Android http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android/features en-SG HTC working on tablet keyboard like the Surface Type http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-working-tablet-keyboard-surface-type/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apparently Google keen on making Android tablets have more utility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC working on tablet keyboard like the Surface Type" alt="HTC working on tablet keyboard like the Surface Type" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus%20c_1.jpg?1409629568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What seems to be sketches of the next Nexus tablet, which will be made by HTC this time around, show an interesting accessory - a keyboard cover. It looks a lot like Microsoft&#39;s keyboard for the Surface, which incorporated keys into the device&#39;s case.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/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"> Can&#039;t run away from Bluetooth </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 keyboard itself will be connected to the tablet via Bluetooth and will likely be powered by its own onboard 450mAh battery. Said battery will be chargeable by a port on its side with an indicator light to denote its current charge status.</p> <p>Magnets will also be incorporated into the case to emulate the iPad smart cover, which will help turn off the screen when the cover touches the display and the segmented portion of the case will help prop the tablet up during use.</p> <p>Whether the keyboard will come as standard with the Nexus tablet is unknown so far though it&#39;s more likely the tablet will be sold alone with the cases as optional accessories, much like how the iPad and Surface tablets are sold.</p> <p>Measuring 228 x 320 x 5 mm, the keyboard will be very slim and makes us wonder just how tactile the keys will be. Will they be as flat as Microsoft&#39;s Touch cover of feel more separated as the keys of the Microsoft Type cover? Would the keyboard be as pricey as Microsoft&#39;s? But what&#39;s certain is that the accessory will make the Nexus a more attractive buy.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets">Tablets, we can&#39;t get enough of them</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/1/6095081/htc-nexus-tablet-could-get-a-microsoft-surface-style-keyboard-cover" target="_blank">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" title="HTC working on tablet keyboard like the Surface Type" alt="HTC working on tablet keyboard like the Surface Type" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus%20c_2.jpg?1409629568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-working-tablet-keyboard-surface-type/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-working-tablet-keyboard-surface-type/news#comments Android Surface Tablets Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:46:09 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1446311 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: They Need To Be Fed 3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’d have thought by the third game in the series, they’d all be full by now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1598" height="900" title="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-5.PNG?1409625492" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think your job&rsquo;s a bit rubbish, but it&rsquo;s got nothing on the little critters who inhabit the <em>They Need To Be Fed</em> universe.</p> <p>Their lot in life is to leap about the place, darting between tiny planetoids, trying very hard to not get killed by all kinds of hostile things, scooping up diamonds along the way. On reaching level&rsquo;s end, they find a giant plant with far more teeth than foliage should really own, jump into its maw, and crunchily get munched to death.</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$2.50 </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"> S$2.50 on Android, S$2.58 on iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a spin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>They Need To Be Fed</em> has always been different, mostly through streamlining the entire platforming experience, and then doing clever things with simple mechanics.</p> <p>The first concerns gravity. Each floating body in the sparse and beautifully minimal <em>They Need To Be Fed</em> universe has its own gravitational pull. You can therefore run around circles without falling off anything, and leap between objects in a floaty, graceful arc. The controls &mdash; left, right, jump &mdash; are simple but responsive, and the mechanics enable you to do a lot with a little.</p> <p>But the real star this time round is the game&rsquo;s level design. The first title in the series was addictive, but short; the second merely a retread. This time round, the game keeps switching things up, lobbing new ideas and playing with your expectations. No sooner will you have mastered a certain type of hazard than another will scupper your progress, from lazily rotating searchlights with deadly beams to psychotic spiked foes that home in on you with unerring accuracy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Free Android Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="1598" height="900" title="Each floating body in the sparse and beautiful universe has its own gravitational pull" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-2.PNG?1409625492" /> </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="1598" height="900" title="The game keeps switching things up, lobbing new ideas and playing with your expectations" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-4.PNG?1409625492" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> More to explore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially, you&rsquo;ll be happy enough just to make it to your lunch date with a giant weed, perhaps having collected the odd diamond along the way. <em>But They Need To Be Fed 3</em> encourages further exploration, with keys that force you to backtrack through unfriendly stretches of space, in order to unlock special levels you can tackle to win yourself an extra diamond.</p> <p>One extra jewel might seem like hard work, but diamonds are the key to progress, unlocking new challenges, although this title&rsquo;s smart enough to ditch one-level-at-a-time unlocks in favour of granting you access to entire sets once you&rsquo;ve amassed enough bling. Half-way through the first set, for example, you&rsquo;ll likely have unlocked the second; and for completists, an absurdly tough Epic mode awaits if you manage to snag 90 shiny stones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best iPhone and iPad Games</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="1598" height="900" title="There are keys that force you to backtrack through unfriendly stretches of space" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-3.PNG?1409625492" /> </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="1598" height="900" title="For completists, an absurdly tough Epic mode awaits if you manage to snag 90 shiny stones" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-8.PNG?1409625492" /> </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="1598" height="900" title="Some of the puzzle sections are utterly fiendish" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-11.PNG?1409625492" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> They Need To Be Fed 3 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 are a few wobbles here and there &mdash; an Adventure mode is more sedate but also a bit meandering and directionless, and the controls aren&rsquo;t terribly well-spaced on an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, although they&rsquo;re fine on a 7-inch tablet or smartphone.</p> <p>For the most part, though, this is one of the smartest, most inventive, and addictive platform titles around for touchscreen devices.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/they-need-to-be-fed-3/id906675928?mt=8" target="_blank">Download They Need To Be Fed 3 for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.venbrux.tntbf3&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download They Need To Be Fed 3 for Android from Google Play</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="1598" height="900" title="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" alt="They Need To Be Fed 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/They-Need-To-Be-Fed-9.PNG?1409625492" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A bit like a super-streamlined 2D Super Mario Galaxy dressed in chic minimalism. Lots of fun, challenging, and excellent value</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review#comments Android App of the Week Gaming iOS They Need To Be Fed 3 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:16:15 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446304 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 01/09/14: New leaked Z3 pics from China&#039;s certification website and 3 September launch </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="An alleged photo of the Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-back.jpg?1409620029" /> </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> <p>Sony only introduced the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review">Xperia Z2</a> this April, and it remains one of our favourite smartphones &ndash; but despite that it&#39;s not long for this world.