IFA 2013 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013/news en-SG Samsung Galaxy Note 3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The original phablet gets a third iteration – and Samsung reclaims the gigantophone crown [UPDATE: now includes video] </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="940" height="705" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN3094_1.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A lot has changed in the smartphone wars since the&nbsp;original Galaxy Note&nbsp;waddled into our lives with its finger-stretching girth, huge (at least at the time) screen and stylus.</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$1,048.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful innards gobble up Android </div> <div class="field-item even"> Your eyes will appreciate the big screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> S Pen is finally very useful </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"> Still too big for constant one-handed use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Design and build could be more premium </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"> Plastic in disguise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simply fabulous fashion news: the tacky, slippery, almost oiled-up plastic that’s hampered the sex appeal of Samsung’s past Galaxy handsets is no more. Sort of. It turns out the back of the Note 3 is still plastic, but it’s disguised to look like leather, complete with fake stitches.</p> <p>Soft and rubbery to the touch, the new backside means we finally have a Galaxy device that doesn’t leap out of the hands like a greased up&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=water+wiggler&amp;es_sm=93&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=oWlDUrylF8OrhQfss4DQCQ&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&amp;biw=1149&amp;bih=1315&amp;dpr=1" target="_blank">water wiggler</a>. Given the Note 3’s large dimensions and our attempts at tricky one-handed use (more on which later), this extra grip is a godsend and should save many people from accidental gravity-influenced screen wipeouts.</p> <p>The actual style of the Note 3’s new not-quite-leather wardrobe, as with any aesthetic debate, is subjective. Jony Ive supporters will definitely gag at its skeuomorphism and label it tacky, but before close inspection it does look relatively classy.</p> <p>While the Note 3’s new wardrobe is an improvement overall thanks to its grippiness and groove-cut metal-looking border, it still can’t hold a candle to the premium materials enveloping the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.</p> <p>Ergonomically, the Note 3 sits comfortably in the hands with well-balanced weight, but the usual phablet caveats apply – you’ll need to engage in some finger balancing acts to use it one-handed. While not on the same insane scale as the Xperia Z Ultra (which requires Hagrid-sized mits), the Note 3 is still a device you’ll be using with two hands most of the time.</p> <p>Check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/7-ways-look-good-using-phablet/feature-0" target="_blank">7 ways to look good using a phablet</a>&nbsp;to prepare yourself for using the Note 3 in public.</p> <p>A Note wouldn't be a Note without an S Pen, and on the Note 3 it’s tucked in the familiar bottom-right corner of the device. We found it pretty tricky to remove from its slot, though, even after a whole two days of practice – that means it’s unlikely to drop out unaided, but does make quick note-taking a bit less, well, quick.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2764143899001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2764143899001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3157_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="*not real stitches" alt="*not real stitches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3098_1_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Tricky to remove, but the new S Pen is excellent in use" alt="Tricky to remove, but the new S Pen is excellent in use" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3101_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More connections than Changi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first glimpse of the Note 3’s charging port will fill you with dread, revealing what appears to be a proprietary connector. But fear not: what you’re actually looking at is a shiny new but soon-to-be-standard microUSB 3.0 port.</p> <p>That means the Note 3 can suck up a 900mAh current when you’re charging it from your PC as opposed to microUSB 2.0’s 500mAh current, resulting in faster charging. The newer port also offers faster data rates for media transfer, but that won’t stop the Jony Ive brigade from shielding their eyes from the rather ugly connector while holding their minimalist Lightning cables close for comfort.</p> <p>Don’t set alight to your tangle of microUSB 2.0 cables just yet, though, because they can still plug into the right-hand section of the Note 3’s port. Backwards compatibility for the win.</p> <p>Aside from that, the Note 3 follows the Galaxy tradition of a microSD slot to bolster the internal 32GB/64GB storage, as well as a removable 3,200mAh battery. Both of which will be ambrosia to the power user brigade.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Undressed and ready for upgrades" alt="Undressed and ready for upgrades" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3154_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The new microUSB 3.0 cable" alt="The new microUSB 3.0 cable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3135_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A display that&#039;s worth the extra girth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our eyes have no complaints whatsoever when staring at the Galaxy Note 3’s pixel-packed Full HD Super AMOLED Plus 5.7in screen. It’s crystal clear, bright, and serves up bold colours and crisp, easy-to-read text. In short, it’s everything you’d want to see from a flagship device.</p> <p>Its extra size really comes into its own when placed next to rivals such as the already rather large-screened LG G2, which looks tiny in comparison. Your thumb will pay for the extra real estate, and all but the most shovel-handed will find it hard to swipe and type with one hand comfortably, a problem familiar to phablets but one that doesn’t plague the smaller G2.</p> <p>But the extra space spoils you when watching movies, reading ebooks or playing the latest games. If you’ve a voracious appetite for visual media the usability trade-off will be an easy one to make.</p> <p>Comparing the Note 3’s screen to that of the G2 (which is one of the best smartphone displays we’ve ever seen), is initially a little disappointing, thanks to the over-saturated, cartoon-like colours – the calling card of Samsung’s AMOLED displays. But dive into the Note 3’s settings and you can flick the Screen Mode to ‘Professional Photo’, which displays far more realistic colours that are almost identical to those of the G2’s display. We’d heartily recommend this quick fix to anyone who wants their Note 3 screen to look its most natural.</p> <p>The Note 3 screen’s larger dimensions mean it has a lower pixel density than the LG G2, and if you’re the type to press your eyeballs against screens you will notice that the G2 is tiny bit sharper, but in the real world the Note 3 definitely doesn’t leave you wanting for pixels.</p> <p>The G2 clearly trumps the Note 3 in the white department, though, and comparing the two screens is like sitting through a Daz commercial. The G2 serves up pristine, glacially pure whites while the Note 3’s whites look like they’re a dirty cream colour in comparison.</p> <p>It’s the sort of thing that’ll bug you a lot when comparing the Note 3’s screen to other LCD counterparts, but in isolation it’s unlikely to bother you.</p> <p>The Note 3’s AMOLED display redeems itself, as ever, with its true, deep blacks, but the G2’s screen is so impressive with blacks that are almost as dark, that this is only a slight advantage.</p> <p>So is the Note 3’s screen the very best we’ve seen? Not quite. But it’s not far off, and the Note 3 is obviously head, shoulders and wasteband above the G2 if size is important to you – and if you’re reading this review, it probably is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3127_1.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Professional Photo mode makes the Note 3&#039;s screen look most natural" alt="The Professional Photo mode makes the Note 3&#039;s screen look most natural" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3129_1.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Say cheese </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 3’s 13MP rear snapper is impressive, and it trades blow-for-blow with the LG G2’s superb 13MP camera – currently the benchmark for Android snappers.