Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/videos en-SG Microsoft Surface Pro 3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has Microsoft cracked the hybrid nut at the third attempt? Why yes, yes it has </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1%20%281%29.jpg?1406864836" /> </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/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s new Surface Pro 3 alone may not wreck its maker if it fails. But if it succeeds, it could be a welcome turning point for a company that&rsquo;s struggled for too long to out-innovate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google" target="_blank">Google</a>.</p> <p>While on paper the Pro 3 is a humble range-filler (it takes the vacant slot at the super-size end of the Surface spectrum), it has enjoyed the kind of hype usually reserved for game-changing products.</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$1,108.00 </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"> S$1348 as tested, plus S$183 Type Cover </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstand and Type Cover now work a treat </div> <div class="field-item even"> More powerful than a tablet, more flexible than a laptop </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The Surface Pen is superb </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </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"> Many apps scale badly for the screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks pricey next to a laptop or tablet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery will drain fast if pushed very hard </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"> DESIGN: WHY DIDN&#039;T THEY DO THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE? </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>After just a week with the Surface Pro 3, the&nbsp;Type Cover 3 and flexible kickstand had left us furious with Microsoft. But only because&nbsp;the changes they bring from the first and second generation Surface are so obvious that you wonder why they didn&rsquo;t happen earlier (don&#39;t worry if you own an earlier Surface - we&#39;re sure Microsoft has a letter of apology in the post...).</p> <p>In place of the two-stage kickstand debuted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2</a>, the support now bends almost all the way back, using a brand new hinge design.</p> <p>The Type Cover keyboard, meanwhile, can now be latched at its upper edge magnetically to the bottom of the SP3&#39;s screen, creating a rigid platform in place of the wobbly board that haunted previous Surfaces.</p> <p>Those two changes transform the Surface into a good laptop that will work almost everywhere. With the kickstand bent back to 120-130 degrees and the keyboard attached, it works as well as any conventional laptop if you spend your life with your legs crossed on the sofa.</p> <p>Tilt the kickstand back further to 140-150 degrees, and it&#39;s a perfectly-angled writing surface for use on a desk if you&rsquo;re taking notes. In fact, we couldn&#39;t find a scenario where the Surface Pro 3 borked: it now works, really well.</p> <p>The kickstand, in particular, is a minor engineering marvel. It retains the first two stages from the Surface 2; pull it away from the body, and there are two distinct locking points.</p> <p>But push gently beyond the second lock point, and it will bend back to almost 150 degrees. We&rsquo;re not irresponsible enough to give any view on the hinge&rsquo;s long-term durability, but we will say that it feels beautifully made, and operates with the same well-damped smoothness after a hard month of use as it did on the day of opening the box.</p> <p>The Type Cover 3, meanwhile, is a dramatic improvement over the Type Cover 2. The keyboard&rsquo;s now spacious enough for big, clumsy fingers, and at last the trackpad is of a size and sensitivity that make it a pleasure to use. One thing, though: the keys clack if you&rsquo;re typing in anger - but even then, the cheap-ish clack doesn&rsquo;t infer shoddy build.</p> <p>The kickstand and keyboard aren&#39;t the only changes for the better. Many (including us) found text too small on the 1920 x 1080 10in screen of the Surface 2 or Pro 2. So the switch to a 12in display at a rather unusual 2160 x 1440 resolution for the SP3 is welcome, as is the shift to a 3:2 aspect ratio. Somehow, the Pro 3 just looks and feels the right size (whatever that is), while its predecessors were too small to be taken that seriously.</p> <p>The SP3&#39;s now natural to use in portrait mode (a claim you could never make for the Surface 2), making it a great (albeit large) ebook reader (which was one of Microsoft&#39;s stated intents with the 3: make it feel as much as possible like a good paper notebook).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-updates-all-macbook-pro-retina-display-models/news" target="_blank">Apple updates all Retina MacBook Pro models</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 kickstand has morphed into something that&#039;s genuinely great" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-slant_0.JPG?1406864836" /> </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-19_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-6_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </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"> PERFORMANCE: A GOOD LAPTOP, A BRILLIANT TABLET </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 Surface Pro 3 will be available with a choice of Intel i3, i5 and i7 chips, 4GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage.</p> <p>Whatever combo you go for, you&#39;re buying a ridiculously powerful tablet, and a decently meaty mid-range laptop - and you can be confident that even the lowliest spec won&rsquo;t be a slouch. Our Intel i5 / 4GB / 128GB model belted through just about every task we could hurl at it - Office, browsing, email, music and movies.</p> <p>That said, let&rsquo;s be clear on one thing - the SP3&rsquo;s no gaming rig. It will happily chomp through the lighter games you&#39;ll find in the Windows Store. But with only an Intel 4400 HD graphics chip on hand to push the pixels, it&#39;ll stammer to a halt if you fire up&nbsp;<em>Crysis</em>&nbsp;at max settings (at which point, you&rsquo;ll also discover how hot the top right hand edge of the unit can get).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet is official - and really, really powerful</a></strong></p> <p>Avoid giving it that kind of abuse, and the SP3 will run quiet and cool. We did find that the top right of the tablet (or top left, if you&#39;re holding it in portrait mode) is always slightly warm (we&#39;ll assume that&#39;s where the i5 is housed), but it&rsquo;s barely enough to register in normal use.</p> <p>So which spec should you go for? After a month with the 128GB i5, we wished we&#39;d chosen 8GB of RAM and the 256GB SSD.</p> <p>While 4GB of RAM will keep&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;running happily enough, the OS is happier with 6-8GB under the hood (and since the memory is soldered to the SP3&#39;s motherboard, you can&#39;t upgrade at a later date).</p> <p>As for wishing that we&rsquo;d gone for the 256GB hard drive, the Pro 3 has convinced us that it&rsquo;s more than a toy - it&#39;s easily flexible enough to be used day in, day out, with the result that we&rsquo;ve half filled the 128GB with our usual digital detritus.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a well-hidden microSD slot tucked into the back of the Surface&rsquo;s casing, enabling you to add up to 128GB of extra storage.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s all very well, but as of now, you cannot install Windows Store games to an external drive - and with some of those games weighing in at over 1GB (<a href="http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-sg/app/halo-spartan-assault/8fe2d694-baa2-4011-99c0-3a22216223bb" target="_blank"><em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em></a>&nbsp;is 1.6GB, for example), we&rsquo;d still spend the extra for the comfort of 256GB of onboard space.</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="If you can stretch to it, the 8GB and 256GB SSD are worth it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-15_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for specific model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/mssg/en-sg/store/catalog/product/300530300" target="_blank">Surface Pro 3 Configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>&nbsp;- 12in LCD with 2160 x 1440 resolution (3:2 ratio)</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel Core i5 (also available with i3 or i7)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel 4400 HD</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>&nbsp;- 8GB (also available with 4GB)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;- 128GB (also available with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB)</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong>&nbsp;-None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;- 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, Mini DisplayPort</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>&nbsp;- 5MP front, 5MP rear</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;- 201 x 292 x 9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>&nbsp;- 800g</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"> THE SCREEN: BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH - AND THE RIGHT RATIO, AT LAST </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 Pro 3&#39;s screen is stunning. Although it has fewer pixels per inch than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>&nbsp;(216ppi vs 264ppi), you&#39;d need comically good eyesight to find flaws with the 2160 x 1440 display. Everything&#39;s pin sharp.</p> <p>The 12in screen is also commendably natural in the way it renders colours: it&#39;s neither neutral to the point of being washed out, nor vivid in a way that&#39;ll give you a headache after an hour. It&#39;s just right.</p> <p>And Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight (just as well - the screen has a glossy coating that&rsquo;s quite reflective).</p> <p>Be aware that the driver for the Surface screen will only allow two resolutions - the native 2150 x1440, and a laughably old school 1024 x 768. Couple that with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1&rsquo;s</a>, er, &lsquo;interesting&rsquo; approach to DPI scaling, and be prepared to tweak before everything&rsquo;s to your liking.