?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-colours_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature#comments Android Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435158 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first two of 2014&#039;s flagship phones are here – but which should you buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 square up" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deciding which smartphone to upgrade to is the hardest thing in the world. Seriously - it&#39;s on a par with naming your firstborn, or deciding which pizza to go for after a night on the town.</p> <p>Well, your choice just got even tougher - because the first of 2014&#39;s flagship smartphones have arrived, in the form of the&nbsp;Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).</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>At first glance, there&#39;s only one winner here. The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing - all brushed metal, subtle curves and precision-engineered speaker grilles. It&#39;s a bigger phone than its predecessor the HTC One, and might have lost a smidgeon of design flair due to its rounded edges, but at the same time that makes it more comfortable in the hand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 could never really be described as beautiful. Striking, maybe. Practical, definitely. But not beautiful in the way that the M8 is. For starters, it&#39;s a wholly plastic affair, and while Samsung&#39;s wisely given it a nice, grippy back, it just doesn&#39;t feel like the kind of lovely <em>objet d&#39;art</em> that you&#39;ll be wanting to fondle at every opportunity. Neither is it as solid as it might be - sure, it doesn&#39;t creak in the way that the S4 did, but pump up the volume through the built-in speakers and you&#39;ll hear the back vibrating.</p> <p>Live with the phones for a few days and the Samsung closes the gap a little. The fact that it&#39;s water- and dustproof to IP67 is a major bonus given how often we drop our phone down the toilet (that&#39;ll teach us to play games when we should be, uh, attending to our business), while the removable battery could be useful on long journeys. It&#39;s also shorter than the M8 but no wider and has a bigger screen - those expertly milled speaker grilles on the HTC may look nice, but they sure do increase the bezel size.</p> <p>Overall though, we&#39;ve got to give this category to the M8. It&#39;s one of the best looking and best built phones we&#39;ve seen, and any owner of one will be proud.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5: plastic fantastic?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-three-quarter_0.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>Ooh, this is a close one. The HTC One (M8)&#39;s had a major spec bump from the original One, getting a 5in full HD screen where its predecessor had to make do with a 4.7in effort. A pixel density of 441ppi is high enough that you really won&#39;t notice the individual pixels, and both text and icons are incredibly sharp. It&#39;s plenty bright enough, serves up vibrant colours and has excellent viewing angles, with our only minor gripe being that the palette tends a little towards the green side.</p> <p>Despite the S5&#39;s slightly smaller shell, Samsung&#39;s managed to find space for a slightly bigger 5.1in Super AMOLED display. Like the M8 it has a 1920x1080 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 432ppi; you won&#39;t notice any difference between them on that front. What you might notice is quite how bright and vibrant the S5 is - it&#39;s superb for outdoor viewing, adjusts cleverly to different lighting conditions and doesn&#39;t fade even when viewed at extreme angles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, we can&#39;t choose between them - they&#39;re both too good to be losers in this round.</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="The Samsung&#039;s screen is a stunner..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </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="...but the HTC&#039;s is gorgeous too" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another close call here. Both these phones are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, with the only difference being that the S5&#39;s core is clocked at 2.5GHz to the M8&#39;s 2.3GHz. In our tests, the M8 achieved a massive AnTuTu score of 36,149, with the S5 racking up&nbsp;29,730.</p> <p>All of which is great, without necessarily telling us a lot about how they fare in the real world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, both phones tear through the latest 3D games and both play full HD videos without a flicker of protest. The S5 makes more obvious use of its power through software features such as Multi Window, but the M8 seems a little slicker when scrolling through home screens and opening apps and widgets. So, given that you&#39;ll likely be doing a lot more of the latter than the former, we&#39;re going to give this round to the M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC racks up a massive score on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>There&#39;s more than one type of power, of course, and the S5 has the advantage when it comes to battery life. </p> <p>Inside that shell you&#39;ll find a&nbsp;2800mAh cell, which in standard Android flagship fashion lasts for a full day&#39;s use. It&#39;s not quite up there with the LG G2 for longevity, but the&nbsp;new Ultra Power Saving Mode helps: switch it on and 30% of battery will last another 3.3 days. Even with a mere 4% it&#39;ll survive the half hour until you get home. What&#39;s more, the battery is swappable. Now we don&#39;t know how many people actually buy a spare battery and carry it around with them for emergencies, but&nbsp;a battery that can be replaced with a fully charged alternative is always going to beat one that&#39;s stuck inside its (admittedly quite pretty) metal shell.&nbsp;</p> <p>The M8, meanwhile, gets a 2600mAh battery that again lasts for roughly a normal day&#39;s use. Just a slightly shorter day. So the S5 definitely takes this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</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="The S5&#039;s removable battery could come in handy" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two entirely different approaches here, with the S5 going for the cram-the-megapixels-in strategy and the M8 for the let&#39;s-make-it-good-for-the-real-world angle. But which is better?</p> <p>In general daytime use, it&#39;s got to be the S5. It&#39;s superfast, focusing in an incredible 0.3s; well, that&#39;s what Samsung says - all we know is that it locks on in an instant. Colours are accurate, contrast is good and with 16MP to play around with, there&#39;s bags of detail to shots. Cropping in to pics is easy peasy too, thanks to the sheer number of pixels on offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Give it more challenging conditions and it&#39;s a different matter. In low light, images are too grainy, plus Samsung&#39;s ditched the Night Mode from the S4 and replaced it with a Picture Stabilisation option. Fine, except that that option is now hidden away inside a menu. All of which means that you won&#39;t get great results from it down the pub.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is pretty much its polar opposite. Its snapper has a mere 4MP sensor, but as with the original One, it uses bigger &#39;Ultrapixel&#39; sites for benefits in low light. But that&#39;s not all. The M8&#39;s gained a second sensor and lens and a second flash. The new sensor/lens combo is there to capture depth information, giving the phone Lytro-like refocus-after-you&#39;ve-taken-picture skills. And it works really well. The S5, meanwhile, uses software to do a similar thing, but with less impressive results.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s new flash improves colours in murky conditions - specifically skin-tones - which further adds to the HTC&#39;s advantage when you&#39;re shooting indoors or at night. But cropping is a no-no, because there&#39;s not much information in a 4MP photo.</p> <p>Choosing between the two approaches is tricky - it&#39;s like saying which is best out of chocolate and cheese. So we won&#39;t attempt it - this round&#39;s another tie.</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! And snap again! (Two cameras, see)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>Both these phones run the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, but each has its own skin on top. The M8 gets HTC&#39;s Sense 6 interface, and very nice it is too. Chief among its attractions is BlinkFeed - a beautifully balanced blend of social media updates and news from your choice of topics, which sits on a screen of its own. The Sense 6 version can also handle RSS feeds, which is nice, plus it learns what you like and presents that to you first. It&#39;s not quite enough to beat the S5&#39;s interface on its own, but BlinkFeed is definitely a big string to the M8&#39;s bow.</p> <p>As an OS, Sense 6 is fairly restrained and nicely customisable. Other than giving you BlinkFeed, it doesn&#39;t ram itself down your throat with unnecessary apps, and that&#39;s fine by us. It does have a few other nice touches, though, including the ability to turn on the screen by double-tapping the phone and to swipe straight into BlinkFeed or your last-opened app even when the phone is off.