</p> <p>In most regular shots in good light the Note 3 produces photos that are a little more saturated, but with slightly greater contrast. Some of the G2’s shots look pale by comparison, with a little less in the way of finer textures and details picked up.</p> <p>Occasionally, though, the slight over saturation of the Note 3’s shots can result in a loss of detail. Folds in flower petals can be drowned out in patches of colour that are too vivid, while the G2 manages to retain such finer details.</p> <p>The Note 3’s HDR mode is very good, with greater emphasis on detail thanks to the higher range of contrast. As with most HDR modes there’s a slight processing delay, and many serious snappers avoid their over-emphasising ways, but if you like your photos extra sharp there’s little to argue about here.</p> <p>On other occasions the differences between the Note 3 and G2 pics are so small you’d be hard-pressed to spot the difference without seriously zooming in.</p> <p>Macro shots are also very hard to tell apart. In some close-ups the Note 3 comes slightly out on top, while the G2 is the victor in others. We’ve chalked that down to the difficulty in focusing both cameras on the same exact spot at such short distances, but either way both phones offer excellent detail and depth of field effects when shooting at very close range.</p> <p>The Note 3 is beaten fairly soundly by the G2 in low light situations, both with and without the flash. Thanks to its Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), the G2’s shutter can remain open a touch longer, capturing more light, resulting in more detail, more accurate colours and less noise. That makes the G2 a far better choice on nights out, even if you disregard the fact that it’s also more compact and easier to handle after one or two glasses of your favourite tipple. Party documentarians should obviously also consider the iPhone 5s – it’s True Tone flash is a thing of wonder.</p> <p>Overall the Note 3 emerges slightly ahead of the G2 in normal shots, thanks to its greater contrast, but it fails to impress in low light conditions. Given that a large majority of people use their phones in low light when they’re out and about, the G2 camera's versatility probably makes it the best choice for most.</p> <p>Naturally the Note 3’s camera app comes loaded with Samsung’s usual box of tricks, from a fantastic gif creator to an Eraser Mode that removes photobombers with minimal hassle.</p> <p>60fps 1080p video recording is also on the menu, and while that imperfect image stabilisation results in slightly shakier movies than you’ll get from the G2 and 5s, the results are perfectly usable. Unlike its rivals, the Note 3 will also record in 4K – a minor brag given the current paucity of 4K TVs, but a brag all the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3119_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </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="4128" height="3096" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130925_180137_0.jpg?1383268217" /> </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="4128" height="3096" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130925_180634_0.jpg?1383268217" /> </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="4128" height="3096" title="The Note 3 camera isn&#039;t very comfortable with low-light conditions" alt="The Note 3 camera isn&#039;t very comfortable with low-light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130925_181505_0.jpg?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> This Snapdragon breathes fire </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy Note 3 packs two different flavours of silicon depending on where you are in the world. The first is Samsung's own Exynos 5 Octa processor and the other is Qualcomm's mighty Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor.</p> <p>In Blighty we get the latter, and it clocks in at 2.27Ghz, the same as the 800 chip in the mighty LG G2. But does it deliver the G2's silky smooth Android experience?</p> <p>In a word, yes. Despite Samsung's heavily skinned TouchWiz (more on that later), we didn't experience any stuttering, slowdown or lag, even when running a multitude of apps and demanding games simultaneously. Web browsing is as zippy as can be, pages are rendered smoothly and text resizing is as smooth as butter in a hot pan.</p> <p>This is a welcome pattern that has emerged in our most recent smartphone reviews and is a trend that's thankfully now the norm in all new Android flagships. Unless Google gets something seriously wrong with Android 4.4 KitKat, the niggles and lag of the Android of old appear to have been banished for good.</p> <p>Interestingly, AnTuTu rates the Note 3 a full 6,000 points lower than the LG G2, despite the fact that both share the same silicon. Seeing as the G2 is also skinned just as heavily as the Note 3, the difference in scores could be due to the S Pen extras running in the background, but the Note's 3GB of RAM clearly does its job well in keeping things running smoothly.</p> <p>At the end of the day, the numbers don't matter. The Note 3 runs slicker than your average Android smartphone and matches the LG G2 at every dip and corner in the Android speed racetrack, and that's what really counts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3&#039;s got more than enough power for the latest games" alt="The Note 3&#039;s got more than enough power for the latest games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3108_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Multi-tasking doesn&#039;t make the Samsung stutter" alt="Multi-tasking doesn&#039;t make the Samsung stutter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 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>Operating System - Android 4.3</p> <p>Processor - 2.27GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 /w Adreno 330 (N9005)</p> <p>RAM - 3GB</p> <p>Screen - 5.7in Super AMOLED Plus with 1920x1080 resolution (386ppi)</p> <p>Camera - 13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p>Storage - 32/64GB (expandable by up to 64GB)</p> <p>Data - 4G LTE</p> <p>Battery - 3200mAh</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-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"> Super stylus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 3’s S Pen stylus is one of the main things that separates it from the competition, but we approached it with a little trepidation as we’ve never found its ancestors very easy to use.</p> <p>Once we eventually slid it out from deep within the Note 3’s innards (pro tip: nails are invaluable), we were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to doodle and make notes on the Note’s generous screen. It’s a million miles away from the slippery, hard tip of the original Note’s stylus and offers even more grip than that found on the Note 2’s. And it also works with the capacitive back and menu buttons, a feature we’ve been crying out for since the very first Note.</p> <p>It’s long enough to hold comfortably and the variable pressure rubber tip offers plenty of friction and resistance without slipping all over the place. The upshot of all this is that this is the closest we’ve ever managed to replicate our natural handwriting on a portable device, and the handwriting recognition is, quite frankly, fantastic.</p> <p>While it’s still quicker tapping out a message on SwiftKey, there’s something rather satisfying about seeing your handwriting accurately converted into a message, or creating quick notes and doodles with your natural scribbles. But that’s not even the half of it…</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2789690720001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2789690720001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3100_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3103_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Stick it with the pointy end </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hovering the S Pen above the screen and clicking its button brings up an Air Command menu wheel. There are five features on offer, each one with a more confusing marketing name than the last. Try to keep up.</p> <p><strong>Action Memo</strong></p> <p>The first option on the wheel is Action Memo. Click that and you’ll get a Post-It-sized overlay for making quick notes. If you write a phone number, email, URL or even address, you can then select it and carry out the relevant action for each. Jotted down a phone number? Select it then save it to contacts or call it directly. Got someone to write down their address? Fire it up in Google Maps. Even with our remarkably bad handwriting, the Note 3 does a very good job of translating our scribbles.