Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/all en-SG Sony may have three water-resistant devices coming soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-may-have-three-water-resistant-devices-coming-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That’s what we made out from its word search-like IFA teaser </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="Sony may have three water-resistant devices coming soon" alt="Sony may have three water-resistant devices coming soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gs.jpg?1409288635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/" target="_blank">IFA 2014</a> just days away, tech companies are trying to outdo each other with their pre-event marketing. And Sony&rsquo;s one of them &ndash; it&rsquo;s released a new teaser that hints at not one, but three new upcoming water-resistant devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We do the guesswork for you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Could they be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/glimpse-next-mini-smartphone-king-sony-xperia-z3-compact-gets-shot-wild/news">Xperia Z3 Compact</a>&nbsp;and the Xperia Z3 compact tablet? Rumours and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">spyshots have been circulating of the Z3</a> even though the Z2 was only introduced this April, but sources are speculating that the device <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/you-ve-seen-pictures-alleged-sony-xperia-z3-now-here-are-specs/news">won&rsquo;t be much of an upgrade from its predecessor</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve also got a glimpse of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/glimpse-next-mini-smartphone-king-sony-xperia-z3-compact-gets-shot-wild/news">Xperia Z3 Compact mini-smartphone</a> in a bunch of leaked snaps, so it&#39;ll come as no surprise to us should Sony pull it out of its bag of tricks.</p> <p>As for the third device, that&rsquo;s the most intriguing to us because there&#39;s been barely any speculations on it. We&rsquo;re taking a stab in the dark that it&rsquo;s the Xperia Z3 compact tablet.</p> <p>The video also indicated 07:MM:06:14, perhaps referring to the thickness of the devices &ndash; the current Xperia Z2 sits at 8.2mm, so a 7mm range is a possibility. Then again, maybe we&rsquo;re reading way too much into it and should just let nature take its course.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/10-choice-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ifa_teaser_hints_at_three_waterresistant_devices-news-9490.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kajjMuZx8nY" 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/sony/sony-may-have-three-water-resistant-devices-coming-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-may-have-three-water-resistant-devices-coming-soon/news#comments IFA 2014 Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:27:23 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446115 at http://www.stuff.tv 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?1409279336" /> </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?1409279336" /> </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?1409279336" /> </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?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409279336" /> </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?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409279336" /> </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?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409279336" /> </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 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440947 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus’ ZenFone 5 LTE and Transformer Book Flip land in Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenfone-5-lte-and-transformer-book-flip-land-singapore/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The company keeps surprising us with its product rollouts </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 LTE and Transformer Book Flip land in Singapore" alt="Asus’ ZenFone 5 LTE and Transformer Book Flip land in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TP300_18.jpg?1409205136" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus is on a roll when it comes to unveiling an assortment of devices this year &ndash; having just brought in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenfone-5-and-transformer-book-t100-have-reached-singapore-shores/news">ZenFone 5 and Transformer Book T100 </a>to Singapore recently, it&rsquo;s now announced that the ZenFone 5 LTE and Transformer Book Flip has reached our shores.</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"> Faster speeds with the Asus ZenFone 5 LTE </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Asus ZenFone 5 LTE, it&rsquo;s basically a LTE version of the ZenFone 5 3G unit &ndash; a first for the ZenFone range.</p> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t heard about the ZenFone 5 yet, it&rsquo;s a smartphone that has a 5in HD 1280 x 720 IPS display, a 8MP PixelMaster back camera and a 2MP front snapper, up to 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and an Adreno 305 graphics processor.</p> <p>The LTE version is updated with a Qualcomm&nbsp;Snapdragon&nbsp;400 quad-core processor and also comes with an anti-fingerprint coating and GloveTouch technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ZenFone 5 LTE&nbsp;will come in four colours &ndash; Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red and Champagne Gold &ndash; and will be available from Best Denki, Challenger, Newstead, Asus brand stores, Asus&rsquo; official online store and Lazada from 30 August.