</p> <p>The S5 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz skin, and the good news is that it&#39;s finally been toned down from the in-your-face version we&#39;ve seen on previous Galaxy phones. Icons are simple, key apps such as the S Planner calendar have been cleaned up and stripped back, and all the Samsung bloatware - sorry, essential apps - are nicely tidied away within their own folder.</p> <p>The big new feature is My Magazine, which is powered by Flipboard and aims to serve up a BlinkFeed-like experience. It doesn&#39;t quite succeed, with nowhere near as many customisation options and no way to integrate calendars and RSS feeds, but hopefully future updates will improve it. And of course you get all of Samsung&#39;s other software tricks as seen on the S4 - eye tracking tech, the S Health app and much, much more.</p> <p>Personal taste will go a long way to determining which of the two you prefer, but for us, the HTC&#39;s cleaner interface and useful touches such as tap-to-unlock and BlinkFeed beat the throw-everything-at-it approach of the S5.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</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="My Magazine on the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_35.jpg?1397653233" /> </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="BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OTHER FEATURES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bit of an uneven contest, this category. The S5 is awash with extra talents, while the M8 sticks to the tried-and-tested. So on the Samsung, you get a fingerprint sensor, heart-rate tracker and super-fast downloads. And on the M8 you, er, don&#39;t.</p> <p>The S5&#39;s fingerprint scanning doesn&#39;t work as well as it does on the iPhone 5s, but you can use it to pay for Samsung apps and authorise PayPal transactions and the like, which means it&#39;s more than just a fancy way to unlock your handset. The heart-rate tracker integrates with the S Health app and checking your pulse soon becomes quite addictive thanks to the array of graphs on offer. The Download Booster feature, meanwhile, uses Wi-Fi and 4G together to speed up your downloads. Obviously.</p> <p>The HTC lacks none of the essentials but, dual sensor camera aside, offers little functionality that the S5 doesn&#39;t. Both devices have upgradeable storage via microSD. Both have NFC. In fact the only other features it has which the S5 doesn&#39;t are its front speakers - still the best we&#39;ve heard on a phone, and a genuinely useful thing to have. That said, this category is all Samsung&#39;s.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</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="Samsung&#039;s heart-rate tracking in action" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As head-to-heads go, you won&#39;t get much closer than the HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5.</p> <p>In many ways they&#39;re similar phones - both have big, beautiful screens, both have more power than they realistically need, both run the latest, and greatest, version of Android. But it&#39;s the differences between them that ultimately decide this battle.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for a phone with masses of extra features - from fingerprint scanning to heart-rate-tracking to waterproofing to a removable battery - then you should go for the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more bothered about owning a beautiful object, both in terms of its physical build and the software that runs on it, then you&#39;ll be better off with the HTC One (M8).</p> <p>For us, the extras you&#39;ll get from the S5 don&#39;t compare to the joy you&#39;ll gain from the M8. And that&#39;s why it&#39;s our overall winner.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) 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="And our winner is... the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_Silver.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435119 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/sg/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 08/04/14: LG G Watch will undercut the Samsung Gear 2&#039;s price when it lands by the end of July </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 the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" alt="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has, out of the blue, announced Android Wear - a version of Android designed specifically for watches. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/easily-best-looking-smartwatch-weve-ever-seen-shame-it-isnt-real/news" target="_blank">With no similarly impressive-looking iWatch</a> on the horizon, Apple must be kicking itself.</p> <p>Both LG and Motorola have revealed smartwatches that will be running Android Wear, and the LG will be the first Google watch to hit shelves when it lands sometime between April and June this year.</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 core functionality of Android Wear smartwatches is based on search and contextual awareness.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with Google Glass, saying &quot;OK Google&quot; will initiate a search, which you can then use to look up information, open apps or even send messages - it&#39;ll transcribe your voice. Frankly, it looks stunning.</p> <p>Other scenarios imagined in the promo videos include functionality we&#39;re familiar with from the Google Now app, such as reminders of your meetings, navigation info for how to get there and real-time feedback on your arrival time. The context awareness will also extend to flashing up QR code tickets when you&#39;re at the airport or cinema and warnig you if there are jellyfish in the sea when you&#39;re jogging down the beach to catch some waves.</p> <p>Naturally, Google watches will have wellness in mind too, with exercise tracking and reminders being a part of the device&#39;s repertoire.</p> <p>Android Wear devices will also let you fire up a music playlist on your smartphone or tablet, as well as cast a film to your TV. Yes, that is cool.</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="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui.jpg?1397012243" /> </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="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-bike.jpg?1397012243" /> </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="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>It&#39;s not yet clear how the devices will operate, but Google has created a beta SDK for developers so that existing apps can send notifications to Google watches powered by Android Wear. On the developer video, Android&#39;s Director of Engineering David Singleton says the preview SDK &quot;will allow you to extend your Android applications still running on phones and tablets to provide ricer experiences for the new form factor,&quot; which suggests that rather than doing all the hard graft themselves, Android Wear watches are mirrors for the Android phones and tablets with which they&#39;re paired. That&#39;s good news for battery life, a constant issue for wearables - particularly those with nice, big colour screens.</p> <p>The first Android Wear devices are the square LG G Watch and circular Motorola Moto 360, but we can expect to see many more Android Wear-powered watches over the coming months: other partners include Asus, HTC, Fossil and Samsung, who clearly haven&#39;t written off Android as a smartwatch platform just yet, despite dropping it in favour of Tizen for its follow-up Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear Neo devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 preview</a></strong></p> <p>Indeed, Singleton says &quot;We&#39;re working with consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.&quot; Sounds like there will be an interesting variety on offer.</p> <p>For now, let&#39;s take a closer look at what LG and Motorola have prepared.</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/0xQ3y902DEQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="808" title="Android Wear sports notifications" alt="Android Wear sports notifications" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-sports_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch - square and business-like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s G Watch opts for a Sony Smartwatch 2-esque square design, but most of the finer details are still under wraps. It&#39;ll be &#39;compatible with a range of Android smartphones&#39;, and like all G Wear devices will be voice-activated: say &#39;OK Google&#39; and it&#39;ll spring into action just as the Motorola Moto X smartphone does. The G Watch appears to take other design cues from its maker&#39;s past Google-branded efforts: there&#39;s more than a hint of Nexus 4 in its finish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-4/review">Google Nexus 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>Other details: the LG G Watch will &#39;present a low barrier of entry for developers and offer the best experience for users&#39;, reads the PR. This suggests it should rely on standard developer tools and, hopefully, won&#39;t cost too much - two key elements to getting the whole wearable trend off the ground and on people&#39;s wrists. It&#39;ll be out in Q2 2014.