</p> <p><strong>Pen Window</strong></p> <p>Another option in the Air Command Wheel is Pen Window. Select it, draw out a box, choose from a list of compatible apps, and boom – you’ve just drawn yourself a fully interactive widget. It’s a very impressive trick to show off to your mates, but it’s a lot quicker to just fire up the app you need, and some of the widgets look squashed and disproportionate depending on what size you’ve drawn them on.</p> <p><strong>S Finder, Screen Write and Screen Booker</strong></p> <p>The first of these Air Commands is a universal search that sifts through everything on the device, even your handwritten notes. Screen Write snaps a screen shot that you can then make annotations on, and Screen Booker lets you select only the parts of the screen that are relevant before defacing them with derogatory doodles, if you’re into that sort of thing.</p> <p>It all makes for an impressive tech demo, but we’re not quite convinced how many of these S Pen features are actually more convenient than doing things manually, though the screenshot annotations and handwriting search could certainly be useful.</p> <p>The artists out there should also be able to make excellent use of the SketchBook app. Ross Presly, Stuff’s resident designer and avid skull-drawer, certainly did.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3102_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3116_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104_0_1.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ross-skull_0.jpg?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fort Knox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of our key gripes with BlackBerry 10 is that it’s Balance feature (the one that lets you separate your phone into work and play profiles) requires you to faff around with work servers and permissions. Samsung Knox on the Note 3 works straight out of the box and lets you keep work and play completely separate.</p> <p>Once you’ve set up a pin you can access Knox from a single tap in the notification bar at anytime, and it automatically locks itself after a certain time limit has passed. Unlike LG’s Guest Mode, Knox also works at an enterprise level, which should keep your IT manager happy, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3159_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3162_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TouchWiz - everything but the kitchen sink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung’s TouchWiz interface returns once again, and it looks as bright and cartoony as ever. We really want Samsung to go back to the drawing board and redesign its Android skin to something a lot lighter and more grown-up – for inspiration the software guys need look no further than HTC’s Sense 5.0, Sony’s lightweight Xperia Z skin, or of course, stock Android.</p> <p>But we digress. TouchWiz is back, and its packed full of so many software extras that we’re not even sure where to start. It seems like with each and every new Galaxy release, Samsung’s developers try their very best to cram in absolutely anything and everything they’ve been working on to add to an already copious software feature list. As with the S Pen features we’d prefer it if a lot of it was stripped down, but there are some useful tricks thrown in.</p> <p>Swiping up from the bottom of the Home screen reveals an HTC Blinkfeed-like stream of all your news and social updates, all powered by FlipBoard. It’s very easy on the eyes and we like the fact that it’s completely hidden until you summon it.</p> <p>Another one of the Note 3’s most useful features is Multi Window, a little app menu that appears when you press a permanently overlaid button, and lets you fire up two compatible apps simultaneously. Want to browse the web while checking your emails? Done. It’s a useful feature for multitasking that’s also found on the G2, but the Note’s bigger screen makes it a far more usable feature.</p> <p>Speaking of screen size, if it’s all too much for your poor hands to handle there are swiping thumb gestures that shrink down the display to either the left or right side of the screen. It seems a little pointless to waste that extra space, but can be useful if you need to bash out a text in a hurry with only one hand free.</p> <p>If you dive deep within the Note 3’s settings you’ll come across a setting called Smart Rotation. Turn it on and the Note 3’s screen will automatically adjust screen rotation according to the orientation of your face. No more fumbling around with the auto-rotate setting whenever you’re reading on your side. Smart indeed.</p> <p>Dive even deeper and you’ll find a Quick Glance option that lets you wave your hand over the Note 3 when it’s locked, briefly summoning any notifications you might have before turning off again. You’ll look odd doing it, but you can pretend you have superpowers. It’s far quicker to just wake the screen at the press of a button and pull down the notification bar though. We’re adding this one to the ‘pub trick pile’.</p> <p>As for the rest? There’s Story Album for arranging your holiday snaps, S Health for tracking your exercise, and an integrated IR blaster that turns the Note 3 into a remote for your TV. We could go on, but we could be here all day.</p> <p>Essentially there’s a little something for everyone here, if you can be bothered to sift through the noise. It’s fine if you don’t, of course, as the Note 3 is a superb device even with its great mass of tricks stripped away. We’d appreciate it if Samsung could split the wheat from the chaff for the next generation of Galaxy devices, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3095_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The FlipBoard-powered news feed is excellent" alt="The FlipBoard-powered news feed is excellent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3112_0_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3118_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3111_0_1.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life - enough but not much more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our usual video rundown test is processing as we speak and we’ll update the review with the results forthwith, but in everyday use the 3,200mAh battery does a fine job of powering the massive screen and mass of software extras for more than a day of moderate use. It’ll certainly outlast an iPhone 5, although won’t keep going for as long as the battery freak that is the G2.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3168_1.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Put simply, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best phablet in the world right now. Its glorious 5.7in screen pumps out crisp detail and punchy colours while still remaining pretty portable, at least compared to the gargantuan 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra.</p> <p>It has a superb camera that more than holds its own against the LG G2 in all but dim conditions, and it eats Android, 3D games and multitasking for breakfast.</p> <p>The S Pen is a doodler’s dream and feels far more natural than any other stylus we’ve used, and if you throw in the Samsung software extras that are useful to you, the Note 3 should be the number one choice if you’re keen to follow the phablet path.</p> <p>Not everyone will be, and for those people there are more fantastic flagship phones available than ever before, as just a glance at our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 list of the best smartphones in the world</a>&nbsp;will attest. But for those who want to replace the phone and tablet with one do-it-all device there is a new champion – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3149_0.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want one device to replace your phone and tablet combi? The Galaxy Note 3 is the finest phablet out there</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3: &quot;The best phablet in the world&quot; </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"> Samsung reclaims the gigantophone crown with its new phablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/DSCN3094.JPG?1383268217" /> </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/DSCN3094.JPG?1383268217" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review#comments Galaxy Note 3 IFA 2013 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:58:46 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425990 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Vaio Tap 11 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-vaio-tap-11/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update: Singapore pricing and release period have been announced. This Windows 8 tablet melted our hearts with its sleek and sexy design, but it is far from perfect </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="901" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Main Big" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Main Big" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Main%20Big.jpg?1379385167" /> </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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Sony has a track record of crafting beautiful devices that form a great first impression. That’s what we sensed from the Vaio Tap 11, which was just unveiled at IFA. Here’s our initial take on the Japanese firm's latest Windows 8 tablet.