</p> <p>You should also know that quirks in that same DPI scaling can make life with an external monitor more arduous that it should be.</p> <p>Our SP3 hooks up every day to the HDMI input of a 23in Philips 1080p desktop monitor, via the Pro 3&rsquo;s mini display port. As regular as clockwork, we lose five minutes every morning to signing out and then in again once the Philips is connected, simply to re-scale the icons on the desktop. Annoying, and surely not that difficult for Microsoft to fix?</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="Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-9_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </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 PEN AND ONENOTE: THE PARTNERSHIP THAT MAKES THE PRODUCT? </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>Thanks to the Surface Pro 3&#39;s new pen, Microsoft&#39;s note-taking, file-storing rival to Evernote gets a whole new leash of life.</p> <p>Prod the pen&#39;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#39;s asleep or awake. It&#39;s intended to allow you to get sudden ideas down quickly, and that&#39;s precisely what it does. Double-tap the same purple button, and it will give you the option to lasso a section of the screen for storing away into OneNote. Smart, and genuinely useful.</p> <p>Live with the SP3 for a bit, and the combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand. And you begin to appreciate that OneNote 2013 isn&#39;t that shoddy an application. It&#39;s great for taking and organising just about anything you throw at it, and the keyword search works a treat.</p> <p>OneNote&#39;s only hitch, in our humble opinion, is its tight integration with Outlook 2013 for task management. If Microsoft really wants to own the productivity game (and it does), it needs a task manager that can sync to the cloud and every other mobile platform.</p> <p>If you&#39;re still a desktop Outlook addict (there are some still out there&hellip; right?), you&#39;ll adore OneNote. But if you spend your days in one of the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android" target="_blank">Android</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-7" target="_blank">iOS</a>&nbsp;task managers, you&#39;ll find OneNote a bind. There are Microsoft-made OneNote apps for Android and iOS, sure, but they&#39;re no match for their Evernote equivalents.</p> <p>Out of the box, your Surface Pro 3 will come with a small pen holder that&#39;s meant to attach to the Type Cover. Bluntly, it doesn&#39;t work.</p> <p>After three or four days, we almost lost the pen after the tab holder detached itself without our noticing; the sticky part just isn&#39;t sticky enough to stay attached to the Type Cover, and a normal knock will send it flying.</p> <p>We&#39;ve taken to carrying the Surface pen around in a laptop case or shirt pocket. That guarantees that it will eventually go missing. Given how important the pen is to life with an SP3, Microsoft needs to come up with a more permanent, attractive solution - and fast (especially when&nbsp;<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/mssg/en-sg/store/catalog/product/300650900?WT.mc_id=rtm-Surface-Pen" target="_blank">a replacement from the Microsoft Store is S$73</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also advise that you find a reliable local stockist of AAAA batteries before you invest in an SP3; the Surface pen is powered by a single AAAA, and we chewed through the power of the battery that came in the box in about four weeks (so let&rsquo;s make that 12 batteries a year).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best 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="The combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-5_1.jpg?1406864836" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Prod the pen&#039;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#039;s asleep or awake" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-14_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE: GREAT - AS LONG AS YOU’RE US… </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>Budget laptops are forgiven if they suffer from poor battery life. You know that you&rsquo;re compromising by spending the bare minimum, and most cheap 15in lappies aren&rsquo;t really built for an entire day away from a charging point.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 has no such excuses. Its entire appeal rests on its flexibility - one minute hammering through a PhotoShop file at your desk, the next reading a Nook book on the morning commute. For the whole concept to stack up, you mustn&rsquo;t feel nervous when taking it out for a day on the road.</p> <p>Microsoft claims up to nine hours from the Pro 3&rsquo;s lithium-ion battery &lsquo;while browsing the web&rsquo;, with careful warnings that your mileage may vary depending on your habits (and it&#39;s fair for Microsoft to hedge its bets here: a device as powerful as the Surface can indulge in some heavyweight, juice-sapping work).</p> <p>Our i5, 128GB model is good for a working day, although we confess that we&rsquo;ve yet to deliberately run it to red line.</p> <p>In one day last week, it was unplugged from charge at 7am, then pounded at a conference from 9.30am to 4pm, before taking care of email and transcription duties on the 30-minute train ride home. By the time we re-attached it to a charger at 5.30pm, it was showing 30%. We&rsquo;d call that good, by any standards.</p> <p>But then, we&rsquo;ve read enough forum posts from users suffering from disappointing SP3 battery life to feel blessed. What a forum post can&rsquo;t tell you, of course, is what use the poster is putting the Surface to. What we can say is that heavy use - particularly video streaming - has a very visible effect on the SP3&rsquo;s battery drain.</p> <p>By the way, brownie points go to Microsoft for the design of the power supply. Too many 11-13in laptops come with leads and blocks that weigh more than the thing they power - the Pro 3&rsquo;s is compact and light, and even includes a USB charging port in the power block.</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="How long you get from each charge depends hugely on how you use it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-18_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </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"> PROBLEMS: YEP, THERE ARE SOME </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>Since its launch in the US in late June, users began reporting problems with their Pro 3s waking from sleep, staying awake and suddenly freezing. There have been several firmware releases aimed at squishing the bugs (one of which takes a nail-gnawing 15-20 minutes to install).</p> <p>But we&rsquo;ve experienced none of the sleep or wake issues (bar one freeze that forced a hard shutdown - an update shortly after appears to have fixed it).</p> <p>However, we did fall foul of one of the other commonly reported issues: flaky wireless. The latest update (July 16) claims to have sorted it for good. That claim looks to be accurate: our SP3 will now happily tether to our HTC One M8 (impossible before the update), and connect to the 2.4GHz wireless in Stuff Towers without constantly dropping.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) Review</a></strong></p> <p>There&rsquo;s one other SP3 problem that Microsoft cannot fix alone (although with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;Update 2 coming down the tracks, they could sure as hell help).</p> <p>The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly - and as it stands today, some significant developers have yet to catch up.</p> <p>Until very recently, even Google Chrome looked awful at hi-dpi (the latest Chrome beta solves most of the issues).&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dashlane.com/" target="_blank">Dashlane</a>, a popular password manager, displays as a boil-washed version of itself. Evernote desktop is usable, but ruined by miniature icons and smaller-than-needs-be text.</p> <p>Developers are getting there, but we understand the Catch 22 from their point of view - it takes time and effort to make the software work well with high dpi displays, but the market for high-end PCs with displays that go beyond Full HD is hardly thriving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly, and some significant devs have yet to catch up" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-12_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </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"> MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 3 VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 is excellent.</p> <p>There, we said it. And with a straight face.</p> <p>At last, Microsoft has delivered on the promise of the tablet-cum-laptop hybrid. It proves Microsoft&#39;s argument that there&#39;s space in the world for a design that&#39;s more productive than an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note</a>, but easier to hump around than a traditional laptop.</p> <p>Would we buy one? Yes. We&rsquo;d avoid the 64GB and 512GB models (you&rsquo;ll either have no space left in a week, or regret paying the high price after a month). But put a 128GB or 256GB on the counter, and we&#39;d tap in a PIN code without a moment&#39;s hesitation.</p> <p>It would be daft not to point to the fact that the Windows Store still hasn&rsquo;t reached the heights of the Play Store or iTunes, but that&#39;s an issue that&#39;s at least somewhat mitigated by the fast that Pro lets you install practically any piece of PC software on the desktop side of the two-faced OS.</p> <p>Price still has to come into it. The i5 / 128GB SP3 above S$1500 asking price (with the Type Cover included) would buy an awful lot of Windows laptop, or a similarly-specced&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">13in Macbook Air</a>&nbsp;with around S$200 change to spare.</p> <p>But the Pro 3&rsquo;s different enough to undermine absolutist comparisons: a chunk of that S$1500 is going on &lsquo;unusual&rsquo;, and we think that for many it will justify itself on that basis. And if you insist on like-for-likes, the fact is that the Pro 3 is as quick and capable as either a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 or a Macbook Air.</p> <p>At last, there&rsquo;s a Surface that&rsquo;s right.