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128341-lg-g-watch-release-date-by-july-and-less-than-180-in-the-uk-hands-on-pictures" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a>&nbsp;has confirmed that the LG G watch will land before the end of July for less than &pound;180 (approximately S$377). Either way, it&#39;s going to look tempting next to the Samsung Gear 2 which is priced at S$398.</p> <p>The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are cheaper at S$298 and S$268 respectively, and we&#39;ll have to wait and see what goodies the LG G watch is packing before we can truly compare which choice offers more bang for your buck. Stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" alt="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_1.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Motorola Moto 360: circular and sexy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 not much detail about Motorola&#39;s 360 aside from a picture showcasing a rather gorgeous circular screen and what appears to be a sensor on the back - could this be a fitness and wellness tracker that captures heart rate data in addition to providing notifications, navigation and search? That would seem sensible to us.</p> <p>Moto&#39;s dabbled in circular screens before - remember the beautiful Aura feature phone? - so although it looks like a concept device, the 360 is entirely plausible in its design. According to the site, it&#39;ll be available in summer 2014&hellip; and frankly, it looks stunning. We could actually see ourselves wearing this, just as we could Gabor Bologh&#39;s beautiful smartwatch concept. Still - who needs fantasy now?</p> <p>We&#39;ll have more on both watches and on Android Wear as details emerge, as we&#39;re as excited to see what&#39;s next as you are. Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/03/14:</strong>&nbsp;Moto has dripped out a little more information on the Moto 360. For starters, it&#39;s confirmed that there&#39;s no charging port or pin, which gives the watch a clean, natural look. It&#39;s keeping mum on the details, but we&#39;re assuming the 360&#39;s battery supports wireless charging.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while the exact battery life hasn&#39;t been shared, Motorola stressed that it&#39;s aware of the importance that consumers place on battery life and that battery life was one of the most important priorities when designing the 360. Sounds promising.</p> <p>Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but Motorola has confirmed that the 360 will launch globally on the summer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear-googles-beautiful-smartwatch-operating-system/feat" target="_blank">The 8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best wearable gadgets 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="769" height="577" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front.jpg?1397012243" /> </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="769" height="577" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-back.jpg?1397012243" /> </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="590" height="442" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-aura.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news#comments Android Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:38:18 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433916 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most feature-packed smartphone on the planet, tested. </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="Forget the hype, the Galaxy S5 is here" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know what you&rsquo;re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before you even unbox it, because this is a 2014 superphone. Big, bright screen. Oodles of power. Brilliant camera.</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$1,068.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> plenty of power </div> <div class="field-item even"> sharp, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> detailed snapper </div> <div class="field-item even"> tons of features </div> <div class="field-item odd"> waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> a design that few will find beautiful </div> <div class="field-item even"> UI can still be confusing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> not the best camera indoors and in low light </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on Design DNA </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 there&rsquo;s one obvious way that Samsung still falls behind its rivals, it&rsquo;s industrial design.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;clammy, all-plastic build didn&rsquo;t feel particularly nice to hold - the kind of smartphone you really don&rsquo;t mind putting a case on. While the S5 is instantly recognisable as a Galaxy, Samsung has tweaked the design by adding a dimpled polycarbonate (still removable) back panel to give your fingers something to adhere to. In that regard it works. This is a big, wide phone but that new texture combines with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>-style metal-look ridges to make this the grippiest Galaxy yet. It&rsquo;s just as light as the S4 (OK, 15g heavier) and is also more solidly built that its predecessor, which was prone to the odd creak.</p> <p>Improving on the S4 isn&rsquo;t enough, though. Next to the impressively engineered&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>&nbsp;the S5 looks a generation behind, with wider bezels on the front and a larger overall handprint. The G2 simply has a better screen-to-size ratio.</p> <p>Second, how a phone feels when you grab it 100 times a day is half the battle. The &ldquo;Modern Glam&rdquo; back panel still doesn&rsquo;t look the part of a S$1000 smartphone. Perhaps it&rsquo;s exactly the sort of styling Samsung&rsquo;s hordes of fans are after, but to our eyes this is a long way from the sophisticated curves of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; (the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a>&nbsp;is a prime example of understated polycarbonate perfection) and ditching the fake stitching of the Note 3 is a good decision, but Samsung needs to think classier.</p> <p>Third, while the S5 feels solid enough, crank up the volume when watching a movie in bed and you can hear the rear speaker vibrating the S5&rsquo;s back panel fairly vigorously. That&rsquo;s not something you&rsquo;d expect from a flagship such as this.</p> <p>In short, we&rsquo;re not enamoured by the S5&rsquo;s aesthetics, but perhaps there are those out there who will be. Besides, Samsung&rsquo;s form has function - IP67 waterproofing. Just make sure the back panel and port covers are properly fitted. No-one wants a soggy battery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It looks like a Galaxy, it feels like a Galaxy " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_27_1.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The outgoing Galaxy S4 has a smaller handprint than the taller S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_69_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="Metal-look ridges remind us of the Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_60_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="The S5&#039;s rear speaker - listen to it vibrate the case for laughs " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_65_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Screen: 5.1in, Super AMOLED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately the screen will more than distract you from the S5&#39;s divisive aesthetics. At 5.1in, it&rsquo;s only just bigger than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;- but it&rsquo;s now a dazzling Super AMOLED display.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still full HD resolution, so there&#39;s a slight drop to 432ppi from the S4&rsquo;s 441ppi, but you really won&rsquo;t notice. What you will notice is how bright it is, how easy it is to read outdoors and how vibrant the colours are.</p> <p>And to combat criticism over alien hues, Samsung&rsquo;s adapt display setting automatically switches screen mode depending on what you&rsquo;re doing - Dynamic mode to make home and lockscreens really pop, and Cinema mode for a natural palette for movies. It&rsquo;s the smartphone screen equivalent of having your cake and eating it.</p> <p>We were obviously excited when the (ultimately unfounded) rumours of a 2K screen surfaced, but while that&rsquo;s not what we&rsquo;ve ended up with this is plenty sharp and there are excellent viewing angles. It&rsquo;s not quite the very best - the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>&nbsp;offers a larger screen, crisper picture and slightly better contrast in a smaller body. But the S5&rsquo;s display is still an absolute stunner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 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="A Super AMOLED stunner " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Camera: 16MP, 4K 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>The S5&#39;s is a very impressive smartphone snapper.</p> <p>For a start, the autofocus is seriously quick. Samsung reckons it&rsquo;s as fast as up to 0.3s; we can&rsquo;t count that quickly, but we do know it&rsquo;s one of the nippiest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone.</p> <p>The 16MP sensor captures accurate colours, good contrast and masses of detail when used outdoors in good light, so it&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc tourist cam. Its improved HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used, too - it&rsquo;s lightning quick and the results in tricky light are close to magic.</p> <p>But indoors it&rsquo;s only so-so, and in low light it&rsquo;s comfortably beaten by the night vision of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>. Colours stay accurate but images look too grainy to be usable. Zooming in on landscape shots? Yes, go for it (after all, it&#39;s not something you can do very effectively on the 4MP One (M8)). Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Not so hot.</p> <p>Selective focus - Samsung&rsquo;s version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lytro/lytro/review" target="_blank">Lytro</a>-like tech so in vogue right now - offers near focus, far focus and pan focus after you&rsquo;ve taken the shot. The subject closest to you has to be 50cm or nearer and, unlike on the HTC, the mode has to be selected before you start snapping. But even though it&rsquo;s software-based, with no extra sensors, it works fairly well and is a cool feature that&rsquo;s a cut above the slightly gimicky software tricks Samsung has been guilty of in the past.</p> <p>The camera app itself has been simplified, too, with one big boo-boo: Samsung&rsquo;s ditched its night mode altogether. For low light shots Samsung suggests its new Picture Stabilisation mode, but this is hidden as a toggle in the phone&rsquo;s main settings. After Auto, this is probably the most used setting, so having to jump through hoops to get to it is a misstep.</p> <p>As for video, the S5 joins the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>&nbsp;in the 4K club - footage is smooth and looks as crisp as the screen you&rsquo;re viewing it on will allow. In most cases, the excellent full HD footage will do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera apps scrubs up nicely with fewer confusing modes" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_76_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="16MP camera bump on the back of the S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera app has quick access to HDR and selective focus modes" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_73_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Big on Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With so much going on, the S5 needs order. And this is easily the most user friendly version of Android yet to grace a Galaxy.</p> <p>TouchWiz, as it&#39;s known, has never had many fans. Big features such as running two apps side by side with Multi Window are useful, but there&rsquo;s always been a little too much confusion and clutter to it.</p> <p>On the S5 it&rsquo;s different. It&rsquo;s not quite as painstakingly crafted as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>&nbsp;yet and we&rsquo;re sure an S5 Google Edition (with vanilla Android KitKat) will sell well. But it is now on the road to brilliance. Tweaked icons look simple and fresh and core apps such as the S Planner calendar have been overhauled to look clean and calming next to their hectic&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4</a>&nbsp;counterparts.</p> <p>Where once we&rsquo;d unbox a smartphone already bloated with extra apps, Samsung downloads and free subscriptions are now tidied away in the the Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts widgets - it&rsquo;s then up to you which you install and which you ignore.</p> <p>The big addition is My Magazine, a stream of images and links to news that&rsquo;s powered by&nbsp;<a href="https://flipboard.com/" target="_blank">Flipboard</a>&nbsp;and sits to the left of the main homescreen.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s BlinkFeed</a>&nbsp;is slightly more useful - it shows specific RSS feeds and calendar appointments - but Samsung&rsquo;s app is an equally lively way to jump into the morning&rsquo;s news. Again, Samsung is learning to be less pushy - My Magazine can be killed in the settings.</p> <p>Using the S5 can still feel overwhelming at times, mind you. The settings menu is somewhat over-stocked with options, to the extent that we gave up scrolling the icons and used the search tool. All the familiar Samsung innovations are here if you want them, including last year&rsquo;s motion gestures (eye tracking, touchless scrolling, etc) neatly tucked away in their own section. It&rsquo;s worth noting that none of these are as useful and intuitive day-to-day as the One (M8)&rsquo;s swipe- and tap-to-unlock gestures.</p> <p>Then there are the new features...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_06_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Multi Window running Facebook and a video shot with the S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_41_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s app drawer, newly cleaned up " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_37_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="My Magazine, alone in the courtyard " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_34_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Smart Switch: how to ditch iOS the Samsung way </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>Samsung&rsquo;s recognised that one of the biggest obstacles to getting an S5 is the hassle of having to move all of your media and messages from your outgoing handset, particularly if it&rsquo;s an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone</a>.</p> <p>Samsung Smart Switch is genius - accessed through the Galaxy Essentials widget, it works with Android and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>. Enter your iCloud details and it downloads calendar appointments, memos, contacts and bookmarks. It took just half an hour for us. Google Play equivalents of apps are suggested to ease the transition and iTunes libraries can be moved over via the PC or Mac version of Smart Switch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on BPM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Heart rate tracking has been added to Samsung&rsquo;s redesigned S Health app, which already boasts pedometer, exercise and food-tracking sections. Once accessed through the app it&rsquo;s quick to take readings, requiring only a finger press to the sensor that sits below the rear camera. It&rsquo;s very accurate, too - within a couple of BPM of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>.</p> <p>But the beauty of heart-rate monitoring is that it enables more focused training, and for that to be really effective it needs to be constant, as it is with a sportswatch such as the aforementioned TomTom or Samsung&rsquo;s own Gear Fit.</p> <p>Having said that, checking your heart rate can become weirdly addictive (there&rsquo;s even a graph) and yet another feature to add to your S5 bragging session as you show off what it can do. And S Health itself remains a great free tool for beginners, with workout goals, audio guides and step counting.</p> <p>Fitness is obviously part of Samsung&rsquo;s big picture and it&rsquo;s way out in front with the S5. But that&rsquo;s not all the phone fondling you&rsquo;ll be doing.</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="Someone&#039;s excited about the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="S Health tracks steps, exercise, heart rate and food. But who tracks S Health? " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_55_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="Press your finger for a heart rate reading. The future? " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_54_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Big on Fingerprints </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fingerprint scanning is an awesome, futuristic feature, especially in terms of mobile payments, so it&rsquo;s good to see Samsung joining&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">Apple</a>&nbsp;in including it.</p> <p>The implementation isn&rsquo;t as slick as Apple&rsquo;s - you have to swipe from the screen down over the oval-shaped button and often find your fingers sliding off the edge of the plastic phone. However, it does allow you to register fingerprints to pay for Samsung apps, authorise PayPal transactions and access private files on the phone. There&rsquo;s no Google Play integration yet, so we hope to see it in a future update.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Big on 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>Maybe it&rsquo;s the tweaks to TouchWiz, maybe it&rsquo;s the extra grunt from Snapdragon&rsquo;s blazing 2.5GHz 801 processor. But with the Galaxy S5, Samsung&rsquo;s finally produced a phone that makes full use of the power underneath its hood.</p> <p>For all its gaming and multi-tasking prowess, it was the small things that could trip up the S4 - opening the gallery, widgets blinking and reloading on its homescreens. Not so with the Galaxy S5 - it&rsquo;s not quite as effortlessly fluid as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>, but moving through the UI is as lag-free as we&rsquo;ve seen from a Samsung. It doesn&rsquo;t hurt that the S5 can play back a 4K video in one window while you scroll through Facebook in the other, either.