</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$1,999.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">One might say that the tablet is a super upsized version of Sony’s ridiculously large phablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a>. Design elements from Sony’s Xperia smartphones are replicated on this Windows 8 tablet, right down to the rounded edges and aluminum lining the sides.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Windows Start button, which is thankfully a physical rather than touch-sensitive key, is inconspicuously located below the 11in display. The power and volume buttons are within easy reach on the right side.</p> <p dir="ltr">The USB 3.0 and micro HDMI ports, however, are hidden by a cover that dangles and destroys the minimalist design. Unfortunately, the microSD slot, placed at the top right corner on the rear of the device, also gets the same cover treatment. Word of advice - get a tweezer ready, as the microSD card is insanely hard to extract from the slot.</p> <p>Yank the small stand at the rear, and you can leave the tablet upright and free your hands to fiddle with the screen. The stand is adjustable, allowing you to choose an angle for the best viewing experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 01" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 01" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Design%2001.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 02" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 02" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Design%2002.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 03" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 03" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Design%2003.jpg?1379385167" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 04" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Design 04" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Design%2004.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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, audio and camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The 11in screen and full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution are not to be scoffed at. It might not invite the same awe delivered by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display/review" target="_blank">MacBook Pro's Retina Display</a>, but the Vaio Tap 11 delivers snapshots and movies with resounding clarity. Unfortunately, the display is a tad too small and will most likely attract quizzical stares when you have to bring your face closer and squint your eyes to view the exceedingly fine text.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sony’s Triluminos Display produced well-balanced colours. Placed side-by-side with an AMOLED display, colours are equally rich, with a natural tone that puts equal focus on the cool and warm colours. The black background is distinct but does not overshadow the wide range of colours.</p> <p dir="ltr">Two speakers are placed on the rear, delivering a wide stereo experience from the sides of the tablet. Sony tosses in the usual audio enhancement features, including xLoud and a 3D front surround, to give your ears a treat you won't forget.</p> <p dir="ltr">An 8-megapixel camera is attached on the rear, though why you would want to use that to take a snapshot over, say, a smartphone or even a compact camera, is anyone’s guess. For video conferencing, a decent 0.92-megapixel front camera does the job pretty well.</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="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Screen" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Screen.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Audio" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Audio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Audio.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Camera" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Camera.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Vaio Tap 11 has two variants to choose from - an Intel Core i7-4610Y processor clocked at 1.7GHz or Intel Core i5-4210Y clocked at 1.5GHz. Both variants come with a 128GB solid state drive and have 4GB of DDR3 memory to handle multitasking.</p> <p>Sony claims a five-hour battery life for the Vaio Tap 11. As we are still handling an early pre-production unit, our verdict for its performance will be delivered when a review unit lands in our office.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magnetic keyboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Sony has its heart in the right place with a magnetic keyboard that attaches to the Vaio Tap 11.&nbsp;The keyboard, however, is unwaveringly faithful to the Vaio Tap 11 it comes with. That means you can’t use it with another Vaio Tap 11, as it uses radio frequency instead of Bluetooth to form a one-to-one connection between the tablet and accessory.</p> <p dir="ltr">Misplace or mangle the keyboard beyond use and you’ll have to bring the Vaio Tap 11 to the nearest Sony service centre to source for a replacement. On the bright side, the messy Bluetooth setup has been eliminated.</p> <p dir="ltr">Typing is a silent affair, and the chiclet keys are well-spaced with minimal typos. What would have been a great typing experience, was marred by the wireless touchpad. Your thumbs will inadvertently slide onto the wide touchpad while you are typing, bringing endless frustration when you have to realign the cursor to the right spot. Fortunately, you can disable the touchpad with the power slider switch, and rely on the display’s touch screen to navigate the user interface.</p> <p dir="ltr">The keyboard acts as a cover for the Vaio Tap 11, and is joined to the display by a magnetic contact. Both components are separated without much force. In fact, it’s too easy for the keyboard to lose its grip on the display. Take it out from the bag, and it might fly apart and slip from your grasp.</p> <p dir="ltr">The same contact point is also used to charge the keyboard, which supposedly can last up to a month on a full charge. Remember to keep the keyboard sufficiently juiced, as there are no alternative charging options other than attaching it to the tablet.</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="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Keyboard 01" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Keyboard 01" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Keyboard%2001.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Keyboard 02" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Keyboard 02" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Keyboard%2002.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Keyboard 03" alt="Sony Vaio Tap 11 Keyboard 03" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Keyboard%2003.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Stylus and apps go hand-in-hand </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Have the urge to doodle? Sony fulfills that desire with its digitzer stylus. Two tips are provided - a soft tip that mimics the pen and paper experience with a slight friction, and a hard tip that offers minimal resistance as you scribble on the 11in screen.</p> <p dir="ltr">On its own, the stylus is somewhat redundant, but when you use it with Sony’s apps, it shines. For example, after you snap a photo of a name card with the Cam Scanner app, the stylus’ precision lets you realign the image and do keystone correction for a perfect fit, and scribble notes onto the image with the Vaio Paper app.</p> <p dir="ltr">While a slot is not provided to holster the stylus, a plastic holder can be clipped onto the left side, and has a firm grip on the stylus. Unfortunately, the holder blocks off access to the USB 3.0 and HDMI port. Removing the holder is a frightful affair - it’s locked so tightly to the tablet, you might snap it through sheer brute force.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Stylus.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Availability </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Vaio Tap 11 will be available in Asia Pacific from September onwards in two colours - black and white. The convertible will hit Singapore retail shelves in early October, priced at $1,999 for the Intel Core i5 version, while the speedier Intel Core i7 version will cost a cool $2,299. </p> <p>The tablet will reach retail shelves in Malaysia shortly after the Singapore launch, while prices have not been revealed as of now.