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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-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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Verdict: At last, there’s a Surface that’s right." alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-20_1.jpg?1406864836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Third times the charm - the Surface Pro 3 is a hybrid device that&#39;s right</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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 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"> Microsoft finally gets it right with the third laptop/tablet hybrid </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/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1%20%281%29_0.jpg?1406864836" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review#comments Laptops Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Windows Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440947 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumours of the HP Red surface again http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/rumours-hp-red-surface-again/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Details of the purported taptop leaks, and it looks impressive </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="Rumours of the HP Red surface again" alt="Rumours of the HP Red surface again" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp_1_0.jpg?1406809046" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-s-upcoming-taptop-named-hp-red/news">hybrid laptop/tablet we mentioned a few days ago</a>? Yep, we&rsquo;re talking about the Android device named HP Red; well, rumours have leaked about that device again and if you believe the alleged details, they sound pretty promising.</p> <p>The leak was first outed on Benchmark, with a notable spec sheet. According to the source, the unit will feature a 16in display powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz together with the Adreno 330 GPU.</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"> In comparison... </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 almost what the pervious source, <a href="http://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?benchmark=gfx30&amp;os=Android&amp;api=gl&amp;D=HP+red&amp;testgroup=info" target="_blank">GFXBench</a>, identified the taptop to have. The only differences are that it claims to sport a 8MP rear camera&nbsp;and a quad-core CPU instead. It also provided more details about its specs, including its screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 12GB of internal storage space.</p> <p>It also identified that it&rsquo;ll include NFC capabilities, GPS, an accelerometer, compass, pedometer, barometer, and even a proximity sensor.&nbsp;</p> <p>This leak follows the buzz around the industry that HP&rsquo;s prepping for the launch of three new tablets by end September, raising question if the HP Red could be one of them. &nbsp;</p> <p>Also, although it sounds pretty fancy, we doubt the device is going to be carrying this name. The tipster claims the unit will be named HP Slate 16 and will be unveiled at the IFA 2014 event on 5 September, unlike previous rumours that have indicated at a launch sometime next month.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-s-new-pavilion-and-envy-notebook-range-combine-performance-style/news">HP&#39;s new Pavilion and Envy notebook range combine performance with style</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://playfuldroid.com/unannounced-hp-red-tablet-has-been-spotted-at-benchmark/" target="_blank">Playfuldroid!</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="Rumours of the HP Red surface again" alt="Rumours of the HP Red surface again" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hpgsm_0.jpg?1406809046" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/rumours-hp-red-surface-again/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/rumours-hp-red-surface-again/news#comments Android HP PC Tablets Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:02:10 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443757 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 things you need to know about Google's Project Tango http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street View is old hat these days - Project Tango devices will map the world around you in real-time. Allow us to explain... </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="How Project Tango will work - in the form of a lovely Stuff render" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-tango-main.jpg?1406778584" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If everything is going according to plan over at the Googleplex, app developers should soon be able to get their hands on the first tablets with Google&#39;s Project Tango tech inside.</p> <p>Tango allows a device to build up an accurate 3D&nbsp;model of its immediate surroundings, which Google says will be useful for everything from AR gaming to navigating large shopping centres. </p> <p>We imagine you&#39;ve got a few questions about that - so let us attempt to answer them for you.</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/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</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. What is Project Tango? </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 isn&#39;t content with making software for phones that can merely capture 2D photos and videos. Nor does it just want to take stereoscopic 3D snaps.</p> <p>Instead,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>&nbsp;is a bid to equip every mobile device with a powerful suite of software and sensors that can capture a complete 3D picture of the world around it, in real-time.</p> <p>Why? So you can map your house, furniture and all, simply by walking around it. Bingo - no more measuring up before going shopping for a new wardrobe.&nbsp;Or so you can avoid getting lost next time you go to the hospital - you&#39;ll have instant access to a 3D plan of its labyrinthine corridors. Or so you can easily find the &#39;unhealthy snacks&#39; section in your local megamart. Or so can play amazing augmented reality games. Or so that the visually impaired can receive extra help in getting around.</p> <p>In fact, as with most Google projects, the ways in which Tango could prove useful are only limited by your imagination. After all, who&#39;d have guessed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jul/14/google-street-view-new-photography" target="_blank">Street View would prove such a hit with artists?</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="1600" height="900" title="Project Tango accurately maps your surroundings in 3D" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-heat-map-style.jpg?1406778584" /> </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. Who&#039;s behind it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two key technology partners involved with Project Tango are Israeli imaging firm Mantis Vision and seasoned robotics engineers at Californian hiDOF.</p> <p>Inside Google, Project Tango is the work of the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) &ndash; which was formerly part of Motorola. That in turn is headed up by <a href="http://johnnylee.net/" target="_blank">Johnny Chung Lee</a>, who was once best known for his work developing Microsoft&#39;s Kinect. ATAP is also the group behind the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-project-ara/review">Project Ara</a> modular mobile phone experiment, so it&#39;s clearly <em>au fait</em> with boundary-pushing tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="The Project Tango phone specs" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-specs.jpg?1406778584" /> </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. How does the tech work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.mv4d.com/projecttango/" target="_blank">Mantis Vision&#39;s</a>&nbsp;MV4D technology currently sits at the heart of handheld 3D scanners and works by shining a grid pattern of invisible lights in front of a bank of two or more cameras to capture the topography of the world it sees &ndash; not entirely unlike what you see when putting in a Tiger Woods game.</p> <p><a href="http://hidof.com/2014/02/20/bringing-visual-slam-to-the-masses-project-tango-launches/" target="_blank">HiDOF</a>, meanwhile, specialises in software that can not only interpret the data that sort of sensor produces, but also combine it with GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope readings to produce an accurate map of your immediate surroundings in real-time.</p> <p>Doing all of this on an ARM-powered smartphone is described by the company as a &ldquo;daunting task&rdquo;.</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/Qe10ExwzCqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Can I get hold of Project Tango yet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the time of its announcement, Google said that there were 200 prototype phones going out to selected developers in the first instance, and that 4000 tablets costing US$1024 each would be available around about now. It&#39;s similar to the way in which Google Glass was launched.</p> <p>Astronauts have also been able to play around with Tango, because it&#39;s already been to space - as documented in the video above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project - mapping the human body</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/Vc5YyLl1Ksg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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. What does the tablet look like? </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&#39;s a fairly standard 7in slate with a slight wedge at the back to accommodate the extra sensors. As far as we can tell, it has three cameras including the webcam.</p> <p>Inside, it has one of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-s-3d-depth-sensing-project-tango-tablet-development-kit-unveiled/news">Nvidia&#39;s so-far-untested Tegra K1</a>&nbsp;mobile processors with a beefy 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is at pains to point out that it&#39;s not a consumer device, but one is supposedly on the way.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-io-2014/lg-will-release-consumer-version-google-s-3d-mapping-project-tango-tablet-2015">Made by LG, it is expected to arrive next year</a>.