Android http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android/videos en-SG 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 HTC Butterfly 2 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-butterfly-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s called the Butterfly but HTC’s latest Android smartphone stings like a bee with its impressive hardware </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="637" height="425" title="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " alt="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SAM_3192.jpg.jpg?1409017999" /> </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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It isn&rsquo;t the One. Nor is it the fabled smartwatch. Heck, with a name like HTC Butterfly 2, this Android smartphone from the Taiwanese maker might seem trivial to you. After all, it&rsquo;s not exactly new, since it&rsquo;s modelled after the HTC J Butterfly, a device that has been in the Japanese market for a few months now.</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: LOTS OF THOUGHT WENT INTO IT </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">We were relatively surprised with the HTC Butterfly 2. Why? Because it&rsquo;s curved on both sides of the smartphone so it sits smugly in the palm of your hand. HTC mentioned that the unit was crafted in &ldquo;high-quality plastic to fit in with needs of Japan&rdquo; and since some of the other countries in Asia, including ours, is very similar to Japan, HTC claims it&rsquo;s going to appeal to our users too.</p> <p dir="ltr">We managed to get our hands on the white matt anti-stain finish unit (there&#39;s also the glossy dark blue and red units), and its matt backing was very comfortable to handle. So good, you won&rsquo;t have to worry about smudgy fingerprints or a slipping smartphone if you&rsquo;ve got sweaty palms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the white version we got has an anti-stain finish, we doodled the back of the unit with a pencil just for the heck of it (not really, it&rsquo;s all in the name of verifying HTC&rsquo;s claim). If you thought &ldquo;that&rsquo;s surely going to leave a mark&rdquo;, so did we. But when we erased it off, we were surprised that there was no discolouring on the phone.</p> <p dir="ltr">And it&rsquo;s also very comfortable to grasp &ndash; the screen size is a perfect balance of having to view content on it, as well as for one-handed use. Its 151g weight doesn&rsquo;t make it feel like a brick weighing down your fingers too (perfect size for those with small hands).</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="637" height="425" title="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " alt="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3109.hpg_.jpg?1409017999" /> </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="637" height="425" title="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " alt="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3120.hpg_.jpg?1409017999" /> </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="638" height="425" title="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " alt="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3253.JPG?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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: IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Given our short time, we think the 5in1080p display will live up to your expectations. Icons, movies, and pictures look crisp and sharp, and the colours on it were vivid. Not to the point of over saturation under natural light, unlike some of those you see on AMOLED displays.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s pixel packed, and our initial response is that we can&rsquo;t really pick out a reason why the handset would falter in terms of viewing angles and sharpness for its 5in screen size.&nbsp;Viewing text on the 5in screen is a treat for the eyes. They were crisp and easy to read and we had no issues with the scrolling of it. Even when we zoomed into text, they remained as sharp without getting pixelated.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some might balk at the lack of a 2K screen. But honestly, this isn&rsquo;t an exact deal-breaker, since there&rsquo;s no abundance (yet) of ultra high quality movies or pictures, save those that you take with your 4K-capable cameras.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="2667" title="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " alt="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3199.jpg.jpg?1409017999" /> </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="637" height="425" title="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " alt="Hands-on with the feature-packed HTC Butterfly 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3213.jpg.jpg?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERA: THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">While this is an early, non-production unit, the world&rsquo;s first 13MP snapper with a dual-sensor setup takes pretty decent pictures under normal lighted conditions. However, in darker settings, the images turn out slightly colour washed and dim.</p> <p dir="ltr">But it&rsquo;s got plenty of editing features to redeem itself, in addition to enhancing pictures with filters for Instagram loving shutterbugs. For one, there&rsquo;s the Dimensions Plus filter that creates a unique 3D effect. The dual-lens camera captures images beyond its peripheral vision. Tilt the phone to the left or right, and you can actually see beyond the sides of what you thought you captured.</p> <p dir="ltr">Its UFocus feature further augments it. When you have a picture with a foreground and a background, other smartphones might get confused on which to focus on. With uFocus, you can pick which you want a focus on, while the rest of the image will be blurred. In other words, you can pass off as a professional photographer when you create those awesome bokeh effects.</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="637" height="425" title="Camera: The best of two worlds " alt="Camera: The best of two worlds " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3225.jpg.jpg?1409017999" /> </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="637" height="425" title="Camera: The best of two worlds " alt="Camera: The best of two worlds " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3237.jpg.jpg?1409017999" /> </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="638" height="425" title="Camera: The best of two worlds" alt="Camera: The best of two worlds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3238.JPG?1409017999" /> </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="638" height="425" title="Camera: The best of two worlds" alt="Camera: The best of two worlds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3240.JPG?