</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="Sony Vaio Tab 11 Black" alt="Sony Vaio Tab 11 Black" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Black.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has undoubtedly made a good, nay, great first impression with the Vaio Tap 11’s sleek design and highly detailed full HD screen. Prolonged usage, however, revealed a few shortcomings, noticeably with the placement of the stylus holder, the flimsy connection between the tablet and keyboard, and the accidental clicks of the touchpad.</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"> 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"> Sony Vaio Tap 11 preview </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"> This Windows 8 tablet melted our hearts with its sleek and sexy design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Vaio%20Tap%2011%20Main%20Big_0.jpg?1379385167" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-vaio-tap-11/review#comments IFA 2013 Laptops Sony Tablets Windows 8 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:32:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426159 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses attach an entire camera to your smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-sony-cyber-shot-qx10-and-qx100-smart-lenses-attach-entire-cam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony reimagines the camera by impressively cramming the functionality of a high-end compact camera into a lens-style camera for your smartphone </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="Hands-on video review: Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses attach an entire camera to your smartphone " alt="Hands-on video review: Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses attach an ent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-09%20at%2013.59.25.png?1378737464" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2658808908001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2658808908001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-sony-cyber-shot-qx10-and-qx100-smart-lenses-attach-entire-cam#comments Geek accessories IFA 2013 Smartwatch Sony Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:01:41 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426419 at http://www.stuff.tv Tangent's Classic Bluetooth speaker looks like a basking shark's mouth http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tangent/ifa-2013/tangents-classic-bluetooth-speaker-looks-basking-sharks-mouth/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …in a good way </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="Tangent Classic" alt="Tangent Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tangent-classic-2.jpg?1378737355" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are tons of neat Bluetooth speakers at IFA, not least Elipson's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013/lenny-bluetooth-speaker-elipson-and-habitat-most-beautiful-thing-weve-seen-all-ifa/news" target="_blank">beautiful Habitat collaborations</a>. But Tangent's Classic stands above most for sheer design audacity.</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/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> See my lovely red label </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Inside there are dual 40W mid/bass drivers, a pair of 25mm tweeters and a 5in subwoofer. Sound is streamed wirelessly to the speaker from you smartphone, tablet or laptop either via Bluetooth A2DP or lossless-quality aptX. There's also a 3.5mm analogue input and a USB port for charging up a gadget as it plays.</p> <p class="p1">The infra-red remote control is just as woody as the speaker, and there's a bundled lump of ply to use as a stand for your phone.</p> <p>You do pay for looks like this. It's €600 ($1,006) and does little else to justify that cost. We didn't get the chance to listen to it, but we're hoping it has the audio chops to back up its price. We'll let you know as soon as we do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="See my lovely red label" alt="Tangent Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tangent-classic-1.jpg?1378737355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Tangent Classic" alt="Tangent Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tangent-classic-side.jpg?1378737355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Tangent Classic" alt="Tangent Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tangent-classic-remote.jpg?1378737355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/tangent/ifa-2013/tangents-classic-bluetooth-speaker-looks-basking-sharks-mouth/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tangent/ifa-2013/tangents-classic-bluetooth-speaker-looks-basking-sharks-mouth/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming IFA 2013 Tangent Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:00:46 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426417 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch offers a different take on wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-qualcomm-s-toq-smartwatch-offers-different-take-wearable-tech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Qualcomm has a stab at wearable tech with its Toq smartwatch – have Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Sony SmartWatch 2 met their match? </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="Hands-on video review: Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch offers a different take on wearable tech" alt="Hands-on video review: Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch offers a different take on wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-08%20at%2019.28.29.png?1378688058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2658035997001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2658035997001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-qualcomm-s-toq-smartwatch-offers-different-take-wearable-tech#comments IFA 2013 Smartwatch Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:26:22 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426394 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: LG G Pad 8.3 is a real iPad Mini rival http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ifa-2013/hands-review-lg-g-pad-83-real-ipad-mini-rival/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG&#039;s best ever tablet wants to knock chunks out of the iPad Mini and new Nexus 7 with first-rate specs, but it&#039;s the build quality that impressed us most at IFA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-GPad-83-hands-on-apps-homescreen.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Walking into LG's huge IFA booth, we frisbeed our 3D specs at the nearest curved OLED TV and made a beeline for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-goes-big-83-inch-g-pad/news" target="_blank">G Pad 8.3 slate.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Killer Screen + Gorgeous Build = Tablet Maths Win </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Call us jaded but we see more below par Android tablets come through our doors than impressive ones but the G Pad 8.3 actually kind of bowled us over. The screen is a big part of that – it's big (for a small, light tablet) with minimal 7.2mm bezels either side, almost as skinny as the iPad Mini's in fact. It's bright, vibrant and sharp too. Sure, at 1920x1200 over 8.3in that's not quite as crisp as the new Nexus 7 but it certainly gives it a run for its money and puts the iPad Mini to shame, for now.</p> <p>Plus, as just mentioned, the 8.3 is light at just 338g, very slim at 8.2mm thick and as easy to hold one handed as Apple's small iPad. You won't be gripping it in one hand as you would a Nexus, and it might not squeeze into some of the same pockets as Google uber-tab manages to but LG has propelled its tablet line to the scrap for the top that it was once shunned from.</p> <p>The really solid, mostly aluminium build is the other half of the G Pad 8.3's seemingly winning equation – models come in black and white colours with some plastic but we much prefer the G Pad's styling to the G2, for instance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-GPad-83-hands-on-hero.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Pad-83-hands-on-rear-camera.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Pad-83-hands-on-lockscreen-apps.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Pad-83-hands-on-black-model.