</p> <p>The phone that was sent out earlier in the year has been the subject of an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Project+Tango+Teardown/23835" target="_blank">iFixit teardown</a>, so we know more about that. For instance we know that its depth-sensing array consists of an infrared projector, 4MP rear camera and front-facing fisheye view lens with 180-degree field of vision. Physically, it&#39;s a standard phone shape but rather chunky compared to the class of 2014. More like something from about 2010</p> <p>Presumably there&#39;ll be a consumer-focused phone released next year too - Tango makes more sense on a pocketable device after all - but there&#39;s no word yet on who might make it or what it might look like.</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 Tango tablet that&#039;s available to developers..." alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/projecttango-tablet_0.jpg?1406778584" /> </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="...and the prototype Tango phone that was sent out" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-phone.jpg?1406778584" /> </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"> 6. Do I want to get hold of it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, probably not.</p> <p>Early kits are really for testing the device APIs and starting work on apps which will make use of Project Tango&#39;s new abilities.</p> <p>In the future, almost certainly.</p> <p>There are a few obvious uses for Tango mooted already &ndash; alternate reality (AR) gaming and 3D scanning are popular everyday activities &ndash; but like Street View and Maps, it&#39;s only once Tango is out there that we&#39;ll really get a feeling for the difference it can make.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="AR gaming will be one of Tango&#039;s main features" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-ar-gaming.jpg?1406778584" /> </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. If it all sounds strangely familiar… </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 been working on something similar to Project Tango for a while now, but on a much bigger scale than smartphone processors. The reason its much-vaunted&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/audi/google-drive-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">self-driving cars&nbsp;</a>work is because they can see everything that&#39;s happening around them, building on-the-fly topographical maps to avoid collisions and potholes.</p> <p>Much of the same tech has gone into Tango and indeed some of the same people have worked across both projects. Yes, we&#39;re fairly envious of their CVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Tango uses some of the same mapping tech as Google&#039;s driverless cars" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-in-car.jpg?1406778584" /> </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. What&#039;s Google after? </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>Creative Commons inventor&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim" target="_blank">Larry Lessig made the case in a TED speech</a>&nbsp;that it&#39;s easy to forget how different the world is today thanks to Google&#39;s desire to know everything.</p> <p>For instance, while many people consider some tasks &ndash; notably political reform &ndash; to be impossible, they have no problem accepting the likelihood of a single company photographing every square foot of almost every single road in the world and stitching them together to create a single image service. Which, on the face of it, should be a far harder project.&nbsp;</p> <p>The unforeseen benefits of Google&#39;s mapping odyssey include everything from being able to visit holiday destinations before booking them, to enabling home delivery in places where post offices and street names don&#39;t exist.&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Tango works - and we&#39;ve no reason to suspect it won&#39;t - it could prove every bit as revolutionary as Maps or Street View. It just might take a while for its true genius to become clear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review">Everything you need to know about Android L, Google&#39;s next mobile operating system</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/44vppay5UDc" 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/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature#comments Google Project Tango Smartphones Tablets Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443720 at http://www.stuff.tv Pirate Bay unveils mobile site, and all the other news you’ve missed http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/pirate-bay-unveils-mobile-site-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"> End your mid-week blues with our round-up of the hottest tech news </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="Pirate Bay unveils mobile site, and all the other news you’ve missed " alt="Pirate Bay unveils mobile site, and all the other news you’ve missed " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/prb2.jpeg?1406691792" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s Wednesday, you&rsquo;ve just got out of your busy long weekend and have been hit with the worst case of blues &ndash; we get it. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve decided to pick your mood up with a quick round-up of the top stories that made headlines this week.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pirate Bay moves forward with new projects </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>Legal battles worldwide are not stopping the tenacious Pirate Bay from expanding its reach. The illegal file-sharing site&rsquo;s launched a mobile version of its site, meaning there could be more attempts at illegal content downloads on smartphones and tablets. Pirate Bay&rsquo;s also looking to spin off sections of its site into their own devoted websites.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tenacious-pirate-bay-unveils-mobile-site-more-new-sites-incoming/news">Tenacious Pirate Bay unveils mobile site, more new sites incoming</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="Pirate Bay moves forward with new projects " alt="Pirate Bay moves forward with new projects " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/prb.jpeg?1406691792" /> </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"> Apple’s possibly got four new iPhone 6 models to launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brace yourselves &ndash; Apple could be launching four new iPhone 6 models instead of just two that have been speculated by many sources. Apparently, there&rsquo;s going to be an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6C, each in the 4.7in and 5.5in variants that have recently got people talking. Pinch us, it sounds too good to be true. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-may-surprise-us-not-two-four-iphone-6-units/news">Apple might surprise us with not two but FOUR iPhone 6 units&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="428" title="Apple’s possibly got four new iPhone 6 models to launch " alt="Apple’s possibly got four new iPhone 6 models to launch " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple.jpeg?1406691792" /> </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"> Microsoft cans the Surface Mini </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 has put its unlaunched Surface Mini to rest. In its latest earnings report, the company&rsquo;s indicated that it&rsquo;s decided &ldquo;not to ship a new form factor&rdquo; (obviously directed at the Surface Mini). But you never know, even though it&rsquo;s brought the unit back to the drawing board, you might see it surface in a few years. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/rip-surface-mini-now/news">RIP the Surface Mini &ndash; for now&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="604" height="453" title="Microsoft cans the Surface Mini " alt="Microsoft cans the Surface Mini " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface.jpeg?1406691792" /> </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 Sony Xperia Z3’s leaked specs may disappoint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the leaked pictures of the Sony Xperia Z3 have been exciting you, its specs aren&rsquo;t going to do justice for you. Rumours have emerged of some possible internal specs the unit could boast, but by the looks of it, they&rsquo;re pretty similar to the imminent smartphone&rsquo;s predecessor. Let&rsquo;s just hope this remains as a rumour and Sony surprises us with something phenomenal. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/you-ve-seen-pictures-alleged-sony-xperia-z3-now-here-are-specs/news">You&rsquo;ve seen pictures of the alleged Sony Xperia Z3, now here are the specs</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 Sony Xperia Z3’s leaked specs may disappoint " alt="The Sony Xperia Z3’s leaked specs may disappoint " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonyz3.jpeg?1406691792" /> </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"> There’s a Lenovo smartphone coming </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>Lenovo loves teasing its fan base &ndash; its marketing general manager, Wang Yan, has confirmed on his Weibo account by putting up a teaser image that there&rsquo;s soon going to be a Lenovo K920 flagship smartphone in the market, and that it&rsquo;ll launch on 5 August. The only other thing that it&rsquo;s revealed, is the unit&rsquo;s going to boast a 16MP back snapper. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/come-5-august-lenovo-will-unveil-its-k920-smartphone/news">Come 5 August, Lenovo will unveil its K920 smartphone</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="There’s a Lenovo smartphone coming" alt="There’s a Lenovo smartphone coming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenovo.jpeg?1406691792" /> </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/pirate-bay-unveils-mobile-site-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Lenovo Microsoft Round-up Wednesday Smartphones Sony Surface Mini Tablets Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:29:21 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443609 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has Samsung created the best Android tablet we&#039;ve ever seen? </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="We can almost smell the spices from here" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN0023.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> is still sitting pretty at the top of Stuff&#39;s Top 10 Tablet list. And Samsung doesn&#39;t like that one bit.