Sony http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/reviews en-SG HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two of Android’s most powerful handsets go head-to-head in our spec-off </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="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday saw the official launch of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-finally-announced-here-are-10-things-you-need-know/news">HTC One (M8)</a>, and our pre-announcement suspicions were correct: it&rsquo;s a beast of a phone when it comes to specifications.</p> <p>But how does HTC&rsquo;s new range-topper measure up against another flagship Android smartphone, the soon-to-be-launched Sony Xperia Z2? Ladies and gents, join us as we take an in-depth look&hellip;</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"><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: not quite the same One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance you could be forgiven for confusing both of these phones with their predecessors.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is fairly similar to the original One on the outside, the main differences being its dual lens rear camera, its dual LED flash and the on-screen buttons replacing hardware controls. As far as the body itself goes, there&#39;s more metal and less plastic, while the metal is slightly more burnished and its brushed effect more pronounced. The&nbsp;corners are also slightly more rounded. So its DNA is largely derived from the 2013 HTC One, and that&rsquo;s something everyone should be happy about, because the 2013 HTC One is simply one of the best-constructed smartphones around. That the 2014 One shares its beautifully engineered, rock-solid aluminium unibody is to its credit &ndash; and you can read more about that in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature">our look at how the One was designed</a>. The One (M8) weighs 160g and is 9.4mm thick.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has less in common with the Xperia Z1 than the One (M8) does with the One, but Sony&rsquo;s phones still bear a strong family resemblance: as with the HTC phone, the Z2 blends glass and metal near-seamlessly, and like its forebear it&rsquo;s fully sealed against water and dust &ndash; you can take the Z2 into the shower or bathtub with you for up to 30 minutes and it will not mind one little bit.</p> <p>Despite its slightly larger screen (5.2in to 5in), the Z2 is a fair bit skinnier than the HTC One (M8) at just 8.2mm in depth. It does weigh a tiny bit more however: 163g.</p> <p>Looks-wise, both phones are handsome in their own way. The One (M8) is a little brasher and bolder in its lines and use of brushed metal, and just as that might appeal to certain people, we can certainly imagine others preferring Sony&rsquo;s altogether more understated approach.</p> <p>Overall it&rsquo;s tough to call a winner before we&rsquo;ve had the chance to handle both phones on a longer-term basis. Both appear to be extremely solidly constructed (although the Sony&rsquo;s IP55/IP58 protection suggests it&rsquo;s the hardier handset) and each has its own unique appeal when it comes to design. Until we&rsquo;ve reviewed both phones fully, we&rsquo;re calling this round a draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-hands-review/video">Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on video review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-back-front.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on_0.jpg?1397790885" /> </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 time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full HD has firmly established itself as the minimum standard display resolution for flagship smartphones, and both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) offer screens with 1920 x 1080 pixels.</p> <p>The One (M8) has a 5in display, while the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2in screen. That makes the (M8)&rsquo;s pixel density slightly higher, but you&rsquo;d have to have the eyes of a hawk to see any real difference in sharpness deriving from that. At the time of writing we&rsquo;ve yet to test the Z2, but the One (M8)&rsquo;s screen is sharp with &ldquo;satisfyingly vibrant&rdquo; colours and solid off-axis viewing angles.</p> <p>Based on specs and size along, this one&rsquo;s too close to call. We&rsquo;ll have to spend some time with both phones before we can judge which has the better screen.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature">4 reasons why you&#39;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-screen.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-screen.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: a tale of two lenses </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 made the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s camera one of its defining features. It uses a 20.7MP sensor that&rsquo;s physically large (1/2.3in in size) for more light-gathering capabilities. The camera features a Background Defocus mode, which takes two shots and merges them together to give the impression of a short depth of field. On the video front, it can record 4K footage (at a resolution of 3840 x 2160) or 120fps 720p footage for super slo-mo playback, and SteadyShot image stabilisation helps videos look rock solid even when your hands aren&rsquo;t.</p> <p>HTC has also put a lot of effort into the One (M8)&rsquo;s photo and video skills. As with the original One, the rear camera uses an UltraPixel sensor &ndash; in this case each pixel is 2 micrometres in size and the sensor itself is 1/3in. The number of actual megapixels is low though: just 4MP, like the original One. What it means is that low light images are less noisy and sharper, but also that you can&rsquo;t zoom in to crop your shots without them looking blocky. This time there&rsquo;s an iPhone 5s-style dual LED flash to help deliver more natural-looking skin tones and, most interestingly, a second rear camera that captures &ldquo;depth information&rdquo;; this essentially allows you to refocus shots after you&rsquo;ve taken them (a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro</a> camera). On the video front, there&rsquo;s 1080p but no 4K.</p> <p>On the front-facing camera, er, front, the One (M8)&rsquo;s has a 5MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities, while the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s has a 2.2MP sensor, also compatible with 1080p. The One (M8), on paper at least, is the better selfie-taking tool.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;ll wait on our Sony Xperia Z2 full review results before making a final judgement, it seems like the two handsets each offer something slightly different: in bright conditions, the Z2&rsquo;s high megapixel count should mean excellent detail in shots, while the One (M8) may well offer the best low-light performance (plus the ability to &ldquo;save&rdquo; out-of-focus images thanks to the second rear lens). The Sony also offers better video capture, and we&rsquo;re just leaning towards it as our weigh-in winner.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)&#039;s dual lens rear camera" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-dual-cameras.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 camera app" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-camera_1.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz, but Sony pairs it with 3GB of RAM while HTC has plumped for 2GB.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve yet to review the Xperia Z2 and run it through the usual benchmarks, but given that the HTC One (M8) scored 36,149 in AnTuTu we&rsquo;re expecting something a little higher. And the (M8) is the fastest phone we&rsquo;ve ever tested here at Stuff.</p> <p>HTC has created a beast of a smartphone which, during our hours with it, has ploughed through HD movies, graphics-heavy games, benchmarking tools and more with nary a stutter. And as long as Sony hasn&rsquo;t done something odd with the Z2, it should be even better than that.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s 2600mAh performed admirably in our review, matching the LG G2 in our normal battery rundown test (a drain of 6 per cent per hour with looped HD video at half brightness and all data turned on). We have yet to see how the Xperia Z2 copes with the same test, but its 3000mAh battery should, in theory, deliver slightly more life (even accounting for the larger screen size).</p> <p>The Z2 seems to hold a slight edge over the One (M8) thanks to its extra GB of RAM and larger capacity battery. We&rsquo;ll know for sure after we&rsquo;ve benchmarked and tested it.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-elysium.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) showing AnTuTu" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 AnTuTu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-antutu.jpg?1397790885" /> </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"> User interface and OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones use Android 4.4 KitKat for their operating system, but each has its manufacturer&rsquo;s own touches applied.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) has the new Sense 6.0 interface, which builds on previous versions by improving BlinkFeed, HTC&rsquo;s &ldquo;social reader&rdquo; which brings automatic updates from your favourite sources to the home screen. Previously sources were limited to official partners, but now you can add any site with an RSS feed and the software also learns which sites you like best and thus prioritises them. Other nice touches include the ability to turn on the screen by tapping it twice, or to swipe from various sides to go straight into BlinkFeed, your last-opened app or your home screen.</p> <p>Sony traditionally goes for a more hands-off approach when skinning Android, but it has made a few tweaks for the Z2.</p> <p>One of these is a Smart Backlight feature, which automatically turns off the screen when you&rsquo;re no longer looking at it - good news for battery life.&nbsp;You&#39;ll also be able to answer or reject calls via hand gestures, and as with the One (M8) you can wake the phone with a simple double-tap. Finally, there&#39;s&nbsp;support for Glove Mode &ndash; a boon in chilly weather.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Draw</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature">Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8): the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blinkfeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 Blinkfeed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-blinkfeed.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone that we&rsquo;ve actually been able to review, it seems that the Sony Xperia Z2 is better on paper &ndash; albeit marginally.</p> <p>Without fully testing the Z2 we can&rsquo;t say with 100 per cent certainty that&nbsp;it&rsquo;s the superior phone,&nbsp;but in a couple of areas &ndash; on paper, at least &ndash; it edges out the One (M8). But it&rsquo;s going to be a very close-run thing either way, and if you&rsquo;re in the market for a new Android phone we&rsquo;d suggest you wait until our full review before making your choice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 </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"> Both look so pretty, but there can be only one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:14:47 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1434389 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony reveals first wave of PlayStation Now streaming TVs http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-reveals-first-wave-playstation-now-streaming-tvs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New 4K Bravia range to support live, direct streaming of PS3 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony reveals first wave of PlayStation Now streaming TVs" alt="Sony reveals first wave of PlayStation Now streaming TVs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playstation-now.jpg?1397796930" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Sony announced PlayStation Now back at CES 2014 &ndash; and revealed that the game-streaming system would be available to upcoming smart TVs as well as consoles &ndash; the latter part of the news sounded almost too good to be true.</p> <p>The ability to rent and play PS3 games like <em>The Last of Us</em> without a PS3, instead streaming them live &ndash; and lag-free &ndash; from the cloud directly to a telly? Amazing &ndash; and now we know which of Sony&rsquo;s 2014 TVs will support the feature.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The nine models, all of which are 4K-compatible, start the 49in XBR-X850B (US$2,100) and range up to the 85in XBR-X950B (US$25,000). Sadly, PlayStation Now is a US-only feature for the time being, meaning that the models won&rsquo;t support streaming elsewhere.</p> <p>As well as a compatible TV, gamers will also need at least a 5Mbps internet connection and a DualShock 3 controller.