</p> <p>Just as it did last year with the Xperia Z and Z1, the company is plotting to replace its flagship a mere six months later. And unsurprisingly, its successor at the top of the Sony smartphone tree will be called the Z3. </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$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: If it ain&#039;t broke... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Judging from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">spy shots of the Xperia Z3</a>, it&rsquo;ll be a case of &ldquo;spot the difference&quot; between it and its predecessor the Z2. Like the Z2 (and the Z1 before it), the Z3 sports Sony&rsquo;s metal- and glass-heavy OmniBalance design.</p> <p>There do appear to be some minor differences, however. First and foremost, the Z3&rsquo;s sides are <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/24/sony-xperia-z3-another-pic/" target="_blank">a little curvier</a> &ndash; something which should please anyone (and there were plenty of us) who felt the Z2 was a little too angular and uncomfortable in the hand. Secondly, the shots don&rsquo;t appear to show a second speaker grille, suggesting Sony may have removed its stereo capabilities. That&rsquo;d obviously be quite a retrograde step, so we&rsquo;re hoping it&rsquo;s not the case.</p> <p>A big advantage of the OmniBalance design is that it&rsquo;s water- and dust-proof, so the Z3 will be capable of withstanding anything the weather can throw at it &ndash; as well as enabling you to make calls from the shower and watch Netflix in your Jacuzzi.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/09/14</strong>: Leaked shots, such as the latest one below from Tenaa - China&#39;s certification body, have shown black and white colourways so far. Sony is fond of purple too so that could make an appearance.</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="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-front.jpg?1409620029" /> </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="436" title="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-top.jpg?1409620029" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-side.jpg?1409620029" /> </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="635" height="371" title="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony_xperia_z3_tenna_0.jpg?1409620029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 similarities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t expect an ultra-sharp 2K screen on the Xperia Z3. The rumour consensus seems to be that it&rsquo;ll have a 5.15in full HD (1920 x 1080) display &ndash; so pretty much the same as that on the Xperia Z2, which has a 5.2in effort.</p> <p>The Z2&#39;s display is gloriously lush and punchy, of course, so it&rsquo;s not really a huge problem, and it benefits from tons of Sony TV tech such as Triluminous for mobile.&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="The Z3 will apparently feature a similar screen to the Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1_2.png?1409620029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Few spec surprises </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 serial (and reliable) info-spreader&nbsp;<a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, the Sony Xperia Z3 will be something of a powerhouse, albeit one without any major spec surprises. The Twitter account claims the phone will feature Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.4GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, plus Android KitKat 4.4.4.</p> <p>The FCC listing for the Z3 (more on that below) confirms that it will offer dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE. No surprises there either.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 01/09/14: </strong>The latest leak from Tenaa confirms all those specs and puts the Snapdragon 80a running at 2.5GHz.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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: stop me if you&#039;ve heard this before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Are you sensing a pattern here? Like the design and screen, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s camera may be a holdover from the Z2: according to&nbsp;<a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>&nbsp;the rear shooter will sport the same 20.7MP Exmor R sensor and G lens.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a setup also found on the Z1 and Z1 Compact, and a very good one at that. In fact, in the hands of a decent photographer the Z2 probably delivers better shots than any other smartphone. Expect 4K video to remain an option, too.</p> <p>We doubt Sony will leave the camera untouched - perhaps software improvements or more filter and sharing apps will turn up on the Xperia Z3?</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="The Sony Z2&#039;s camera is lovely, and it seems the Z3&#039;s will be the same" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera%20%281%29.png?1409620029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3X </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 custom in recent years is to release smaller and larger variants of its flagship phones, and that&rsquo;s likely to be the case with the Z3.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already seen a photo of what appears to be a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Z3 Compact</a>&nbsp;(likely with a 4.3in screen) and this is the most likely to be joining the Z3 at launch. The Z1 Compact is our favourite small Android smartphone so the Z3 has big boots to fill.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Chinese site Digi-wo the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news">Z3X phablet</a>&nbsp;will offer a 6.14in display with a 2560 x 1152 resolution, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 22MP camera and apparently the capability to have crazy photography accessories such as a full-size flash attached to it. But we&rsquo;re taking all that with a big pinch of salt and we advise you to do the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The Sony Z3 and Z3 Compact, apparently" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z3-z3-mini.jpg?1409620029" /> </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="771" height="578" title="The Sony Xperia Z3X complete with crazy photo accessories. Possibly" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony%20xperia%20z3x.jpg?1409620029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> September 3rd launch? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In mid-July <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z3_gets_approved_by_the_fcc_for_the_us_market-news-9045.php" target="_blank">the FCC approved a Sony device codenamed &ldquo;D6603&rdquo;</a> for the US market &ndash; and going by the company&rsquo;s current naming convention, that translates to the Xperia Z3. That means the phone&rsquo;s communication features are finalised and suggests a launch can&rsquo;t be too far away.</p> <p>The annual IFA technology expo, which takes place in Berlin at the beginning of September, looks like a safe bet for a global launch for the Z3 and lo and behold Stuff&#39;s been invited to a Sony launch event on Wednesday September 3rd. Head back to Stuff.tv on the afternoon of the 3rd for official images, confirmed specs and hands on impressions. The press conference begins at 4pm sharp Berlin time - that&#39;s 3pm in the UK.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones in the world right now</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> <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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443351 at http://www.stuff.tv First consumer VR headset for mobile phones is built for the LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vortex VR’s headset is 3D-printed, with more coming for other Android devices </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="VRTX I" alt="VRTX I" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vrtx-lgg3.png?1409375715" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve been waiting and waiting for Samsung to show its hand regarding the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news">leaked Gear VR</a>, but Vortex VR just beat it to the punch with a phone-centric headset - and it&rsquo;s for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news#comments Android G3 LG Smartphones Wearable tech Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:46:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446170 at http://www.stuff.tv You're looking at a leaked image of Motorola's next Moto G http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leaked-sneak-peek-next-moto-g/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Motorola&#039;s best bang-for-buck model holds no real surprises </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Leaked: Sneak peek of the next Moto G" alt="Leaked: Sneak peek of the next Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto%20g2.jpg?1409128116" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>September as we know is going to be a month for smartphones. Motorola&#39;s will of course be fighting against Samsung and Apple for the limelight to showcase its lineup. For all we know, these leaked photos of the successor to the popular Moto G handset might be a pre-emptive move.