</p> <p>While we&#39;ve lost track of how many tablets the South Korean tech giant has released over the past year, the Tab S impressed us at its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">New York launch</a>, where we had a brief look at it under the showroom lights.</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$848.00 </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"> for 32GB Wi-Fi, S$948 for 32GB LTE </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> SUPER-SLIM AND PREMIUM(ISH) </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 Tab S echoes the Galaxy S5&#39;s design, with a perforated plastic back which is available in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White.</p> <p>While the S5 has been criticised for its less-than-premium build, the Tab S is something of a different beast. You&#39;ll still get a few creaks and a bit of flex if you twist it hard enough but resist the urge to do that and it&rsquo;s every bit as sturdy as it needs to be.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also incredibly comfortable to hold in the hands, thanks to its 6.6mm thin body and featherlight weight, while the back offers reassuring grip without feeling rubbery. Even the faux brushed-metal banding which surrounds the body does a decent job of fooling both fingers and eyes.</p> <p>No, it doesn&#39;t match the build quality of the iPad Air or Xperia Tablet Z2, but it&#39;s a solid step forward nonetheless.</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="Size zero" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0008_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="View from the rear" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0002_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Otherwise, there&rsquo;s not a lot to write home about. The sides of the Tab S are home to the microSD and SIM slots, although the latter is only present in the 4G LTE versions, and Samsung has unsurprisingly stuck to its usual capacitive buttons for &lsquo;recent apps&rsquo; and &lsquo;back&rsquo;.</p> <p>These flank the physical home button, which also gives the Galaxy Tab S fingerprint-scanning powers; a first for a Samsung Tablet. Up to three fingers per user are supported, and multiple users can log on with a quick swipe of a finger, as well as paying for items online with PayPal.</p> <p>There are two circular rear click locks, called &#39;Simple Clickers&#39; on the rear, and they&#39;re Samsung&#39;s answer to magnetic covers. While snapping on covers is a little fiddly, it does offer a stronger connection than a magnet alone.</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="Simple Clicker" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0004_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="Slots &#039;n Stuff" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0006.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A JAW-DROPPING SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Put simply, the Galaxy Tab S&#39; 10.5in screen is absolutely stunning. So stunning in fact, that it was passed around the Stuff office, ogled by eyeballs and met with genuine oohs and ahhs.</p> <p>The Tab S has the world&#39;s first 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED tablet display, and it&#39;s almost sharp enough to slice lemons.&nbsp;</p> <p>The S uses an Adaptive Display mode which automatically adjusts to your surroundings. Purists will find the default colours over-saturated, but change the display settings to Basic and they become far more realistic while still remaining eye-wateringly punchy.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="396" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/GiddyActualFoxhound" width="660"></iframe></p> <p>It can also automatically adjust to environmental lighting conditions, tweaking its white balance as necessary for the ambient light. So, if you&#39;re in a coffee shop with warm yellow light for example, the Tab S will compensate by applying a cooler, bluer white tone. The demo above shows the difference between the white levels under warm and cool lighting conditions.</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="Wish we were there" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0030.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="Excuse our King binge" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0015_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Tab S&#39; AMOLED display also offers another advantage over LCD counterparts: better readability in sunlight. This is truly a tablet that you can use on the beach.</p> <p>In a direct comparison with the Retina Display of the iPad Air, it&rsquo;s mighty close. The Tab S&rsquo; true blacks serve up greater contrast and therefore more detail when it comes to still images. The iPad Air&rsquo;s whites however, are purer, and it shows up a smidgen more detail in videos, if you look closely enough.</p> <p>The Tab S wins on size however, and its aspect ratio is better suited than its Apple rival&rsquo;s for movies, with black bars becoming less of a problem.</p> <p>Overall, Samsung has provided the Tab S with one of the best tablet screens we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on, and for that, it should be applauded.</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="Good enough to eat" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0010_1.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="Text is super-sharp" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0014_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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"> A POWERFUL ENGINE, WITH A FEW STUTTERS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On paper the Galaxy Tab S has plenty of power. Its Exynos 5 Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM should handle 3D games with ease. And they do. Despite having to push all those extra pixels, 3D games such as Asphalt 8 pose no problem for the Tab S&#39; silicon.</p> <p>It&#39;s disappointing then, to see the occasional stutter and lag when it comes to UI transitions and opening apps. In particular, we noticed consistent delays in scrolling through magazines in Samsung&#39;s new PaperGarden app.</p> <p>Given that gaming poses no problems, this could be down to software-optimisation issues &ndash; but it&#39;s disappointing nonetheless. Hopefully a software update will get things running as smoothly as they should, as it&#39;s never serious enough to prove a major problem.</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="Vroom vroom" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0020.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="Oh look, a page from the world&#039;s best-selling gadget mag. Fancy that." alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0035_1.JPG?1406779689" /> </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"> A decent camera, if you insist on using it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The only justifiable excuse for using your tablet as camera is if your smartphone&#39;s lost/dead/stolen and there&#39;s no camera within a three-mile radius. In the unlikely event that you find yourself in such a predicament, the Tab S will do a good job.</p> <p>It has an 8MP sensor and takes really rather impressive shots, with sharp details and accurate colours - in well-lit conditions, that is. Low-light shots are unsurprisingly grainy, but flicking on the flash still manages to pick up detail on close subjects.</p> <p>Even the macro shots are impressive: the Tab S can focus at ludicrously close range while retaining detail. Impressive stuff for a tablet, then, but just to make it clear - we&rsquo;re not endorsing your use of it as a camera. It&rsquo;s not right.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/uHAtW/embed" width="100%"></iframe></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="Lens-tacular" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0003_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="Taking a picture of a cat mid-hunt is rather challenging" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0009_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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"> PACKED WITH SAMSUNG EXTRAS </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 you might expect, the Tab S is heavily skinned with Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz interface and packed with software extras.</p> <p>Thankfully, Samsung&#39;s blessed its latest slate with the same updated TouchWiz skin as that on the Galaxy S5, which means less bright, cartoony, garish colours, and prettier, flatter icons. It&#39;s a definite step in the right direction, though HTC&#39;s Sense 6.0 and Sony&#39;s minimalist Xperia skin still remain supreme.</p> <p>Samsung&#39;s Magazine UX also returns, and although you might be frustrated to hear that you can&#39;t switch it off, we rather like it. It&rsquo;s really useful, serving up news in clipboard-powered panels that will be instantly familiar to fans of the Flipboard app.</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="Magazine UX" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0041_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Magazine also represents a speedy way to jump into Samsung&#39;s new Papergarden app. This hosts high-quality magazines (Stuff is naturally among them), specifically formatted for the Tab S&#39; screen.</p> <p>Anyone buying the tablet gets free access to scores of new issues for a limited time, and the content really does look fantastic on such a spectacular screen; we compared identical pages from the iPad issue of Stuff, and the colours and crispness of the Tab S&#39; display blew us away.</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="Looks like a fantastic read to us" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0033_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of software tweaks, the much-loved Multi Window feature makes a triumphant return, letting you run two apps side-by-side for some genuinely useful multi-tasking. It&rsquo;s really handy for tasks such as copying addresses directly from Chrome and looking them up in Maps, and you&#39;ll find plenty of uses for it once you remember it&#39;s an option.</p> <p>You can now also drag content directly from one window to another, saving the hassle of copying and pasting content manually, which is another bonus.</p> <p>Another (potentially) useful feature is SideSync 3.0, which is an app that mirrors your Galaxy smartphone in a virtual on-screen counterpart on the Tab S.