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/television/these-new-sony-bravia-4k-tvs-can-also-stream-ps3-games-via-playstation-now-1243170?src=rss&amp;attr=all">TechRadar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news" target="_blank">PlayStation Now &ndash; stream PS3 games from the cloud to console or direct to your Bravia TV</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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 flagship XBR-950B screen is among the PlayStation Now-compatible range" alt="The flagship XBR-950B screen is among the PlayStation Now-compatible range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xbr-950b-tv.jpg?1397796930" /> </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/sony/sony-reveals-first-wave-playstation-now-streaming-tvs/news#comments 4K Gaming Sony Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:52:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435700 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two titans of tech - but which has made the better 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="The Samsung Galaxy S5 (left) and Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-vs-z2-main.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>. Two new flagship smartphones, both running Android, both pulsing with quad-core power &ndash; and each claiming to be the handset that&rsquo;ll win your heart and steal your soul (for the duration of a 24-month contract, at least).</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"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A tough round. Let&rsquo;s start with build quality. Both the S5 and Z2 are built to withstand the caprices of the British climate, being fully waterproof (to IP67 standard in the case of the S5, IP55 for the Sony) &ndash; but there the similarities end.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 has, like previous Galaxy S series phones, a removable rear panel (which lets you get to the swappable battery and additional storage), but despite this it feels solid enough. We say &ldquo;enough&rdquo; because, while there&rsquo;s not much flex or creakiness here, if you crank up the speaker loud enough you can hear this back panel vibrating like a frightened puppy in a snowstorm. Not what we&rsquo;d expect from a flagship phone ideally. And yet, despite the heavy reliance on plastic (sorry, polycarbonate), the S5 is the most solidly made phone Samsung has ever produced.</p> <p>The build quality of the Sony Xperia Z2 allows for no such bad vibrations. Glass and metal seemingly fuse together into a seamless block. This is more like it, you might think, but there&rsquo;s something that feels a bit wrong here, and it&rsquo;s not the solidity &ndash; it&rsquo;s the size and shape, with the big old blockiness of the Z2 making it uncomfortable to hold in one hand compared to the S5.</p> <p>In terms of looks, the Sony walks all over the Samsung. No surprises there: despite steadily improving the appearance of the Galaxy S series, Samsung is forever struggling to design a truly desirable phone. There&rsquo;s nothing cool about the dimpled plastic back of the S5; in fact it&rsquo;s all a bit <em>TOWIE</em>. The Z2, on the other hand, is tasteful and understated &ndash; almost as ravishing as an iPhone 5s.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;re going to give this round to the S5 &ndash; just. While the Z2 has the beating of it in aesthetics and solidity, its size and shape are just too much to get past, especially considering the similarity in screen sizes.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">8 reasons to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blue dimples versus sleek glass" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two handsets are similarly kitted-out when it comes to displays. The Galaxy S5 boasts a 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED screen (that&rsquo;s 432ppi, pixel density fans), while the Sony Z2 offers a 5.2in 1080p LCD screen (424ppi) with Sony&rsquo;s proprietary Live Colour LED tech.</p> <p>The Samsung&rsquo;s screen delivers brilliant brightness (making it easy to read outdoors) and vivid colours, while the Sony is adept at punchy contrast and fine detail, and has remedied the poor viewing angles of the Z1 to ensure images retain their impact even with off-axis viewing. It&rsquo;s a little less bright than the Samsung, though, which makes outdoor viewing less of a strength.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one a tie. While the screens don&rsquo;t offer the same picture, both produce lovely images in their own right &ndash; and we can&rsquo;t say with any certainty that one is better than the other overall.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Both phones feature 1080p wonder-screens" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung S5&rsquo;s 16MP camera is ideal for everyday shooting. It has a remarkably swift autofocus &ndash; quite possibly the quickest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone in fact&nbsp;&ndash; and in good lighting it produces shots with accurate colour, punchy contrast and fine detail. It also comes with an effective new HDR mode that helps to deliver good results where there&rsquo;s both bright and dark areas to shoot. In low light, however, it&rsquo;s merely acceptable, with more grain than a couple of jars of French mustard creeping in.</p> <p>The Sony Z2&rsquo;s 20.7MP camera is in another league altogether, however. It&rsquo;s probably, in fact, the best camera ever seen on a smartphone, focusing accurately and at speed and producing stills with more detail, more accurate exposure and punchier contrast than the S5. It also works better in dim conditions, although not quite as effectively as the HTC One (M8). You may have to wrestle a little with its manual controls to get the best possible shots, but put in the work and you&rsquo;ll end up with images no other phone can match (with the possible exception of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a>).</p> <p>Both phones can shoot 4K and 1080p video. The Z2 has an alarming tendency to heat up during 4K filming and abruptly stop after a couple of minutes, but Sony is working on a fix for this; the Samsung suffers no such problems.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Z2 is probably better at taking photos than your compact camera" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </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"> 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>Both smartphones boast the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (the Z2&rsquo;s clocked at 2.3GHz, the S5&rsquo;s at 2.5GHz), while the Z2 rocks 3GB of RAM to the S5&rsquo;s 2GB.</p> <p>Benchmark-wise, the Samsung scored 29,730 in AnTuTu, while the Sony achieved 32,504; on Geekbench 3 the Samsung edges it with 2551 to the Sony&rsquo;s 2489. In real-world performance, both are blazingly quick phones that tear through the trickiest of tasks with barely a stutter. Neither is without its minor issues, however. The Sony Z2 gets disconcertingly warm very quickly, while the Samsung S5 exhibits the occasional bit of lag.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Sony comes with 16GB of storage, while Samsung offers a choice between 16GB and 32GB; Both support microSD cards, allowing you to add up to 128GB of extra space.</p> <p>All told, we&rsquo;re inclined to call this one a dead heat again. The Sony is a mite less laggy, while the Samsung offers the most storage and less unwanted toastiness.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony&#039;s 4K mode tends to turn the heat up" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features_0.png?1397311197" /> </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"> Battery life </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 has maintained its removable battery stance with the S5, so you can buy extra 2800mAh cells to ensure long trips don&rsquo;t leave you phone-less. A single battery charge will last you a full day with normal use, and the helpful Ultra Power Saving Mode will ditch unnecessary apps and services and even turn the screen to grayscale in order to eke out the last dregs of a fading battery.</p> <p>The Z2&rsquo;s non-removable battery has a 3200mAh capacity but doesn&rsquo;t deliver noticeable longer life than the S5. It also offers Sony&rsquo;s own Stamina mode to preserve use.</p> <p>This round is neck-and-neck when it comes to how the phone deals with a single battery, but due to the fact you can swap the S5&rsquo;s dead cells for a fresh one, we&rsquo;ve got to hand the points to Samsung.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look! A removeable battery" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery.jpg?1397311197" /> </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"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones run the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with a few of their manufacturer&rsquo;s tweaks on top.</p> <p>The S5 comes with the latest version of Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz UI, and it&rsquo;s the best yet, doing away with most of the bloatware and sporting a much cleaner look. It can be a little overwhelming at times, however, with over-populated menus leading to some confusion.</p> <p>Sony has kept things simpler with the Z2. It&rsquo;s almost the &#39;pure&#39; Android 4.4 that you&rsquo;d see on one of Google&rsquo;s own Nexus devices, and to be honest most people will prefer that to Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz meddlings, however much it might have improved &ndash; it&rsquo;s cleaner, neater and less confusing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony goes for a cleaner Android experience" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android_0.png?1397311197" /> </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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 doesn&rsquo;t have much in the way of &#39;marquee&#39; or unusual features, with Sony seemingly content to rely on its design, performance and key stuff such as the camera and waterproofing to attract attention. The one standout we would highlight? The front-facing stereo speakers, which mean impressive audio without the need for headphones.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, comes packed to the gills with bells and whistles: as well as all the eye- and gesture-tracking tech that debuted with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a>, there are new additions including the fingerprint scanner (not as slick as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo;, but still handy both for screen unlocking and approving mobile payments) and the health-based features. With a heart-rate monitor built into the S5, it&rsquo;s easy to become addicted to seeing how your activity affects your pulse &ndash; and that&rsquo;s a handy way to make yourself fitter.</p> <p>No doubt about this round: the S5 walks it.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s heart-rate monitor in action" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-heart-monitor.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While both the Sony and Samsung are fantastic examples of flagship smartphones and neither will let you down, we feel that the Samsung edges out its rival by a small but noticeable margin. The Xperia Z2 might be prettier, more solidly put together and capable of capturing better photos, but most people will find the Galaxy S5 an easier phone to live with day-to-day, thanks to its hand-friendlier design, features and extras such as a replaceable battery.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t forget that there are other new phones out there to consider too. Before making any buying decisions, you&#39;ll want to find out how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 fares against the HTC One (M8)</a>, and to check out our list of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">top 10 smartphones in the world</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-vs-xperia-z2-1_1.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:27:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435330 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality is king for Sony’s latest slab of Xperia smartphone </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="Sony Xperia Z2 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z2_0.jpg?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones are all about compromises. Squeezing a hi-res screen, compact-level camera and huge battery into something the size of a Kit-Kat isn&rsquo;t easy. Usually, something has to give.</p> <p>Unless, it seems, you&rsquo;re Sony. The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises - on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it&rsquo;s perfect, right? Well, it&rsquo;s close. It turns out this 5.2in slab of metal and glass won&rsquo;t even compromise its stunning design for something as important as the size and shape of human hands.</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$998.00 </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"> Premium design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gorgeous screen that’s perfect for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Smartphone camera worthy of the Sony name </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"> Premium price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big, uncompromising build gets awkward </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Bits of bloatware </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only 16GB of storage built in </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"> Why so soon? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a>&nbsp;just six months old, this new Sony flagship could be accused of making only incremental upgrades. However, the Z2 is more than just a rejigged Z1, thanks to a new 5.2in screen which Sony has cleverly engineered into a thinner and lighter body. The 20.7MP sensor in the camera is also slightly bigger, capable of shooting 4K video and comes with new features.</p> <p>The Z2 also arrives with KitKat out of the box too - the Z1&rsquo;s still waiting for its own upgrade. But it&rsquo;s in its screen and camera smarts that the Sony really shines...</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-3252295021001" 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="3252295021001" /> <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-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"> A Screen to lock yourself away with </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 Z1&rsquo;s 1080p screen was big, colourful and pin-sharp, but it suffered from one major problem - poor viewing angles. Watched off axis, colours would fade away horribly and text would become tricky to make out.</p> <p>Not so the Z2, which has improved things immeasurably. Viewing angles on the new 5.2in IPS display may not be quite perfect, but it&rsquo;s no longer a critical flaw.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only way the Z2 improves on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Z1&rsquo;s screen</a>. Colours - which were already eye-popping - are now even more vivid thanks to Sony&rsquo;s new Live Colour LED tech. Stick on a full HD video and you&rsquo;ll also notice that contrast is awesome and detail plentiful. Apps, emails and webpages look crisp and clean and you can even geek out and tweak the white balance. The viewing experience is further enhanced by the clear and loud stereo speakers, which Sony has moved to the front of phone and which rival the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;for quality, if not volume.</p> <p>For settling down at home or giving Planet Earth another viewing on the train, the Sony&rsquo;s screen is simply superb. Living with it, there are a couple of niggles to consider. Firstly, the black, featureless front of the Z2 is a fiend for reflecting light and seems to delight in showing up both fingerprints and specks of dust. Secondly, it&rsquo;s not quite as bright as the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, making its rival a better bet for outdoor use.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Sony&rsquo;s X-Reality engine - a feature which supposedly enhances the picture, but which in our time with it seemed to overdo things. It might be switched on as default, but turning it off is one of the first things we&rsquo;d do. And finally, as beautiful as 1080p movies look in Sony&rsquo;s own app, in every other video player app the picture looks dim even cranked up to full brightness. Which is a shame.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s not perfect, then, but none of these flaws are major, and in almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 versus HTC One (M8)&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " alt="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1_0.png?1397266270" /> </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="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " alt="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-movies-unlimited_0.png?1397266270" /> </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 Camera that&#039;ll trounce your compact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a smartphone camera, the Z2 is capable of taking downright incredible photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no surprise considering it&rsquo;s packing a 1/2.5in, 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with an f/2.0 lens. Stills are punchy, well exposed and have tons of detail to crop into across all the resolution options - 8MP, 15.5MP, 20.7MP. Framing and autofocus are seriously speedy, too. Point the Z2 at your subject and, combined with its processing power and brilliant screen, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re looking straight through the smartphone. And instantly too. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As well as including tons of fun features (try background defocus for wow factor), Sony&rsquo;s kept its excellent manual controls. EV, ISO, white balance, focus modes and more are on hand for the times when you want to tinker with your shots. And getting to know them all is a good idea, because you won&rsquo;t always get the best shots from the Z2&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s generally very good, switching to its excellent macro or night modes quickly and flawlessly. But at other times, it seems to struggle. Point it into direct sunlight, for instance, and it won&rsquo;t do such a good job with exposure. It doesn&rsquo;t always have the night vision of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a> in very low light, either, but then again it&rsquo;s better at snapping faces without the need for the flash indoors - a much more useful talent, in our book.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13779359504/in/set-72157643800388303/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Video can be shot in 1080p and 4K and in both instances footage is seriously smooth, even when walking about, thanks to Sony&rsquo;s SteadyShot stabilisation. A warning for 4K fans though: after a couple of minutes the Z2 can get too hot, flash up a warning, then abruptly stop shooting - we hope Sony&rsquo;s working on fixing this, as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> handles it just fine.&nbsp;</p> <p>All in all, the Z2 does require a bit of work to get great photos and footage, meaning that it&rsquo;s not the most practical phone to go out snapping with: it&rsquo;s a bit unwieldy compared to lighter or curvier phones and the rear camera is right in the top corner of the device. Hello, giant blurry fingerprint.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, for many it&rsquo;ll be worth the effort. We&rsquo;re yet to pit it against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia&rsquo;s 1020</a> but there&rsquo;s no question the Z2 is one of the best smartphone cameras we&rsquo;ve come across, if you can use it to its full potential.</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="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " alt="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera_0.png?1397266270" /> </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="Easy to access Xperia camera features " alt="Easy to access Xperia camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features_1.png?1397266270" /> </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"> A Gallery-worthy design but your hands might not like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the HTC One and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a>&nbsp;were taken out of the equation, the Z2 would comfortably be the classiest Android phone on the market - a real object of desire. It&rsquo;s so beautifully finished, with smoothly rounded corners, an all-glass back and machined aluminium edges, that we&rsquo;re tempted to install a rotating plinth for it in our living room.</p> <p>Next to the Z1, it fits more screen into a lighter body too and with all the port flaps closed it has the same water resistance rating - IP55/58 - as its predecessor, meaning it&rsquo;s safe from splashes and can even take underwater swimming pool pics. (We haven&rsquo;t dunked this unit yet but we&rsquo;ll update the review when we have.)</p> <p>However, a gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design, and it&rsquo;s here that the Z2 falls down a little. Although on the heavier side of the smartphone scales at 163g, it&rsquo;s less a question of weight than the fact the inflexible toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you get to 5.2in, ergonomics really count. Z2 Compact, anyone?</p> <p>Even the massive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>&nbsp;can feel easier to manage than the Z2, and our love for its brilliant camera and screen have definitely been dampened by practicality problems; just picking it up from a flat desk can be awkward. If you&rsquo;ve got on well with past Xperias, you you&rsquo;ll still love this device. It&rsquo;s refreshing how different the boldly designed Xperias look compared to the legions of identikit Androids out there, but Sony needs to put a little more thought into how people actually use their phones. There&rsquo;s a middle ground between form and function and the Z2 isn&rsquo;t quite the one to find it. Put simply, this is a phone you need to pick up before you pre-order. Once you&rsquo;re happy with it, you can get back to appreciating everything it does brilliantly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" alt="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-lockscreen_0.png?1397266270" /> </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="Play find the microSD card slot " alt="Play find the microSD card slot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-power-button_0.png?1397266270" /> </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"> An Android skin that&#039;s (mainly) clutter-free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s Android skin does a much better job at compromising in the right places. Now layered on top of the latest version of the OS - Andoid 4.4, KitKat - it&rsquo;s one of the smartest and cleanest you can get, up there with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s grown-up, uncluttered Sense 6.0</a>.</p> <p>Sony hasn&rsquo;t messed around too much with the standard Android menus, contacts, email or messages and its Walkman, Movies and Music Unlimited apps are equally as user-friendly, whether you&rsquo;re loading your own files or looking for an impulse media buy. It can even run small windowed apps (including widgets) on top of the main action, thus getting good use out of that spacious 5.2in screen.</p> <p>Sony is far from a gimmicky brand but it&rsquo;s also picked up on the best gesture-based tricks of its rivals and quietly added them to the Z2. That includes raising the phone to answer a call and tapping the screen to wake it up. One great time-saver is better than five half-baked features, and the Z2 knows it.</p> <p>Just one thing, Sony. You&rsquo;re now on the slippery bloatware slope that Samsung is managing to crawl back up. The additions don&rsquo;t take up too much space now but turn around while you still can. When we swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Google Now, we&rsquo;re not looking for your What&rsquo;s New suggestions, already present as a elsewhere as a standalone homescreen widget. Ditto most of your pre-installed apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A familiar Sony homescreen " alt="A familiar Sony homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android_1.png?1397266270" /> </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="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " alt="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-what%27s-new_0.png?1397266270" /> </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="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " alt="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-small-apps_0.png?1397266270" /> </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"> Sony Xperia Z2 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"> <ul> <li><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in 1920x1080 Triluminous display (424ppi)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>RAM</strong>: 3 GB&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 (KitKat)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP, 4K video rear, 2.2MP front, 1080p video&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD up to 64GB)&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Battery</strong>: 3200mAh&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Weight</strong>: 163g</li> </ul> </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"> Plenty of Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony flies in use, thanks to a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM. The relatively vanilla Android experience probably helps too.</p> <p>In fact, the only stutters we&rsquo;ve encountered in days of putting the Z2 through its multi-tasking, gaming and downloading paces are the occasional bit of lag when scrolling through the calendar or browser running as small apps. Once or twice. That&rsquo;s it.</p> <p>The benchmarks agree. AnTuTu gives our Z2 a score of 32,504, which is slightly below the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)&nbsp;</a>but which still puts it in the upper echelons of high-performing 2014 smartphones. Then there&rsquo;s Geekbench 3, which gives 2489 to the Sony, with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;scoring 2551.