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t top the benchmark charts, scoring lower than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a>&nbsp;and Samsung&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a>&nbsp;with 29730, but such figures are far less important than the day-to-day user experience.</p> <p>Connectivity is super fast, too, backed up by a decent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html" target="_blank">SunSpider</a>&nbsp;benchmark score of 779.0m/s. Downloads that are already lickety split thanks to MiMO Wi-Fi (ten seconds for a&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.mobile.android.ui" target="_blank">Spotify</a>&nbsp;album, less than a minute for big Google Play games - depending on your internet connection, of course) get even quicker with Samsung&rsquo;s Download Booster. With a 4G sim in place, the S5 uses both Wi-Fi and 4G to, well, boost download speeds. We&rsquo;ve never seen a blue bar hop so fast.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>&nbsp;- Android 4.4.2</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>&nbsp;- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @&nbsp;2.5GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>&nbsp;- 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>&nbsp;- 5.1in Super AMOLED with 1920x1200 resolution (432ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>&nbsp;- 16MP rear (UHD @30fps), 2MP front (1080p)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;- 16/32GB (microSD expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;- Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, USB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>&nbsp;- 2800mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong>&nbsp;- 142x72.5x8.1mm/145g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Big on 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>Battery life on the S5 is strong, matching the usual roster of top Androids in lasting a full day.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s not quite up there with the juice-sipping&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, which easily lasts a day and a half no matter what you throw at it, but that device remains a freaky smartphone anomaly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike either the G2 or the HTC One (M8), though, the Samsung&#39;s battery is swappable. For some people this is a deal-maker - if you&#39;re organised enough to carry a spare with you, it&#39;s a feature to cherish.</p> <p>On an hour&rsquo;s commute of listening to offline Spotify playlists, editing in Google Drive and checking emails over 4G, the 2800mAh battery will plummet by about 30%. There&rsquo;s a new Ultra Power Saving Mode, though, which limits the phone to apps such as phone, messages, internet and memo and changes the screen to grayscale. That&rsquo;s enough to see 30% of battery last 3.3 days, while 4% will get you half an hour before lights-out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 2800mAh is swappable - good news for power users " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The monochrome Ultra Power Saving Mode " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_57_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 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>There&rsquo;s plenty to brag about with the S5 - a glorious screen, superb camera, Multi Window apps, fingerprint scanning. If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design - inside and out - seriously.</p> <p>And yet, while it does everything you expect from a 2014 flagship phone, it doesn&rsquo;t quite go above and beyond to the same extent as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>, which is that little bit slicker, more stylish and joyful to live with.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a mighty close call, though, and Samsung fans have no reason to be disappointed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_78_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_61_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_-smartphone_review_01_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_66_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </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"> Finding the Samsung Galaxy S5 </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>Whet your appetite to get the Samsung Galaxy S5, didn&#39;t we? We have the solution for that - check our <a href="http://www.marketing-interactive.com/look-coffee-machine-makes-network/" target="_blank">guide to getting the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Singapore</a>. If you haven&#39;t pre-ordered, don&#39;t worry, you can still walk in and buy one from the telcos and Samsung&#39;s Experience Stores from this weekend onwards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Big, bold and stuffed with tech, the Galaxy S5 is a bona fide superphone</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most feature-packed smartphone on the planet, tested. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05_0_0.jpg?1397089305" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review#comments Android Galaxy S5 MWC 2014 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427727 at http://www.stuff.tv Google secretly planning to dominate living room with Android TV? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-secretly-planning-dominate-living-room-android-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Failure of Google TV not stopping the search company </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="1339" height="939" title="Google secretly planning to dominate living room with Android TV?" alt="Google secretly planning to dominate living room with Android TV?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google_tv.jpg?1396843897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seems news has leaked about Google trying to again make its way to our TVs with Android TV. The last time it tried to push out Google TV, with CEO Eric Schmidt prophesying that Google TV would make its way to all our TVs...well, obviously it hasn&#39;t happened now, has it?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> What about Chromecast? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s the thing, though. Chromecast, Google&#39;s attempt at an alternative to Apple TV boxes is still around. Partners like LG are still integrating their TVs with it. But developers are apparently already creating things for the Android TV platform.</p> <p>Now of course, the important thing to ask here is how long will it take to get to Asia? Or will we have to put up with the very long wait for Google to make Android TV available to us here? Seeing the precedent of Google Play media, best not hold our breaths.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/5/5584604/this-is-android-tv">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google%20tv.jpg?1396843897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/android/google-secretly-planning-dominate-living-room-android-tv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-secretly-planning-dominate-living-room-android-tv/news#comments Android Android apps Google Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:06:05 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1434942 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-m8-prices-and-availability-singapore/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 05/04: prices for the HTC One (M8) with a two-year telco plan have been updated or you can get it without contract at S$998 from 5 April </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="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" alt="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC%20One%20M8%20Motion%20Launch.jpg?1396668512" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The HTC One (M8) is the number one smartphone in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&rsquo;s coveted Top Ten list</a>. But we guessed you saw that coming when you read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">review</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> Signing a two-year plan with telcos </div> </div> </div> <div class="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" id="docs-internal-guid-d2a1d026-2fed-482d-f895-37f725a2130b"><strong>StarHub</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sign up for StarHub&rsquo;s S$38 per month SmartSurf Lite plan to get the phone for S$639. The SmartSurf Lite plan includes 100 minutes of local outgoing call time, 800 free SMS and 2GB of local data. The phone costs as little as S$99 with the highest tier S$205 per month SmartSurf Elite plan that gives you 2000 minutes of local outgoing call time, 2500 free SMS and 12GB of local data. Full details of the phone price and its accompanying price plans are available <a href="http://www.starhub.com/personal/promotions/mobile/shop-online/htc.