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> FEATURES: HARDIER THAN YOUR AVERAGE ANDROID </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Remember how we told you that it&rsquo;s dust- and water-proof? So we thought, why not submerge it into a tub of water. Stop all that gasping, no smartphone was damaged in the making of this story. It was remarkable to see that the unit stood strong even after taking a dip.</p> <p dir="ltr">Although, you shouldn&rsquo;t presume that you can use the smartphone under water. Its functions (deliberately) disable once it hits water (we left the backlight of the screen on to show you it&rsquo;s still working) but you&rsquo;ll be able to do your usual swiping as soon as you take it out.</p> <p dir="ltr">Our favourite? Its ports aren&rsquo;t squirrelled behind external protective flaps, which make our lives easier for charging purposes. Instead, its insides have short circuit protection to allow this feature. &nbsp;</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s worth taking note that mud doesn&rsquo;t constitute as being water-proof so if you&rsquo;re intending on taking it with you through tough mudder or something along the likes of it, don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you.</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="638" height="425" title="FEATURES: HARDIER THAN YOUR AVERAGE ANDROID" alt="FEATURES: HARDIER THAN YOUR AVERAGE ANDROID" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3101.JPG?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> POWER: COOL CAT </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Upon initial use, the transitions between the apps were smooth, and we didn&rsquo;t experience any apps crashing. Videos played smoothly with no problems and the fact that FDD-LTE is included in it is a huge plus.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to HTC, the Butterfly 2 is also made to be one of the coolest devices in the market &ndash; so you&rsquo;ll not experience nay overheating or scorching hot smartphone chassis. We&rsquo;ll put that claim to the test and see if it&rsquo;ll get us hot and bothered during our full review.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for battery life, what&rsquo;s better than a power saving mode you ask? An extreme power saving mode, and that&rsquo;s what HTC has in store for the Butterfly 2. We have yet to do a thorough test on the battery life for this model, but going by what HTC says, the 2700mAh battery should have a stand-by time of up to 643 hours on 3G.</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="638" height="425" title="Power and browsing" alt="Power and browsing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3241.JPG?1409017999" /> </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="637" height="425" title="Power and browsing" alt="Power and browsing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3246.jpg.jpg?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SOFTWARE: MAKES SENSE TO HAVE A KITKAT </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">If you&rsquo;ve had a play or use of the One (M8) or the One (E8), you will have a rough gauge of what you can expect from the Butterfly 2 in terms of software and OS. Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 is what you&rsquo;ll find on the HTC Butterfly 2. So there&rsquo;s going to be the same software features you&rsquo;ll find on the HTC One (M8) and the recently launched HTC One (E8).</p> <p dir="ltr">What HTC claims will be a huge attracting factor is its Zoe app and Motion Launch gestures. The former is now available on Google Play Store, but if you&rsquo;re a sucker for those knock-to-wake-your-phone gestures, then it&rsquo;ll have to be this or the HTC One smartphones.</p> <p>Of course, its signature news aggregator BlinkFeed is still there. Be it social networks or news feed, there&rsquo;s no lack of things to read on this magazine-like widget.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-44-kitkat/review">Android 4.4 KitKat review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="638" height="425" title=" Software and OS" alt=" Software and OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3249.JPG?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> HTC BUTTERFLY 2 INITIAL VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The 5in HTC Butterfly 2, while lacking the design DNA of its metallic One series, is still a phone you won&rsquo;t want to let go of. Regardless of the fact that it&rsquo;s not made from any fancy material, it&#39;s a pleasure to hold and you won&rsquo;t even realise it&rsquo;s there in your palm because it sits on it very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">We don&rsquo;t have any complaints about its camera, besides the fact that it could take better light under darker conditions. But otherwise, its camera features are one that HTC should implement on its future phones.&nbsp;And its full-HD screen makes entertainment all that more better, especially since coupled with HTC&rsquo;s dual speakers on the top and bottom of the smartphone, it makes the Butterfly 2 a content viewing monster. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Once we get our hands on the final production unit of the HTC Butterfly 2 in the coming days, we&rsquo;ll spend an obscene amount of time with it. Oh, and a review too, so keep your eyes peeled for it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="638" height="425" title="Initial verdict " alt="Initial verdict " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3251.JPG?1409017999" /> </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="Initial verdict " alt="Initial verdict " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3220.JPG?1409017999" /> </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="638" height="425" title="Initial verdict " alt="Initial verdict " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3219.JPG?1409017999" /> </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="638" height="425" title="Initial verdict " alt="Initial verdict " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_3215.JPG?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Butterfly 2 hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Android smartphone that floats like a Butterfly, stings like a bee </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/HTC%20Butterfly%202_1.jpg?1409017999" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-butterfly-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-butterfly-2/review#comments Android HTC Smartphones Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:03:42 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445277 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 Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joining the ranks of budget-friendly Android smartphones are the ZTE Blade VEC 4G, Blade L2, and KIS 3 </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="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" alt="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ZTE%20phones.