</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"> Dual-sim, swappable covers, deja vu </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 can be seen from the photos is that the next Moto G will have swappable back plates and that design-wise, it might have gotten inspiration from its cheaper brand mate, the Moto E.</p> <p>Since the last Moto G was upgraded to have 4G, would it be too much to ask for Motorola to just ship the next phone with 4G already? And figure a way to not display the statuses of both SIMs if one SIM was not actively in use?</p> <p>The phone looks like it has incorporated the Moto E&#39;s speaker placement and there might be space for a MicroSD slot, which was missing on the last Moto G. The addition of the latter would truly make it a value-for-money phone at its price point.</p> <p>As to the screen, it looks a little larger and could possibly be a 5in display which is a small bump but not to the that point it becomes unwieldy.</p> <p>In the meantime,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung">Samsung is also gearing up for September</a>&nbsp;and we think it&#39;ll pull a few surprises come the launch of the next Note.</p> <p>[Source and images:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/hellomotohk/posts/454112568061997" target="_blank">HellomotoHK</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="Leaked: Sneak peek of the next Moto G" alt="Leaked: Sneak peek of the next Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto%20g2_2.jpg?1409128116" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/leaked-sneak-peek-next-moto-g/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leaked-sneak-peek-next-moto-g/news#comments Android Motorola Smartphones Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:17:17 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445996 at http://www.stuff.tv Huawei Ascend P7 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/huawei/huawei-ascend-p7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Huawei tempt you away from the usual smartphone suspects with the slim and pretty P7? </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="Huawei Ascend P7 review" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ascend-p7-s-7.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&lsquo;Thin&rsquo; is important. If you&rsquo;re not a size zero, you are a zero, folks. It&rsquo;s the sort of ideology you see in creepy movies about ballet dancers, but it could almost be the credo of the Huawei Ascend P7.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the thinnest phones ever made, and along with having 4G as fast as 4G gets &ndash; at present &ndash; this is the Huawei Ascend P7&rsquo;s calling card. Among plastic Android phones it makes a bit of a splash.</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$699.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> Sharp and bright 5in screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Super slim and fairly sexy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent camera </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"> Weak processor for the price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Quirky software doesn&#039;t hit the mark </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some performance issues </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"> The style’s in the substance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Huawei clearly wants to make a statement with the Ascend P7. After years of making chubby plastic phones that often cost less than a round of drinks in a London nightclub, it wants to play with the big boys.</p> <p>It has tried to do this with a super-slim metal and glass design, producing one of the most compact 5-inch phones ever crafted in the 6.5mm-slim Huawei Ascend P7. But will anyone notice?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not a dig at Huawei&rsquo;s struggles to get people to recognise &ndash; let alone pronounce &ndash; its name. It&rsquo;s just that once you get to a certain level of thinness, the difference between a milimetre or two becomes far less obvious, especially when the phone has such a severe, boxy design. In real life the P7 just feels about as thin as an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a>.</p> <p>The look is very much iPhone-like, too. The Huawei Ascend P7&rsquo;s sides are aluminium in iPhone 5S-like style and the front and back and super-flat panels of glass &ndash; did anyone say&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-4s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 4S</a>?</p> <p>100 per cent original it may not be, but the Ascend P7 feels and looks reasonably expensive. Thanks to all that glass and metal, it doesn&rsquo;t flex under pressure at all (a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;does), and rather than having a pop-off back it uses metal trays for its SIM and microSD cards. You only get 16GB of storage, so Huawei couldn&rsquo;t really get away without adding a card slot.</p> <p>Not every part of the Huawei Ascend P7 design is an outright smash &ndash; the aluminium is that bit too shiny, there&rsquo;s a fair old bit of bezel above and below the display and some of the seams could be subtler. But it&rsquo;s certainly Huawei&rsquo;s fanciest phone to date, adding an extra layer of glass to last year&rsquo;s Ascend P6, which was actually even thinner.</p> <p>Compared to some of the latest Androids it&rsquo;s also pretty easy to handle. Huawei hasn&rsquo;t gone overboard with the screen size.</p> <p>And for sound the Huawei Ascend P7&rsquo;s internal speaker is remarkably OK given all you see of it is a 2mm thick strip of silver on the back. It&rsquo;s mono and it&rsquo;s not as loud as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a>, but it has the extra bit of mid-range beefiness to stop it from sounding as thin as one of those whistles made from a blade of grass. It&rsquo;s not too bad at all.</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> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Huawei has clearly been inspired by the iPhone 5s, and who can blame it?" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-s-2-16x9.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Huawei Ascend P7" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-s-3.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Huawei Ascend P7" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-s-5-16x9.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 daze </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Huawei Ascend P7 has a 5-inch screen, where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> have all felt the need to edge over that size. Unfortunately for Huawei, that&#39;s made a 5-inch 1080p screen such as this feel &lsquo;a bit 2013&rsquo; in a top-end phone.</p> <p>If you care more about actual experience than mobile phone Top Trumps, the Ascend P7 screen is pretty great. It&rsquo;s sharp, bright and offers similar natural-but-bold colours to those you&rsquo;d see in something like the LG G3.</p> <p>Games, movies, browsing &ndash; the Huawei Ascend P7 display is great at them all. If you&rsquo;re a true screen nerd who has seen the other top-end phones of 2014, though, you will notice that the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 offer better contrast and black levels, though.</p> <p>That&#39;s a fairly minor niggle, though - in terms of screen quality the Huawei P7 is absolutely playing in the same ballpark as the very best in class.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5in may look a little small compared to the 2014 flagships, but this is a screen of excellent quality" alt="Huawei P7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-fr.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Soft-core </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen quality is important, but how a phone&rsquo;s software looks in-use is almost as key. Here&rsquo;s where the Huawei Ascend P7 comes a bit of a cropper.</p> <p>While Huawei has clearly put a huge amount of effort into making the Ascend P7 thinner than a non-ghost written biography of a Premiership footballer, that seems to have come at the expense of software design.</p> <p>First of all the EmotionUI gets rid of the apps menu. Every app you have has a place on the home screens.&nbsp;As a result, a bit more admin is required to keep the phone in check than with other Android phones. Having no separate apps/home screens works with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>, but there&rsquo;s a reason why Google hasn&rsquo;t chopped the divide out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L</a>.