Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/reviews en-SG 10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/10-tech-savvy-hotels-asia/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Japan to Singapore, geek out on your holiday at these tech-packed homes away from home </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="Singapore&#039;s uber-trendy W Singapore – Sentosa Cove" alt="Singapore&#039;s uber-trendy W Singapore – Sentosa Cove" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/W%20Singapore%20-%20Sentosa%20Cove%20-%20Room.jpg?1417162965" /> </div> </div> </div> <p> 0 false</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/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</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"> The Peninsula Hong Kong </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 now, <a href="http://www.peninsula.com/Hong_Kong/en/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="The Peninsula Hong Kong">The Peninsula Hong Kong</a>&rsquo;s rooftop helipad and iconic fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms are shadowed by a recent S$76-million refurbishment that has augmented its grand old-colonial style with industry-leading tech. Revamped rooms now feature Samsung tablets that control everything from room service and digital radio to a 3D entertainment system; digital wall panels; Voice over IP (VoIP) calling; high-end Focal headphones; charging cords for most handheld devices sold in Asia &ndash; we could go on. And in case you&rsquo;re wondering, it&rsquo;s a cool S$2,780 for one-way transfer from the airport to hotel by helicopter.</p> <p><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps"><em>Salisbury Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong; 852/ 2920 2888</em></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="1200" height="900" title="The Peninsula Hong Kong" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Peninsula%20Hong%20Kong%20-%20Suite.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> Banyan Tree Macau </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> <p class="MsoNormal">Splash out on&nbsp;one of the 236 not-so-standard suites at <a href="http://www.banyantree.com/" target="_blank" title="Banyan Tree">Banyan Tree</a> Macau, where the in-room highlight is a personal plunge pool remotely controlled to an 80 degree heat and situated near floor-to-ceiling windows. High-tech toys include back-to-back LCD flatscreen televisions and Blu-rays that can be checked out for free.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps">Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau; 853/ 8883 8833</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Banyan Tree Macau" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Banyan%20Tree%20Macau%20Hotel%20-%20Exterior.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> Hotel Éclat, Taipei </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> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;re going to spend a lot of time in the bathroom at this <a href="http://www.eclathotels.com/taipei" target="_blank" title="Hotel Eclat Taipei">swish 60-room boutique hotel</a> &ndash; and it&rsquo;ll have nothing to do with penance for the pig&rsquo;s blood cakes from the street-food market. Here a flatscreen LCD television is perched next to&nbsp;an electronic, remote-controlled Toto &ldquo;super toilet,&rdquo; which, with its motion sensors, spray settings and speaking capability, is one microchip away from Robocop&nbsp;(in a good way). For more privacy, there&#39;s even chameleon-like glass walls that go from clear to opaque with the touch of a button.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps">No. 370, Sec. 1, Dunhua S. Rd., Da-an District, Taipei, Taiwan; 886/ 2 2784 8888</a></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="567" height="425" title="Hotel Éclat, Taipei" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hotel%20Eclat%20Taipei%20-%20Room.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> Sofitel So Bangkok </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> <p class="MsoNormal">Here&rsquo;s one for the Apple fanboys and girls. Boasting style and soundtrack contributions from fashion designer Christian Lacroix and DJ Ravin (Buddha Bar), <a href="https://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6835-sofitel-so-bangkok/index.shtml" target="_blank" title="Sofitel So Bangkok">Sofitel So Bangkok</a> is the city&rsquo;s lone hotel where every room has a Mac mini you can use to surf the Web, stream videos and make Face Time calls. Upgrade to a suite and you can also play with an iPad. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps">2 N. Sathorn Rd., Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand; 66/ 2624 0000</a></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">(Image via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalboz/" target="_blank" title="See more of Kalboz&#039;s photographs on Flickr">Kalboz</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sofitel So Bangkok" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sofitel%20So%20Bangkok%20-%20Hotel%20-%20From%20Flickr.jpg?1417162965" /> </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 Peninsula Shanghai </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>Sometimes you just want to be left alone, particularly when your room has Internet radio and an iPod dock hooked up to 5.1 surround sound, a 46-inch plasma television with DVD player, complimentary Voice over IP (VoIP) calling and a marble bathroom with a flatscreen in the wall. In a nod to old-school tech, once you&rsquo;ve activated the room&rsquo;s privacy feature at <a href="http://www.peninsula.com/Shanghai/en/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="The Peninsula Shanghai">The Peninsula Shanghai</a>, the only way you&rsquo;ll be disturbed by staff is via fax to your printer/fax/copier. </p> <p><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Rd., Shanghai, China; 86-21/ 2327 2888</a></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="567" height="425" title="The Peninsula Shanghai" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Peninsula%20Shanghai%20-%20Suite%20Bathroom.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> W Singapore – Sentosa Cove </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> <p class="MsoNormal">There&rsquo;s nothing subtle about uber-trendy <a href="http://www.wsingaporesentosacove.com/" target="_blank" title="W Singapore Sentosa Cove ">W Singapore &ndash; Sentosa Cove</a>&rsquo;s tech-conscious style. Think LED art and flatscreen televisions set within polished marble walls. Not to mention the 1,338-square-metre pool with electronica beats piped in underwater, ringed with private cabanas supplied with Apple&#39;s pods and pads. Rooms have neon pink-and-lavender mood lighting and huge mini-bars stocked with such essentials as oxygen canisters and condoms, though the aptly (and painfully) named &ldquo;Extreme Wow Suite&rdquo; is the hotel&rsquo;s hi-tech <em>pièce de résistance</em>. This soundproof 195-square-metre palace is decked out with a 55-inch flatscreen television, DVD player, Bang &amp; Olufsen surround sound and DJ booth with dual turntables and vinyl collection. Now, they&#39;ve even permitted keyless room entry <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bypass-reception-desk-access-your-starwood-hotel-room-your-smartphone/news">via your smartphone.&nbsp;</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">21 Ocean Way, Singapore; 65/ 6808 7288</a></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/future-hospitality-open-your-door-your-smartwatch-have-robot-concierge-service-and-reserve-your-deck">Have a robot butler do your bidding at the Starwood hotel of the future</a></em></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="W Singapore – Sentosa Cove" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/W%20Singapore%20-%20Sentosa%20Cove%20-%20Extreme%20WOW%20Suite%20-%20Hotel.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> Hotel ICON </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> <p class="MsoNormal">This award-winning <a href="http://hotel-icon.com/#/our-story" target="_blank" title="Hotel ICON Hong Kong">262-room design hotel</a> literally goes &lsquo;Above &amp; Beyond&rsquo; with its upper-tier accommodations. On top of luxe common amenities &mdash; 40-inch television, Blu-ray player, Bose iPod dock, complimentary mini-bar and local calls via Wi-Fi &mdash; club rooms and suites include nightly access to a rooftop bar where you can sip <em>gratis </em>cocktails while soaking in postcard-perfect panoramas of Victoria Harbour. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">17 Science Museum Rd., Hong Kong; 852/ 3400 1000</a></em></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="567" height="425" title="Hotel ICON" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hotel%20ICON%20-%20Hong%20Kong%20-%20Lobby.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> Crown Towers </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> <p class="MsoNormal">The palatial crystal suite here doubles as a modern electronics showroom. If iPod docks and 50-inch plasma televisions with interactive entertainment in both bedrooms aren&rsquo;t enough, the living room ups the ante with an additional 60-inch gogglebox, Blu-ray player and 22-inch HP TouchSmart desktop. Should you have tech-related questions or, say, need help finding a chef to cook dinner in the suite&rsquo;s kitchen, a personal butler is at your beck and call 24 hours a day. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="http://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/hotels/crown-towers/overview" target="_blank" title="Crown Towers hotel in Macau">City of Dreams</a>, <a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau; 853/ 8868 6868</a></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="567" height="425" title="Crown Towers" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Crown%20Towers%20Macau%20-%20Living%20Room%20-%20Hotel.jpg?1417162965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andon Ryokan </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> <p class="MsoNormal">With its somewhat upmarket take on the traditional Japanese <em>ryokan </em>(inn), <a href="http://www.andon.co.jp" target="_blank" title="Japan&#039;s Andon Ryokan ">Andon Ryokan</a> scores for its high-end conveniences catered to those on a budget (relatively speaking; Tokyo<em> is</em> Tokyo). Rooms are spartan, yet have a television, DVD player, and free Wi-Fi, and though bathrooms are communal you can book a private Jacuzzi room embellished with pop art for free. We also like that cheap rentals of Ultra 4G pocket Wi-Fi devices are available&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;invaluable for staying plugged in with a fast connection on your smartphone or laptop while exploring the city.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">2-34-10, Nihonzutsumi, Taito, Tokyo, Japan; 81/ 3 3873 8611</a></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="567" height="425" title="Andon Ryokan" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Andon%20Ryokan%20Hotel%20-%20Jacuzzi%20-Japan.jpg?1417162965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore </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>Bring an HDMI cable to arts-minded <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Singapore/Default.htm" target="_blank" title="The Ritz Carlton Singapore">The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore</a>, where you can&nbsp;stream your downloads on a flush-mounted 46-inch flatscreen television via a work-desk port. iPod docks are also in the room, while iPod Shuffles pre-loaded with self-guided walking tours of the hotel&rsquo;s impressive contemporary art collection are available from the concierge.</p> <p><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps"><em>7 Raffles Ave., Singapore; 65/ 6337 8888</em>&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="567" height="425" title="The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore" alt="10 super tech-savvy hotels in Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Ritz-Carlton%20Millenia%20Singapore%20-%20Bathroom%20Hotel%20View.jpg?1417162965" /> </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"> Asia’s 10 most tech-savvy hotels </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"> These awesome stopovers almost love gadgets more than us. Almost... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" title="W Singapore Sentosa Hotel" alt="W Singapore Sentosa Cove Hotel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/W%20Singapore%20-%20Sentosa%20Cove%20-%20Marvelous%20Suite.jpg?1417162965" /> </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/Banyan%20Tree%20Macau%20Hotel%20-%20Exterior_0.jpg?1417162965" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/10-tech-savvy-hotels-asia/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/10-tech-savvy-hotels-asia/feature#comments Docks and Speakers iPod and MP3 Tablets TV Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:22:51 +0000 Ian Paynton 1425188 at http://www.stuff.tv Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear http://www.stuff.tv/sg/those-ugly-logos-back-your-phone-are-set-disappear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a victory for design, US “E-Label act” means they can be displayed in software instead </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="Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear" alt="Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-fcc-logo.jpg?1417139480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flip over your smartphone or tablet. See those logos on the back? The ones that spoil its handsome looks, but that you&rsquo;ve seen so many times you&rsquo;ve forgotten they&rsquo;re there?</p> <p>Those logos are, thankfully, set for the chop. From 1973 until now, FCC logos and regulatory compliance numbers have been required by US law, but a new act just passed by the US Senate has changed all that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-innovators-2014-design/feature">Stuff Innovators 2014: Design</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t put a label on me, man </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>Quite simply, the <a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2583" target="_blank">E-Label Act</a> means that this information can be displayed in a device&rsquo;s software rather than on its physical hardware. It&rsquo;s a victory for aesthetics, but it&rsquo;ll also have a practical, cost-saving purpose, because manufacturers won&rsquo;t have to pay to print them.</p> <p>Sadly, the &ldquo;CE&rdquo; mark displayed on gadgets in the EU isn&rsquo;t going anywhere just yet. Boo and indeed hiss.