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>SingTel</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sign up for SingTel&rsquo;s S$39.90 per month Lite plan to get the phone for S$608. The Lite plan includes 100 minutes of local outgoing call time, 800 free SMS and 2GB of local data. The phone is free with the highest tier S$239.90 per month Prestige plan that gives you unlimited local outgoing call time, unlimited SMS and 12GB of local data. Full details of the phone price and its accompanying price plans are available <a href="https://www.singtelshop.com/mobile/phone-details.jsf?brandId=147&amp;modelId=ONE_M8#plans" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>M1</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sign up for M1&rsquo;s S$39 per month Value Surf plan to get the phone for S$648. The Value Surf plan includes 120 minutes of local outgoing call time, 600 free SMS and 2GB of local data. The phone costs as little as S$88 with the highest tier S$198 per month MaxSurf+ plan that gives you unlimited local outgoing call time, 2000 free SMS and 12GB of local data. Full details of the phone price and its accompanying price plans are available <a href="https://www.m1.com.sg/personal/mobile/phones/details/htc%20one%20m8%20gray" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">All three telcos will also throw in a free HTC One (M8) premium pack, which consists of two screen protectors, a 32GB microSD card and a 6500mAh power bank worth S$119 whilst stocks last.</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"> S$998 without contract </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">It&rsquo;s a tie between the One (M8) and the Xperia Z2, both priced at S$998 without contract and armed with 16GB of internal storage. 16GB doesn&rsquo;t sound like a lot, but fortunately you can bump up the One (M8)&rsquo;s storage with a microSD card. Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy S5, though priced slightly higher at S$1068, comes with 32GB of internal storage and microSD expandability too.</p> <p dir="ltr">The smartphone will be available from <a href="http://www.htc.com/sea/buy/" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s authorised resellers</a>, so feel free to try your luck at major shopping centres such as Funan DigitaLife Mall. Electronic retailers such as Courts and Challenger are also likely locations. Chances are, it&rsquo;ll have ample supply to meet consumer demand, avoiding the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CEIQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stuff.tv%2Fsg%2Fandroid%2Fopinion-how-many-xiaomi-redmis-were-sold-within-8-minutes-singapore%2Ffeature&amp;ei=gwY5U56ZF82kkQWy1IDIBA&amp;usg=AFQjCNHBQrxasGMCxYzOsbNqYrEGnncHPg&amp;sig2=R_8Ocbe5CQPxfCCSPHQOFA&amp;bvm=bv.63808443,d.dGI" target="_blank">supply shortage problem when Xiaomi launched its Redmi and Mi3.</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-one-m8-vs-htc-one-six-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs HTC One - six reasons to upgrade</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" alt="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Features%20%281%29.jpg?1396668512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Online retailers </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Mobile Square&rsquo;s pricing for the One (M8) without contract hasn&rsquo;t been fixed, but a good gauge would be the retailer&#39;s buy-back price of S$820 for a brand new set. Estimating a reasonable profit margin, our guess would be a retail price of at least S$900.</p> <p dir="ltr">Expansys hasn&rsquo;t listed the One (M8)&rsquo;s price yet, but it has set space aside for both 16GB and 32GB versions of the phone. Another interesting sighting on the Expansys site is the Dot View cover, which is listed at S$30.99, with HTC&rsquo;s recommended retail price for the funky casing being S$59.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/4-reasons-ll-make-you-want-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">4 reasons why you&rsquo;ll really, really want the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" alt="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Mobile%20Square.jpg?1396668512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" alt="HTC One (M8): prices and availability in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Expansys.jpg?1396668512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/android/htc-one-m8-prices-and-availability-singapore/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-m8-prices-and-availability-singapore/feature#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sat, 05 Apr 2014 03:28:33 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434572 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s 2014 tablet arrives before its flagship smartphone - if you liked the Tablet Z, you’ll love this </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="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer.png?1397639680" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony builds lovely kit. Consoles, smartphones, TVs, tablets - all with super specs, expensive materials and the best components. But it&rsquo;s never crafted a tablet that&rsquo;s more than the sum of those parts.</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$688.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (Wi-Fi version), S$888 (LTE version) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Perfect screen for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Light </div> <div class="field-item even"> All day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> No killer first/third party tablet apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Big bezels = a very wide tablet </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Textbook Tablet Refresh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s outgoing Xperia Tablet Z is selling for around S$688, so what&rsquo;s in this year&rsquo;s refresh to convince us to part with a similar sum? Choice tweaks, that&rsquo;s what.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet looks almost identical to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Tablet Z</a>, making for a fun session of spot the difference. The hardware has slimmed down half a centimetre to just 6.4mm (somehow making the 7.5mm <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a> look fat) and it now weighs just 426g for the Wi-Fi-only version. That&rsquo;s ludicrously light for a 10in tablet, and even after a couple of hours arm ache won&rsquo;t be a problem for any but the feeblest of gadgeteers.</p> <p>Aside from the surprisingly powerful speakers sensibly being moved to the front of the tablet from the sides and the new placement of the now flap-free headphone jack, that&rsquo;s it for the cosmetic changes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/gallery?viewid=115912">CHECK OUT OUR FULL XPERIA Z2 TABLET GALLERY&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Like the Tablet Z, it&rsquo;s a sliver of glass and aluminium that feels almost worryingly thin, and not overly comfortable to hold, thanks to an elongated form and slight flex in the middle. The OmniBalance styling, designed to immerse you in what&rsquo;s on the screen, is finished to perfection - from the reflective skeleton frame to the statement power button, lovely to stroke matte back and artfully hidden port flaps. It&#39;s a classy design but all that fussiness is ruined by the bezels, which are huge by 2014&rsquo;s standards and make the Z2 Tablet more cumbersome than it needs to be.</p> <p>A big part of the Z2&rsquo;s appeal is its waterproofing, which is now IP58-certified (a slight improvement over the Z) so drops in up to 1.5m of water are now safe. It might be a splashproof cooking companion or a bathtime long-reads tab. Either way it means the Z2 Tablet will be more useful in more rooms of the house, and that&rsquo;s got to be a good thing. Still, with smaller, cheaper tabs here to stay, full-size tablets such as the Z2 need to work to avoid being relegated to a stay-at-home slab.</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="A classy design let down by big bezels " alt="A classy design let down by big bezels " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-build.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " alt="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-desgin.png?1397639680" /> </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="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " alt="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-headphone-jack.png?1397639680" /> </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="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " alt="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-flaps.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> This is What We Call a Movie Tab </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 big reason most of us want a big tablet is to give movies and TV shows the minimum space they deserve. And here the Sony shines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s almost the same screen as the Tablet Z: a 10.1in 1920 x 1200 affair with tons of Sony&rsquo;s display tweaks - X-Reality engine, Triluminous tech and now for the Z2 &ldquo;Live Colour LCD tech&rdquo; for brighter colours. Unlike Samsung and Asus, Sony hasn&rsquo;t made the leap to 2k tablet resolutions yet, which is a shame and a bit of a surprise considering the company&rsquo;s at the forefront of 4K TV design.