</p> <p>The Huawei Ascend P7 interface&rsquo;s look is a bit quirky, too. You get a bunch of different themes that change icons, home screens and more, but most of them look a bit off, a bit naff or as if they were designed for people who might buy Hello Kitty bedspreads. There&rsquo;s nothing with quite the class and simplicity of the latest standard version of Android, or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8&rsquo;s</a> Sense UI.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All apps go on the home screen, iOS-style" alt="Huawei P7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-s-8.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 0.5 horse 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>Of course, with a bit of know-how you can change the Ascend P7&rsquo;s interface &ndash; with the Google Now app you can give it the Nexus 5 look without so much as a single hack. However, performance is harder to patch up.</p> <p>For a more-or-less top-end Android phone, the Ascend P7&rsquo;s performance is surprisingly weak. The phone uses a Hisilicon Kirin CPU rather than the Qualcomm kind often used in better-known phones. Why Hisilicon? It&rsquo;s a Huawei sub-brand, that&rsquo;s why.</p> <p>A quad-core 1.8GHz CPU like this sounds powerful enough, but it&rsquo;s not a patch on the Snapdragon 800 and 801 processors you can now get at this price, or for even less in some cases. To give you some idea, in the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench3" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a> benchmark the Ascend P7 comes out with 1803 points. With a Snapdragon 800-801 phone you&rsquo;d be looking at a score of 2800-3000 points. That&rsquo;s a massive gulf.</p> <p>Just talking about benchmarks in isolation can be as useful as talking about sub-prime mortgages to a five-year-old, but the power gap bleeds into real life too.</p> <p>When we first got hold of the Ascend P7 it was painfully laggy. You could grab a cup of tea while its keyboard caught up with your typing at times. This has improved with a few successive updates, but it&rsquo;s still far from the snappiest phone around &ndash; it&rsquo;s slower than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a>, and even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-g/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a> on occasion. It would be a bit harsh to say we&rsquo;re getting shafted by Huawei here, but it&rsquo;s slower than other phones at the price and some that cost less.</p> <p>You also lose out on some of the fanciest graphical effects in a few top games compared to phones such as the now-slightly-cheaper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> &ndash; and more or less anything pricier. It&rsquo;s an unexpected cost of siding with Huawei, whose chipset uses a less popular GPU than the Adrenos in most top-end phones these days. Think about that when you&rsquo;re boasting about how slim your phone is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/lg-g2-vs-lg-g3-10-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">LG G2 vs LG G3: 10 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="1600" height="900" title="Has thinness come at the cost of performance? It seems that way" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-s-1-16x9.jpg?1409021288" /> </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"> Huawei Ascend P7 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>: Android 4.4 with EmotionUI 2.0</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T @ 1.9GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in LCD, 1920 x 1080 resolution (441ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear, 5MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 4G, 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 2.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2500mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 140 x 69 x 6.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 124g</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"> Camera shy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Huawei Ascend P7 doesn&#39;t lose out so much when it comes to the camera, though. It has a 13-megapixel main camera, using the Sony IMX 214 sensor. That&rsquo;s the same one used in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a>.</p> <p>In good lighting you can get some seriously detailed photos. Colours are fairly well-saturated and exposure is pretty decent. There&rsquo;s a bit more graininess in photos than you&rsquo;ll get from something such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> &ndash; in all sorts of conditions &ndash; but it only really becomes too apparent when the lights go down a bit. A bit of super-fine grain is perfectly acceptable when the actual level of detail you&rsquo;re getting is great. Dynamic range could be better, though, and the inbuilt HDR mode isn&rsquo;t a patch on that of the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>For low-light conditions, the Ascend P7&rsquo;s auto mode has a reasonable stab at making everything appear coherent, and there&rsquo;s also a single LED flash on the back to help out if necessary. Flashes are particularly useful for those late-night party shots of people&rsquo;s faces, although the P7 doesn&#39;t intelligently balance colours the way the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> do.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no optical stabilisation or fancy focusing to the Ascend P7, but it&rsquo;s a solid camera. Better than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 5&rsquo;s</a> for example.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14708912818/in/set-72157646336205476/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>The real song and dance of the phone&rsquo;s photo side, though, is the front camera. It has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. That&rsquo;s much higher-res than that of most other phones, bar the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll render all your craggy bits with mid-life-crisis-inducing clarity, and there&rsquo;s even a selfie panorama that lets you get even wider-angle shots than the standard wide-angle lens. Huawei calls it a &quot;groufie&quot; shot, but that&rsquo;s even more tragic than exclaiming hashtags at the end of every other sentence in real-life conversations, so you won&#39;t catch us using the word again.</p> <p>All-in-all, though, if front cameras are your thing, the P7&#39;s is great.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</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 13MP rear snapper is the same as the one found on the OnePlus One" alt="Huawei P7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ascend-p7-9.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="The single flash is adequate, but doesn&#039;t cleverly balance colours the way a dual-flash can" alt="Huawei P7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ascend-p7-10.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> All night long (just not all day too) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Huawei Ascend P7 is a patchwork of good and not-so-good bits, and one of the negative elements we found hardest to live with was battery life.</p> <p>Not only does a super-slim largely-metal body tend to heat up quite a bit when doing tasks as easy as browsing over 3G, it also doesn&rsquo;t last as long as much of the competition. Want the stats? It has a 2500mAh battery that you, predictably enough, have no access to.</p> <p>While smaller than most other phones bar the 2300mAh <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a>, we&rsquo;d guess the blame probably lies with the the HiSilicon processor as well as the slightly smaller battery size. It just doesn&rsquo;t seem to have the same efficiency chops as the Snapdragon 800/801 brigade.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll last for 8.5 hours when playing back video, while picking up emails in the background. That&rsquo;s fair enough, but a way below the 11-14 hours we&rsquo;ve squeezed out of phones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>. In real life &ndash; because most of us can&rsquo;t sit around watching re-runs of <em>Keeping Up Appearances</em> all day &ndash; we found that the battery drained to around 30 per cent by about eight in the evening.</p> <p>Unless you ride the Ascend P7 harder than a drunk Texan on a bucking bronco, you will get a full day out of the phone. But compared with the best you really miss out on that second-day battery buffer. And that is something we&rsquo;ve grown to rely on having used all of the other top-end 2014 Android candidates.</p> <p>Huawei does offer some power-saving modes to help out, but they perform the usual tricks of CPU throttling and stopping apps from doing anything when the screen&rsquo;s off. The Ascend P7 also constantly nags you when it thinks any apps are misbehaving, often with the informant culture of a fascist regime. We want to know when an app&rsquo;s doing something it shouldn&rsquo;t, but not be told off for receiving a few Whatsapp messages.