</p> <p>You can use it to transfer files between your phone and tablet, but we think the ability to make and receive calls directly from the connected Tab S is the big win here, especially if your phone is charging in another room while you&#39;re playing around on the tablet itself.</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="\0/ &lt;0/ \0&gt; \0/" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0019_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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"> 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>Screen</strong>: 10.5in 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong> Exynos 5 Octa-core (1.9GHz, 1.3GHz)</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong> 3GB</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 7,900 mAh</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> 8MP rear (1080p video), 2.1MP front</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 177.3 x 247.3 x 6.6mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 465g</p> <p><strong>Memory:</strong> 16GB (expandable with up to 128GB microSD)</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-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"> FINGER LICKIN’ 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>Like the Galaxy S5, the Tab S&#39; home button doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The scanner on the Tab S is easier to use, because we&#39;re already holding it in two hands, so there&#39;s no danger of it crash landing - a problem we faced with the S5.</p> <p>We&#39;re happy to report that our fingerprints were accurately recognised nine times out of ten, although we&#39;d still prefer a simple press of the button, iPhone 5s-style, as opposed to having to swipe across it.</p> <p>The Tab S also supports multiple profiles, with each user having their own media and apps fenced off from other profiles. Each profile can be accessed with a secure fingerprint swipe - but rather annoyingly, you have to manually select your profile from the lock screen before swiping.&nbsp;</p> <p>We expected the Tab S to automatically unlock into whichever profile is associated with the fingerprint used, and while choosing the correct profile before swiping only takes a few seconds, it would be nice if it was a more seamless experience.</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="It works!" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0040.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stamina in spades </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 Tab S&#39; 7900mAh battery is very impressive indeed. It conked out after a marathon 12 hours and 18 minutes in our video rundown test, which involves looping a video with Wi-Fi on and all email accounts set to sync.&nbsp;</p> <p>With regular use it&#39;ll last you two days easily, and it&#39;s nice knowing that you don&#39;t have to fret about sorting out emergency charges while you&#39;re out and about.</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="Duracell Bunny DNA" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0043_0.JPG?1406779689" /> </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"> 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>Samsung has blessed the Galaxy Tab with one of the best tablet screens we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on. It&#39;s stunning. Razor-sharp, vibrant, with pure blacks, it&#39;s a work of art that&#39;s a pleasure to behold.</p> <p>While its plastic design is still easily bested by the aluminium iPad, its thin, lightweight body and grippy, dimpled rear are pleasant to hold, and it&#39;s still a handsome slice of tech.</p> <p>Even its camera (which resides near the bottom of the tablet priority list) is impressive, taking detailed snaps with accurate colours.</p> <p>Throw in its incredible stamina, and you could arguably call it the perfect tablet. Well almost.</p> <p>The tablet app selection on Apple&rsquo;s App store is still far superior to the offerings on the Play Store.</p> <p>Performance niggles also spoil things a bit, although thankfully gaming isn&#39;t affected. If Samsung irons those out in future iterations, continues to trim down its UI, and throws everything into a metal body, then it could very well have an iPad Air-killer on its hands.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for a large Android tablet right now, though, then there&#39;s no better option. Nicely done, Samsung. Nicely done.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We sort of want to lick the screen..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0026.JPG?1406779689" /> </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="Cinnamon challenge, anyone?" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0027.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </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"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>A super-slim build, spectacular screen, and a marathon battery make the Tab S the new Android tablet king</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 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"> Has Samsung created the best Android tablet we&#039;ve ever seen? </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/DSCN0023.JPG?1406779689" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review#comments Samsung Tablets Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443437 at http://www.stuff.tv MWC 2014: Asus lifts lid on ZenFone, Fonepad 7 and PadFone mini http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-asus-lifts-lid-zenfone-fonepad-7-and-padfone-mini/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 25/07: The PadFone mini&#039;s priced at S$399, and you can get your hands on it in Singapore from 26 July </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="MWC 2014: Asus lifts lid on ZenFone, Fonepad 7 and PadFone mini " alt="MWC 2014: Asus lifts lid on ZenFone, Fonepad 7 and PadFone mini " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ZenFone%20FonePad%20mini.jpg?1406254316" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus had three items on show at the Mobile World Congress 2014, all three being smartphones. The ZenFone, Fonepad 7 and PadFone mini.</p> <p>The FonePad 7 is basically an update of its popular mass-market, budget phablet. This iteration comes with LTE, while maintaining the HD IPS screens of earlier versions. The LTE version has a 1.6GHz processor while the 3G version has a 1.2GHz processor instead.</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"> Asus ZenFone series offers plenty of colour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the ZenFone, it is not just one phone but a line of phones with screens that range from four to six inches, with various colours to choose from.</p> <p>You can choose from either the ZenFone 4, the ZenFone 5, and the ZenFone 6. While all the phones use Asus PixelMaster camera technology, the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 have an additional low-light mode to help create better pictures in less ideal light conditions.</p> <p>Pricing has yet to be announced but we will keep you updated.</p> <p><strong>UPDATED 25/07: </strong>The PadFone mini&#39;s priced at S$399, and you can get your hands on it in Singapore from 26 July. You&#39;ve got a choice between the black and white units and you can pick it up from all Asus brand stores,&nbsp;M1 and StarHub stores, as well as on Asus&#39; official online store.&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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FonePad%205.jpg?1406254316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-asus-lifts-lid-zenfone-fonepad-7-and-padfone-mini/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-asus-lifts-lid-zenfone-fonepad-7-and-padfone-mini/news#comments Android Asus MWC 2014 Padfone Smartphones Tablets Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:11:31 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432807 at http://www.stuff.tv RIP the Surface Mini – for now http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/rip-surface-mini-now/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft confirms the canning of its small tablet in annual earnings report </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="RIP the Surface Mini – for now" alt="RIP the Surface Mini – for now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-mini-case-amazon_0_0.jpg?1406163277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don&rsquo;t suggest you spend your day reading Microsoft&rsquo;s earnings report (spoiler alert: revenue is up, profits are down) but among the dreariness is one piece of bad news that caught our eye: confirmation that the Surface Mini tablet has been axed.</p> <p>The report reads: &ldquo;Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from a transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.&rdquo;</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"> Surface tension </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 did of course see a new 12in Surface Pro 3 tablet this year (the &ldquo;newer generation device&rdquo; mentioned) but there was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-mini-outed-amazon-listing/news">strong evidence</a> to suggest that it&rsquo;d be accompanied by an all-new 7in or 8in Surface.</p> <p>Such a device never materialised, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/so-where-s-surface-mini/news">rumour has it</a> it was pulled from the May launch at the last minute due to being, well, not different enough to what was already available from other manufacturers &ndash; but not before Microsoft had manufactured between 15,000 and 20,000 units.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not shipping&rdquo; does not mean that the Surface Mini is totally dead, of course, but we&rsquo;d be very surprised if we saw it launched anytime soon. Microsoft seems to have taken its smaller tablet back to the drawing board, and we don&rsquo;t expect to see it unveiled until 2015 (if ever).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/PressReleaseAndWebcast/FY14/Q4/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on 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-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/microsoft/rip-surface-mini-now/news#comments Microsoft Surface Mini Tablets Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443096 at http://www.stuff.tv Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beefy Tegra K1 processor powers what Nvidia calls “the first tablet designed for gamers” </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="Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-shield-tablet-main.jpg?1406083797" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">long-rumoured</a> Nvidia Shield Tablet has finally been officially announced &ndash; and it&rsquo;s something of a gaming powerhouse.