</p> <p>In the end all you need to know is that Sony&rsquo;s an expert on screens - this one is bright and crisp with none of the viewing angle problems that have marred Xperia phones. The 264ppi <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air </a>is sharper for reading text and webpages, with slightly more detail when it comes to video playback, too, but otherwise the Z2 Tablet is every bit the stunner. That&rsquo;s thanks to seriously vivid colours and the kind of brightness and contrast that makes for really punchy pictures. In ultimate terms we&rsquo;d say the iPad Air produces the more realistic colours, but the vibrancy of the Sony is mighty appealing and never jarringly unnatural.</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="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " alt="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-screen.png?1397639680" /> </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="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " alt="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-spiderman.png?1397639680" /> </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="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " alt="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-Z2-tablet-review-text.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Apps for a 10in Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full-size tablets have to live up to more than just media bingeing potential. How? With apps.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s gorgeous, creative App Store apps designed for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">Samsung&rsquo;s huge bundle</a> of productivity freebies, Flipboard-style homescreens and subscriptions for the TabPro range, both greatly expand what you can do with a 10in tab. We&rsquo;re talking anything from manipulating virtual Korg synths to dragging and dropping Samsung files. </p> <p>Samsung overhauled its software offering because Google Play still isn&rsquo;t doing enough for 10in tablets. It&rsquo;s neck and neck for smartphone games and apps across iOS and Android but on tablets, the number of fantastic, optimised Android apps still trails the App Store. And Sony hasn&rsquo;t done enough to bridge the gap. Instead you get an almost untouched version of KitKat with only Sony&rsquo;s own Walkman, Movies, Album and What&rsquo;s New apps, and while that once would have been anathema to Android evangelists, they&rsquo;re too busy mucking about with their cheaper Nexus tabs to pay the Z2 much mind. </p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say Sony hasn&rsquo;t taken certain steps. There are resizeable, windowed small apps for the likes of Gmail and the browser, which is a nice multi-tasking touch (particularly if you go for the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s keyboard case) - albeit without quite the range or flexibility of Samsung&rsquo;s rival Multi Window apps. </p> <p>The closest Sony has to a compelling must-have app is the excellent universal remote, plus neat tricks such as Wi-Fi &lsquo;throwing&rsquo; of content to bigger screens. It needs more. We don&rsquo;t mean useless, gimmicky bloatware - the likes of Samsung have grown up enough to choose a few worthwhile additions to KitKat and Sony needs to keep 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="1200" height="900" title="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " alt="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-icons.png?1397639680" /> </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="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " alt="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-homescreen-1.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Performs and performs and performs </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Z2 Tablet might not have that one killer feature to make us want to buy this over any other slate. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it isn&rsquo;t a supremely reliable device in use.</p> <p>As expected, the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM combo handles everything you can throw at it with ease, from Asphalt 8 to running six small apps on top of the browser. This is a very slick tablet indeed, with high benchmark results to back up the real-world use (33782 on AnTuTu and 2030 on Geekbench 3). While we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend tilting a 10in tab to play racing games, you can hook up a DualShock PS3 controller to get your game on when surroundings allow.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to fear the low percentage icon when using the Z2 Tablet either. Battery life is as good as its predecessor, dropping about 10% an hour of fairly heavy use and lasting just over nine hours in our usual video rundown test (HD video loop, Wi-Fi on, half brightness). That means you&rsquo;ll rarely be reaching for the Stamina mode, a gift from Xperia smartphones, but the power saving function does make a big difference when needed.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely to be a priority when choosing a tablet but the 8MP rear camera doesn&rsquo;t let the Z2 down. It takes usable if not brilliant snaps - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Sony&rsquo;s smartphones </a>take crisper shots with better exposure but Sony&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode is on hand to change scenes as you go. The 2.2MP front camera is nice and bright for video calls, too - something lesser tabs struggle with.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " alt="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-camera.png?1397639680" /> </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="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " alt="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-battery.png?1397639680" /> </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="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " alt="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-in-ears.png?1397639680" /> </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="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " alt="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-keybpard.png?1397639680" /> </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"> Power Up with Accessories </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>We haven&rsquo;t had a chance to fully test out the Xperia Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s accessories yet but we have gone <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news">hands-on with both the Bluetooth keyboard case and the MDR-NC31EM in-ears</a> - the only buds that&rsquo;ll work with the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s clever digital noise-cancelling tech.</p> <p>The slim, metal case isn&rsquo;t quite a Transformer keyboard but it&rsquo;s tidy enough for the occasional typing sprint on the train. There&rsquo;s also a blocky speaker dock, remote control and mic available - and the Z2 Tablet will work with Sony&rsquo;s SmartBand when that shows up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Tablet Z2 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 Xperia Z2 Tablet has all the right numbers - 1920, 801, 6000. That would be enough if it wasn&rsquo;t for the fact that tablets win big on criteria you can&rsquo;t put a number on - how they fit into your life, what they allow you to do that your phone&rsquo;s simply too small for.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s still got some way to go in packaging up its screen, performance and software expertise into more than a collection of brilliant components - a tablet with a real edge over its rivals. As it is the Z2 Tablet is a great movie machine, but a tablet costing this much needs to do more, and it&rsquo;s out-worked and out-played by iPads, Samsungs and Transformers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said all that, the single-minded approach to media consumption will appeal to many, as will the all-day battery life and waterproof construction, and there&rsquo;s absolutely nothing wrong with that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">The top ten tablets in the world according to Stuff&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " alt="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-themes.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A solid Sony with a brilliant screen, this waterproof tab just doesn&rsquo;t have the edge over rival Androids </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s so sleek, you can&#039;t keep your eyes and hands off it </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/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer.png?1397634698" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review#comments Android Sony Tablets Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434961 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 price and availability: where can you get it? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s5-price-and-availability-where-can-you-get-it/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 02/04/14: pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5 can be collected from 11 April </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="Samsung Galaxy S5 price and availability: where can you get it?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 price and availability: where can you get it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SingTel%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve probably read our Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">preview</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/mwc-2014/samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/feature">hands-on review</a>, and felt the itch to get one for yourself.