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to blame the slim-ness of the phone for the Ascend P7&rsquo;s battery life. But you can do some great things with a slim phone &ndash; you don&rsquo;t need to compromise everything.</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 thin chassis hasn&#039;t allowed much battery space" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-p7-s-6.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Huawei Ascend P7 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 Huawei Ascend P7 is something a little different from a company known more for its ultra-cheap phones. It has a high-end look and a nice, sharp, bright screen. Huawei is stepping up its game.</p> <p>But look at it in direct competition with phones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, or even the older/cheaper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a>, and it doesn&rsquo;t quite stack up. Performance isn&rsquo;t great, the CPU seems aged right out of the gate and the quirky Huawei EmotionUI certainly won&rsquo;t be to everyone&rsquo;s taste.</p> <p>At this price it&rsquo;s certainly not a bad buy, and its camera is actually pretty good. But Huawei isn&rsquo;t up there with the big boys&#39; flagships just yet.</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></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="Huawei Ascend P7 verdict" alt="Huawei Ascend P7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ascend-p7-s-8.jpg?1409021288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Huawei Ascend P7 looks and feels sharp, but a few issues and quirks mean it&rsquo;s not up there with the best Android phones of 2014</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"> Huawei Ascend P7 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/huawei/huawei-ascend-p7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/huawei/huawei-ascend-p7/review#comments Android Huawei P7 Smartphones Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:47:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1445898 at http://www.stuff.tv Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fuhu-releasing-giant-family-oriented-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Big Tab may be a big draw for big families </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" alt="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nabi.jpg?1408688122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s called the Big Tab and it comes in some really big 20-inch and 24-inch full HD variants that are meant to be a centerpiece for your home and your family. In a household with small children and the adults might be spending a little too much time on their devices, the tablet encourages greater interaction between family members &ndash; using technology to bring the family together rather than isolate them.</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"> Child-protection, built-in </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-180a86c8-fc51-c55d-c1a6-015a13570ddb">The tablet runs in two modes &ndash; one for the adults and one for the kids (which is called nabi mode, for some reason). Parent mode is simply the average Android tablet functionality and holds performs as you&#39;d expect the average tablet to. Swipe to the right to pull up Nabi mode which is basically a launcher for all the apps you want your kids to use.</p> <p>Nabi is the main draw of the tablet, featuring a slew of activities for your kids including several educational games and apps. The Wings Learning System features more than 17,000 lessons in Reading, Writing and Math starting from pre-K. Big Canvas lets your children draw, animate and create or edit videos. A Chore List app lets parents set a list of tasks for their kids to complete, for whatever general purpose parents might need.</p> <p>Nabi mode is rather robust, featuring video/audio playback capability letting you set appropriate media for your children to view and shipping with age-appropriate Disney and Cartoon Network videos out of the box. It also features classic games like chess and checkers as well as less traditional games like air hockey. Children doing well in the education apps also earn Nabi coins which they can use to purchase games and videos as curated by their parents.</p> <p>For all that functionality, the Nabi 20&rdquo; and 24&rdquo; will ship out at USD$449 and USD$549 respectively.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets">For all things tablet, we&#39;re the place to go</a></p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/19/fuhu-unveils-the-worlds-biggest-android-tablet-made-for-family-collaboration-socialization" target="_blank">Techcrunch</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" alt="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nabi_02.jpg?1408688122" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/fuhu-releasing-giant-family-oriented-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fuhu-releasing-giant-family-oriented-tablet/news#comments Android Tablets Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:15:23 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445596 at http://www.stuff.tv LG’s L Series smartphones offer G3 features with lower specs and prices http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/ifa-2014/lg-s-l-series-smartphones-offer-g3-features-lower-specs-and-prices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> L Fino and L Bello 3G handsets promise accessible pricing with some solid perks </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="LG L Series" alt="LG L Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-l-series.jpg?1408672559" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The LG G3 is our current pick for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">best smartphone in the world</a>, but for those who want some of LG&rsquo;s latest flagship features without paying flagship prices, the L Series handsets might do the trick.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Meanwhile, the L Fino weighs in with a 4.5in IPS display at 800x480, with the quad-core processor hitting 1.2Ghz alongside 1GB RAM and 4GB of storage. It also runs 4.4.2 KitKat and has an 8MP main camera with a VGA camera up front, plus a smaller 1,900mAh battery.</p> <p>Despite their differences, both offer a rear key plus Knock Code security functionality, as well as the optional QuickCircle Case that leaves a small window of the screen visible for some functionality. Both also have Gesture Shot, Touch &amp; Shoot, and Front Camera Light photography features available.</p> <p>We we don&rsquo;t have as of now are price points for either phone or local availability details. LG says that the L Series will kick off in Latin America this month before reaching Europe and beyond sometime thereafter, and they&rsquo;ll be shown at IFA in Berlin in a couple short weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64630">LG</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 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="700" title="LG L Bello" alt="LG L Bello" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-bello.jpg?1408672559" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ifa-2014/lg-s-l-series-smartphones-offer-g3-features-lower-specs-and-prices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/ifa-2014/lg-s-l-series-smartphones-offer-g3-features-lower-specs-and-prices/news#comments Android G3 IFA 2014 LG Smartphones Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:16:53 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445569 at http://www.stuff.tv The Butterfly 2 is an Asian flavor: HTC http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/butterfly-2-asian-flavor-htc/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The company expects it to be a big hit in the countries it’s going to be sold in </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="638" height="425" title="The Butterfly 2 is an Asian flavor: HTC" alt="The Butterfly 2 is an Asian flavor: HTC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SAM_3251.JPG?1408585876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC&rsquo;s new Butterfly 2 smartphone <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news">will soon grace our retail stores</a>, as soon as HTC announces pricing and availability details, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean Singapore isn&rsquo;t already eyeing 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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> One success a bridge to many? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tong added that the move was to encompass a bigger variety of consumers seeking a cheaper alternative to its flagship higher end devices, such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>. &ldquo;This Butterfly form factor will provide an option for all Asian consumers. They can consider if they prefer the metallic premium design or a more colourful, elegant design like this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Design has been one of the strongest features of HTC devices, and the One (M8) was met with critical acclaim for its high-quality design when it was launched.