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/your-future-gadgets-wont-have-those-strange-dumb-logos-1664051547" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fr3d/4730736800" target="_blank">Fred</a> on Flickr</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/those-ugly-logos-back-your-phone-are-set-disappear/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:01:59 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454140 at http://www.stuff.tv Gorilla Glass 4 arrives to better protect your phone screen from direct drops http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corning’s latest formulation is said to survive 80% of 1m falls onto rough surfaces </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="Gorilla Glass 4" alt="Gorilla Glass 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gorilla.jpg?1416533546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our phones take a lot of everyday wear and tear, but it&rsquo;s usually a hard fall - a drop from fumbled hands or off of a countertop - that warrants repair or replacement. But the new Gorilla Glass might alleviate that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 4 can safely weather those surprise impacts up to 80% of the time, and that it&rsquo;s twice as durable as competing strengthened glass brands. Device screens will still break, depending on the surface your phone hits and the distance of the drop, but at least this kind of aluminosilicate glass should make it a less common occurrence.</p> <p>Gorilla Glass 4 is already shipping to phone makers, and Corning expects devices bearing it to debut within the next three months.</p> <p>With ambitions of using sapphire-covered displays for major, mass-market devices still <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip">something of a pipe dream</a>, it&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how long Gorilla Glass and its ilk remain the standard for screen protection.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.corning.com/news_center/news_releases/2014/2014112001.aspx">Corning</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/20/7253397/corning-gorilla-glass-4-announced">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8ObyPq-OmO0" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453641 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new 8in tablet is wordy by name, nerdy by nature </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&#039;s been on a bezel-killing rampage and we love the new look " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3-tablet-front.png?1416902351" /> </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>Big phone, small phone. Big tablet, small tablet. Sony&#39;s Xperia line-up is now all about choice. And if its only rival was its big brother - the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Z2 Tablet</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;this impressive small tab would win hands down.</p> <p>Slim, light, waterproof, well-specced and without the odd bezel-heavy build of its predecessor, it just makes more sense.</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$598.00 </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"> 16GB, Wi-Fi </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"> Neat little movie tab </div> <div class="field-item even"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expandable 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"> You can get an iPad Mini 2 for S$408 </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not all Android apps are optimised </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony pushes some services </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"> Be gone bezels </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 era of Stuff being at odds with Sony&#39;s OmniBalance design is over.</p> <p>We&#39;ve always appreciated the care, attention and craftsmanship that&#39;s gone into building Xperia smartphones and tablets. But there&#39;s also been a part of us that thinks mobile devices, designed to be held in the hand, need to be practical and human-friendly as well as beautiful.</p> <p>The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is just that - much easier to pick up, hold one-handed and generally get on with than actually say out loud. It&#39;s like the 7.9in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</a>&nbsp;in that you&#39;ll use it in portrait mode most of the time. Though you can get one hand around, it makes more sense to rest it in your palms, thumbs easily darting around the 8in touchscreen.</p> <p>The all-metal frame is gone, replaced with curved sides, a matte back and tempered glass on the front. It&#39;s as ludicrously skinny as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Xperia Z2 Tablet&nbsp;</a>at 6.4mm but in this smaller, supremely portable size, it works. On the larger tablet it meant that the tab flexed worryingly in the middle and wasn&#39;t very satisfying to hold. Here it helps the handbag/big pocket-friendly dimensions.</p> <p>Because it doesn&#39;t look like a scaled-down<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">&nbsp;Z2 Tablet.</a>&nbsp;The huge bezels all around that slate have gone, transforming it somewhat and if anything this looks like Sony&#39;s take on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>. At 270g - nearly 30g less than the still-plasticky Samsung - it&#39;s a great move for Xperia tablets.</p> <p>True, the Tab S fits a bigger 8.4in screen in a curvier, similar sized body but anyone who would consider one should also take a look at the other.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tablet Compact gets PS4 Remote Play too " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-dualshock-4.png?1416902351" /> </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="Familiar Sony flaps mean one thing - waterproofing " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-ports-1.png?1416902351" /> </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="Xperia by numbers - the prominent power button is present and correct " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-power-button.png?1416902351" /> </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"> Still waterproof </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>With the same IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance ratings as its smartphone siblings, the Z3 Tablet Compact also makes a great cooking or even bath time companion. The Galaxy S5 might be waterproof but the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;sure isn&#39;t.</p> <p>If you&#39;re planning to dunk it (in up to 1.5m of water for half an hour) just make sure all those flaps covering ports like the microUSB are closed. Or floods of your tears will soon be joining all that water.</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-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"> 2K isn&#039;t everything </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>Unlike Samsung with its super sharp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">2560x1600 Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</a>and Apple with its Retina display-rocking&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">2048x1536 iPad Mini</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">,</a>&nbsp;Sony is sticking at Full HD. In fact, none of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia range is bowing to pixel pressure with 2K resolutions. And this is still a superb screen.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet was a monster movie tablet, in part thanks to Sony&#39;s TV tech such as Triluminous for mobile and - to a lesser extent - X-Reality for mobile which pumps up contrast and saturation. The Z3 Tablet Compact is just as capable at displaying pure whites, deep blacks and punchy but realistic colours. Samsung keeps its edge for deep blacks thanks to its use of SuperAMOLED tech but this screen is just as brilliant as we&#39;ve seen on past Xperias and if you&rsquo;re watching a 1080p movie, it&rsquo;s the Sony we&rsquo;d pick.</p> <p>It&#39;s bright, holding up well in direct sunlight, and viewing angles are decent too. Still, we recommend having a play with the colour temperature sliders, as with the Xperia Z3, the Tablet Compact&rsquo;s whites can look a bit pink off-axis.</p> <p>And the resolution of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung</a>&nbsp;does have its advantages. Reading Stuff.tv on the Z3 Tablet Compact and zooming out on a full screen of text in an epic review shows that, while we agree 2K can be overkill, sometimes extra pixels can help. For hi-res images, the Samsung looks noticeably crisper too.</p> <p>It might not be futureproof but for now, the Z3 Tablet Compact shouldn&#39;t be ashamed of its pixel count. Especially when it means a better battery life than its closest rival.</p> <p>Plugging in a tablet that you forgot to power off just seems so much more unfair. So it&rsquo;s great that for one thing, the Z3 Tablet Compact&rsquo;s standby is excellent. You can forget about it for two days and find the battery has only dropped by 10%. Its own calculations reckon 35% will last seven days on standby.&nbsp;</p> <p>And in use it makes good on its promise to outlast 2K tabs. In our HD video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) it lasted a stellar 13 hours 20 minutes, that&rsquo;s over three hours longer than the (admittedly brighter)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4</a>&nbsp;and also the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;or 3. Sony itself claims up to 15 hours of video playback so you might be able to eke out a little longer too.</p> <p>A few more hours might not sound as impressive as the Z3&rsquo;s two day battery life but in real life, this means getting an extra one or two commutes out of the Tablet Compact on one charge and that&rsquo;s before resorting to its excellent Stamina battery-saving modes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A set of stunning screens from Sony - with the Z3 " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-with-phone.png?1416902351" /> </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="Bright and vivid even in direct sunlight " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-umbrellas.png?1416902351" /> </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 Z3 Tablet Compact tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 8in&nbsp;IPS LCD with&nbsp;1920 x 1200 resolution (283ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>: 8.1MP rear with 1080p video, 2.3MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD-expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G (with nanoSIM), NFC</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 4500mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 213 x 124 x 6.4mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 270g</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-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"> Fast and powerful with capable cameras </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>Stamina isn&#39;t the only area where the Z3 Tablet Compact excels. In fact, it&rsquo;s hard to fault all-round.</p> <p>Everything is fast and fluid, from multi-tasking to downloads to gaming, and its quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor performs nicely in the benchmarks, too. It scores 43098 on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTU</a>&nbsp;(above the Galaxy S5) and 2668 on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a>. Very respectable.</p> <p>Both the 8.1MP rear camera and 2.3MP front cam shoot clear, bright video and stills, as you&rsquo;d expect, though the snappers aren&rsquo;t as fast or as sharp as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;At this small and light size the Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t too silly if your smartphone battery has gone kaput. There&rsquo;s also lots of modes to play with including Vine built into the camera app and blogger-friendly live to YouTube streaming.</p> <p>The well disguised stereo speakers on the front of the tablet sound crisp and loud too - nothing to trouble the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>&nbsp;for on-the-fly tunes but certainly an improvement on most phones and tablets including the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Mild Case of iPad App Envy </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>Still, the Z3 Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t really competing on components. The iPad&rsquo;s superior selection of optimised apps together with the gorgeous, still unrivalled, design and build is what has set it apart for years.</p> <p>Here, the Play Store has made progress with big names cleaning up once-embarrassing Android tablet apps but the issue hasn&#39;t gone away and there&rsquo;s not a huge amount Sony itself can do. There are still lots of developers who are content to produce a single Android version of an app that&#39;s then simply scaled to fit the screen with often ugly results, and plenty more that prioritise iOS development, leaving Android users with a frustratingly long wait for optimisation and new features.</p> <p>Samsung offers tons of freebies and subscriptions with its Tab S tablets, which is one way of distracting users from shiny new iPad apps. The fact remains that if you aren&rsquo;t bound to Android in your choice of tablet, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">S$408 iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;is better value than both the Samsung and the Sony thanks, in part, to better apps and games.</p> <p>The one feature that the iPad Mini will never offer is PS4 game streaming. It&rsquo;s an interesting move but not quite flawless enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review - iPad Mini apps" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-apps_0_0.png?1416902351" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony&#039;s curated apps aren&#039;t enough " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-whats-new_0_0.png?1416902351" /> </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 only tablet that can play PS4 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>This is the same in-home game streaming tech found on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-vita/sony-playstation-vita-pch-2000/review">PS Vita,&nbsp;</a>and the Z3 Tablet Compact makes a tidy set-up with Sony&#39;s mount accessory and a DualShock 4 controller (a DualShock 3 will also work).</p> <p>On a local network the Z3 Tablet Compact connects without issue and connecting your controller is a doddle. It looks really nice, too, even on the Standard Video Quality setting.</p> <p>You&#39;re obviously not getting the PS4&#39;s 1080p native resolution, but because of the relatively small and capable screen it looks sharp and pretty detailed.</p> <p>There is lag, though. There&rsquo;s just half a second of delay, and for certain types of games it will be unnoticeable or at least insignificant enough to ignore.</p> <p>But competitive multiplayer and games that require precision could be rather frustrating if played through the tablet. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of stutter to fast movement at times, too - especially when there&rsquo;s a particularly large amount of onscreen action.</p> <p>Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities of Remote Play is the ability to play PS4 games when away from home, but you need a seriously solid data connection for that. Think of it more as an at-home&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review&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="4912" height="3264" title="Connect a DualShock and link to your PS4 and you&#039;ve got next-gen gaming on the go" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia%20Z3%20Compact%20Renote%20Play_0.JPG?1416902351" /> </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 back of the Tablet Compact is lovely to stroke " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-rear_0_0.png?1416902351" /> </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="Nvidia&#039;s Shield weeps quietly in the corner " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black_1.jpg?1416902351" /> </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"> Is this the perfect tablet for gamers? </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>In some ways it&rsquo;s mighty impressive that PS4 Remote Play works and is usable at all on the Tablet Compact, but I&rsquo;d see this as something I would use very rarely - those times that I absolutely had to play something and for whatever reason absolutely couldn&rsquo;t use the telly.