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The tablet runs on Android, giving it access to all the apps and games on Google&rsquo;s Play Store, but it&rsquo;s also able to play PC games through Nvidia GameStream technology. Essentially, if your PC is equipped with one of Nvidia&rsquo;s recent GeForce GTX graphics cards, you can wirelessly stream games to the Shield Tablet. And then there&rsquo;s Console Mode, which allows you to play these PC games or native Android titles on your TV via the Shield Tablet&rsquo;s HDMI output.</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/VohrddwVQqg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nvidia, aware that many gamers don&rsquo;t much like touchscreen controls, has built a wireless Shield controller. Up to four of these can connect to a single Shield Tablet for multiplayer gaming, and each one has a headset input. Prop the tablet up on its kickstand and you&rsquo;ve got a portable console.</p> <p>The Shield Tablet can be pre-ordered now from <a href="http://shield.nvidia.co.uk/buy-now/" target="_blank">Nvidia&rsquo;s UK site</a>. A 16GB Wi-Fi version costs &pound;240 (S$508) and a 32GB Wi-Fi and 4G LTE edition is &pound;300 (S$634) (both models have a microSD slot for expanding the storage). The Shield wireless controller is &pound;50 (S$106), and a magnetic cover that doubles as a kickstand is &pound;25 (S$53).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">The 30 best free Android games</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="The Nvidia Shield Tablet has the insanely powerful Tegra K1 at its heart" alt="The Nvidia Shield Tablet has the insanely powerful Tegra K1 at its heart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-shield-tegra.jpg?1406083797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news#comments Android Gaming Nvidia Tablets Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443005 at http://www.stuff.tv Is HP’s upcoming taptop named HP Red? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-s-upcoming-taptop-named-hp-red/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sources say HP’s working on a laptop/tablet hybrid, and it’s spec filled </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="Is this HP’s upcoming taptop named HP Red? " alt="Is this HP’s upcoming taptop named HP Red? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp_1.jpg?1406019835" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s a massive tablet, no it&rsquo;s a mini convertible laptop; well maybe it&rsquo;s a taptop. If we&rsquo;re already confusing you, HP&rsquo;s not making it any easier with the new device it&rsquo;s apparently working on. &nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a hybrid taptop </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 that&rsquo;s a pretty decent set of specs, there&rsquo;s more. The purported HP Red device might also boast NFC capabilities, GPS, an accelerometer, compass, pedometer, barometer, and even a proximity sensor. We&rsquo;re not sure how these features will come in handy on such a massive piece of technology, but we&rsquo;re hoping HP sets the record straight soon.</p> <p>GFXBench also indicated that the device won&rsquo;t be a low end piece of technology like a lot of the company&rsquo;s recent launches so be prepared to fork out a wad of cash if it&rsquo;s something you&rsquo;re interested in.</p> <p>Of course, this could be a project of HP&rsquo;s that never comes to light but we can only judge once HP actually outs the Red.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-will-soon-bring-free-4g-data-singapore-its-hp-datapass/news">HP will soon bring 4G data to Singapore with its HP DataPass &nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_red_gets_benchmarked_sports_16_screen_and_runs_android-news-9074.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Is this HP’s upcoming taptop named HP Red? " alt="Is this HP’s upcoming taptop named HP Red? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hpgsm.jpg?1406019835" /> </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/hp/hp-s-upcoming-taptop-named-hp-red/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-s-upcoming-taptop-named-hp-red/news#comments HP Laptops Tablets Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:55:42 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442716 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus’ ZenFone 5 and Transformer Book T100 have reached Singapore shores http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenfone-5-and-transformer-book-t100-have-reached-singapore-shores/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 18/07: The Transformer Book T100 will be available in white and red in Singapore from the 19 July for S$599, while the ZenFone 5 is priced at S$249 </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="Asus’ ZenFone 5 and Transformer Book T100 have reached Singapore shores" alt="Asus’ ZenFone 5 and Transformer Book T100 have reached Singapore shores" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ZenF.jpg?1405663459" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus is launching its device battalion in installments &ndash; just a few days back, the Taiwanese-American multi-national company made the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/singapore-asus-memo-pad-8-and-transformer-pad-tf103-are-here/news">Asus MeMO Pad 8 and Transformer Pad TF103 tablets available in Singapore</a>, and now, it&rsquo;s done the same for the ZenFone 5 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Transformer Book T100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the other hand, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Transformer Book T100</a> is now available at all Asus authorised stores and Asus brand stores, priced at S$599 &ndash; which might be a good bargain if you can&rsquo;t decide between getting a laptop or a tablet.</p> <p>Because, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a 10.1in ultraportable laptop, with a detachable HD 1366 x 768 display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet. It also features an updated Intel Atom&nbsp;&lsquo;Bay-Trail&rsquo; quad-core processor, and Asus Instant On technology.</p> <p>With Asus making all these tactical moves, we&rsquo;re wondering what the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">vendor has got up its sleeves</a> for Singapore in the near future.&nbsp;</p> <p>UPDATED 18/07: The Transformer Book T100 will be available in white and red in Singapore from the 19 July. The white version will be available at all Asus authorised stores and Asus brand stores, while the white version will be exclusive to Best Denki.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature">Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V</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="Asus’ ZenFone 5 and Transformer Book T100 have reached Singapore shores" alt="Asus’ ZenFone 5 and Transformer Book T100 have reached Singapore shores" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transformer_1.jpg?1405663459" /> </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/asus/asus-zenfone-5-and-transformer-book-t100-have-reached-singapore-shores/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenfone-5-and-transformer-book-t100-have-reached-singapore-shores/news#comments Asus Laptops Smartphones Tablets Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:03:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441240 at http://www.stuff.tv Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/will-nvidia-s-android-gaming-tablet-also-play-pc-titles/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC claims forthcoming device can “link up” with external graphics card for visual boost </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="Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles?" alt="Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-project-shield-hands-on-01_0_0.jpg?1405388841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few days ago we heard the first rumour rumblings about a forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">Nvidia Shield gaming tablet</a>. Well, now the BBC has weighed in with some lofty claims about the device &ndash; the most interesting of which is that it&rsquo;ll be able to play PC games.</p> <p>The BBC report claims the tablet will run on Android but be able to play graphically advanced PC games by wirelessly linking up to a computer. It&rsquo;s thought, however, that the computer will need a powerful (and pricey) Nvidia graphics card.</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"> The catch is... </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 sounds as if the system is essentially a tweaked version of the existing <a href="http://www.geforce.co.uk/geforce-experience" target="_blank">GeForce Experience</a>, a setup that allows US and Canada-based owners of the Nvidia Shield to stream PC games to their device. Currently, these owners will need to be running a PC equipped with one of the following Nvidia GPUs: GeForce Titan, GTX 700, GTX 600, GTX 800M, GTX 700M or certain GTX 600M models.</p> <p>The tablet will also be able to run Android games natively, of course. The BBC also claims it&rsquo;ll run on Nvidia&rsquo;s beefy new Tegra K1 processor (which comes with a 192-core GPU powerful enough to run Unreal Engine 4 games) and that the company will offer a &ldquo;budget-priced&rdquo; controller add-on.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on any further developments in this story.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28290861">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">Nvidia Shield video review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/android/will-nvidia-s-android-gaming-tablet-also-play-pc-titles/news#comments Android Gaming Nvidia Tablets Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:55:44 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442118 at http://www.stuff.tv 30 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 Z2 or any other Android device? Then you need to download these 30 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="30 free apps for Android" alt="30 free apps for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/25-free-apps-for-android-main-001.jpg?