</p> <p>As with the Z1, the only worry here is that whenever the Z2&rsquo;s Snapdragon is overworked - shooting 4K video or heavy gaming - the handset heats up and as we mentioned, with 4K video the Z2 will actually stop shooting if it gets too hot.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> A Stamina mode to save the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing super-powered smartphones compromise on, it&rsquo;s battery life - if you want the best handset, you usually end up with a microUSB cable next to your pillow. The Z2&rsquo;s battery isn&rsquo;t game-changingly good but it is reliably excellent and will always last the day.</p> <p>With a 5.2in screen to power, that reliable battery life is partly down to it having a bigger 3200mAh battery than the Z1&rsquo;s 3000mAh unit and also due to its Stamina mode. We&rsquo;ve been fans of the feature for a while and it really does a cracking job of conserving juice by killing data when the screen is off.</p> <p>If the brightness is cranked up (and you&rsquo;ll need it to be when you&rsquo;re outdoors), battery does suffer and on our 1 hour 15 minute commute of hammering the Xperia hard, it dropped 29%. So it&rsquo;s no better or worse than most rivals (LG&rsquo;s freakishly good G2 aside), but that Stamina mode is one of the better examples.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That 64% will last longer than you think" alt="That 64% will last longer than you think" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-photos-screen_0.png?1397266270" /> </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"> Sony Xperia Z2 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of the 2014 flagships we&rsquo;ve seen so far, the Xperia Z2 is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice. This is a true converged gadget that&rsquo;s capable of taking truly brilliant photos and playing videos at cinephile quality, but one where practicality has taken a backseat. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So, while it might not be for the Reddit-obsessed, constantly connected, live-to-social-network geek, it&rsquo;s ideal for the person for whom quality is the only measure that counts. If you have the time and inclination to show this Sony some love, it will return it in spades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing&rsquo;s for certain - if Sony can stay true to its &lsquo;better not bigger&rsquo; tagline, the rumoured Z2 Compact is going to be one seriously impressive smartphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s top ten of the best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " alt="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-homescreen_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </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>Classy, clever and with talent in spades, if the Z2 was easier to live with it would be unstoppable</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 details </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"> Faster and better with 4K video recording </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_0_0.jpg?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review#comments MWC 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:43:43 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431539 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony's new Alpha 7s gets 4k video output http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sonys-new-alpha-7s-gets-4k-video-output/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Out in summer, this might just be the upgrade to the mirrorless range you&#039;ve been looking for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony&#039;s new Alpha 7s gets 4k video output" alt="Sony&#039;s new Alpha 7s gets 4k video output" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony%20alpha%207s%20stuff.jpg?1396923899" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It wasn&#39;t too long ago that Sony launched the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alpha/hands-sonys-a7-and-a7r-are-nex-sized-full-frame-snappers-your-camera-bags-crying-out/news" target="_blank">A7 and AR cameras</a>. But now it&#39;s just announced the A7s, which uses the same body as those cameras but with a different 12.2-megapixel sensor. And the kicker here is that the camera can do 4K video.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power in a lightweight body </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>Looks-wise, the camera looks a lot like its older brethren. It also supports wireless transfers with Wi-Fi and NFC, and you can make use of the Multi Interface Shoe to add Sony add-ons like the XLR-K1M mic adapter kit.</p> <p>Sony also announced it will be developing a complementary full-frame power zoom 28-135mm F4 lens E-mount lens.</p> <p>Pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but Sony says the camera should be available by summer.</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&#039;s new Alpha 7s gets 4k video output" alt="Sony&#039;s new Alpha 7s gets 4k video output" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20alpha%207s%20rig.jpg?1396923899" /> </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/sony/sonys-new-alpha-7s-gets-4k-video-output/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sonys-new-alpha-7s-gets-4k-video-output/news#comments Cameras Sony Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:14:36 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1434950 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s 2014 tablet arrives before its flagship smartphone - if you liked the Tablet Z, you’ll love this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony builds lovely kit. Consoles, smartphones, TVs, tablets - all with super specs, expensive materials and the best components. But it&rsquo;s never crafted a tablet that&rsquo;s more than the sum of those parts.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$688.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (Wi-Fi version), S$888 (LTE version) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Perfect screen for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Light </div> <div class="field-item even"> All day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> No killer first/third party tablet apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Big bezels = a very wide tablet </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Textbook Tablet Refresh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s outgoing Xperia Tablet Z is selling for around S$688, so what&rsquo;s in this year&rsquo;s refresh to convince us to part with a similar sum? Choice tweaks, that&rsquo;s what.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet looks almost identical to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Tablet Z</a>, making for a fun session of spot the difference. The hardware has slimmed down half a centimetre to just 6.4mm (somehow making the 7.5mm <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a> look fat) and it now weighs just 426g for the Wi-Fi-only version. That&rsquo;s ludicrously light for a 10in tablet, and even after a couple of hours arm ache won&rsquo;t be a problem for any but the feeblest of gadgeteers.</p> <p>Aside from the surprisingly powerful speakers sensibly being moved to the front of the tablet from the sides and the new placement of the now flap-free headphone jack, that&rsquo;s it for the cosmetic changes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/gallery?viewid=115912">CHECK OUT OUR FULL XPERIA Z2 TABLET GALLERY&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Like the Tablet Z, it&rsquo;s a sliver of glass and aluminium that feels almost worryingly thin, and not overly comfortable to hold, thanks to an elongated form and slight flex in the middle. The OmniBalance styling, designed to immerse you in what&rsquo;s on the screen, is finished to perfection - from the reflective skeleton frame to the statement power button, lovely to stroke matte back and artfully hidden port flaps. It&#39;s a classy design but all that fussiness is ruined by the bezels, which are huge by 2014&rsquo;s standards and make the Z2 Tablet more cumbersome than it needs to be.</p> <p>A big part of the Z2&rsquo;s appeal is its waterproofing, which is now IP58-certified (a slight improvement over the Z) so drops in up to 1.5m of water are now safe. It might be a splashproof cooking companion or a bathtime long-reads tab. Either way it means the Z2 Tablet will be more useful in more rooms of the house, and that&rsquo;s got to be a good thing. Still, with smaller, cheaper tabs here to stay, full-size tablets such as the Z2 need to work to avoid being relegated to a stay-at-home slab.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A classy design let down by big bezels " alt="A classy design let down by big bezels " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-build.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " alt="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-desgin.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " alt="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-headphone-jack.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " alt="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-flaps.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is What We Call a Movie Tab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A big reason most of us want a big tablet is to give movies and TV shows the minimum space they deserve. And here the Sony shines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s almost the same screen as the Tablet Z: a 10.1in 1920 x 1200 affair with tons of Sony&rsquo;s display tweaks - X-Reality engine, Triluminous tech and now for the Z2 &ldquo;Live Colour LCD tech&rdquo; for brighter colours. Unlike Samsung and Asus, Sony hasn&rsquo;t made the leap to 2k tablet resolutions yet, which is a shame and a bit of a surprise considering the company&rsquo;s at the forefront of 4K TV design.</p> <p>In the end all you need to know is that Sony&rsquo;s an expert on screens - this one is bright and crisp with none of the viewing angle problems that have marred Xperia phones. The 264ppi <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air </a>is sharper for reading text and webpages, with slightly more detail when it comes to video playback, too, but otherwise the Z2 Tablet is every bit the stunner. That&rsquo;s thanks to seriously vivid colours and the kind of brightness and contrast that makes for really punchy pictures. In ultimate terms we&rsquo;d say the iPad Air produces the more realistic colours, but the vibrancy of the Sony is mighty appealing and never jarringly unnatural.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " alt="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-screen.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " alt="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-spiderman.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " alt="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-Z2-tablet-review-text.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps for a 10in Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full-size tablets have to live up to more than just media bingeing potential. How? With apps.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s gorgeous, creative App Store apps designed for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">Samsung&rsquo;s huge bundle</a> of productivity freebies, Flipboard-style homescreens and subscriptions for the TabPro range, both greatly expand what you can do with a 10in tab. We&rsquo;re talking anything from manipulating virtual Korg synths to dragging and dropping Samsung files. </p> <p>Samsung overhauled its software offering because Google Play still isn&rsquo;t doing enough for 10in tablets. It&rsquo;s neck and neck for smartphone games and apps across iOS and Android but on tablets, the number of fantastic, optimised Android apps still trails the App Store. And Sony hasn&rsquo;t done enough to bridge the gap. Instead you get an almost untouched version of KitKat with only Sony&rsquo;s own Walkman, Movies, Album and What&rsquo;s New apps, and while that once would have been anathema to Android evangelists, they&rsquo;re too busy mucking about with their cheaper Nexus tabs to pay the Z2 much mind. </p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say Sony hasn&rsquo;t taken certain steps. There are resizeable, windowed small apps for the likes of Gmail and the browser, which is a nice multi-tasking touch (particularly if you go for the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s keyboard case) - albeit without quite the range or flexibility of Samsung&rsquo;s rival Multi Window apps. </p> <p>The closest Sony has to a compelling must-have app is the excellent universal remote, plus neat tricks such as Wi-Fi &lsquo;throwing&rsquo; of content to bigger screens. It needs more. We don&rsquo;t mean useless, gimmicky bloatware - the likes of Samsung have grown up enough to choose a few worthwhile additions to KitKat and Sony needs to keep up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " alt="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-icons.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " alt="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-homescreen-1.