</p> <p>I was mighty excited about Remote Play on the Z3 Tablet Compact but having now used it a fair bit I don&#39;t think it&#39;s reason alone to buy this tablet over a rival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 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>Convincing people they need an Android tablet - let alone a premium one - is no easy task.</p> <p>But the Z3 Tablet Compact is a lovely thing. It&#39;s a slim, light and reliable couch or commute companion. The screen looks brilliant despite being &quot;only&quot; Full HD. The waterproofing may sway people away from choosing an iPad Mini.</p> <p>That S$598 price is seriously steep, especially in light of the cheaper&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini 2.</a>&nbsp;But it puts the Sony on a level with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and despite the fact that these two are so similar (both portable, both expandable, both running KitKat) the waterproofing and extra battery life just swing it for us.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a close call but if Samsung&#39;s software puts you off a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;or your gamer eyes light up at the mention of PS4 Remote Play on a tidy Sony tab, this 8in Xperia might be the right tablet for you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">The ten best tablets - tested and rated by Stuff&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-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-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"> 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-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> <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>As portable as it is powerful, the Z3 Tablet Compact proves Sony tabs can be easy to live with</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"> Meet the super-light Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact </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"> Wordy by name, nerdy by nature </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-z3-tablet-compact-01_0.jpg?1416902351" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review#comments Android Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446511 at http://www.stuff.tv Your mobile phone is the reason behind your neck and back problems http://www.stuff.tv/sg/keep-hunching-over-your-phone-and-you-could-end-health-problems/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Researchers say there is a link between mobile device usage and health risks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " alt="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/2345D1B100000578-283945.jpg?1416465246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been having some nagging neck and back pains in recent times, you need to read this &ndash; it could be due to you hunching over your mobile phone, and using it over extended periods of time.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything in moderation is good </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>That&rsquo;s like having an average seven-year-old sitting on your neck, and the more your neck is bent, the amount of force increases. Keep at it for an extended period of time and the wear and tear will result in the need for surgery.</p> <p>Hansraj agreed that it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that result in these issues, but you should make a concerted effort to look at your phones with a neutral spine and to prevent spending hours each day hunched over. &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We recommend that people should continue to enjoy their smart devices, but that they pay specific attention to where their head is in space. You want to be careful that your head is straight up with you&#39;re using a smart device,&quot; he added.</p> <p>We suggest you adhere to this doctor&rsquo;s advise before it&rsquo;s a tad bit too late.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project: The perfect human body</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2839455/Why-hunching-phone-gives-pain-Image-shows-tilting-head-puts-four-STONE-extra-pressure-neck.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Online</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " alt="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bones.jpg?1416465246" /> </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/keep-hunching-over-your-phone-and-you-could-end-health-problems/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/keep-hunching-over-your-phone-and-you-could-end-health-problems/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:49:31 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453574 at http://www.stuff.tv Jolla's Sailfish-powered tablet smashes crowdfunding target http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jolla/jollas-first-tablet-smashes-crowdfunding-target/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seems like there&#039;s a demand for an alternative OS tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jolla&#039;s first tablet smashes crowdfunding target" alt="Jolla&#039;s first tablet smashes crowdfunding target" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jolla%20tablet.jpg?1416476668" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Jolla? The company founded by ex-Nokia employees has gone past making a phone but into making a tablet. Its Jolla Tablet is the company&#39;s attempt to make the first crowdsourced tablet and is now running a very successful campaign on Indiegogo.</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"> Android apps, no Android required </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 tablet runs Jolla&#39;s own Sailfish OS, it can handily run Android apps as well which will probably appeal to those already on Android. At under US$200, with very impressive internal specs, it&#39;s no wonder Indiegogo backers are throwing money at the company.</p> <p>What do you get for your money? There&#39;s the 64-bit Intel quad-core processor, 32GB of flash storage (expandable with a microSD slot), 2GB of RAM and a 2048 x 1536 pixel 7.85in display.</p> <p>How big is it? It&#39;s roughly around the size of an iPad Mini and weighs 384g. The 4300 mAh battery is the only downside to the tablet, seeing as the iPad Mini&#39;s has a 6471mAh rating and the Nexus 6&#39;s battery is 6700 mAh. Still, as the tablet is at least US$100 cheaper than either of other tablets, tradeoffs are to be expected.</p> <p>Sadly the tablet is only shipping to the following locales: EU, Norway, Switzerland, United States, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia. If you&#39;d like to check out the campaign anyway, head on over to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jolla-tablet-world-s-first-crowdsourced-tablet" target="_blank">campaign website</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/super-cheap-firefox-os-phones-coming-india-and-indonesia/news">Super cheap Firefox OS phones in India and Indonesia</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/19/jolla-tablet-indiegogo/" target="_blank">Mashable</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jBQdfcLhts8" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jolla/jollas-first-tablet-smashes-crowdfunding-target/news#comments Android Crowdfunding Jolla Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:38:50 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1453571 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L http://www.stuff.tv/sg/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia&#039;s new Android slate packs a reversible USB connector and its Z Launcher app </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="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" alt="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-n1-tablet-02.jpg?1416800946" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia has taken the wraps off its first post-Microsoft device, the Nokia N1 Android tablet, at the Slush 2014 conference.</p> <p>The N1&#39;s 7.9in, 2048x1536 screen is surrounded by an aluminium unibody frame with micro-drilled speaker holes; it looks not dissimilar to the iPad Mini and shares the Apple devices screen resolution.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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>Probably the most notable thing about the N1 is its USB port - in a consumer first, it has one of the new reversible &#39;Type C&#39; ports. The new standard is intended to replace both the existing full USB and MicroUSB in one fell swoop, and comes in at roughly the same size as Apple&#39;s Lightning connector.</p> <p>Naturally, you also get the usual connectivity options; 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0. Disappointingly, though, there&#39;s no microSD slot to expand on the N1&#39;s 32GB internal storage.</p> <p>Inside, the N1 packs a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor along wth 2GB RAM; a PowerVR G6430 GPU provides graphical grunt, while a 5300mAh battery keeps things ticking over for up to 9 hours at a time, according to Nokia.&nbsp;Round the back, there&#39;s an 8MP camera, while a front-facing 5MP snapper handles selfies and video calls in 1080p.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Nokia N1 will land in China first, after the Chinese New Year on 19th Feburary; it will then roll out to Russia and European markets. We&#39;ll have more news, including an exact release date and pricing info, as it comes in.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 150 brilliant present ideas</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N1 Android tablet" alt="Nokia N1 Android tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1.jpg?1416800946" /> </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/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news#comments Android Microsoft N1 Nokia Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453486 at http://www.stuff.tv Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One OS, many imaging tricks, and they&#039;re all free when you download the Google Camera app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android_vector.jpg?1416800946" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unlike the iPhone-totting crowd, there are plenty of choices available to Android users. Which translates to a first-world problem - if there are so many customised imaging features in different devices, how can anyone truly be a master of every Android smartphone out there?</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/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> The art of focus </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 Google Camera app has the perfect solution for highlighting the subject and that&rsquo;s a feature called Lens Blur. It gives your photos the bokeh effect that&#39;s typically achieved with extensive fiddling of manual controls on normal cameras. On an Android device, all you need to do is a simple tap. It&#39;s that easy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best for:</strong> Close ups of people and objects.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to use it: </strong>Activate Lens Blur, tap the capture button and then move your device slowly upwards, or tilt it back to move the slider. And if that still doesn&rsquo;t quite work out for you, you get to post-process your photo, changing the position of your focus and even the intensity of your bokeh on the slider scale.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tip:</strong> Frame your subject so that it&rsquo;s in the centre of the picture to get the best results.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</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="567" height="425" title="The art of focus" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bokehhhh.jpg?1416800946" /> </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>The LG G3 has a similar feature called Magic Focus, HTC calls it the Ufocus on the One (M8) and Sony decides to be straightforward about it, naming the bokeh feature Background Defocus.</p> <p>All three roughly work in the same way - taking multiple shots with different focus lengths and creating a composite image that lets you adjust the focus.</p> <p>But amongst all three, the One M8 stands out with its dual lens. It uses the secondary lens to get the depth of field information every time so you get good bokeh no matter the photo mode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) 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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Practicsing arcissism, we mean, selfie </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>Where would modern day vanity be without the selfie&rsquo;s coming-of-age? Not out there for everyone&rsquo;s eyes, that&rsquo;s for sure. Google Camera comes with a baked-in timer and grid lines to align your self shot properly, so take advantage of those features.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Vain shots of yourself, duh.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:</strong>&nbsp;Hold phone up, make sure your face can be seen, then snap.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re taking a selfie against the setting sun, using the front-facing camera won&rsquo;t work as you will just be a black silhouette against the glare of the sun. Use the back-facing camera and activate flash to provide a fill light for your face. So what if you can&rsquo;t see before you shoot? Going digital means you get plenty of do-overs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/go-wild-taking-selfies-here-s-touchless-selfie-app/news">Go wild taking selfies Singapore, here&rsquo;s the touchless selfie app</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The art of narcissism, we mean, selfie" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/selfie.jpg?1416800946" /> </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>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 takes selfies to a whole new level, thanks to its 3.7MP front-facing camera. It also has a wide angle selfie mode to include more of your background or group shots even if you are short of arm.</p> <p>If using a timer or a button isn&rsquo;t how you wish to snap a selfie, the Note 4&rsquo;s voice controls are also an option.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ballin’ snaps </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>Speaking of inclusive photos, Google has one-upped the other mobile operating systems with Photo Sphere, its surround view camera experience. When we say surround, we don&rsquo;t mean panoramic photos, we mean a 360-degree view, putting you in the middle of it all.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best for:</strong> A totally immersive viewing experience of landscape or interior shots.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to use it: </strong>Tap on the Photo Sphere icon, and follow the dots. Move slowly and keep your hands steady.