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll do you a favour and show you where to get the Galaxy S5 without breaking the piggy bank. Or your regular bank account, for that matter.</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> StarHub </div> </div> </div> <div class="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"><a href="http://www.starhub.com/galaxys5" target="_blank">Registration of interest with StarHub</a> for the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE starts on 28 March at noon. StarHub has confirmed that it&rsquo;ll be announcing the subsidised prices for the Galaxy S5 and the accompanying price plans closer to the launch date. As far as we know, it won&rsquo;t be happening this weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Update 31/03/14</strong>: For the basic S$38 per month plan, which includes 800 free SMS, 100 minutes of local outgoing call and 2GB of local data, StarHub is pricing the Galaxy S5 at S$699, slightly higher than what SingTel is offering. But if you&#39;re a stickler for clear voice calls, StarHub is also offering its high definition (HD) voice call for all its plan. Plus, if you spend way too much time on the phone, its SmartSurf HD (except for SmartSurf HD value) packages give you unlimited outgoing calls and a higher subsidy for the Galaxy S5.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="StarHub Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="StarHub Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/StarHub%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5.jpg?1397025370" /> </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="StarHub Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="StarHub Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/StarHub%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5_1.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> SingTel </div> </div> </div> <div class="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"><a href="http://info.singtel.com/personal/phones-plans/mobile/android/galaxys5" target="_blank">Registration of interest</a> with SingTel for the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE starts at 28 March, noon.</p> <p dir="ltr">For now, SingTel is the only telco to reveal subsidised prices for the Galaxy S5 when you sign up for a two-year plan. You&#39;ll be able to get it for S$688 with the Lite plan, which includes 100 minutes of local outgoing calls, 800 free SMS messages and 2GB of data.</p> <p dir="ltr">Don&rsquo;t be tempted by the lower S$398 or S$218 pricing that comes with the Value and Plus plans - unless you&rsquo;re already on those or really need that much data and talktime, the cost of paying S$59.90 or S$99.90 per month just for a cheaper phone isn&rsquo;t worth it&nbsp;in the long run.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unless, of course, your company&rsquo;s footing your monthly phone bill. In that case, go for the highest tier plan.</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="SingTel Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="SingTel Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SingTel%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2001_0.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> M1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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"><a href="http://www.m1.com.sg/galaxys5" target="_blank">Registration of interest</a> with M1 for the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE starts on 28 March at noon. Don&rsquo;t freak out if you see a 404 on the site. M1&rsquo;s just preparing the online registration page, but you&#39;d better act fast before registration closes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Update 28/03/14</strong>: M1&#39;s website is now live, and indicates that pre-orders from the telco will also receive the freebies and discount available from the Samsung Experience Stores.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="M1 Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="M1 Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M1%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Experience Stores </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Got S$50? Head to one of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samsung.com/sg/consumer/samsungexperiencestore.html#" target="_blank">Samsung Experience Stores</a>, and place a deposit to ensure the Galaxy S5 is yours once it&rsquo;s available.</p> <p dir="ltr">So when can you collect the phone? We&rsquo;ve tried to beat the information out of Samsung Singapore, but they&rsquo;re not saying, even after torture. Word on the street, however, is that you should expect it on 11 April.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nonetheless, if you&rsquo;re set on getting the Galaxy S5, pre-ordering comes with a truckload of discounts and freebies. Collect the phones at the store, and you&rsquo;ll get an extra battery kit and HDTV adapter worth S$126.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&rsquo;s also a S$50 discount for the Gear 2 and Gear Neo. Clumsy with your phone? You can get the S View Cover and Flip Wallet, priced at S$78 and S$58 respectively, at 20% off too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Experience Stores" alt="Samsung Experience Stores" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Experience%20Store.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Expansys </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced at S$1068 without contract, you might get a slightly better price at resellers. Online retailer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.expansys.com.sg/samsung-galaxy-s5-unlocked-lte-16gb-copper-gold-259095/" target="_blank">Expansys</a> hasn&rsquo;t listed the retail price, but keep a close watch on it and you might be in for a surprise.</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="Expansys Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Expansys Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Expansys%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Finding the Samsung Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get ready for the mad rush this Friday </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Experience%20Store_0.jpg?1397025370" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s5-price-and-availability-where-can-you-get-it/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s5-price-and-availability-where-can-you-get-it/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:18:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434463 at http://www.stuff.tv Google shoots for better portraits with upcoming Android update http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-aims-selfie-crowd-upcoming-android-camera-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera update will come independent of KitKat too </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="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" alt="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android_cam.jpg?1396455904" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While Google holds the advantage in the smartphone arena where flexibility is concerned, Android cameras usually get a bad rep next to Nokia&#39;s Lumia series and even Apple&#39;s iPhone.</p> <p>But we can credit the big G for trying, because a hefty camera update is in the works, which we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fully-charged-android-camera-getting-boost-and-lg-g-flex-s-self-healing-put-test/news" target="_blank">mentioned </a>a while back.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Move aside, iPhones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s interesting is that instead of just releasing the camera tweaks with the next Android 4.4.3 update, Google&#39;s releasing the camera tweaks separately. This is good news, as it gives some hope to non Google-stock phones to enjoy a better Android picture-taking experience. Some Android models aren&#39;t even on Kit Kat yet, after all.</p> <p>Our last story about the camera tweaks said the coming update will also see burst mode shooting, face detection and, RAW capture. The latter feature isn&#39;t something you&#39;ll find on a smartphone as yet, so it could be interesting. But seeing how large RAW images are, it&#39;s doubtful people are going to start going to utilise the format much when snapping photos.</p> <p>For a refresher on what the next Android update will bring, check our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">KitKat review</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/01/google-new-android-camera-app/" target="_blank">Engadget</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="567" height="425" title="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" alt="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android_kitkat.jpg?1396455904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/google-aims-selfie-crowd-upcoming-android-camera-update/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-aims-selfie-crowd-upcoming-android-camera-update/news#comments Android Google Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:12:28 +0000 Melvin Tang 1434705 at http://www.stuff.tv