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performs and performs and performs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z2 Tablet might not have that one killer feature to make us want to buy this over any other slate. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it isn&rsquo;t a supremely reliable device in use.</p> <p>As expected, the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM combo handles everything you can throw at it with ease, from Asphalt 8 to running six small apps on top of the browser. This is a very slick tablet indeed, with high benchmark results to back up the real-world use (33782 on AnTuTu and 2030 on Geekbench 3). While we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend tilting a 10in tab to play racing games, you can hook up a DualShock PS3 controller to get your game on when surroundings allow.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to fear the low percentage icon when using the Z2 Tablet either. Battery life is as good as its predecessor, dropping about 10% an hour of fairly heavy use and lasting just over nine hours in our usual video rundown test (HD video loop, Wi-Fi on, half brightness). That means you&rsquo;ll rarely be reaching for the Stamina mode, a gift from Xperia smartphones, but the power saving function does make a big difference when needed.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely to be a priority when choosing a tablet but the 8MP rear camera doesn&rsquo;t let the Z2 down. It takes usable if not brilliant snaps - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Sony&rsquo;s smartphones </a>take crisper shots with better exposure but Sony&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode is on hand to change scenes as you go. The 2.2MP front camera is nice and bright for video calls, too - something lesser tabs struggle with.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " alt="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-camera.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " alt="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-battery.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " alt="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-in-ears.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " alt="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-keybpard.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power Up with Accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We haven&rsquo;t had a chance to fully test out the Xperia Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s accessories yet but we have gone <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news">hands-on with both the Bluetooth keyboard case and the MDR-NC31EM in-ears</a> - the only buds that&rsquo;ll work with the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s clever digital noise-cancelling tech.</p> <p>The slim, metal case isn&rsquo;t quite a Transformer keyboard but it&rsquo;s tidy enough for the occasional typing sprint on the train. There&rsquo;s also a blocky speaker dock, remote control and mic available - and the Z2 Tablet will work with Sony&rsquo;s SmartBand when that shows up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Tablet Z2 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 Tablet has all the right numbers - 1920, 801, 6000. That would be enough if it wasn&rsquo;t for the fact that tablets win big on criteria you can&rsquo;t put a number on - how they fit into your life, what they allow you to do that your phone&rsquo;s simply too small for.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s still got some way to go in packaging up its screen, performance and software expertise into more than a collection of brilliant components - a tablet with a real edge over its rivals. As it is the Z2 Tablet is a great movie machine, but a tablet costing this much needs to do more, and it&rsquo;s out-worked and out-played by iPads, Samsungs and Transformers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said all that, the single-minded approach to media consumption will appeal to many, as will the all-day battery life and waterproof construction, and there&rsquo;s absolutely nothing wrong with that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">The top ten tablets in the world according to Stuff&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " alt="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-themes.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A solid Sony with a brilliant screen, this waterproof tab just doesn&rsquo;t have the edge over rival Androids </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s so sleek, you can&#039;t keep your eyes and hands off it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer.png?1397634698" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review#comments Android Sony Tablets Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434961 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony announces 4K film for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-announces-4k-coverage-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blades of grass, boot laces and tears, like you’ve never seen them before… </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="1085" height="908" title="MORE PIXELS MORE FUN" alt="Sony announces 4K coverage for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/world-cup-4k.jpg?1396574485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has revealed that this year&rsquo;s World Cup in Brazil will be the first ever 4K tournament. Sort of.</p> <p>Out of 32 matches which will take place over 64 glorious days, only three will be shot in 4K. And they won&#39;t be broadcast live.</p> <p>Instead, Sony will be using the captured footage to create an official FIFA-endorsed film, presumably full of highlights from the 4K-captured matches.</p> <p>The matches in question are the final (naturally), the quarter-final and one match from the round of 16, which is set to take place on 28 June.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-announces-4k-coverage-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-announces-4k-coverage-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil/news#comments 4K Film and TV Sony TVs Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:21:03 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434806 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-101-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two top-spec Android tablets - but which one are we most excited by? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1: the weigh-in" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-xperia-z2-tablet-versus-samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-10.1-001.jpg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new wave of Android tablets are on the horizon, offering super-high-res screens and more processing oomph than you can shake a Google-powered stick at.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be testing two of them - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/sony-xperia-tablet-z2-castor-specs-leak-ahead-mwc-2014/news" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</a> and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 - very soon, but before we do so, here&#39;s how they stack up against each in pure spec terms.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Both the Sony and the Samsung are built around a 10.1in screen, but the Galaxy TabPro 10.1 lands an early blow with a resolution of 2560x1600 to the Xperia Z2 Tablet&#39;s 1920x1080. That gives the Samsung a pixel density of 299ppi, whereas the Sony lags behind with a ppi of 224. Or, to put it another way,&nbsp;the Samsung squeezes in 77.7% more pixels than its rival.</p> <p>Of course there&#39;s more to a screen than just pixels alone, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet aims to make up for its slight resolution deficit with a raft of display-enhancing tricks: you get &#39;Live Colour LED&#39; for (supposedly) rich colours, IPS tech for improved viewing angles, &#39;Triluminos&#39; for better lighting and &#39;X-Reality&#39; for sharper images. Frankly, it should also win an award for stupidly named technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>In our hands-on time with it we were fairly impressed by it though, so while the Galaxy TabPro 10.1 is the clear winner on the numbers alone, we&#39;ll have to reserve judgement on the real-world performance until we&#39;ve tried them both side-by-side.</p> <p><strong>KEY SPECS</strong></p> <p><strong>Sony</strong> 10.1in, 1920x1200 pixels (224ppi)</p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> 10.1in, 2560x1600 pixels (299ppi)</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong> undeclared for now</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="843" title="The Xperia Z2 Tablet comes packed with screen-enhancing tech" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-screen_1.jpg?1396337664" /> </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 Galaxy TabPro 10.1 has a super-high-res screen" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyTabPro-1_0.jpeg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is an interesting one. The Sony and Samsung tablets each have a very desireable processor but they&#39;re quite different in their approaches. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is driven by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor running at a rate of 2.3GHz, assisted by Adreno 330 graphics hardware. The Galaxy TabP 10.1 uses an Exynos 5 Octa processor, which is made up of two quad-core sections, one running at 1.9GHz and the other at 1.3GHz.</p> <p>To simplify that, the Sony has fewer cores but higher processing speeds. Higher processing speeds would be evident in situations where the device was working mainly on a single, intensive job, such as photo editing, or some hardcore music or video processing. However, the Samsung&#39;s additional cores should see improved performance where a number of tasks are being carried out simultaneously (perhaps when there are various apps and widgets open at the same time). Different cores can pick up different tasks and deal with them independently without creating bottlenecks with other jobs in hand &ndash; something that will come in very useful for the TabPro&#39;s &#39;Magazine UX&#39; interface (see below).</p> <p>There are other factors that will affect the overall performance of the two tablets, one of which is the operating system and the tweaks that have been made it by Sony and Samsung for their own tablets. This isn&#39;t a category we can call on numbers alone, so for the time being we&#39;ll have to sit on the fence and give you an update as soon as we can run full back-to-back tests.</p> <p><strong>POWER SPECS</strong></p> <p><strong>Sony</strong> 2.3 GHz Qualcomm 801 quad-core with Adreno 330 graphics</p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core)</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Inside the Xperia Z2 Tablet there&#039;s a Snapdragon 801 processor" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z2%20Tablet_0.jpg?1396337664" /> </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 TabPro 10.1 has an octa-core processor" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyTabPro-2.jpeg?1396337664" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This would appear to be almost a dead heat but as we know, there&#39;s more to a camera than its megapixel rating. The Sony adds 0.1 to the megapixel count of the Samsung&#39;s rear camera, both of which are capable of shooting 1080p video. However unfashionable that might be, it&#39;s a real asset when you need it.</p> <p>Around the front there&#39;s a 2.2MP snapper on the Sony and a 2MP camera on the Samsung. Exactly how bloated and spotty these make you look during video calls remains to be seen, so for now we&#39;ll call this one a tentative draw with an update to follow once we&#39;ve tested them both for real.</p> <p><strong>CAMERA SPECS</strong></p> <p><strong>Sony</strong> 8.1MP (rear), 2.2MP (front)</p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> 8MP (rear), 2MP (front)</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Z2 has a front-facing 2.2MP camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2-tablet-versus-samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-10.1-002.jpg?1396337664" /> </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="Round the back of the TabPro there&#039;s an 8MP snapper" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyTabPro-3.jpg?1396337664" /> </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"> OS, apps and interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, they&#39;re both running Android 4.4 KitKat, but in use the Sony and Samsung are likely to be rather different. For a start, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is waterproof, so you&#39;ll be able to immerse yourself in console-style 3D gaming or a good ebook as you immerse yourself in a deep bath. The Sony also hooks up neatly with a wireless PlayStation controller for hardcore gaming potential.