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">For years, ZTE&rsquo;s most notable presence in Singapore was at CommunicAsia, never extending beyond that trade show. But the Chinese company is finally moving forward in the consumer space, and is also issuing a challenge to Xiaomi&rsquo;s affordable smartphone range.</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"><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 dir="ltr">The Blade L2 is priced at S$169, a coincidental match to Xiaomi&rsquo;s Redmi 1S here. Specs-wise, the ZTE Android smartphone has a few advantages, including a larger 5in screen and the latest Android 4.4 loaded within. Similar to the Redmi 1S, the Blade L2 also has dual-SIM capabilities, so no annoying switches between your personal and work line.</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="ZTE Blade L2" alt="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZTE%20Blade%20L2.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Android KitKat upgrade, by the way, applies to all three devices. This upgrade and the S$99 price tag for the ZTE KIS 3 should get your attention. At a dollar shy of breaching the hundred mark, this is one of the cheapest Android 4.4 smartphone available here. The specs, which include a 4in WVGA screen and dual-core processor, aren&rsquo;t mindblowingly spectacular, but for that price and as a secondary phone, it&rsquo;s worth a second look.</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="ZTE KIS 3" alt="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZTE%20KIS%203.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Arguably, most users would buy the Blade L2 and KIS 3 without a telco contract to retain their existing 12GB data. But getting the Blade VEC 4G through a telco makes more sense since you&rsquo;ll want 4G speeds to go with it. The flagship model is available through SingTel, and with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/singtel-new-cheaper-plans-waive-4g-payment-singapore/news">the telco&rsquo;s recent 4G waiver</a> plus the usual phone subsidy thrown in, you&rsquo;ll be paying a fraction of the S$299 pegged to the Blade VEC 4G. This gets you a 5in full HD device, complemented by an 8MP camera, 2300mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both the Blade VEC 4G and KIS 3 will be available from 23 August, while the Blade L2 is currently&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lazada.sg/zte-blade-l2-5-white-95693.html">online retailer Lazada</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-chinese-smartphones-that-will-revolutionise-the-mobile-war/feature">The Red Army: Xiaomi&#39;s Redmi and 7 other revolutionary Chinese smartphones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE Blade VEC 4G" alt="Who sells under S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZTE%20Blade%20VEC%204G.jpg?1407911582" /> </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"> Rise of the Chinese smartphones </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>ZTE is just one of the many Chinese smartphone makers that have focused its attention on Singapore recently. Others like Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus have finally embarked on its global expansion, while the pioneering Huawei is still making its presence felt.</p> <p>Read more about the rise of Chinese smartphones and why you should pay attention to them in our September issue of Stuff Singapore, coming soon to a newsstand near you.</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/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Smartphones ZTE Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:30:01 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444705 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A and HTC Desire 510 get listed on IDA’s website http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-lte-and-htc-desire-510-get-listed-ida-s-website/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We might soon see two new smartphone models in Singapore </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 Galaxy S5 LTE-A and HTC Desire 510 get listed on IDA’s website" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A and HTC Desire 510 get listed on IDA’s website" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ss5.jpeg?1407911232" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two new smartphone models may soon arrive in Singapore, according to the <a href="https://tls.ida.gov.sg/tls/TlsEquipmentSearchFormAction.do?dispatch=searchEquipment" target="_blank">Equipment Search List</a> on the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) website &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> LTE-A and the HTC Desire 510.</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"> The looming HTC Desire 510 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the other hand, the HTC Desire 510 is a new device that has yet to be officially announced, with sources claiming that it&rsquo;s the HTC A11 that was <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/498013867767627776" target="_blank">leaked by @upleaks</a> a few days ago.</p> <p>The rumoured HTC smartphone could possibly be the Taiwanese company&#39;s first phone that powered by a Qualcomm 64-bit processor, the Snapdragon 410. It&rsquo;s also purported to have a 4.7in FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display, Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6 and a 5MP rear snapper.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also expected to sit alongside the budget smartphones that target the entry-level and midrange market segments. But until HTC actually outs the device, we can&rsquo;t believe these rumours as gospel truth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/mwc-2014/htc-unveils-new-cut-price-desire-816-phablet/news">HTC unveils new cut-price Desire 816 phablet&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://tls.ida.gov.sg/tls/TlsEquipmentSearchFormAction.do?dispatch=searchEquipment" target="_blank">Equipment Search List IDA</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/upleaks/status/498013867767627776" target="_blank">@upleaks</a>, and <a href="http://htcsource.com/2014/08/htc-a11-could-be-first-device-from-htc-with-a-64bit-processor/?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">HTC Source</a>]&nbsp;</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="Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A and HTC Desire 510 get listed on IDA’s website" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A and HTC Desire 510 get listed on IDA’s website" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc.jpg?1407911232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-s5-lte-and-htc-desire-510-get-listed-ida-s-website/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-lte-and-htc-desire-510-get-listed-ida-s-website/news#comments Android HTC Samsung Smartphones Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:54:42 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444712 at http://www.stuff.tv