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Plenty of power, huge battery – now all we need is a price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We took the time out of our busy IFA schedule to test out the G Pad's 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM with Asphalt 8 and we weren't disappointed by the Alec Baldwin-smooth gameplay not to mention quick responses when flitting through apps, webpages and menus. The G Pad's also rocking a 4,600mAh battery, launches on Android 4.2.2 and sports a 5MP rear camera too.</p> <p>Extras pushed over from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> include KnockOn which lets you double-tap the display to wake it up and works very well on the G Pad and its alt-multi-tasking tool Q Swipe which throws open apps to the side of the screen with a three finger swipe action. Q Pair – which we weren't able to try in our hands on – pairs the tab with Android phones like the G2 over Bluetooth for the usual tethering, quick sending of files and even picking up phone calls on the G Pad.</p> <p>The one thing lacking from the G Pad 8.3? A price and release. If LG can place this at somewhere around the £200-£250 mark ($398-$498), it has a shot at stealing some of the Nexus 7's fans away. Any more and it will be lumped in with legions of Samsung tablets that are just too expensive compared to the budget Android competition. As for a release, LG is keeping quiet for now but we hope review units turn up soon so we can see what the G Pad 8.3 is really made of.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Pad-83-hands-on-screen.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Pad-83-hands-on-performance.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Pad-83-hands-on-rear-design.JPG?1378687970" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/lg/ifa-2013/hands-review-lg-g-pad-83-real-ipad-mini-rival/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ifa-2013/hands-review-lg-g-pad-83-real-ipad-mini-rival/news#comments IFA 2013 LG Tablets Sun, 08 Sep 2013 10:33:53 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426392 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Samsung Galaxy Gear – is this the smartwatch we've been waiting for? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-gear/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-weve-been-waiting/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung may have beaten Apple to the punch with its wrist-mounted accessory, but will you want to strap one on your wrist – more importantly, will you want to talk into it? </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="Hands on video-review: Samsung Galaxy Gear – is this the smartwatch we&#039;ve been waiting for?" alt="Hands on video-review: Samsung Galaxy Gear – is this the smartwatch we&#039;ve been w" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-07%20at%2018.46.11_0.png?1379516884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2656341327001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2656341327001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-gear/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-weve-been-waiting/video#comments Galaxy Gear IFA 2013 Samsung Smartwatch Sat, 07 Sep 2013 17:49:48 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426373 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Philips Fidelio E5 – hi-fi speakers that transform into home cinema on demand http://www.stuff.tv/sg/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take two stereo speakers, cut the tops off, make them wireless and presto! Real temporary surround sound </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="Philips Fidelio E5" alt="Philips Fidelio E5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-fidelio-e5-1.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">If you want hassle-free surround sound but think the type generated by soundbars is some kind of evil magic that ought to be STAMPED OUT or an emperor's new clothes-type lie perpetrated by devious marketing folk, Philips has just the thing.</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/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> Testing the transformation with Transformers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Sounds good doesn't it? But does it actually sound good? In our brief ears-on at IFA watching (rather fittingly) Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the surround mode was palpably different to the stereo, with multichannel effects coming through loud and clear and decent weight added by the sub.</p> <p class="p1">We didn't listen long enough to make a judgement on the quality o the sound, and had no price-competitive 5.1 system to compare it to, but the effect was impressive - and there's no doubting the convenience of a completely wire-free, temporary surround 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="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-lift_0.jpg?1379070227" /> </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="900" height="1200" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-front-2.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Oak, leather and a festival of LEDs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The speakers themselves are quite beautiful things with leather handles and real oak inlays. They don't dock in a particularly satisfying fashion, though, and we can't help but think they'd look better in surround mode if a contactless inductive charging method had been employed. A festival of LED flashes also greets the satellites when freshly docked, and although Philips says they're dimmable, we worry they might be distracting.</p> <p class="p1">AV aficionados will scoff at the lack of control you get over in-depth settings, and could bemoan the fact that the front centre channel of 5.1 soundtracks is folded into the output of the mother speakers.</p> <p class="p1">But this system isn't for AV aficionados: it's for people who want their Saturday night rental to have a bit more Leicester Square about it, without the trailing wires or speaker mounts drilled into walls. Or the tourists.</p> <p class="p1">Pending a full test of the audio quality, we think the E5 is an ingenious system that could bring real surround to homes where such a thing would previously have been unthinkable. Shrewd work.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-3_0.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-sub_0.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Home Cinema IFA 2013 Philips Sat, 07 Sep 2013 13:16:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426370 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Qualcomm Toq gets the smartwatch basics spot-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-review-qualcomm-toq-gets-smartwatch-basics-spot/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s Galaxy Gear wasn&#039;t the only smartwatch being shown off at IFA, chip-maker Qualcomm has had its own stab at tech wristwear – and it&#039;s lovely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-hands-on-4.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're disappointed with Qualcomm's Toq, its techie timepiece being shown off at IFA, but for one reason only: it's apparently pronounced 'talk' rather than 'tock' which is just a shameful misuse of what could have been a superb pun.</p> <p>Names aside, our wrists-on time confirmed it's a brilliant bit of kit which in many ways shows us what Samsung could have built if it had concentrated on making an incredible smart watch and not a wrist-based smartphone.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mirasol display makes gadget sense </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 we love about Toq is that it's not trying to be a smartphone: from its Mirasol display – think a colour E-Ink style display and you get the picture – to its range of second screen features and simple to use interface.</p> <p>First, that screen. If you're used to pumped up Samsung Galaxy hardware and the like, you'll find the Toq's display very muted. But it's easy to read even with sunlight streaming in through the windows and crucially low power – more on that later.</p> <p>So what can you do with it? Connect it to an Android device that's running 4.0.3 or later to get going. There's no speaker or mic for making phone calls but you can use a Bluetooth headset and also read your latest text messages on the Toq's screen and answer calls. For instance, if you get a call, it will show up on the Toq's screen and you can press to answer it while you rummage around in your bag for your handset.</p> <p>Qualcomm's smartwatch has a simple but slick homescreen that you can scroll through to choose between weather, your synced calendar, viewing stocks info and basic music player.</p> <p>Interestingly, once Qualcomm's Internet of Things platform AllJoyn starts rolling out and getting more devices onboard, we'll also be able to view and respond to notifications sent from your washing machine, light bulbs, coffee machine or alarm clock on the Toq's screen. An AllJoyn house would be the perfect accessory to the Toq smartwatch – we just need Qualcomm and everyone else to make it happen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-hands-on-1.