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tip:</strong> Start shooting your Photo Sphere at the least important part of the scene. The stitching can be a little tricky at times, especially around the edges and you don&rsquo;t want the point of your photo to be scarred by bad stitching.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphone-photography/feature">Beta yourself: Smartphone Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20sphere.png?1416800946" /> </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>If a Photo Sphere isn&rsquo;t exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for but you still want that immersive experience, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 have a Dual Window mode for a picture in picture experience. In Sony&#39;s case, that mode is known as Face In (again, with the obvious reference). You might not be able to get the sides in, but you get back and front-facing views.</p> <p>You can also resize the small window and drag it around to place it wherever you wish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No landscape restriction </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 Panorama feature might not be new, it can&rsquo;t be left out whenever the camera is mentioned since it&#39;s such a quintessential feature in most smartphone cameras. Google Camera&rsquo;s Panorama allows you to take more than just the conventional horizontal photo.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Scenic travel shots when you want to capture the sweeping expanse of the landscape before you.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:&nbsp;</strong>Activate Panorama mode and tap on other settings in the bottom right to bring up three other options, including vertical panoramas (which are great for waterfalls and the like) to Panorama in, aside from the usual left to right and vice versa.</p> <p>Instead of the old sweeping method, taking panorama shots is now similar to how you would capture a Photo Sphere, with white dots acting as the centering guideline.</p> <p><strong>Tip:&nbsp;</strong>Avoid movement in your shots. A person walking in front of the beautiful landscape you&rsquo;re trying to shoot will only spoil it by appearing as a smudge on your otherwise perfect photo.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature" target="_blank"> Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: How to shoot panoramas </a> </strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panorama.png?1416800946" /> </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>Speaking of movements, it&#39;s hard to prevent blurry images from popping. Not if you&#39;re using a smartphone with optical image stabilisation. The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 are armed with these mechanical parts, which detects and moves the camera to counter the shake, rattle and roll that creates the offending shots.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android/reviews">The latest Android smartphone and tablet reviews, all here!</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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking photos in low light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s no biggie if cameras perform in well-lit situations, but it&#39;s kind of a big deal when they turn out good pictures even if the light is not that great. And you can do just that with a few tweaks to the settings within the Camera app.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Night situations, when the light source is a pale moon, or a lone flickering candle.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:</strong>&nbsp;In the usual Camera mode, hit the usual Settings to bring up your gridlines and the like. Tap the icon on the left to bring up a little exposure scale from -2 to +2, and lighten up your gloomy night shot. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If you can&rsquo;t find the setting for manual exposure, all you have to do is swipe to the right to bring up the different modes, and tap on the settings icon on the bottom right. Then tap Advanced, and finally trigger Manual Exposure to give you the option of adjusting exposure values.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Taking photos in low light" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lowlight.png?1416800946" /> </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>The Sony Xperia Z3 knocks lowlight shots out of complete darkness with its large sensor to soak up all the available light in the shot and a high ISO of up to 12800 to compensate for the lack of brightness. Your nighttime photos no longer have to be that realistically dark, i.e. completely swathed in murky black.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 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"> 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"> Android photography masterclass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The art of imaging, via your smartphone </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/android_vector.jpg?1416800945" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature#comments Android Smartphones Stuff's Ultimate Guide to Android Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:34:38 +0000 Elissa Loi 1452834 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the Nexus tablet </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="The tupperware of tablets " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-9-21.jpg?1416800946" /> </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/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an Android contender to rival an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a>, this is it. The Nexus 9 has the same screen shape, the same resolution and &ndash;&nbsp;like the Apple tablet &ndash;&nbsp;launches with the very best its platform has to offer.</p> <p>You get the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, bags of power and a super-sharp display: all for &pound;80 (approximately S$160) less than an iPad Air 2. It&rsquo;s sure to lure thousands away from the Apple Store.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Big, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful CPU </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and new Android software </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"> Screen has some small issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Android 5.0 still needs some tweaks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Only available in 16GB and 32GB versions </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tupperware of tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s plenty of praise to come for the Nexus 9, but it&rsquo;s not a tablet that sets out to wow you with its hardware design. Like the good old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>, it&rsquo;s more practical than luxurious.</p> <p>The back is plastic, and has the sort of minimalist design a swedish furniture maker might come up with. Good-looking? Sure, but it doesn&rsquo;t give the hard, expensive impression of the iPad Air 2, or offer the jaw-dropping thin-n-lightness of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>You get the feeling Google cares a little more about what happens when you switch the screen on than what it feels like.</p> <p>That we can be so blasé about a tablet this thin and light tells you about how far we&#39;ve come, though. The Nexus 9 is 7.9mm thick and weighs just 425g in its Wi-Fi only incarnation.&nbsp;It <em>is</em> thin and it <em>is</em> light, it just doesn&rsquo;t showcase it in the same way the 6.1mm-thick iPad Air 2 does.</p> <p>That slight lack of initial impact is quickly forgotten when you start using the Nexus 9, though. The 4:3 aspect is so much better suited to an 8in-plus tablet than the widescreen styles that used to be the Android norm.</p> <p>Switch between this and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-10/review">Nexus 10</a> and the older tablet just seems a bit, well, silly. It&rsquo;s not just about the looks either, but how its weighting sits in your mitt. The Nexus 9 feels right, and is <em>just about</em> light enough to use one-handed while reading an article on the train on the way to work.</p> <p>In short, the Nexus 9 makes it pretty obvious why 10in widescreen tablets were never all that popular.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 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="No wows in the hardware design " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14.jpg?1416800946" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Processor -</strong>&nbsp;64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 @ 2.5GHz, Kepler GPU</p> <p><strong>RAM -</strong>&nbsp;2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen -</strong>&nbsp;8.9in IPS LCD with 2048x1536 resolution (281ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras -</strong>&nbsp;8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.6MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage -</strong>&nbsp;16/32GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity -</strong>&nbsp;Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 6700mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions -</strong>&nbsp;228 x 154 x 7.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 425g (436g with 3G/4G)</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-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"> Build me up, break me down </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 Nexus might lack some of the gloss of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> but build quality is more than reasonable. The plastic (in black, white or sandy beige) flexes a little in parts, and the volume controls feel a bit, well, naff. But the front is Gorilla Glass 3 and the band of metal around the sides gives you some confidence that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a> &ndash; this tablet&rsquo;s maker &ndash;&nbsp;hasn&rsquo;t scrimped entirely on the essentials.</p> <p>The size, the shape, the handling: we have no serious complaints. However, Google has deliberately limited you in one quite annoying way. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</p> <p>Of course, iPads have never had memory card slots, either - but the iPad Air 2 is available in 64GB and 128GB versions if you&#39;re the type that values on-board storage. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, maxes out at 32GB.</p> <p>Casual users may well get by with the standard 16GB, but with only 10GB of it actually available to use once you factor in the OS, it&rsquo;s soon gone if you load up a few games and movies. You can obviously bolster this with cloud storage from Google Drive or Dropbox, but it&#39;s not really the same thing. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Working the upsell angle " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-6.jpg?1416800946" /> </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"> LCD starlet </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 Nexus 9 screen just begs for games and films, too. It offers oodles of pixels, 2048 x 1536 to be exact (just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>), and it&rsquo;s enough to make everything on the 8.9in screen look as sharp as any rival.</p> <p>Get your eyeball up to the display and you can see a teeny bit of fizziness, but we&rsquo;re calling it: this resolution is enough.</p> <p>Just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> before it, the Nexus 9 uses an IPS LCD screen, the same tech found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>. The strong colour reproduction melded with the high resolution, bright backlight and very immediate image give the display plenty of pop.</p> <p>However, purists will notice a few little issues. First, this is an LCD and its black levels aren&rsquo;t close to what you get from an OLED tablet such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also some pretty clear leakage from the backlight, particularly clear at the top of the Nexus 9. It exhibits as a tiny strip of brightness at the top of the screen. You should get used to it, but those with display OCD may find it distracting. It is fairly minor, but is another little negative to jot down if you&rsquo;re after the ultimate Android tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 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="This resolution is enough " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-3.jpg?1416800946" /> </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"> What flavour is that Lollipop? </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 far, so ordinary: we&rsquo;ve seen better screen performance from both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S</a> tablets. It&rsquo;s the software the Nexus 9 is really here to show off.</p> <p>This is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the version the rest of the Android-using world is going to be clamouring after for weeks or, more likely, months. So what&rsquo;s it all about?</p> <p>Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new look. It appears and feels familiar, but everything has been given a subtle facelift. The soft keys are new. The apps menu now looks like a series of white pages and you double-swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings toggles and screen brightness.</p> <p>The lock screen is new, too, giving you notifications without having to take the tablet out of sleep mode. Very handy and about time. These are all things that we&rsquo;ve seen before in other custom interfaces. It&rsquo;s mostly just a neat, simple, quite cute UI &ndash;&nbsp;not a revolution.</p> <p>Google has also reworked a bunch of the standard Android apps in the Nexus 9&rsquo;s Android 5.0. Gmail, the Contacts book, Calendar and even the Play Store have all been given a spring clean.</p> <p>But speaking of apps, it&#39;s also worth noting that many still aren&#39;t optimised for larger Android screens. Developers seem happy to produce different versions of their apps for iPhone and iPad, but many seem content to release just one for Android, which is then simply blown-up to fit tablet screens. That can have some ugly results.</p> <p>But Lollipop is pretty elsewhere, with a colour palette that now has that extra hint of pastel to it. And everything moves with that extra bit of pep. Google seems to want the Nexus 9 to be something that would slide gracefully into an IKEA show home in its software as well as its hardware design.</p> <p>Is it flat-out better than what you get with the Google Now interface available for just about any Android device these days? Maybe, but not by a huge margin.</p> <p>What really matters is the stuff in the background &ndash;&nbsp;those turning cogs you can&rsquo;t see on the surface. Android 5.0 now supports 64-bit processors and is better primed for connections to other devices than ever before. Our guess is that this means deeper integration with Android Wear watches, co-operation that we don&rsquo;t even know about yet. For now, it means you can take up where you left off with media and apps in Lollipop goodies.</p> <p>A lot of that promise is about the future, not right now. For example, while the Tegra K1 CPU used in the Nexus 9 is 64-bit, there&rsquo;s nothing that specifically makes use of that more advanced architecture at present.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not noticeably faster than previous top Android tablets, either. There&rsquo;s the odd hint of lag here and there, undoubtedly because Android 5.0 Lollipop is a baby chick still brushing off those remaining bits of eggshell.