&nbsp;But stiff competition from the likes of Apple, Samsung and even Chinese company Xiaomi has given HTC a tough time. With three consecutive operating losses under its belt, the tides have recently turned for the Taiwenese company after&nbsp;the One (M8) brought its numbers back to the profit zone.</p> <p>Tong expects the Butterfly 2 to build off the success of the J Butterfly and its predecessors and make a mark in the Asian sphere. Whether this dream of his becomes a reality, is something that only the future will tell.</p> <p>&ldquo;If there has been a successful replication in the Taiwan market, I see no reason why it won&rsquo;t be the case across the rest of Asia. I see this as us moving in the right direction,&rdquo; he added. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-butterfly-2/review">HTC Butterfly 2 preview</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="426" title="The Butterfly 2 is an Asian flavor: HTC" alt="The Butterfly 2 is an Asian flavor: HTC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3169_0.JPG?1408585876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/htc/butterfly-2-asian-flavor-htc/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/butterfly-2-asian-flavor-htc/feature#comments Android HTC Smartphones Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:40:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445414 at http://www.stuff.tv Water-proof HTC Butterfly 2 will flutter to Singapore very soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The leaks were mostly right, there’s a similar smartphone to the HTC J Butterfly coming </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="638" height="425" title="The HTC Butterfly 2 will soon land in Singapore " alt="The HTC Butterfly 2 will soon land in Singapore " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SAM_3113.JPG?1408548115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lo and behold! HTC has been trying to keep the news under wraps, but the rumours are true; HTC has just inaugurated its HTC Butterfly 2 Android smartphone for Singapore.</p> <p>The model was launched at a press event in Tokyo, and we were one of the first few to get our hands on the device.&nbsp;The&nbsp;Butterfly 2 is based on the Japan-only high-end HTC J Butterfly, with a few new features to go along with its new moniker.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How about its insides? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Butterfly 2 weighs in at&nbsp;151g, and&nbsp;sports a 5in, 1080p full-HD display, a 13MP duo-camera back snapper with dual-sensor setup, a 5MP front-facing camera, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB RAM and an option of 16GB or 32GB of internal memory (expandable to 128GB). It will run on Android 4.4 KitKat and have TDD-LTE connection capabilities.</p> <p>In addition, it&rsquo;s packed with HTC&#39;s standard added-value features, including the Sense 6 Android skin with BlinkFeed, Motion Launch and HTC BoomSound, amongst others. Oh, and this Butterfly can swim, too; it&#39;s IP57-certified for water and dust resistance (go ahead, we dare you to try dunking it in water).</p> <p>HTC has yet to declare local pricing and availability details, but we expect to see it over here by the end of next month. Stay tuned, we&rsquo;ll update the story as soon as we have more information.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-e8-has-almost-landed-singapore/news">The HTC One (E8) has almost landed in Singapore</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="638" height="425" title="The HTC Butterfly 2 will soon land in Singapore " alt="The HTC Butterfly 2 will soon land in Singapore " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3118.JPG?1408548115" /> </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="638" height="425" title="The HTC Butterfly 2 will soon land in Singapore " alt="The HTC Butterfly 2 will soon land in Singapore " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3111.JPG?1408548115" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news#comments Android HTC J Butterfly Smartphones Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:57:53 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445183 at http://www.stuff.tv The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could cost more than S$1000 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-note-4-could-cost-more-s1000/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A leak indicates Samsung’s upcoming phablet could be almost as expensive as its Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could cost more than S$1000" alt="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could cost more than S$1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung.jpg?1408090018" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget how the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-4/samsung-galaxy-note-4-revealed-leaked-photos/news">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 looks&nbsp;</a>for now. An Indonesian online shop,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.erafone.com/" target="_blank">erafone</a>, has given us our first indication of how much it could cost.&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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It may be untrue.. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But that&rsquo;s where it should stop. If you have a closer look at the post, it claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Black&rsquo;s sold out on the website, suggesting that it&rsquo;s already out in the market, which we&rsquo;re sure isn&rsquo;t quite the case.</p> <p>The source also indicates the phablet&rsquo;s specifications. It hints that there&rsquo;ll be two versions of the phablet &ndash; one that runs on Snapdragon 805 (with a model designation of N910S) and another that runs on Exynos (to go by the model designation of N910C).</p> <p>In addition, both versions supposedly have 4GB of RAM and a 16MP OIS camera. The imminent unveil is only a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note/samsung-unveiling-its-note-4-soon/news">few weeks away (3 September)</a>, so we&rsquo;ve to wait till then to debunk the rumours.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/rumour-samsung-launching-note-4-apple-showing-iphone-september/news">September is smartphone month, thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Apple iPhone 6&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/galaxy_note_4_listing_points_to_a_600_price_tag_two_versions-news-9340.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could cost more than S$1000" alt="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could cost more than S$1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsmarena_002.jpg?1408090018" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/samsung-galaxy-note-4-could-cost-more-s1000/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-note-4-could-cost-more-s1000/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:00:32 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444901 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo quietly outs its N1 Mini in Malaysia, coming to Singapore soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-quietly-outs-its-n1-mini/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 15/08/14: The Oppo N1 Mini will be available in Singapore from 16 August, for S$549 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo quietly outs its N1 Mini " alt="Oppo quietly outs its N1 Mini " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oppo.jpg?1408076617" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why so secretive Oppo? Just yesterday, the Chinese electronics vendor <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-s-n1-mini-will-most-likely-bring-picture-taking-whole-new-level/news">released a teaser of its Oppo N1 Mini</a>, giving us a glimpse into what to expect from the smartphone. But apparently, the vendor&rsquo;s released the device, in the quietest way possible.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What can we expect? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as the teaser indicated, the N1 Mini is adept to shooting in 24MP ultra-HD mode although it features a 13MP swirling camera (perfect for all those selfies and wefies). In addition, it has a 5in HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, as well as 4G LTE support.</p> <p>It&#39;s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with an Adreno 305 GPU and 1.6Hz Cortex-A7 processor, and will run on the company&rsquo;s Color operating system based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.</p> <p>The Oppo N1 Mini is selling in Malaysia for RM1398 (about S$546). As expected, it&#39;s a slightly pricier unit for a budget smartphone. But considering its specs and features, it&#39;s worthy of its value. &nbsp;</p> <p>The smartphone is expected to rollout in other countries, including Singapore, in the coming days.