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-hands-on-2.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-hands-on-5.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-menu.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Proof of concept? Somebody needs to build this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK so we're being a bit unfair, gushing over the Toq when we know that you may never be able to get your hands on one. That's because Qualcomm itself isn't about to start making and selling smartwatches – Toq is a proof of concept meant to push manufacturers in the right direction of using Mirasol displays in this kind of device.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-gear/hands-review-samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-brimming-tech-if-not-direction/feature" target="_blank">Samsung's Galaxy Gear</a> has gone down the OLED route making for much shorter battery lives of around a day at best. Qualcomm reckon the Toq's battery will last three to four days between charges with juice coming via a wireless charging dock and taking less than two hours to return to full power.</p> <p>If you like what you see, there's hope. We heard talk of Qualcomm selling a limited number of final versions for around the US$300 ($382) mark later on in 2013 – we'll sound our gadget klaxons as soon as we hear anything more concrete than that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-hands-on-calendar.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-toq-hands-on-stocks.JPG?1378607102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-review-qualcomm-toq-gets-smartwatch-basics-spot/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-review-qualcomm-toq-gets-smartwatch-basics-spot/news#comments IFA 2013 Smartwatch Sat, 07 Sep 2013 11:56:07 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426368 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Sony Xperia Z1 – packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-sony-xperia-z1-packed-brim-cutting-edge-tech/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With its higher-end camera, powerful guts and a stunning full HD display, Sony&#039;s Xperia Z1 is much more than just a refreshed Xperia Z </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="Hands-on video review: Sony Xperia Z1 – packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech" alt="Hands-on video review: Sony Xperia Z1 – packed to the brim with cutting-edge tec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-07%20at%2011.17.19.png?1378606642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2654626526001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2654626526001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-sony-xperia-z1-packed-brim-cutting-edge-tech/video#comments IFA 2013 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:16:12 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426365 at http://www.stuff.tv 4K at IFA 2013: all the highlights http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013/4k-ifa-2013-all-highlights/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A look at the finest Ultra HD gear this year’s show had to offer </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="4K at IFA 2013: all the highlights" alt="4K at IFA 2013: all the highlights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG_ULTRA_HD_OLED_TV_01.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ultra HD video has been a major theme at this year’s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013" target="_blank">IFA</a>, with each of the major manufacturers pulling the wraps off at least one killer 4K-compatible product. Here are some of the highlights.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic first with HDMI 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panasonic held IFA 2013’s first major press conference and wasted no time in showing off some 4K loveliness. First up was the 65in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/panasonic/ifa-2013/panasonic-reveals-worlds-first-4k-hdmi-20-tv/news" target="_blank">Viera L65WT60</a>0 TV, the world’s first telly to feature an HDMI 2.0 connection. HDMI 1.4, which you’ll find on most TVs, supports 4K but only at 30fps; 2.0 on the other hand supports up to 60fps.</p> <p>Panasonic also made a bid for the show’s zaniest 4K product with its 20in 4K Windows 8 tablet. Priced at almost US$6,000 ($7,646) and featuring a battery life of just two hours, this 3840 x 2560 slate is plenty powerful – but don’t expect to see many on your morning commute.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic L65WT600" alt="Panasonic L65WT600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-TX-L65WT600E-angle-4K-800x600.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> LG throws a 77in curve ball </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like squabbling sibling rivals, Korean companies LG and Samsung are constantly trying to one-up each other by making the biggest telly. And at this year’s IFA LG will feel it has gained some sort of victory by unveiling&nbsp;– wait for it – the world’s first 77in curved OLED Ultra HD television. The mammoth wraparound set is a prototype and thus doesn’t have an ETA or price, but we’d expect to see the impressive technology on show put to good use in future LG screens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77in OLED 4K TV" alt="LG 77in OLED 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-4k-oled-77in.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung arrives at the OLED 4K party </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung unveiled its own Ultra HD OLED screen, but at 55 inches – and remaining resolutely flat-faced – it doesn’t quite match up to LG’s TV in terms of headline-grabbing potential. Still, considering OLED screen sizes topped out at about 12 inches a few years ago, it’s heartening to see companies finally delivering the goods (albeit in prototype form) on the display size front.</p> <p>And speaking of size, Samsung had a couple of giant LCD 4K screens to show off. At 98in and 110in, they’re aimed at the commercial market rather than your living room – which perhaps makes sense given that you’d need a living room the size of an aircraft hangar to house one comfortably.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s 4K projector and camcorder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has always been at the forefront with 4K televisions, but at IFA this year the firm’s focus was on other Ultra HD products, namely the VPL-VW500ES home cinema projector and FDR-AX1 camcorder.</p> <p>The projector, which has a resolution of 4096 x 2160 and creates its picture with Sony’s tried and trusted SXRD tech, supports HDMI 2.0 and its Super Resolution 4K upscaling software promises to “dramatically” boost 1080p Blu-ray quality. It’ll be on sale at the end of October, priced at £8,500 ($15,939).</p> <p>The FDR-AX1 is Sony’s first 4K camcorder pitched at consumers rather than pros (although at £3,800, it’s far from impulse buy fodder). It can squeeze up to two hours of 3840 x 2160 4K footage on a 64GB XQD memory card (there are two slots) and also records in full HD. There’s a 20x optical zoom lens on board – although we reckon future Sony 4K camcorders may well support the company’s range of A- and E-mount camera lenses.</p> <p>Sony also announced that existing owners of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">Bravia X9 4K TVs</a> would receive a firmware download adding HDMI 2.0 support.</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="Sony VPL-VW500ES" alt="Sony VPL-VW500ES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-4k-projector.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="FDR-AX1" alt="FDR-AX1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-fdr-ax1-camcorder.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Toshiba reveals “budget price” for 4K TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Toshiba had a quiet IFA on the 4K front, showing off only a 50in prototype TV. However the company did announcing pricing for its 58in, 65in and 84in L9 Series Ultra HD sets, due out any day now: £3,000 ($5,977), £5,500 ($10,958)and £14,000 ($27,893)respectively. It’s hardly peanuts, we know, but £3,000 ($5,977) is the cheapest price for a 4K set in the UK.</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="Toshiba L9 4K TV" alt="Toshiba L9 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/toshiba-l9-4k-tv.