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll soon be improved in an update before too long, and it&rsquo;s hardly bad at present anyway. Just the occasional stutter, and some apps not loading as fast as we&rsquo;d like, especially given Android 5.0 uses a special ART runtime that&rsquo;s meant to speed this whole process up. We&rsquo;ll have a full review of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> up on Stuff.tv very soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-20.jpg?1416800946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-17.jpg?1416800946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-16.jpg?1416800946" /> </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 numbers of the beast </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>Hardware-wise, the Nexus 9 is one of the most powerful Android devices ever made.</p> <p>Its Tegra K1 CPU is a dual-core 2.5GHz chipset &ndash; it may have just two cores, but they don&rsquo;t half pack a punch. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, it scores roughly the same points per core as you get out of all of the Nexus 7&rsquo;s four cores. For the spec-heads out there, it scores 1970 points per core, 3332 total in Geekbench 3.</p> <p>However, the real meat of the K1 processor is in the graphics side. It uses a Kepler DX1, which has 192 cores &ndash; sounds ridiculous and it sorta is.&nbsp;</p> <p>We thought all this power might end up being squirted into oblivion, but there are already some games that make terrific use of it. For example, <em>Dead Trigger 2</em> offers a special graphics mode not available on other devices that adds gorgeous water effects, the kind you&rsquo;d only normally see in console or PC games. Yes, that does mean the game is now jammed full of puddles, but they aren&rsquo;t half pretty.</p> <p>These optimisations are already in place because this isn&rsquo;t the first time a Tegra K1 has been jammed into an Android device: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet</a> has one, too (a slightly different version). Nvidia went as far as to bring over classics such as <em>Portal</em> and <em>Half-life 2</em> to the Shield Tablet, but they don&rsquo;t seem to be available for the Nexus 9 yet.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they will be at some point, though. If only for show-off points.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield 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="Sounds ridiculous and it sorta is " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-game.jpg?1416800946" /> </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"> Front-loaded Bieber blasters </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>Another nice little extra for gamers is the Nexus 9&rsquo;s front facing speakers. They&rsquo;re not too obvious, and sit to the extreme ends of each side of the tablet (when held in landscape).</p> <p>This sort of setup is top-notch in terms of positioning. You get that immersive stereo effect and they&rsquo;re virtually impossible to block to the extent that the sound becomes muffled. Even if you put a finger over each port, the sound isn&rsquo;t choked. We managed to ruin the sound by squishing a palm against each outlet, but you do have to try pretty hard.</p> <p>The Nexus 9&rsquo;s actual sound quality is a bit more of a mixed affair.</p> <p>With music in particular, the Nexus 9 can sound a bit strained, the mids unnatural. And treble lacks finesse and the clarity of some rivals. These are similar, or the same, BoomSound speakers used in phones like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">)</a>. But what is great in a phone doesn&#39;t seem quite so hot in this larger tablet.</p> <p>Still, sound quality remains better than average. It&rsquo;s just slightly disappointing that HTC hasn&rsquo;t done for tablet audio what it did for phones in the HTC One. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>&nbsp;actually offers greater volume, more power and greater clarity, even though its speakers are in the &#39;wrong&#39; place.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Milli-amped 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>Battery life is pretty good. Off a full charge we got just under 12 hours of video playback from the Nexus 9, with the screen set to middling brightness &ndash;&nbsp;which is actually probably a bit brighter than you&rsquo;d use indoors. In normal everyday use it&#39;ll last a few days.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a real power user you might be disappointed to find that hot-swapping is off the table. In fact, swapping of any kind seems unlikely -&nbsp;battery isn&#39;t just non-removable, it&#39;s glued in place behind a back cover you can&rsquo;t rip off.</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="Milli-amped up" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-5.jpg?1416800946" /> </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"> Papp-a-razzie </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 cameras are a slight weak point. On the back of the Nexus 9 sits an 8MP camera while the front uses a rather unusual 1.6MP sensor.</p> <p>Walk around a major city and you&rsquo;re sure to see loads of tourists taking loads of pictures with their tablet &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature">probably iPads</a>. But HTC and Google still seem to be working under the assumption tablet cameras aren&rsquo;t too important.</p> <p>We&#39;d wouldn&#39;t necesarily argue with that, but if you are a tablet snapper you&#39;ll likely find that your greatest annoyance isn&rsquo;t image quality but autofocus speed. It feels sluggish, not the sort of camera to whip out to capture your dog as it bounds across a park, flinging 360 degree drool. You&rsquo;d probably end up with a photo of some grass. Maybe a tree if you&rsquo;re lucky.&nbsp;The Nexus 9 is also prone to overexposing just about every cloud in the sky, too.</p> <p>Approach the camera with patience and you can get some reasonable results with pretty decent colour saturation, but&nbsp;we&#39;d recommend sticking to your phone camera unless you simply must let absolutely everyone see that you&rsquo;re rocking the new Nexus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad as a camera is fine, and here&#39;s why</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="Autofocus is slow " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-12.jpg?1416800946" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 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 Nexus 9 shows where Android tablets of the future should be headed &mdash; a little less geek locked in their bedroom, a bit more &lsquo;ordinary person&rsquo; relaxing in the lounge. However, it also has the raw power underneath to satisfy enthusiasts so it&rsquo;ll come up with the hardcore goods once more devs gets their heads around its 64-bit Kepler engine.</p> <p>But there are still some niggling flaws -&nbsp;the build isn&rsquo;t up there with the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>, storage is limited and at this early stage Lollipop is just a little stuttery.</p> <p>Our other lingering regret is that the Nexus 9 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> show that the Google Nexus line isn&rsquo;t the bargain-hunter&rsquo;s paradise it used to be.&nbsp;Good value overall? Sure, but perhaps the real bargain right now is the S$408 iPad Mini 2. Now there&#39;s a turn up for the books.</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> <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"> 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-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 10 </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> <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>Power, stamina and that great Nexus simplicity, but Google&#39;s new tab isn&#39;t flawless</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"> Google Nexus 9 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"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the latest Nexus tablet </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/nexus-9-3_0.jpg?1416800945" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review#comments Android Google HTC Nexus 9 Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:50:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453411 at http://www.stuff.tv Two curved edges for Samsung Galaxy S6! HTC One (M9) rumours! More smartphone news you’ve missed http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/samsung-galaxy-s6-could-have-two-curved-edges-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you’ve missed all the tech goss through the week, catch up with our weekend round up </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="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung.jpeg?1416132876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There were plenty of leaks of flagship devices last week and nothing&rsquo;s more interesting than going through the sauciest of the saucy rumours going around the tech sphere. We gather the top ones that created a buzz through the week and hopefully, they turn out to be just what we expected.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung could be making its first “dual-edged” screen smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy Note Edge surprised us all with its uber cool one-sided curve to the right. Samsung might just be banking on that sort of flexible display technology for its rumoured Galaxy S6. Sources claim that the smartphone will boast a screen that curves on both sides. We can&rsquo;t wait to see what that looks like.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/it-s-all-about-curves-galaxy-s6-might-come-flexible-screen/news">What&rsquo;s better than one curved edge? Two of them, on the rumoured Samsung S6</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 Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/s6_0.jpeg?1416132876" /> </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"> The iPad Pro’s release is going to be delayed </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>Rumours have been circulating of a larger Apple tablet (said to be named iPad Pro) but now, sources are claiming it won&rsquo;t hit retail as soon as expected. They say the tablet&rsquo;s release will be delayed until Q2 next year, which we think is going to dampen the spirits of those who want a larger Apple device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news">The alleged iPad Pro will be rolled out later than expected: Report</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="604" height="453" title="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple_0.jpeg?1416132876" /> </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"> Leaks of the Sony Xperia Z4 range make it on the Internet </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 thought the Sony Xperia Z3 range is as good as it gets, here&rsquo;s a tip for you &ndash; there&rsquo;s plenty of change expected for its successors. From ditching the magnetic charging port found on the Xperia Z3 in favour of a Qi wireless charging support to a 10.1in quad-HD display on the Xperia Z4 tablet, it looks like there&rsquo;s plenty in the pipelines.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news">Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact, and Z4 Ultra details leak</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="604" height="453" title="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony_1.jpeg?1416132876" /> </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"> The HTC One (M9) could get a facelift </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s all about going beyond HD with smartphone screens these days and it seems HTC doesn&rsquo;t want to be left out of that bandwagon. The purported HTC One (M9) might have Android fans drooling with a 5.2in, 2K screen, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 insides, a waterproof body, and a 128GB storage option.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m9-could-have-52in-2k-screen-snapdragon-805-innards-and-128gb-storage/news">HTC One (M9) could have a 5.2in 2K screen, Snapdragon 805 innards, and 128GB of storage</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="604" height="453" title="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htcc.jpeg?1416132876" /> </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"> Oppo might have another smartphone in the making </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>Oppo took the wraps off its N3 spartphone literally weeks ago, and now, there&rsquo;s speculation of yet another Oppo branded device. Called the Oppo U3, the smartphone&rsquo;s alleged specs include a 4.6in, 1080p touchscreen, a 2MP back snapper with 4K (UHD) video recording support, a 5MP front camera with 1080p video capture, amongst other features.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oppo/oppo-n3-official-will-speculated-oppo-u3-see-daylight/news">The Oppo N3 is official, but will the speculated Oppo U3 see daylight</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="426" title="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve missed" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could have two curved edges, and all the other news you’ve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppou3.jpeg?1416132876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/samsung-galaxy-s6-could-have-two-curved-edges-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Apple HTC Oppo Samsung Smartphones Sony Tablets Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:15:26 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453169 at http://www.stuff.tv Report claims the alleged "iPad Pro" will be rolled out later than expected http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sources say the tablet will not see daylight until Q2 2015 </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="Report claims the alleged &quot;iPad Pro&quot; will be rolled out later than expected " alt="Report claims the alleged &quot;iPad Pro&quot; will be rolled out later than expected " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipro.jpeg?1415959890" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been holding off purchasing an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipad-air-2">iPad Air 2 </a>or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipad-mini-3-0">iPad mini 3</a> just because you&rsquo;re hoping the rumours of an iPad Pro&nbsp;turn into reality, you might be waiting a while.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fact that Apple most recently used a large-format 27-inch oxide TFT panel on its iMac with Retina 5K display suggests that such a technology on any of its future devices is a possibility.</p> <p>Kuo&rsquo;s also got a proven track record when it comes to speculations about Apple devices &ndash; he <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/ming-chi-kuo/" target="_blank">correctly identified that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come in 128GB variants </a>and pretty much <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/ming-chi-kuo-nailed-apples-iphone-release-2013-9?IR=T&amp;" target="_blank">nailed all the major details of the iPhone 5s</a> before its launch. As such, we think there&rsquo;s some truth to the claim above.</p> <p>The iPad Pro&rsquo;s also predicted to land with stereo speakers and the same slimness as an iPhone 6, and with a stellar feature leak build-up, we can&rsquo;t wait to know more about its other features in the coming months.