</p> <p>Prices will start from S$249 for the 1GB RAM ZenFone 5 LTE to S$299 for the 2GB RAM ZenFone 5 LTE. In addition, all three major telcos will carry the LTE device at a range of mobile price plans. Bang for buck, we&rsquo;d say.&nbsp;</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="708" height="425" title="Faster speeds with the Asus ZenFone 5 LTE" alt="Faster speeds with the Asus ZenFone 5 LTE" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZenFone5_Family.jpg?1409205136" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-lte-and-transformer-book-flip-land-singapore/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenfone-5-lte-and-transformer-book-flip-land-singapore/news#comments Asus Laptops Smartphones Tablets Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:49:56 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446048 at http://www.stuff.tv Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fuhu-releasing-giant-family-oriented-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Big Tab may be a big draw for big families </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" alt="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nabi.jpg?1408688122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s called the Big Tab and it comes in some really big 20-inch and 24-inch full HD variants that are meant to be a centerpiece for your home and your family. In a household with small children and the adults might be spending a little too much time on their devices, the tablet encourages greater interaction between family members &ndash; using technology to bring the family together rather than isolate them.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child-protection, built-in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-180a86c8-fc51-c55d-c1a6-015a13570ddb">The tablet runs in two modes &ndash; one for the adults and one for the kids (which is called nabi mode, for some reason). Parent mode is simply the average Android tablet functionality and holds performs as you&#39;d expect the average tablet to. Swipe to the right to pull up Nabi mode which is basically a launcher for all the apps you want your kids to use.</p> <p>Nabi is the main draw of the tablet, featuring a slew of activities for your kids including several educational games and apps. The Wings Learning System features more than 17,000 lessons in Reading, Writing and Math starting from pre-K. Big Canvas lets your children draw, animate and create or edit videos. A Chore List app lets parents set a list of tasks for their kids to complete, for whatever general purpose parents might need.</p> <p>Nabi mode is rather robust, featuring video/audio playback capability letting you set appropriate media for your children to view and shipping with age-appropriate Disney and Cartoon Network videos out of the box. It also features classic games like chess and checkers as well as less traditional games like air hockey. Children doing well in the education apps also earn Nabi coins which they can use to purchase games and videos as curated by their parents.</p> <p>For all that functionality, the Nabi 20&rdquo; and 24&rdquo; will ship out at USD$449 and USD$549 respectively.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets">For all things tablet, we&#39;re the place to go</a></p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/19/fuhu-unveils-the-worlds-biggest-android-tablet-made-for-family-collaboration-socialization" target="_blank">Techcrunch</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" alt="Fuhu releasing a giant family-oriented tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nabi_02.jpg?1408688122" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fuhu-releasing-giant-family-oriented-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fuhu-releasing-giant-family-oriented-tablet/news#comments Android Tablets Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:15:23 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445596 at http://www.stuff.tv Will a tablet cost less than US$35 (S$44)? Yes, says analysts http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets-will-soon-be-priced-us35-s44-and-below-analyst/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the near future, you&#039;ll only need to skip one expensive buffet to afford an inexpensive slate </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="Will a tablet cost less than US$35 (S$44)? Yes, says analyst" alt="Will a tablet cost less than US$35 (S$44)? Yes, says analyst" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/XOtablet.jpg?1408618070" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just a few years ago, we would have laughed off any insinuation of tablets costing less than hearty three-course meal. In today&#39;s evolving tech world, anything is possible - like a 7in tablet that costs less than US$35. Yes, much less than the budget-friendly US$149 (S$186) XO Tablet from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets-will-soon-be-priced-us35-s44-and-below-analyst/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets-will-soon-be-priced-us35-s44-and-below-analyst/news#comments Tablets Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:10:07 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445493 at http://www.stuff.tv The new Nook tablet is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/barnes-noble/new-nook-tablet-rebranded-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-70/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s first Nook hardware for Barnes &amp; Noble is out today in U.S. </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-nook-front.jpg?1408593365" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bookseller Barnes &amp; Noble has lost a lot of money over the past several years, so to keep the Nook brand alive, the company has decided to stop producing its own hardware. That&rsquo;s where Samsung comes in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s available in white and black, and sells for the same price in the States - US$179 (about S$224) with the instant discount factored in. What might make this version a bit more appealing is the bundle of free content, which Barnes &amp; Noble values at more than US$200 (S$250), including free eBooks, episodes of television series, and trial magazine subscriptions, plus a US$5 (S$6) Nook Store credit.