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Philips lights up the room with first 4K screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips is probably the last of the major manufacturers to enter the 4K market, but it has done so in style with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/philips-ambilight-4k-dropbox-blimey/news" target="_blank">65PFL9708</a> telly. The LCD screen comes equipped with the Dutch firm’s trademark Ambilight technology, which uses rear-mounted LEDs to light up the wall behind the TV in image-enhancing colours. The TV also comes with Philips’ Cloud TV smart TV platform which offers Dropbox support, allowing you to access videos, music and photos from a synced folder in the cloud.</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="Philips 65PFL9708" alt="Philips 65PFL9708" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-UHD-TV-65PLF9708.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013/4k-ifa-2013-all-highlights/news#comments Camcorders IFA 2013 Projectors TVs Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:57:10 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426323 at http://www.stuff.tv Kensington KeyFolio case for iPad 5 spotted at IFA http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ifa-2013/kensington-keyfolio-case-ipad-5-spotted-ifa/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slim-bezelled iPad Mini-like form factor for the next-gen iPad is basically nailed-on now, isn&#039;t it? </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="Kensington KeyFolio case for iPad 5 spotted at IFA" alt="Kensington KeyFolio case for iPad 5 spotted at IFA" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kensington-ipad-5-5.jpg?1378522313" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kensington has a new range of tablet cases - and they won't fit your current 9.7-incher.</p> <p>Stuff snapped a Kensington KeyFolio Pro Plus case that is tailored to a new slimmer form-factor iPad. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipad-5" target="_blank">iPad 5</a>? We certainly reckon so, as the appearance of the hole you'll eventually stick your tablet in is consistent with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipad-5-compared-ipad-4-video-same-screen-smaller-body/news" target="_blank">leaked images of the iPad 5 chassis </a>we've seen so far.</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/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> Case in point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for details on the case itself, the sheepskin-clad KeyFolio Pro Plus features a microfiber inner lining and a removable backlit Bluetooth keyboard with backlit chiclet keys and neat magnetic clasp. Its 380mAh battery supposedly delivers up to 960 hours of working time. There's no price listed at the time of writing, but we'll update you as soon as we can.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kensington KeyFolio case for iPad 5 spotted at IFA" alt="Kensington KeyFolio case for iPad 5 spotted at IFA" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kensington-ipad-5-6.jpg?1378522313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ifa-2013/kensington-keyfolio-case-ipad-5-spotted-ifa/news#comments Apple IFA 2013 iPad Air Tablets Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:57:33 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426327 at http://www.stuff.tv Belkin’s smart plug lets you turn off your child’s computer from Hawaii http://www.stuff.tv/sg/belkin/ifa-2013/belkin-s-smart-plug-lets-you-turn-your-child-s-computer-hawaii/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belkin&#039;s new WeMo Insight power socket reports on energy consumption </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="1000" height="750" title=" Belkin’s smart plug lets you turn off your child’s computer from Hawaii" alt=" Belkin’s smart plug lets you turn off your child’s computer from Hawaii" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Belkin-wemo-insight.jpg?1378522807" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The original WeMo Wi-Fi power socket is a useful thing, letting you turn it on or off through an iOS or Android app. The new one, however, goes beyond that binary existence. It has opinions.&nbsp;</p> <p>It knows not only whether the socket is on or off, but for how long, and how much juice has passed through it.</p> <p>This is useful information, because it tells you that the washing machine has finished, and whether that plugged-in charger really sucks the life-blood out of the planet. Or, whether little Timmy has been using his computer or TV for too long.</p> <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/belkin/ifa-2013/belkin-s-smart-plug-lets-you-turn-your-child-s-computer-hawaii/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/belkin/ifa-2013/belkin-s-smart-plug-lets-you-turn-your-child-s-computer-hawaii/news#comments Belkin IFA 2013 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:31:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426331 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we've seen all IFA http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013/lenny-bluetooth-speaker-elipson-and-habitat-most-beautiful-thing-weve-seen-all-ifa/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …and its big brother Timber comes a close second </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="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lenny-and-timber.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ignore the big-name smartphones, TVs and tablets launched at IFA - none are as desirable as Elipson's new Bluetooth speakers.</p> <p>Borne of a collaboration between French high-design hi-fi house Elipson and British high street interior design guru Habitat, the Lenny and Timber speakers are so beautiful you might start licking your screen. Try not to.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> Lenny - for the aesthete on the hop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Designed by Pierre Favresse of Habitat and Jean-Yves Le Porcher of Elipson (good work, chaps), Lenny's soft-touch plastic body houses two 2.5in drivers and a 4in passive radiator. These are hooked up to 10W stereo amplifier and fed signal via any smartphone, laptop or tablet via Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP (no superior-quality aptX here, sadly) or a 3.5mm input.</p> <p>There's a battery inside that's good for eight hours on a charge, it's splash-resistant and its real leather carry strap facilitates jaunts to the park or use as the world's most ludicrously stylish ghetto blaster. Lenny will retail at €200.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenny-1.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenny-top.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Timber - for the perfectly appointed loft apartment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Named for its real walnut end panels, the Timber is a less portable but barely less desirable beast. It&nbsp; packs dual 3in drivers and a 15W stereo amp, and like Lenny can be fed via Bluetooth 2.1 (again, aptX is missing) or its 3.5mm input.</p> <p>As a bonus, there's a USB port built in for charging your smartphone or tablet. Timber will cost around €300, which puts it in the realm of B&amp;W's excellent Zeppelin range - so we hope it sounds as good as it looks.</p> <p>Time for a cold shower.</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="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timber-1.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timber-2.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ifa-2013/lenny-bluetooth-speaker-elipson-and-habitat-most-beautiful-thing-weve-seen-all-ifa/news#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming IFA 2013 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:45:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426335 at http://www.stuff.tv Video preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – is this the best version yet? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/video-preview-samsung-galaxy-note-3-best-version-yet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The third generation of Samsung&#039;s S Pen-toting phablet is bigger, faster, thinner and lighter – but does that make it better? </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="Video preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – is this the best version yet? " alt="Video preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – is this the best version yet? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-06%20at%2011.36.22.png?1378467394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2652592609001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2652592609001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/ifa-2013/video-preview-samsung-galaxy-note-3-best-version-yet/video#comments Galaxy Note 3 IFA 2013 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:52:15 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426294 at http://www.stuff.tv