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-planning-129in-ipad-early-2015-release/news">Apple planning 12.9in iPad for early 2015 release&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/11/12/apples-rumored-129-inch-ipad-pro-pushed-back-to-q2-2015-current-models-to-see-steep-sales-decline?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">Apple Insider</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-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/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news#comments Apple iOS iPad Tablets Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:52:17 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453039 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra details leak http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can open, beans everywhere: Next-gen Xperia line-up revealed </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 Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra details leak" alt="Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra details leak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z3-family.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony may make waterproof phones, but it can&#39;t seem to stop the leaks; details of its upcoming Xperia Z4 line-up have flooded onto the internet.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Xperia Z4 gets Qi charging </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 tipster claims that the Sony Xperia Z4 will ditch the magnetic charging port found on the Xperia Z3, in favour of Qi wireless charging support; it&#39;s also expected to lose the microUSB port flaps that are currently used to ensure water resistance. Not to worry, though; the Z4 will reportedly still come with the same IP68 water and dust resistance as its predecessor.</p> <p>Previous leaks have revealed the&nbsp;Sony Xperia Z4&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sg/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news" target="_blank">purported spec sheet</a>; the phone will reportedly feature a 5.5in QHD display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with a 2.8 GHz octa-core CPU and 4GB RAM, along with a 20.7MP camera sensor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs </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 next Xperia tablet will reportedly drop at the same time as the Xperia Z4; it&#39;s expected to pack a 10.1in Quad-HD display, though Android Origin&#39;s source claims that Sony is also testing a 3840x2160 panel. The Xperia Z4 Tablet&#39;s specs will closely match those of its smartphone counterpart, reports the source; a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Round the back, it&#39;s expected to pack a 13MP camera, while it&#39;ll also sport an 8MP camera for selfies and video calls. Design-wise, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is said to ape the look of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with thin bezels and stereo speakers.</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-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"> Sony Xperia Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra </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 of Sony&#39;s Xperia variants are reportedly getting an upgrade, too; the Xperia Z4 Ultra will apparently cram a Quad-HD &ndash; or possibly even 4K &ndash; display into the same 6.4in screen size as the Xperia Z Ultra. The Z4 Compact, meanwhile, is rumoured to pack a 4.6in screen, with 1080p resolution.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be keeping our ear to the ground for further news on Sony&#39;s next flagship smartphone; stay tuned!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidorigin.com/sony-xperia-z4-tablet-compact-ultra-exclusive-leak/" target="_blank">Android Origin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The Top 10 smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> Meet Sony&#039;s rumoured Xperia Z4 family </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news#comments Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z4 Xperia Z4 Compact Xperia Z4 Tablet Xperia Z4 Ultra Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:40:53 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453032 at http://www.stuff.tv 35 best free apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got a Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3 or any other Android device? Then you need to download these 35 free apps </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="35 free apps for Android" alt="35 free apps for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/25-free-apps-for-android-main-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yay! Free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff. And there&#39;s plenty of it on Android, with more than 927,000 free apps available in the Google Play store right now. We know, because we counted.*</p> <p>But a word of warning - much of it is rubbish: a frustrating mix of non-official rip-offs, shonkily designed bedroom projects and, in the worst cases, plain old arrgghh-this-doesn&#39;t-even-work-at-all duds.</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"> 1. GOOGLE TRANSLATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve seen a few clever translation apps in our time, but recently Google Translate has crushed them all. It now offers (sometimes clunky, word-for-word) translations of over 70 languages with input via text, handwritten words or symbols, spoken words or even text recognition via the camera. It can then give you the translation in the form of text or speak it for you.</p> <p>The core app can do all this with a data connection, and language packs can be downloaded for free so you can use it abroad without the need for Wi-Fi or the fear of roaming data charges.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate" target="_blank">Download Google Translate here</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="1200" height="900" title="Google Translate" alt="30 free apps for Android Google Translate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-translate-free-android-apps-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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. NASA App </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 isn&#39;t the best looking app in the world, but it&#39;s full of geek-level info and media from the NASA archive, along with news and updates on what&#39;s going on up there and back at base. Maybe one day they&#39;ll get a slick front end for it all, but for now this raggle-taggle collection of links, pictures, videos and news feeds has plenty to keep space cadets informed and entertained.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa" target="_blank">Download NASA App here</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="NASA app" alt="30 free apps for Android NASA app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nasa-app-25-free-apps-for-android-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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. Meetup </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>Bored? Keen on meeting new people? Wanting to try new hobbies? Think you need to do some work-related networking? Try Meetup, an ongoing social event platform where it becomes easy to announce gatherings as well as find new ones to go to.</p> <p>The app lets you know what Meetups are happening in your area and allows you to browse the different interest lists. Who knows? From pub crawls to salsa nights, Meetup has a diverse range of events that you could attend.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meetup" target="_blank">Download Meetup here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="30 free apps for Android Meetup app" alt="30 free apps for Android Meetup app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/meetup_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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. Audible for Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long journey? Tired eyes? Audio books! A bit like radio shows that you actually want to listen to, a bit like podcasts before all the funny people stopped doing them, a bit like books being read to you (OK, mostly the latter), audio books are a treat to be savoured.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Audible app is a gateway to its own audio book service, drawing you in with free tasters of some of its best sellers. It&#39;s worth downloading even if it&#39;s only for those free nibbles.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application" target="_blank">Download Audible here</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="Audible For Android" alt="30 free apps for Android Audible For Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-audible-for-android-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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. Navfree </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>You&#39;ve got Google Maps already and that&#39;s lovely. However, that relies on a data connection, which isn&#39;t always available even in your home nation and will sting you with ludicrous charges abroad. Navfree is based on an open-source map database and provides mapping and voice-guided sat-nav for no cash at all.</p> <p>You can load it with paid extras if you like, but it&#39;s fine as it is. Download the local variant for any country you&#39;re visiting before you leave and you&#39;ll always have a map and a sat-nav tool at your hip.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL" target="_blank">Download Navfree here</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature">7 of the best apps for the LG G3</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="Navfree" alt="30 free apps for Android Navfree" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-navfree-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Airbnb </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>Hotels are great when other people are paying, or if&nbsp;you have pots of cash to waste,&nbsp;but otherwise they&#39;re rarely situated where you want them. Airbnb is one of the stars of the so-called shareconomy, an accommodation network built around normal people offering up their unused rooms for a little bit of extra cash.</p> <p>The result? You&#39;ll be able to find somewhere to stay right in the heart of the city, up a mountain or even down a river, often for a very decent price. Just spend a minute browsing the amazing pads on offer and you&#39;ll be hooked.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android" target="_blank">Download Airbnb here</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="Airbnb" alt="30 free apps for Android Airbnb" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-airbnb-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Any.do To-do list &amp; task list </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re all busy. Busy creating Stuff To Do lists and sticking them in our bags, on the front door, in our back pockets and tapping them into note apps on our phones. Any.do is the best way to keep on top of all those loose ends, thanks to its cloud syncing and sharing skills. You can have it running as a live widget on your homescreen and also separate your tasks into different folders.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo" target="_blank">Download Any.do here</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="Any.Do" alt="30 free apps for Android Any.Do" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-any-do-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Comics </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 access to over 45,000 comics from DC, Marvel, Image Comics, IDW and Disney, the Comics app is the place to go for all things graphically novel. You get quite a few freebies to get you started, with more free titles released each week. Paid-for comics will typically set you back between US$0.99 (S$1.23) and US$2.99 (S$3.71). The app really comes alive on larger devices, where you can pore over the panels in a more leisurely manner than on a phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics" target="_blank">Download Comics here</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="Comics" alt="30 free apps for Android Comics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-comics-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. iProperty </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>&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking for a place to rent or buy? Perhaps thinking of offloading your own real estate or looking for roomates? Then iProperty, the companion app to the iProperty website is one way to go about it. It has a wealth of listings and quite a lot of search criteria to help narrow down your search. If a listing gets your attention, you can easily send a message to the property agent or iProperty member who made the booking.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sg.com.iproperty" target="_blank">Download iProperty here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iProperty" alt="30 free apps for Android iProperty" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iprop.png?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Cocktail Flow - Drink recipes </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 best feature of this cocktail recipe book is the way you can tell it what odds and ends you&#39;ve got lurking in the cupboard under the sink, and then ask it to suggest palatable ways to mix them up. It also comes with a library of popular cocktails, with additional packs that can be downloaded for a small fee.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.distinction.cflow" target="_blank">Download Cocktail Flow - Drink Recipes here</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/25-best-games-android-right-now/feature">The 25 best games available for Android 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="Cocktail Flow" alt="30 free apps for Android Cocktail Flow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cocktail-flow-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Money Tracker </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>Easily our favourite app for keeping a handle on incomings and outgoings, Money Tracker strikes a sensible balance between simplicity and features. As well as the basic sums, it lets you create your own folders and categories, so you can see where it all goes each month, and more easily define where you might be able to make savings in future. Did you really spend that much on coffee this week? Maybe you should invest in a flask this weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prometheusapps.moneytracker" target="_blank">Download Money Tracker here</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="Money Tracker" alt="30 free apps for Android Money Tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-money-tracker-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-11"><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"> 12. Hangouts </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>&quot;Hey! Who wants brunch at Choochies today?&quot; &quot;Count me in! I&#39;ve got tickets to the Nicks game, wanna come too?&quot; Etc. Alternatively you can use Hangouts to message friends via text, video and emoticon-style &quot;emojis&quot; in a more realistic manner. &quot;Train cancelled again&quot;, or &quot;Dad, get on the video call so you can show me how to fix the boiler&quot;. That sort of thing. Woah! Hangouts rocks!