</p> <p>The TabPro 10.1 doesn&#39;t take well to the wet stuff, but it comes with Samsung&#39;s own OS mods and apps, including an interesting &#39;Magazine UX&#39; which carves up the home screen into a number of windows and widgets. You&#39;ll also be able to take advantage of features such as split-screen multi-tasking.</p> <p>However, the TabPro lacks the stylus that you get with Samsung&#39;s Note phablets and tablets, which is a shame as far as we&#39;re concerned. Overall, we&#39;re going to give this round to the Sony by a wafer-thin margain.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong>&nbsp;Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="You can use a PlayStation controller with the Z2 Tablet" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-main_2_0.jpg?1396337664" /> </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 TabPro 10.1 is a dab-hand at multi-tasking" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GalaxyTabProUX.jpg?1396337664" /> </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"> 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>Each of these tablets has a lot going for it. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet throbs with the power of the latest Snapdragon 801 processor, and won&#39;t miss a step if you take it in the shower with you. Er, not that there&#39;s any reason for you to do so.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, meanwhile, has a pin-sharp 299ppi screen and multi-tasking-friendly octa-core innards.</p> <p>All in all, it&#39;s one of the closest weigh-ins we&#39;ve ever presided over. And that&#39;s why we&#39;ll be reviewing them both in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-101-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-samsung-galaxy-tabpro-101-weigh/feature#comments Samsung Sony Tablets Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:24:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434633 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Project Morpheus VR headset – hands-on review round-up http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-project-morpheus-vr-headset-hands-review-round/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to know what everyone thinks of Sony’s new virtual reality gaming headset? Step into our office… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Project Morpheus VR headset – hands-on review round-up" alt="Sony Project Morpheus VR headset – hands-on review round-up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-project-morpheus.jpg?1396315747" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony wasn&rsquo;t going to sit by and let Oculus have all the virtual reality gaming fun. This week the company unveiled its own prototype VR headset, dubbed Project Morpheus. Sony claims to have spent three years working on the upcoming device, which packs a 1080p screen and stereo audio as well as full positional head-tracking.</p> <p>So what did our compadres in the tech and gaming press who got some hands-on time with Morpheus make of it? We&rsquo;ve rounded up all their opinions below.</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"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/portable-tv-video/sony-project-morpheus/4505-6494_7-35873300.html" target="_blank">CNET</a>&rsquo;s Eric Franklin got a chance to don the Morpheus headset and delve into two of Sony&rsquo;s tech demos: <em>Castle</em> and <em>The Deep</em>. The latter casts you as a diver inside a shark cage, which limits movement, but Franklin was reasonably impressed by how Morpheus&rsquo; positional tracking allowed his real-life movements to be translated into the virtual world: &ldquo;You could look down and see your character&#39;s legs and bending both knees caused your avatar to do so as well. At one point I sat in a real-life chair and my avatar looked to be squatting. I could even see my chest from this position. It felt quite immersive.&rdquo;</p> <p>Graphically, he describes <em>The Deep</em> as &ldquo;decent&rdquo;, cautioning that he could see jaggy aliasing on the cage&rsquo;s bars. However: &ldquo;Once the shark made its appearance &hellip; things got a lot more interesting, and there were moments when I had to remind myself that this was only an approximation of real-life.&rdquo; Sounds scarily good.</p> <p>He found the <em>Castle</em> demo, in which you hold a Move controller in each hand, far more enjoyable. Using these controllers to punch or grab an empty suit of armour in a courtyard, Franklin &ldquo;was particularly impressed by the system&#39;s ability to track how fast and therefore how hard I was punching the suit.&rdquo;</p> <p>In terms of build and comfort, Franklin says the headset is &ldquo;fairly light&rdquo; and had a better focal point than the Oculus Rift, allowing the screen to be positioned further from the wearer&rsquo;s eyes. He did, however, find it got sweaty inside more quickly than the Rift.</p> <p>Overall he was impressed with his brief hands-on but, like a lot of people, feels that VR gaming will succeed or fail based on the software available. These limited tech demos are a fun diversion&nbsp;&ndash; but truly compelling games are a must.</p> <p><em>Image credit: CNET</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="610" height="458" title="CNET&#039;s Eric Franklin wearing Project Morpheus" alt="CNET&#039;s Eric Franklin wearing Project Morpheus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_Project_Morpheus_35873300-2852-006_610x458.jpg?1396315747" /> </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"> Get up, stand up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Over at <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/19/5526966/project-morpheus-sonys-playstation-4-virtual-reality-helmet-is-much" target="_blank">Polygon</a>, Ben Kuchera seemed a lot more impressed by Morpheus. He did caution that the fit of the headset allowed some light to bleed in from under the screen and that the &ldquo;less than perfect&rdquo; field of view meant black bars were visible on the left and right sides. He also found the Move control of the <em>Castle</em> demo problematic, because while when it works it&rsquo;s great, as soon as there&rsquo;s a glitch and &ldquo;your hand jumps five feet in the wrong direction [it] takes you completely out of the experience, and can almost make you sick.&rdquo;</p> <p>That said, he feels like these things can be fixed in the run-up to launch, and was mighty impressed by Morpheus on the whole: &ldquo;Sony has nailed the hard parts of virtual reality, and now it&#39;s just a matter of finishing the hardware and shoring up software support. Based on these early demos, they&#39;re onto something special.&rdquo; He also praised the fact that both demos encouraged the player to stand up and move around freely, whereas Oculus Rift demos thus far are generally a sit-down 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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://kotaku.com/we-just-tried-sonys-ps4-virtual-reality-headset-we-l-1547417858" target="_blank">Kotaku</a>&rsquo;s Kirk Hamilton was also impressed by the headset, saying that it feels similar to the Oculus Rift (a good thing) and that it fitted quite well even over his glasses. You can watch the demo in the video above.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lY4_XfAaWr0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Writing for <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/20/gdc-sony-project-morpheus-vr-headset-for-ps4-hands-on" target="_blank">IGN</a>, Scott Lowe says that, while Morpheus is &ldquo;still rough around the edges&rdquo; it &ldquo;meets and in some ways exceeds the kind of VR experiences we&rsquo;ve seen from Oculus&rdquo;.</p> <p>He describes the visuals as &ldquo;exceptional&rdquo;: &ldquo;despite the additional load on the system&rsquo;s processing resources, [it] runs smoothly with detailed characters, objects and environments&rdquo;. He does however note that the field of view is narrower than the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news" target="_blank">Oculus Rift Development Kit 2</a>, and that the visible frame edges make the experience less immersive.</p> <p>Lowe was impressed by the comfiness of the design: &ldquo;Instead of most of the pressure around your eye sockets, the top-mounted forehead rest and rear frame evenly distribute the weight, so it&rsquo;s often tough to tell you&rsquo;re wearing anything at all.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Image credit: IGN</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="540" title="IGN Project Morpheus" alt="IGN Project Morpheus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/img5877jpg-0a55f3_960w.jpg?1396315747" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/project-morpheus-hands-on-wearing-ps4s-vr-future-19321267/" target="_blank">SlashGear</a>, meanwhile, Chris Davies notes that while the prototype is &ldquo;incomplete today, there&rsquo;s plenty to warrant excitement&rdquo;. Davies says the headset is &ldquo;not uncomfortable&rdquo; and his time with <em>The Deep</em> suggests Morpheus has a bright future as a tool for &ldquo;virtual tourism&rdquo;: &ldquo;Combined with rich audio, it certainly proved to be immersive, though the fact that the display is grainer compared to Oculus Rift does jar a little at times.&rdquo; He believes that, with Morpheus, Sony has certainly stolen the show at GDC 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IEQXrZ0qFrg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Devin Connors from <a href="http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/conferences/gdc2014/11154-Hands-On-With-Sonys-Project-Morpheus-VR-Headset" target="_blank">The Escapist</a> had this to say: &ldquo;The hardware shows the effort that Sony has put in over the last few years, although I think it&#39;s a small step behind where Oculus is currently, especially with the release of the second Developer Kit. There&#39;s a small amount of motion blur, but it&#39;s not as bad as say, the first Oculus HD prototype. I expect it to be gone on whatever prototype Sony has going six or so months from now.&rdquo;</p> <p>Connors also delves into the integration of the PS Move controller in detail, calling it Morpheus&rsquo; &ldquo;biggest advantage, and most serious weakness&rdquo;. He says the glitches with Move suggest it still needs a lot of work, but that&rsquo;s forgiveable in a prototype and overall it&rsquo;s &ldquo;wholly better than I expected it to be&rdquo;.</p> <p>There seems to be a clear consensus concerning Project Morpheus: it&rsquo;s not perfect but for a work-in-progress prototype it&rsquo;s very impressive indeed. There are kinks that need to be ironed out &ndash; but it seems that Sony&rsquo;s work in VR has got it to a point where its hardware is on par with (or very close to) Oculus Rift. And that&rsquo;s no mean feat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift preview</a></strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: The Escapist</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1534" height="1269" title="The Escapist&#039;s Devin Connors plays the Castle demo" alt="The Escapist&#039;s Devin Connors plays the Castle demo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/698609.jpg?1396315747" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heads-on with Sony&#039;s Project Morpheus </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-project-morpheus-vr-headset-hands-review-round/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-project-morpheus-vr-headset-hands-review-round/feature#comments Gaming Sony Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:22:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434610 at http://www.stuff.tv The Playstation 4 is getting its very own TV series http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/playstation-4-getting-its-very-own-tv-series/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comic geeks should be ecstatic, since the first project is an adaption of Bendis and Oeming’s Powers graphic novel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Playstation 4 is getting its very own TV series" alt="The Playstation 4 is getting its very own TV series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/powers.jpg?1395314707" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Playstation Network is already offering films and TV shows to rent and buy in certain regions, but soon it&rsquo;ll be offering it&rsquo;s own content just like Netflix with House of Cards.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moving beyond gamers </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 the first project by Sony to offer original content for the Playstation 4, the series is part of Sony&rsquo;s plan to move the Playstation 4 beyond its core gaming crowd, and position it as an entertainment hub for the living room. It&#39;s just the beginning too - according to Variety, Sony said it would invest more into the production of TV series.</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">Playstation 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>Powers was originally developed for the FX channel but Sony Pictures Television and Circle of Confusion will now produce the show&rsquo;s 10 episodes. Comic geeks shouldn&rsquo;t worry too much about how much the show will stray from the comic, as the producers will include Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming themselves.