</p> <p>No mention yet of a release outside the United States, but unless you want to wait for the possibility of a Singapore-centric batch of media freebies, the standard Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 accomplishes the same thing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/samsung-galaxy-tab-4-nook-barnes-noble/1119732448">Barnes &amp; Noble</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-sony-sued-because-killzone-isn-t-1080p-enough-new-nook-glowlight-launches-89-a">Fully Charged: Sony sued because Killzone isn&rsquo;t 1080p enough, new Nook GlowLight launches for &pound;89, and Batman v Superman moved up</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="700" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-nook-side.jpg?1408593365" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/barnes-noble/new-nook-tablet-rebranded-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-70/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/barnes-noble/new-nook-tablet-rebranded-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-70/news#comments Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab Samsung Tablets Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445476 at http://www.stuff.tv Manchester United bans tablets and laptops on Old Trafford grounds http://www.stuff.tv/sg/man-utd-bans-tablets-and-laptops-old-trafford-grounds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The club has imposed the rule as a result of security concerns </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="Man Utd bans tablets and laptops on Old Trafford grounds" alt="Man Utd bans tablets and laptops on Old Trafford grounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad_1.jpg?1408064816" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Manchester United fans, if you&rsquo;re ever watching the game from Old Trafford stadium, there&rsquo;s a new rule you&rsquo;ve got to abide by &ndash; no laptops, no tablets. That&rsquo;s right &ndash; you&rsquo;ve got to leave your iPads and such similar devices at home.</p> <p>Why? Because the club&rsquo;s imposing &ldquo;security intelligence&rdquo; because many sports fans have been increasingly using their iPads and similar devices to photograph and record large portions of games in stadiums that could possibly break copyright laws.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What tech can be brought in? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The club issued a statement on its website, stating that the ban encompasses all large and small tablets, including the iPad mini, in addition to larger electronic devices. The silver lining is that this means you will be able to bring in your smartphones (we hear huge sighs of relief).</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s a restriction around that too &ndash; it&rsquo;s not like you can bring your phablets in &ndash; the smartphones&rsquo; dimensions must be smaller than 5.9in by 3.9in, so if you bring in the likes of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review">Nokia Lumia 1520</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>, or a Samsung Galaxy Mega, it will get booted out.</p> <p>Fans were also sent an email ahead of the Manchester United vs Valencia game, which provided details of the policy change. &ldquo;We want to make you aware of an update to our club policy regarding home matches. Supporters cannot bring large electronic devices inside the stadium,&rdquo; it read.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re guessing many of you supporters aren&rsquo;t going to be ecstatic over its decision.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/manchester-uniteds-new-manager-spends-500000-keep-players-under-video-surveillance/news">Manchester United&#39;s new coach spends&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/manchester-uniteds-new-manager-spends-500000-keep-players-under-video-surveillance/news">&pound;500,000 on video cameras&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://au.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/24710616/man-utd-ban-laptops-tablets-over-security-fears/" target="_blank">Yahoo Sports</a>, <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/08/13/soccer/man-united-bans-laptops-tablets/#.U-wT8sfEaRc" target="_blank">The Japan Times</a>, and <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2722077/Manchester-United-BAN-supporters-bringing-Ipads-tablet-devices-Old-Trafford-ahead-new-season.