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk" target="_blank">Download Hangouts here</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="Hangouts" alt="30 free apps for Android Hangouts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-hangouts-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-12"><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"> 13. Duolingo: Learn languages 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>Google Translate may be great, but the long-term aim should be to learn to speak all those languages yourself. Duolingo does an amazing job of making this fun, with a format that&#39;s a bit like a pub quiz machine. It currently supports Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English, and if you &quot;play&quot; it regularly you&#39;ll definitely pick up at least some competence in your chosen language. With more intensive use you can give yourself a week&#39;s crash course before a trip abroad.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo" target="_blank">Download Duolingo: Learn Languages Free here</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="Duolingo Learn Languages Free" alt="30 free apps for Android Duolingo Learn Languages Free" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-duolingo-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-13"><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"> 14. Houzz Interior Design Ideas </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 one is all about inspiration. As you would hope from an app about design, Houzz itself is neat, logically laid out, smart and pretty in all the right places, making it the perfect distraction as you recline on your Eames lounge chair, feet up on the ottoman, contemplating the witty juxtaposition of that chandelier in your bedsit.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.houzz.app" target="_blank">Download Houzz Interior Design Ideas here</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="Houzz Interior Design Ideas" alt="30 free apps for Android Houzz Interior Design Ideas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-houzz-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-14"><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"> 15. FxGuru: Movie FX Director </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 slightly gimmicky special effects app is nonetheless very clever, verging on useful. It comes with a batch of free effects (the kind of things you&#39;d see in a disaster movie) with additional packs as in-app purchases.</p> <p>You point your phone or tablet at a scene (say, your office, the street or your garden), and then the app records a short video clip with a destructive missile attack or perhaps a hovering UFO superimposed over the live action. Motion tracking allows you to pan as you film, too.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.picadelic.fxguru" target="_blank">Download FxGuru: Movie FX Director here</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/8-best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</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="FXGuru: Movie FX Director" alt="30 free apps for Android FXGuru: Movie FX Director" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-fxguru-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. BBC Cbeebies Playtime </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 lot of free apps for children are beset by confusing prompts for in-app purchases that can seriously hamper the fun. CBeebies Playtime is an ad-free lucky dip of educational games and activities for pre-school children, based on some of the channel&#39;s biggest shows and characters, including Mr Tumble, Tree Fu Tom, The Octanauts and real-life actual people such as Andy and Nina.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.bbc.cbeebiesplaytime" target="_blank">Download BBC CBeebies Playtime here</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="BBC CBeebies Playtime" alt="30 free apps for Android BBC CBeebies Playtime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cbeebies-playtime-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-16"><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"> 17. SoundCloud </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>SoundCloud is great because it&#39;s not just the same old music rehashed in a new, futile money-making shell. It does hold a lot of full-length commercial tracks but it&#39;s the unique user-generated music that makes it special. That means DJ mixes, remixes, cover versions, live recordings and recitals, snippets, sounds and spoken word contibutions. If you want to listen beyond the sphere of Spotify, cock your ear this way.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundcloud.android" target="_blank">Download SoundCloud here</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="Soundcloud" alt="30 free apps for Android Soundcloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-soundcloud-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-17"><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"> 18. Accuweather </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 elegant weather data presentations, Accuweather keeps it classy. If travelling around areas where weather notifications might be handy, you can set push notifications and even share weather information on social media. Weather geeks will appreciate the amount of data you&#39;ll get: latest humidity and precipitation percentages, dew point, visibility, UV index, wind speed gusts and direction, and times for sunrise and sunset. To top it all off you will get a current weather conditions update every 15 minutes.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuweather.android" target="_blank">Download Accuweather here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Accuweather" alt="30 free apps for Android Accuweather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/accuweather_0_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-18"><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"> 19. VLC For Android Beta </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>Wouldn&#39;t it be lovely if there was one video format to rule them all, like MP3 is to music? Well, dream on... Until that day you&#39;ll be thankful for VLC, which aims to play every video format you&#39;ll ever encounter. If you like to source your movies from varied locations you&#39;ll find this one of the most useful apps on your phone or tablet. It&#39;s ad-free and doesn&#39;t try to harvest all your personal data either, which makes a nice change.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc.betav7neon" target="_blank">Download VLC For Android Beta here</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="VLC" alt="30 free apps for Android VLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vlc_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-19"><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"> 20. Dropbox </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 Android moves closer to home computer territory, syncing photos, music and work documents is increasingly important. As a free service, Dropbox offers 2GB of pleasingly simple online storage which is automatically synced whenever you log in from any of your devices &ndash; very useful for occassional file transfers, semi-permanent documents and shared folders. The Android app is nothing fancy but it doesn&#39;t need to be, getting the job done without fuss.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android" target="_blank">Download Dropbox here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature">25 unbelievably good free Windows Phone games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dropbox" alt="30 free apps for Android Dropbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-dropbox-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk </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&#39;re putting yourself through a fitness grind alone, this virtual back-patter will help spur you on. It tracks all your runs, walks and rides, then does the maths to tell you (and the entire world via social media) how many calories you&#39;ve burnt, how far you&#39;ve gone and generally how heroic you&#39;ve been over the past week or so. The in-app purchase model keeps it all nice and tidy too, so even in the basic free format it&#39;s a very neat app to use.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnesskeeper.runkeeper.pro" target="_blank">Download Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk here</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="Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" alt="30 free apps for Android Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-runkeeper-gps-track-run-walk-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-21"><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"> 22. WiFi File Transfer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s liberal management of the Play store leads to some strange situations, such as the presence of six apps with exactly the same name. Here we&#39;re referring to the one developed by smarterDroid. We find it the easiest way to move files wirelessly to and from a computer and an Android device on an ad-hoc basis. The free version has a file size limit of 5MB, but you can buy the full, unlimited version for &pound;0.88.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififiletransfer" target="_blank">Download WiFi File Transfer here</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="WiFi File Transfer" alt="30 free apps for Android WiFi File Transfer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-wifi-file-transfer-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-22"><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"> 23. Peppa&#039;s Paintbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We don&#39;t review childen&#39;s cartoons, but if we did, Peppa Pig would get five stars because it&#39;s consistently brilliant in its own little way, full of practical education wrapped up in addictively snappy episodes. Like the CBeebies app, this porcine painting app has no hidden agenda so your kids can paint away without being tripped up or led astray by ads, links or in-app purchases. Madame Gazelle would certainly approve.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.peppapig.paintbox" target="_blank">Download Peppa&#39;s Paintbox here</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="Peppa&#039;s Paintbox" alt="30 free apps for Android Peppas Paintbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-peppas-paintbox.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-23"><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"> 24. TuneIn Radio </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>Take a break from the endless banality of SG radio and tune in to a different point of view or musical selection. So long as you have a half-decent data connection, this app will tickle your ears with audio streams from all over the world, browsable by location, genre or what&#39;s trending. It also works as an on-demand podcast player. It&#39;s brilliant for in-car entertainment, so long as you have a data contract that can take the strain.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player" target="_blank">Download TuneIn Radio here</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="TuneIn Radio" alt="30 free apps for Android TuneIn Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-tunein-radio-001_0.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-24"><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"> 25. Vine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the best ways to get your fix of LOLs is to flick your way through Vine&#39;s stream of micro-movies. The quality is always going to vary, but the way the app delivers them is beautifully quick and simple. Just check out your feed or do a search (say, #skatefails), then enjoy a string of LOLable 4-second loops. Maybe even upload a few of your own.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.vine.android" target="_blank">Download Vine here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 30 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</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="Vine" alt="30 free apps for Android Vine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vine-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 26. Pocket </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>An absolutely indispensable app, Pocket lets you save webpages for offline reading. It&#39;s super-easy to use, installing a shortcut into your mobile browser so you can send articles over to it with a click; extensions for desktop browsers are also available, so if something catches your eye at work you can whisk it over to the app for reading on the commute home.</p> <p>Once in the app you can easily share articles with other people or to social media and it&#39;ll even strip out ads from the articles if you want it to. Frankly, we can&#39;t imagine life without it.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Pocket here</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="900" height="1200" title="Pocket" alt="30 free apps for Android Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-pocket-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-26"><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"> 27. Feedly </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 demise of Google Reader, the world needed an alternative RSS reader - and Feedly fits the bill nicely.</p> <p>It does pretty much everything you&#39;d want an RSS reader to do, presenting the latest stories from your favourite media outlets and blogs in an attractive, easily browsable list. You&#39;ll find every site you might ever be interested in - yes, Stuff.tv is in there - plus it integrates neatly with the likes of Pocket and Evernote and sharing stories to social media is but a matter of a click.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devhd.feedly&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Feedly here</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="900" height="1200" title="Feedly" alt="30 free apps for Android Feedly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-feedly-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-27"><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"> 28. Flipboard </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 basic idea behind Flipboard is that turns your social media feeds into a constantly updating magazine, displaying the latest updates from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and many more in a lovely grid-based design. But there&#39;s a lot more to it than that, with the ability to add content from specific RSS feeds or just by subject making it a truly personalised digital mag.</p> <p>It&#39;s ridiculously simple to use and works so well that Samsung used it to power its My Magazine app for its latest smartphones. High praise indeed.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Flipboard here</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="900" height="1200" title="Flipboard" alt="30 free apps for Android Flipboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-flipboard-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-28"><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"> 29. LokLok </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>Now here&#39;s an interesting idea: an editable lockscreen that you use to share pictures and notes with your friends. Confused? So were we to start with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Basically, you set a picture as your lockscreen then scribble on top of it. Whatever you draw or write will then appear on top of the lockscreens of all those in your LokLok group.