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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?1405904449" /> </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"> 30 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?1405904449" /> </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 Tablets Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:19:28 +0000 Elissa Loi 1441705 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone's camera http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s adding on to the list of powers available on Android Wear with an update </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="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" alt="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/unname.jpg?1405070230" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thus far, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android-wear">Android Wear smartwatches</a>&nbsp;let you check your messages, feed you notifications or even reciprocated your demands while you bark orders into it. Now, it can do one more &ndash; manipulate your Android smartphone&#39;s camera.</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"> So much power on one small device </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>Its start-up is pretty simple too; opening the Google Camera app on your device will automatically launch the app on the smartwatch. You will see a card for remote capture appear on the Android Wear smartwatch, which you can use to snap a picture by tapping on the enlarged shutter icon.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to fumble with your smartwatch while trying to smile or pose for the shot at the same time. It comes with a countdown, so you have plenty of time to transition between setting up the shot and getting your best selfie face ready.&nbsp;After the phone takes the picture, you&rsquo;ll be able to preview image on your wrist.</p> <p>Can&rsquo;t wait to get snapping? You can now download the update for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.GoogleCamera&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Camera from Google Play</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear-googles-beautiful-smartwatch-operating-system/feat">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/10/android-wear-google-phone-camera/" 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="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="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" alt="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwearamera.jpg?1405070230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/you-can-now-control-your-phone-s-camera-using-your-android-wear-smartwatch/news#comments Android Android Wear Apps and Games Google Smartphones Smartwatch Tablets Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:12:35 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441728 at http://www.stuff.tv Qwerkywriter brings back old school typewriter magic to your notebook and tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/qwerkywriter-brings-back-old-school-typewriter-magic/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you want the romance of a typewriter without needing to actually lug one around, this just might be your thing </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="Qwerkywriter brings back old school typewriter magic to your notebook and tablet" alt="Qwerkywriter brings back old school typewriter magic to your notebook and tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/typewriter_01_1.jpg?1405068942" /> </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/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is this typewriter an attempt at swaying hipsters with faux vintage cool?</strong><br />We&#39;ll have you know that typewriters are great. There is nothing quite like the tactile feeling of fingers to keys, sliding the paperholder, the satisfying chime of the return bar. But let&#39;s get real; typewriters are heavy and can&#39;t connect to Bluetooth.</p> <p><strong>So you&#39;re saying this Qwerkywriter connects to Bluetooth?</strong><br />It&#39;s not a typewriter on its own but a keyboard that connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices. Like your iPad.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But why do I want this again?</strong><br />If you do a lot of writing, the tactile feedback of this might make you happy. We&#39;re talking an 84-key, mechanical keyboard that emulates that old-time typewriter clicky feel with gorgeous chrome accented round keycaps. It only weighs 3lb (1.36kg) and supports any tablet up to 5/8 inches. For Apple users, there are alternate CMD keys if that&#39;s your thing.</p> <p><strong>So you slot the tablet into the paper holder... holy crap, it&#39;s going to eat the tablet!</strong><br />......<br />Really? Come on, it&#39;s just a slot to hold your tablet, either in portrait or landscape orientation.</p> <p><strong>Tablets only? Meh...</strong><br />Okay, so that slot can only hold tablets. But this keyboard also comes with a USB port, allowing you to connect it to a desktop, notebook or PC via a USB connection.</p> <p><strong>What&#39;s the best thing about this keyboard?</strong><br />The custom keys. Cherry MX Blue switches help provide that typewriter feel and being custom-made, you won&#39;t see anything quite like it in stores.</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="Qwerkywriter brings back old school typewriter magic to your notebook and tablet" alt="Qwerkywriter brings back old school typewriter magic to your notebook and tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type8a.jpg?1405068942" /> </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="Qwerkywriter stand" alt="Qwerkywriter stand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type2.jpg?1405263781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Tablets fit snugly " alt="Tablets fit snugly " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type3.jpg?1405263781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="Left profile" alt="Left profile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type4.jpg?1405068942" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Custom keys?? Shut up and take my money!</strong><br />The <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/954250822/the-qwerkywriter-typewriter-inspired-mechanical-ke?ref=popular" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> is over but you can still pay to pre-order one. Pay US$309 is a lot to pay for a mere tablet keyboard, but you cannot measure its true value purely on price. The nostalgia, the feel of the keys clicking with every tap and not to mention the hipster vibe. Plus, it&#39;s a decent discount considering the final retail price will likely be US$399.</p> <p><strong>And it&#39;s available when?</strong><br />August 2015. Okay, now you can utter meeeeh and twiddle your thumb. On the bright side, you have enough time to procure a pipe and a monocole, and you&#39;re all set to act the part of a famous playwright from the days of yore.</p> <p><strong>Days of yore... *groan*</strong><br />Okay, we admit, that was lame. But hey, if you want something more cutting-edge, check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/worlds-slimmest-keyboard-thin-enough-give-you-paper-cut/news">world&#39;s slimmest keyboard that&#39;s thin enough to give you a paper cut</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff">MORE HOT STUFF THAT GOES CLICKITY CLACK</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Looks right at home on your desk" alt="Looks right at home on your desk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type5.jpg?1405263781" /> </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="PCs not supported quite yet" alt="PCs not supported quite yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type6.jpg?1405263781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Custom chrome keys" alt="Custom chrome keys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type7.jpg?1405263781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="Bluetooth functionality" alt="Bluetooth functionality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/type8.jpg?1405068942" /> </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/qwerkywriter-brings-back-old-school-typewriter-magic/news#comments Hot Stuff Tablets Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:27:25 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1441722 at http://www.stuff.tv Now uncharged gadgets are banned from UK flights too http://www.stuff.tv/sg/now-uncharged-gadgets-are-banned-uk-flights-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British authorities follow US in saying, “charge your phone and laptop batteries before flying” </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="Now uncharged gadgets are banned from UK flights too" alt="Now uncharged gadgets are banned from UK flights too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ba-plane.jpg?1404953435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning on flying to or from a British airport in the near future, here&rsquo;s a word of warning: make sure any gadgets you&rsquo;re bringing aboard have enough battery power to be turned on.</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"> Better safe than sorry </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>Originally, British Airways had announced that any travellers with an uncharged gadget wouldn&rsquo;t even be allowed to board their flight. The airline has since backed down from this position, but insists that any uncharged devices will have to be left behind.</p> <p>The new measures are reportedly a response to new &ndash; but unspecified &ndash; terrorist bomb threats. Only selected routes appear to be subject to the new protocol, but which routes these are remains a mystery: so the smart thing for any traveller to do is ensure every gadget they&rsquo;re bringing with them is charged up.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10955485/Mobiles-could-be-banned-on-all-flights-from-Britain.html">The Telegraph</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/now-uncharged-gadgets-are-banned-uk-flights-too/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/now-uncharged-gadgets-are-banned-uk-flights-too/news#comments Laptops Smartphones Tablets Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:22:29 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1441581 at http://www.stuff.tv