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/find-7/oppo-find-7/review">Oppo Find 7 review</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/oppo_n1_mini_quietly_launched_specs_detailed-news-9246.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</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="435" title="Oppo quietly outs its N1 Mini " alt="Oppo quietly outs its N1 Mini " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/op.jpeg?1408076617" /> </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"> Singapore availability </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>UPDATED 15/08/14: The Oppo N1 Mini will be available in Singapore from 16 August, for S$549. You can get it from M1 and SingTel exclusive retailers, in addition to authorised Oppo retailers. Along with the Oppo N1 Mini, the company&#39;s also taken the wraps off its S$219 Neo 5 smartphone.</p> <p>If you haven&#39;t yet heard of the Neo 5 smartphone, it&#39;s a 4G compatible device that boasts a &nbsp;4.5in TFT display,&nbsp;a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB RAM,&nbsp;4GB internal storage (that can be expanded to 32GB),&nbsp;ColorOS 1.4 based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean,&nbsp;a 5MP rear snapper and a 1900mAh battery. For an entry level 4G device, it&#39;s worth having a look at.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-quietly-outs-its-n1-mini/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-quietly-outs-its-n1-mini/news#comments Android Oppo Smartphones Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:21:39 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444163 at http://www.stuff.tv This is how the HTC Butterfly 2 might look http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/how-htc-butterfly-2-might-look/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photos of the Asia-Pacific specific device leak on Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="This is how the HTC Butterfly 2 might look" alt="This is how the HTC Butterfly 2 might look" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gsmaren.jpg?1407998958" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We spy, with our little eye, a possible new smartphone. Spyshots of the alleged HTC Butterfly 2 have <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks" target="_blank">emerged on Twitter, thanks to @upleaks </a>and the device is one that might be of interest especially to the Asia-Pacific market.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What can we expect? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 snaps also reveal some limited information about the purported device. It suggests that the HTC Butterfly 2 will be IP57 dust and water resistance certified. Audio-wise, the HTC phone is rumoured to sport dual stereo speakers with JBL&rsquo;s proprietary LiveStage digital signal processing technology.</p> <p>If, as the source suggests, the HTC Butterfly 2 is a remake of the HTC J Butterfly, we can expect it to have the same scope of specs on the inside. They include a 5in, 1080p display, 13MP back snapper with dual-sensor setup, a 5MP front-facing camera, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also expected to run on Android 4.4 KitKat and have LTE connection capabilities.</p> <p>HTC&rsquo;s scheduled a press event in Tokyo next week, and we&#39;ll be there to debunk or confirm the info listed here. Keep watching this space.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-may-be-looking-update-android-l-dozen-its-smartphones/news">HTC may be looking to update Android L on a dozen of its smartphones&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/a_number_of_htc_butterfly_2_photo_leak_out_on_twitter-news-9322.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>, images: <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks" target="_blank">@upleaks</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="This is how the HTC Butterfly 2 might look" alt="This is how the HTC Butterfly 2 might look" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsm_1.jpg?1407998958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/how-htc-butterfly-2-might-look/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/how-htc-butterfly-2-might-look/news#comments Android HTC Smartphones Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:01:02 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444806 at http://www.stuff.tv You call yourself a Samsung fan. So how many of these top 10 Sammy gadgets have you owned? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Journey through the years to see how much of a Samsung ambassador you really are... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 Samsung gadgets that made the headlines" alt="10 Samsung gadgets that made the headlines" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">If you&rsquo;ve held any of these Samsung devices over the last few years, you&#39;re well on the way to winning an award we just made up: Sammy&#39;s biggest fanboy/fangirl! Let us know how many you owned in the comments box below, or if you think we got the list all wrong!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/10-devices-samsung-s-sea-forum-look-out-singapore/feature" target="_blank">10 devices from the Samsung Forum to look out for</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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"> 2008: Samsung Omnia I </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-50829376-618b-321f-b581-792726ef8b5e">Owned a Windows Mobile phone before? Welcome to the exclusive club of geeks who once hailed the first Samsung Omnia as the ultimate Windows Mobile device. In retrospect, smartphone choices were severely limited six years ago. But it was the best we had, allowing you to have your personal digital diary, media player and all sorts of new-fangled tech that were squeezed into one tiny device.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: it redefined Windows Mobile. Not for long though, just until iOS and Android showed up and decimated Microsoft&#39;s mobile operating system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Omnia I" alt="Samsung Omnia I" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Omnia.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2008: Samsung Pixon 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-618d-e0e1-8b19-861cc4ab385c">8-megapixels? Pfft, that&rsquo;s nothing in today&rsquo;s context. But back then, the Pixon 8 was the pinnacle of smartphone imaging, squeezing camera features into this tiny mobile device. Did we mention that Samsung inserted an 8-megapixel sensor to make the Samsung Pixon a serious shooter? Now? We have 41-megapixels. The same rule applies - the numbers do not matter, if you can&rsquo;t shoot for nuts.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: don&#39;t knock it, it made smartphone photography what it is today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Pixon 8" alt="Samsung Pixon 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Pixon%208.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2010: Samsung Bada 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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6190-1577-921d-0f358ffda4e0">Bada bing, bada boom. Realising that it&rsquo;s getting too reliant on Google Android, Samsung attempted to break free with its own mobile operating system. Bada, meaning sea or ocean in Korean, was first introduced on the Samsung Wave. It tried to lure developers to release more apps on an untested and unheard of mobile operating system. Three years later, Bada folded into another operating system, Tizen. Never heard of it? Well, you should, especially since it&rsquo;ll power the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-gear/mwc-2014/samsung-unveils-galaxy-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-one-day-mwc-2014-kicks/news" target="_blank">new Samsung Galaxy Gears</a>.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: it tried, but failed to lord over iOS and Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Bada OS" alt="Samsung Bada OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Bada%20OS.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2010: Samsung Galaxy 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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6191-77ae-3247-8fc67e0ad329"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Into its fifth year</a>, the Samsung Galaxy S series has spawned millions of Android smartphones into the warfront against its fellow droid supporters. Against Apple, the South Korean company&rsquo;s poster boy faced numerous patent lawsuits and launched snarky commercials. Despite all that, it&rsquo;s still the definitive smartphone that contributed to Android&rsquo;s growing popularity and its never-ending battle against iOS.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: life-changing is an understatement when you consider how many Galaxy S phones have been sold.