&nbsp;</p> <p>The app is (presumably) intended to be used for swiftly sharing notes and pics between people, without them even having to unlock their phone. But of course we used it to share juvenile scrawlings with each other. Ahem.</p> <p>It&#39;s currently in beta, so expect a few bugs, but hopefully they&#39;ll be ironed out soon.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loklok" target="_blank">Download LokLok here</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="LokLok" alt="30 free apps for Android LokLok" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LokLok01.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-29"><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"> 30. RouteShoot Video and GPS app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like a blend of GoPro, Strava and Google Streetview, RouteShoot lets healthy types create map-based videos of their latest adventures then share them for route guidance, improving technique or simply entertainment.</p> <p>You&#39;ll need a smartphone mount to get the most out of it - certainly if you plan to use it on your bike - but once that&#39;s sorted it&#39;ll use your phone&#39;s camera to shoot footage of your latest off-road excursion, linking it with a map of where you&#39;ve been and providing data on elevation and speed. An in-app purchase adds HD video, but really the quality of the footage is less important here than the ability to share routes with your mates.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wilsonpymmay.routeshoot" target="_blank">Download RouteShoot Video and GPS app here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="RouteShoot Video and GPS app" alt="30 free apps for Android RouteShoot Video and GPS app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootA01.jpg?1415848701" /> </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-30"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 31. Sketchbook Express </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>Finger painting&rsquo;s for kids. At least, that&rsquo;s what everyone thought until smartphones proved otherwise (or, more accurately, when artists using smartphones proved otherwise). Once David Hockney started showing off compositions made using his devices, that was that, with Jorge Colombo&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>New Yorker</em>&nbsp;cover art, created in Brushes for iPhone, a coda with a painterly flourish.</p> <p>Today, even free apps provide massive scope for artists on the go, and SketchBook Express gives you layers, opacity control, 15 preset brushes, and a transform tool. And if you don&rsquo;t have an artistic bone in your body, you can always use it for adding stupid cartoon glasses and beards to pictures of cute kittens.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adsk.sketchbookhdexpress&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download SketchBook Express here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-sketchbook-express_0_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-31"><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"> 32. Movies By Flixster </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 still brave enough to venture out to the cinema, rather than taking in movies via the magic of your smartphone or tablet, Movies by Flixster is a must-install. The app figures out where you&rsquo;re located and then enables you to see what&rsquo;s on at local cinemas; alternatively, you can select a film and get a list of where and when it&rsquo;s playing nearby. Conceptually, it&rsquo;s all very simple; technically, it&rsquo;s mightily clever; and from an efficiency standpoint, it&rsquo;s superb.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.flixster.android&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Movies by Flixster here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="510" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-flixtr_0_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-32"><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"> 33. SwiftKey + Emoji </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>&nbsp;</p> <p>The default Android keyboard is perfectly decent, but SwiftKey&rsquo;s a popular alternative for good reason. Along with boasting excellent predictive typing, it enables you to more rapidly type by swiping your fingers across the keys rather than laboriously pecking away at them individually. Initially, you might find yourself facing some oddball typos, but with some practice, SwiftKey can hugely speed up banging out some words on your device.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download SwiftKey + Emoji here&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="567" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-swiftkey_0_2.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-33"><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"> 34. Walk Band </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>From its interface to the selection of instruments lurking within, there&rsquo;s a sense Walk Band wants to be GarageBand for Android. It has a good stab at this, providing you with virtual instruments that include drum kits, drum machines, guitars and keyboards, and there&rsquo;s also a multitrack synth for compiling recordings. Some of the sounds are a bit naff, although plenty of extra instruments are available for download, and for a freebie, it&rsquo;s perfectly good for making a lot of noise (sorry, &lsquo;composing your top ten hit&rsquo;) until someone nearby very sternly tells you to stop.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestar.pianoperfect&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Walk Band here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-walk-band_0_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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-34"><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"> 35. Pixlr Express </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>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are loads of free photo editors available for Android, but Pixlr Express goes above and beyond. First, it&rsquo;s entirely ad-free, so whatever you&rsquo;re editing is never suddenly half-covered by a banner for a rubbish game; secondly, it has an&nbsp;<em>absurdly</em>&nbsp;huge range of tools, enabling you to do anything from subtly adding radial focal blurs to wrecking your image with all kinds of grunge and crazy effects.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the usual suspects are present and correct, too - crop, rotate, and basic adjustments - and you can share your finished masterpieces to social networks, save them to your device, or combine them into collages.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixlr.express&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Pixlr Express here</a></strong></p> <p><em>Additional words: Craig Grannell, Marc McLaren</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-pixlr-express_0_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </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"> 35 best free apps for Android </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"> Everybody loves free stuff </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/25-free-apps-for-android-main-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games Smartphones Stuff's Ultimate Guide to Android Tablets Wed, 12 Nov 2014 02:07:12 +0000 Elissa Loi 1441705 at http://www.stuff.tv Tablet of the Year 2014: vote now! http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablet-year-2014-shortlist-vote-now-win-big/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Act fast if you want a say in which tablet vendor nabs the Singapore Readers&#039; Choice Award! </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="Tablet of the Year 2014: vote now!" alt="Tablet of the Year 2014: vote now!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Finalist-tablet.jpg?1416286668" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s the time of the year when we celebrate the best of tech &ndash; and an element of that is tablets. And who&rsquo;s a better judge of the best tabs in the market than you, who live with these gadgets day in and day out.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Will Apple take home the tablet of the year award again? Will Samsung, Microsoft, Lenovo, or LG give the tech giant a serious run for its money this time around? Only time (and you) will tell.</p> <p>Not forgetting to mention that you&rsquo;ll also get a chance to win yourself some pretty awesome goodies at the same time,&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">so get voting now</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-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vote to win! </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 dir="ltr">Hey, we know mouse clicking can be pretty strenuous. So it&rsquo;s fitting that you should be rewarded for all that hard work.&nbsp;Say, prizes worth over S$2200?&nbsp;<a href="http://surveygizmo.com/s3/1874539/Readers-Choice" target="_blank">Vote now</a>&nbsp;to win...</p> <ul> <li>1 x Apple iPad Air 2 (16GB Wi-Fi, gold) ($658)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>1 x Xbox One Console Bundle (with FIFA 15) ($639)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>1 x Parrot Party Black Edition bluetooth portable speaker ($50)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>1 x Razer Adaro stereos analog headphones ($160)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>1 x Lenco 1-175 direct drive glass turntable ($700)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>1 x 12-month Stuff Singapore magazine print subscription ($72)</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Hurry, because all votes must be in by 30 November 2014, 11.59pm, to qualify for this prize bundle.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">Now go forth and click away!</a></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-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"> Apple iPad Air 2 </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>Thinner, lighter, and mightier than the iPad Air, the iPad Air 2 has once again put Apple on this list again. Not only were we buzzed with its 18% girth reduction, but its new A8X chip, time-saving, joy-inducing Touch ID, and an upgraded MP camera rocked our boats. Does it do it for you too?</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">Click here to vote for the Apple iPad Air 2</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipadair2.jpg?1416286668" /> </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"> Lenovo ThinkPad 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t judge a tablet by its size &ndash; the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 might be one of the smaller players on this list (at just 8.3in) but it can do more than you think. For one, it runs on Windows 8.1, but besides its OS, it does have a sterling 1920 x 1200 resolution, and a 2.4GHz Intel Atom Baytrail processor that have kept an enormous amount of interest on the tablet.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">Click here to vote for the Lenovo ThinkPad 8&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="567" height="425" title="Lenovo ThinkPad 8" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenovothinkpad8.jpeg?1416286668" /> </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"> LG G Tablet 8.3 </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>Many sources have indicated that thanks to the LG G Pad 8.0, the South Korean multinational electronics company&rsquo;s made it back on to the Android tablet game. With its 1920 x 1200 display powered by 1.7GHz quad-core processor alongside the 5MP rear camera, even we agree with the claims.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">Click here to vote for the LG G Tablet 8.3</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G Tablet 8.3" alt="LG G Tablet 8.3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Tablet%208.3.jpg?1416286668" /> </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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 </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>Microsoft&rsquo;s Surface Pro 3 is a huge step-up from the Surface Pro 2. It meets the challenges many faced with the Pro 2 and does even more &ndash; it&rsquo;s a ridiculously powerful tablet (coming in a choice of Intel i3, i5 and i7 chips, 4GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage), with a stunning 2160 x 1440 display, and has a new pen that can be used for multiple uses.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">Click here to vote for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoftsurfacepro3.jpg?1416286668" /> </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"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 </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 any one of you have been looking for a nice, large Android slate, there&rsquo;s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a strong contender in the category. With its fingerprint-scanning powers (a first for a Samsung tablet), a jaw-dropping&nbsp;2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED display, and an Exynos 5 Octa-core processor, it&rsquo;s made its way into many hearts. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1y2xXiE" target="_blank">Click here to vote for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxytab105.jpg?1416286668" /> </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/tablet-year-2014-shortlist-vote-now-win-big/feature#comments Readers' Choice Awards 2014 Tablets Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452131 at http://www.stuff.tv Throw your iPad Air 2 away, because the Dell 7000 Series Venue 8 is now the thinnest tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dell/forget-ipad-air-dell-7000-series-venue-8-now-thinnest-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;re kidding, don&#039;t toss the Apple tablet, but consider Dell’s latest slate if you haven&#039;t gotten one yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Forget the iPad Air, the Dell 7000 Series Venue 8 is now the thinnest tablet" alt="Forget the iPad Air, the Dell 7000 Series Venue 8 is now the thinnest tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/delltab.jpg?1415687716" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who holds the title for the world&rsquo;s thinnest tablet now you ask? If you thought it&rsquo;s Apple with its iPad Air 2, you&rsquo;re wrong.</p> <p>Dell&rsquo;s stepped up to the throne with its latest slate, the Dell 7000 Series Venue 8. This heavy-hitting Android tablet, which measures a mere 6mm, beats the iPad Air 2 to the title by just 0.1mm.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/dell/forget-ipad-air-dell-7000-series-venue-8-now-thinnest-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dell/forget-ipad-air-dell-7000-series-venue-8-now-thinnest-tablet/news#comments Dell Tablets Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:12:19 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452808 at http://www.stuff.tv