</p> <p>So far, what we know is that Powers will be a Playstation Network exclusive in the US. Don&#39;t fret though as Sony will be selling broadcasting rights for the international market.</p> <p>Sony isn&rsquo;t the only console getting into the TV game though, as Micorsoft is also working on original TV content that will be exclusive to the Xbox One and the Xbox Live platform. One of those projects would be the adaptation of Halo, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Source:</strong><a href="http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/sony-playstation-plays-original-programming-game-with-powers-series-1201139784/" target="_blank"> Variety</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Playstation 4 is getting its very own TV series" alt="The Playstation 4 is getting its very own TV series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20PlayStation%204.jpg?1395314707" /> </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/playstation-4/playstation-4-getting-its-very-own-tv-series/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/playstation-4-getting-its-very-own-tv-series/news#comments PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:11:53 +0000 Nigel Yap 1434013 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus makes its debut http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look out Oculus, Sony’s just gotten serious </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony’s VR headset, “Project Morpheus”makes its debut" alt="Sony’s VR headset, “Project Morpheus”makes its debut" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-morpheus-630.jpg?1395228575" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just last week we mentioned Sony was going to debut a VR headset like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> at GDC, and we were right. Called Project Morpheus, the headset is still in the prototype stage and is, according to SCE Worldwide Head Shuhei Yoshida, a culmination of three years of work.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games are in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So are there any games ready for Project Morpheus? Not yet. Sony&#39;s working with a bunch of developers, including big names such as Crytek and EpicGames though, so it shouldn&rsquo;t be long till we see other game devs jump on the VR bandwagon.</p> <p>As for Sony developed titles, the company isn&rsquo;t revealing much, though they&rsquo;ve prepared demos for the headset which include Eve: Valkyrie, a special build of Thief, and two other environmental immersive demos called The Deep and The Castle.</p> <p>Seems like it&rsquo;s going to be an interesting year for gaming, and hopefully it won&#39;t take too long for Sony and Oculus to push out consumer versions of their headsets.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/playstation-virtual-reality/" target="_blank">Engadget</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Eve: Valkyrie Demo" alt="Eve: Valkyrie Demo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eve%20Valkyrie.jpg?1395228575" /> </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/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news#comments Sony Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:26:18 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433957 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/5-ways-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No PlayStation 4 yet? These tips and tricks will give your PS3 such a lease of life that you won&#039;t need one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PlayStation 3" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 PS3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-ps3-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In gaming terms, the PlayStation 3 is ancient. Sony&#39;s third-gen console was released in 2006; to put that in context, the iPhone didn&#39;t arrive until 2007, Android first appeared in 2008 and the iPad in 2010. And since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> debuted in November, it&#39;s no longer even Sony&#39;s most powerful games machine.</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/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Gorge on free games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PS3 already has a advantage over the PS4 in terms of how many titles are available for it,&nbsp;but nowhere is that more apparant than on PlayStation Plus. Sign up to PS Plus on PS4 and, right now, you could get the decent enough Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition totally gratis. Sign up on PS3 and you could download the superb <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tomb-raider/review" target="_blank">Tomb Raider</a> reboot, the gorgeous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank">Bioshock Infinite</a>, the brilliant Uncharted 3 and the massively playable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/borderlands-2/review" target="_blank">Borderlands 2</a>, plus XCOM: Enemy Unknown, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/littlebigplanet-karting/review" target="_blank">Little Big Planet Karting</a> and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons. All totally free.</p> <p>OK, so &#39;free&#39; isn&#39;t strictly accurate - the service costs S$44 a year - but you do also get automatic software updates, early betas and cloud saving. Or, to put it another way, that&#39;s&nbsp;a mere S$3.67/month for seven top PS3 games, with new ones added each month. Sounds like a no-brainer.</p> <p><strong>PlayStation Plus:</strong> S$44/year</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/video-history-sonys-playstation/video" target="_blank">The history of Sony&#39;s PlayStation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation Plus" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 PlayStation Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-ps3-002.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Get immersive gaming sound </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>Eschew headsets with names like &#39;Fragmax 2000&#39; for a&nbsp;wired pair from a company known for sound perfectionism. Sennheiser&rsquo;s U320s give amplified sound via their comfortably squidgy earpads. Lift the noise-cancelling mic to switch it off automatically, with the added bonus of feeling like an extra in Universal Soldier.</p> <p><strong>Sennheiser U320:</strong> S$249</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best headphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sennheiser U320" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Sennheiser U320" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-sennheiser-u320-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Turn it into a child-sitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This Skylanders-meets-Disney fest converts your PS3 into a powerful child distractor - and given that it&#39;s not yet available on PS4, that&#39;s a potentially huge advantage.</p> <p>Using the figurines of Sulley from Monsters, Inc., Mr Incredible and Jack Sparrow, players can mash up Disney films to create new games in an open &lsquo;sandbox&rsquo; mode called Toybox. The only problem will be getting your PS3 back for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II</a>.</p> <p><strong>Disney Infinity Starter Pack:</strong>&nbsp;S$114</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/disney-infinity/review" target="_blank">Disney Infinity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Disney Infinity" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Disney Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-disney-infinity-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Make it your media hub </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 PS4 is a long way off being a multimedia monster, with no DLNA and music streaming limited to Sony&#39;s Music Unlimited store. The PS3, in contrast, does pretty much everything you&#39;d want a media console to do.</p> <p>To get the best out of it, treat yourself to a&nbsp;network attached storage (NAS) device - the&nbsp;Synology DiskStation 214&nbsp;should do nicely. Slot a hard-drive or two into the NAS drive,&nbsp;pour in your media and pair with the PS3 via DLNA for a media feast. Serve with the tastiest cuts of TV courtesy of Netflix. Garnish with a Twitter argument about whether the new House Of Cards is any good or not.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Synology DiskStation 214</strong>: S$375</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="Synology DiskStation DS213J" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Synology Diskstation DS213J" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-synology-ds213j-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Give the engine an overhaul </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>Provide your PS3 with a welcome nitro boost by replacing its dusty old hard drive with a fresh, speedy solid-state one. The 240GB&nbsp;Crucial M500 drive has almost fallen into impulse-buy territory, with benefits that are subtle but useful for impatient gamers: quicker boot times, faster load screens and reduced lag on demanding games.</p> <p><strong>Crucial M500 240GB SSD:</strong> S$255</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Crucial M500 SSD" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Crucial M500 SSD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-crucial-m500-ssd-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </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/playstation-3/5-ways-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/5-ways-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3/feature#comments PlayStation 3 PS3 Sony Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:36:48 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433856 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4 owners could soon be strapping games directly to their faces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" alt="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-headset%20%281%29.jpg?1394760907" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours of a Sony VR headset refuse to die out, with the latest whispers pointing to an official reveal at the Game Developers Conference next week.</p> <p>According to Edge&rsquo;s sources, numerous third party developers are currently in possession of the headset, and they&#39;re very impressed with it.</p> <p>Those lucky enough to step into Sony&#39;s virtual world have described the headset as being superior to the Oculus Rift, which is currently at the front of the VR headset race.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Early iterations of the Rift resulted in many users feeling sick, thanks to its lower refresh rates. The improved version that we played with at CES earlier this year brought faster refresh rates and higher resolution screens to the table, and we felt absolutely fine (despite the questionable buffet shrimp cocktails we munched on beforehand).</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/ces-2014/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove-bona-fide-vr-revolution/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype</a> was even better, pushing VR technology even further by throwing head tracking into the mix for an even more natural virtual experience.</p> <p>If Sony&#39;s VR headset is better than that, then we really are in for a treat.</p> <p>This isn&#39;t the first time Sony&#39;s dabbled in screen-to-eyeball headgear. Its personal 3D viewer which was released a couple of years ago offers twin full HD OLED displays with 5.1 virtual surround sound for enjoying movies, but it wasn&#39;t built with gaming in mind.</p> <p>At &pound;1300 (S$2738), it costs more than both next-gen consoles combined, so we&rsquo;re praying to the gaming gods that Sony&#39;s upcoming headset will go easy on our wallets.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unclear at this stage whether or not the VR headset will only work with the PS4, but we haven&rsquo;t got too long to go before all is officially revealed, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/ces-2014/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove-bona-fide-vr-revolution/feature" target="_blank">Face-on review: Oculus Rift Crystal Cove, a bona fide VR revolution</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.edge-online.com/news/sonys-vr-tech-will-be-revealed-at-gdc-and-it-represents-virtual-reality-gamings-greatest-hope/" target="_blank">Edge</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/127860-sony-reportedly-set-to-reveal-oculus-rift-like-vr-headset-next-week" target="_blank">Pocket Lint</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" alt="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01%20%281%29.jpg?1394760907" /> </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/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news#comments Gaming GDC 2014 PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:17:55 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433689 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony PlayStation Vita Slim http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-vita/sony-playstation-vita-pch-2000/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vita&#039;s gone all trim for 2014, but is that enough to convince gamers on the fence to take the plunge? [updated with 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="604" height="453" title="PlayStation Vita Slim review" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC03074_0.JPG?1394852445" /> </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/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The PlayStation Vita is not a big seller, which is a shame, because it&#39;s pretty darn brilliant.