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S" alt="Samsung Galaxy S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2010: Samsung Galaxy Beam </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-50829376-6191-dcb4-b303-45f8082521ef">Why bother to watch a movie on the phone&rsquo;s pathetic 3.7in display, when you can project it onto a wall and view it on an insanely huge, albeit grainy, 50in screen? Problem is, where are you going to find a wall suitable for the pico projector to shine on? Good effort, Samsung, but it wasn&#39;t enough.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: stick to your TVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Beam" alt="Samsung Galaxy Beam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Beam.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 2011: Samsung Galaxy Note </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6192-59a7-2b06-b3bca6f295d9">Hey Samsung, we owe you an apology. We didn&rsquo;t believe in your vision of a smartphone and tablet hybrid. We ridiculed phablets and thought the first Galaxy Note was a monstrosity and had an identity crisis. We were wrong. The Galaxy Note series changed our lives. It gave us unbelievably great video quality, fast processing power and most importantly, it wasn&rsquo;t too big in our hands. We can&rsquo;t say the same for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: the phablet was born because of it. Surely, that says a lot about its importance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Note" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Note.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2012: Samsung Galaxy 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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6193-70fe-c009-34b36a571d48">Ironically, while Samsung&rsquo;s smartphone business was turning a huge profit, its camera category was suffering, forcing it to re-think its approach towards digital imaging. Enter the Galaxy Camera. Yes. It can post Instagram photos. You can send images to other devices via Wi-Fi. No, you can&rsquo;t make or receive calls with it. Even if you can, don&#39;t. You&#39;ll just look plain ridiculous doing it.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: we&rsquo;re not sure if you&rsquo;ll need an Android-powered camera. Don&rsquo;t we have smartphones for that?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Camera" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Camera.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013: Samsung Galaxy Gear </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-50829376-619a-7272-e017-f2841987985d">Dick Tracy, Samsung has your watch. Wait, what do you mean it&rsquo;s way ahead of your time? The Samsung Galaxy Gear does exactly what your watch does. It takes calls, snaps pictures and plays music. Oh right, take photos and listening to music isn&rsquo;t exactly your thing, since you&rsquo;re too busy foiling The Big Boy&rsquo;s nefarious plans.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: similar to the Galaxy Camera, we&rsquo;re still torn on this, but we&rsquo;ll give it a borderline passing mark.</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/f2AjPfHTIS4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013: Samsung Youm </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-50829376-6197-10b2-bd92-ee24919e31f0">Curved TVs? Been there, done that when Samsung had one hell of a showcase at CES 2013. The show stealer, however, was Youm, an OLED display that can bend it like Beckham. It was a glimpse into what future displays could do. In 2014, concept became reality with a TV that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/ces-2014/samsung-gets-flexible-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv/news" target="_blank">transforms from a flat panel into a curved display</a>. Wearable tech that bends and fits on your wrist? Make it so, Samsung.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: it&rsquo;s still early days, but we say this will be life-changing for wearable tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Youm" alt="Samsung Youm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Youm.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013: Samsung Evolution Kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-50829376-6199-4082-7514-07f5ce64d467">Someone in Samsung must have done this before - convincing the missus that it&rsquo;s time to spend a few thousand dollars to upgrade a TV that was bought last year, only to end up sleeping on the couch. Behold, the Samsung Evolution Kit - a black box that gives your last generation smart TV a brain upgrade, adding next-generation specs to an outdated smart TV.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: if only we can upgrade our brain like Samsung TVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Evolution Kit" alt="Samsung Evolution Kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Evolution%20Kit.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bonus: the future Samsung smart home </div> </div> </div> <div class="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-50829376-619a-1578-3255-fb8803f4410c">It&rsquo;s almost 2015, and the McFly&rsquo;s smart home is still nowhere in sight. Or is it? This concept smart home by Samsung, which even scans and recommends how you cook your food, shows that it&rsquo;s not impossible for your house to turn against, we mean, work for you.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: Samsung, if you&rsquo;re reading this, get cracking, we&rsquo;d like to live in one. If the price is right.</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/2mxocMgUrvo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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"> If you&#039;re a Samsung fanboy/girl... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ...we know you have at least one of these </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%20Galaxy%20S_0.jpg?1407988876" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature#comments Android Galaxy Camera Samsung Smartphones TV Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:17:51 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432766 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung has started testing its purported three-sided display smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-has-started-testing-its-purported-three-sided-display-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this what its senior vice-president has been talking about? </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="604" height="453" title="Samsung has started testing its purported three-sided display smartphone" alt="Samsung has started testing its purported three-sided display smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wrap.jpeg?1407923202" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung may be trying to outdo itself in its smartphone creations, because this rumour makes the purported mobile phone sound like something pulled out from a magician&rsquo;s hat. Apparently, the company&#39;s working on a three-sided display phone, and it&rsquo;s already in the testing stage.</p> <p>A Korean supplier of Samsung parts has let slip that the South Korean multi-national electronics giant&rsquo;s been in trials of this new screen to potentially fit it on its upcoming mobile devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flashback... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking back, this could be what Samsung mobile senior vice-president, Kim Hyun-Joon, was<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/there-are-two-new-samsung-smartphones-coming-next-6-months/news"> talking about during an earnings call with investors</a>. He said Samsung&rsquo;s working on&nbsp;two new high-end units but didn&rsquo;t quite reveal too much on what they will be or look like.</p> <p>All he mentioned about these mysterious units was that one will showcase a large screen, while the other will be created by means of &quot;new materials&quot;. So could this flexi-screen be the &ldquo;new materials&rdquo; he spoke of?</p> <p>Sources say a three-sided display Samsung device could go into production by the end of the year. But the large-scale production of one might be further down the roadmap since this material is said to be difficult to work with and has limited availability.</p> <p>Samsung, if any of this is true, you&rsquo;ve got our attention and we&rsquo;re looking forward to the release of such a device.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature">10 Samsung gadgets that created a brave new tech world&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-has-begun-testing-three-sided-display-phone/" target="_blank">CNet</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung has started testing its purported three-sided display smartphone" alt="Samsung has started testing its purported three-sided display smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vp.jpeg?1407923202" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/samsung-has-started-testing-its-purported-three-sided-display-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-has-started-testing-its-purported-three-sided-display-smartphone/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:37:30 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444718 at http://www.stuff.tv