</p> <p>The fact that it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">plays beautifully with PS4</a>&nbsp;has breathed a bit of new life into the handheld, though, and keen to not let that go to waste, Sony has given it a svelte makeover.</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$299.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi only </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lighter, more ergonomic design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen is actually more natural </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Remote Play is great </div> <div class="field-item even"> Now has some built-in storage </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"> 1GB still isn&#039;t enough </div> <div class="field-item even"> Feels less premium than original </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"> Smaller and lighter, but it’s the curves that matter most </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">Comparing new and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-playstation-vita/review" target="_blank">old Vitas</a>&nbsp;side by side doesn&rsquo;t entirely go the Slim&rsquo;s way - it just doesn&rsquo;t look or feel quite as premium as the previous model, with more plastic under the fingers and a visible edge around the screen where it sits in the chassis, unlike the seamless, smooth fascia of before. The silver highlights have gone, as have the hundreds of tiny PlayStation symbols that adorned the rear touchpad, which is marked by boring dots on the Slim.</p> <p>There&#39;s certainly less in the way of fine detailing here then, but in terms of ergonomics it&#39;s a winner - while it doesn&rsquo;t look significantly smaller face-on, the 3.6mm cut to the depth is immediately obvious. But it&rsquo;s the new, curvier shape that contributes most to making this a more pleasant console to hold, while the soft-touch material that now runs right around the back makes it far easier to maintain grip during a long, sweaty session of&nbsp;<em>Motorstorm RC</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/10-best-games-destroying-your-social-life/feature" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games for Destroying Your Social Life</a></strong></p> <p>The analogue sticks, d-pad and symbol buttons are all identical to before, but the PS, Select and Start buttons are all now a little bigger and circular, and that makes them a little easier to find with a finger while your eyes remain fixed to the screen.</p> <p>All-in-all it&#39;s obvious that a number of changes have been made to keep costs down, but thanfully the changes also largely benefit the player. But can the same be said about the screen?</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-3292059807001" 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="3292059807001" /> <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" title="PlayStation Vita Slim review" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03059_0.JPG?1394852445" /> </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="280" height="210" title="PlayStation Vita Slim review" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03058_0.JPG?1394852445" /> </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"> OLED to LCD FTW? </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 of the most exciting features of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-playstation-vita/review" target="_blank">original Vita</a>&nbsp;was its use of fancy OLED tech for the display, and yet the new Slim has gone with old-fashioned LCD. Sony seems to be suggesting that LCD has moved on a lot in the last couple of years, but to us it seems very much like a cost-cutting move.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/lg-55ea9800-curved-oled-tv/review" target="_blank">LG 55EA9800 55in Curved OLED TV review</a></strong></p> <p>And yet, having lived with it for a while now, we actually prefer the Slim&#39;s screen.</p> <p>The original Vita&#39;s OLED certainly has deeper blacks, and that has a sharpening effect on edges, but the Slim&#39;s LCD digs up more detail in darkness, revealing objects and textures in dark scenes that the old Vita misses. It&#39;s more subtle in its colour reproduction, too. The OLED is very bright, but it&#39;s also a little overly vivid and has a balance that&#39;s too warm to be considered truly natural. The Slim, on the other hand, has smoother gradients between shades and a purer white balance.</p> <p>The resolution remains the same at 960x544, so its little wonder that there&#39;s practically no difference in sharpness between the two, which means it all comes down to contrast and colour.&nbsp;How much you notice or care will depend a little on what you do with your Vita. Those addicted to the likes of&nbsp;<em>Tearaway</em>&nbsp;might miss the OLED&#39;s extra punch, but for us the more pastel-like presentation of the LCD is just as appealing, and it makes for a more realistic reproduction of movies, too.</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="PlayStation Vita Slim review" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03078_0.JPG?1394852445" /> </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"> 1GB of storage should not be something to shout about </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 first Vita came without any built-in storage so if you wanted to download anything (which we hear is quite the craze these days) you had to buy expensive, proprietary memory cards. That&rsquo;s now changed. Sort of.</p> <p>The Vita Slim comes with 1GB of internal storage, which is an undisputable improvement. But with many games (including the likes of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ps3/fifa-14/review" target="_blank">FIFA 14</a>) coming in at over 3GB it&rsquo;s still not enough. If a cheap smartphone such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-g/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a>&nbsp;can cram in 8GB of space, why can&rsquo;t a handheld console that is increasingly pushing digital downloads of its games?</p> <p>Adding a 16GB card currently costs below S$55.90. And it doesn&rsquo;t actually &ldquo;add&rdquo; to the storage as inserting a memory card makes the built-in storage unavailable.</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="PlayStation Vita Slim" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03088_1.JPG?1394852445" /> </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"> Goodbye proprietary charging cable, hello micro-USB </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re a Vita player you already know how frustrating it is to run out of juice and discover you&rsquo;ve not got the stupid proprietary cable with you. Well, with the Slim that frustration should be short-lived, as the power connector on the bottom of the device is standard micro-USB, and who can&rsquo;t lay their hands on one of those in a hurry?</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t go assuming you can keep playing as you charge, though - as with the standard model the Slim uses more power than it can draw from standard USB 2.0 sockets, so if you want to game and charge at the same time you&rsquo;re going to want to keep the bundled wall charger handy. The battery life has been upped by about an hour, though, which means you&#39;ll now get 4-6hrs of constant play between charges, and by then you should really be giving your eyes and fingers a rest and getting outside anyway.</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="PlayStation Vita Slim" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03080_0_1.JPG?1394852445" /> </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"> The death of the mystery connection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the top edge of the old Vita were two flaps concealing two slots - one for game cards and one mystery expansion slot, intended for peripherals that never materialised.</p> <p>And now they never will, because the Vita Slim doesn&rsquo;t have that extra slot at all. What a shame. Or maybe not - it could have been for rubbish things.</p> <p>In terms of wireless connections it&rsquo;s a little disappointing to see that there&rsquo;s no 3G or 4G support. 4G plus Remote Play could equal PS4 gaming in even more places than it currently does.</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="PlayStation Vita Slim" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03085_0_0.JPG?1394852445" /> </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"> The great stuff stays the same </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what if you&#39;ve never used a Vita? What does it actually do?</p> <p>Well first and foremost it&#39;s a games machine, and while the games available are rarely referred to as blockbusters, there are some absolute crackers now available. The aforementioned&nbsp;<em>Tearaway</em>&nbsp;is an absolute must-play - little wonder when you consider it comes from the studio that created&nbsp;<em>LittleBigPlanet</em>&nbsp;(which is also out on Vita, by the way). Indie title&nbsp;<em>OlliOlli</em>&nbsp;is the best skating game since Tony Hawk last &quot;made&quot; a good one, and if you&#39;ve never played the brutal and brilliant&nbsp;<em>Hotline Miami</em>, the Vita is the place to try it. There&#39;s also now a pretty huge catalogue of old PS1 and PS2 games ready and waiting to be revisited on the road.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> <p>Then there&#39;s Remote Play, which lets you take complete control of your PS4, including playing your PS4 games on the Vita. If you&#39;re not too far from your PS4 the connection is direct and practically seamless. A little further away but still in your house and the connection will go through your router, but as long as it&#39;s a half decent one only minimal lag is introduced - as long as you&#39;re not playing competitive Call of Duty it&#39;s absolutely fine.</p> <p>Best of all, you can control your PS4 from anywhere else in the world, too - as long as you&#39;ve got wi-fi internet access. Performance varies wildy depending on connection quality, but we have played Assassin&#39;s Creed 4 from a coffee shop and it was completely awesome.</p> <p>Aside from that there&#39;s a whole bunch of apps that you&#39;re probably not going to use much, such as Google Maps, email and a camera (the sensors really aren&#39;t good enough to bother too much with). Frequent flyers will undoubtedly make use of the video section of the PS Store, though, which has an ever expanding catalogue of movies and TV shows your flight-shortening pleasure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/w0oxBviRGlU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="280" height="210" title="PlayStation Vita Slim review" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03071_0_1.JPG?1394852445" /> </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"> 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>Despite a slight cheapening of materials, the Vita Slim is undeniably an improvement over the outgoing original. It&#39;s&nbsp;comfier to hold, it lasts longer, it no longer relies on proprietary cables and the screen is, to our eyes, a surprise improvement. There are plenty of great games available for the Vita now, too.</p> <p>But Sony could have gone further. 8GB of internal storage should be a minimum, and a 4G option for those really committed to PS4 Remote Play makes a great deal of sense to us.</p> <p>If the cheaper construction was accompanied by a cheaper price we could see the Vita flying off the shelves and into the houses of PS4 players eager to link up the two consoles, but it&#39;ll be a bit of a surprise if that happens at an unchanged S$299.</p> <p>​The original Vita was great, the Vita Slim is better, but it&#39;s not quite the absolute must-buy it could have been if Sony had pushed the boat out just that little bit further.</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="PlayStation Vita Slim review" alt="PlayStation Vita Slim review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03076_1.JPG?1394852445" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </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-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"> Graphics </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"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s an improvement in almost every way, but the new Vita Slim could have been even better</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PS Vita Slim review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;An improvement in almost every way&quot; - but can it win gamers over? 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