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Online</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="429" title="Man Utd bans tablets and laptops on Old Trafford grounds" alt="Man Utd bans tablets and laptops on Old Trafford grounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/traff.jpg?1408064816" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/man-utd-bans-tablets-and-laptops-old-trafford-grounds/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/man-utd-bans-tablets-and-laptops-old-trafford-grounds/news#comments Laptops Tablets Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:54:55 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444795 at http://www.stuff.tv Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way http://www.stuff.tv/sg/finally-reversible-usb-cables-are-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Type-C connector could spell the end for hapless fumbling at the back of your PC </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="Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way" alt="Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/usb-logo.jpg?1407982217" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a new type of USB connector on the way &ndash; and it&rsquo;s able to work both ways.</p> <p>Yes, unlike all current USB connectors, the cable will connect when facing up or down, which should limit those frustrating &ldquo;is it in?&rdquo; situations. Stop laughing at the back.</p> <p>The connector is called USB Type-C and the USB 3.0 Promotor Group has just announced that its specification has been completed. That means the blueprint is in place, and the first step towards it becoming the next generation of USB ha been taken.</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 group claims that the Type-C connector, similar in size to micro USB 2.0, is slim enough for mobile devices like smartphones and compact digital cameras but &ldquo;robust enough&rdquo; for larger devices like laptops and tablets. It also supports power up to 100W and data transfer of 10Gbps (the same as USB 3.1). Cables and adapters will allow it to work with existing USB connector types.</p> <p>According to the Promotor Group, it&#39;s already had representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">Internet of Things</a> industries &ldquo;knocking down our door&rdquo; in anticipation of the new standard, although a specific date for its arrival on upcoming products is yet to be set.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.usb.org/press/USB_Type-C_Specification_Announcement_Final.pdf" target="_blank">USB.org</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</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="Here&#039;s what Type-C USB will look like" alt="Here&#039;s what Type-C USB will look like" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/usb-type-c.jpg?1407982217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/finally-reversible-usb-cables-are-way/news#comments Desktops Laptops Smartphones Tablets Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:09:37 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444787 at http://www.stuff.tv New Skylanders starter pack injects tablets with console gaming powers http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Distracting the kids on long journeys just got a hell of a lot easier </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 were born too late" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/STT_Tablet_and_Portal_FINAL_HiRes_1407773098.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of your kids dominating the family games console? Then you&#39;re going to love the&nbsp;<em>Skylanders Trap Team</em> Tablet Starter pack.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As players build up the whole set, each character is transported into the <em>Skylanders</em> world the minute the figurine is placed on the portal.</p> <p>Once summoned, gamers have the option to either use on-screen controls, or they can dock their tablets into the side of the portal stand and use a physical Bluetooth controller - with thumbsticks and rear triggers - to progress through the game.</p> <p>Both the controller and portal will work across iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, so there shouldn&#39;t be any compatibility issues when Android children cross over to Apple territory on a play date.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Skylander with two Trap pieces" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SST_SnapShot_KShot_FINAL_HiRes_1407773120.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The whole setup" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STT_Tablet_Lifestyle-Photo-2_1407773108.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Having seen the game running on an iPad Mini with Retina Display in the flesh here at Gamescom 2014, we can vouch for Activision&#39;s claim that the tablet version is graphically just as impressive as its Xbox One and PS4 counterparts.</p> <p>You can even hook up your tablet of choice to a TV, essentially turning the whole package into a very portable, hassle-free games console.</p> <p>The starter pack will be available to snap up from 10 October for &pound;65 (S$137), while individual Trap Master toys can be picked up for &pound;15 (S$32). Core Skylander toys will have a &pound;10 (S$21) price tag, while Trap toys will be &pound;6 (S$13).&nbsp;</p> <p>A free trial of the tablet version will also be available&nbsp;to download from the 10th October, so that&nbsp;young gamers can test it before buying. It&#39;ll come with a few in-built characters, but Activision is obviously hoping that once hooked, your kids will demand the full experience, figurines and all.&nbsp; <p>In the meantime, we&#39;re going to have a nice long grumble about how all we had to play with in our day were sticks, rocks, and bees.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview with multiplayer-hands-on</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="On iPad" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skylanders-Trap-Team_Tablet_Snap-Shot_1407773227.jpg?1407895236" /> </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"> Supported tablets at launch </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>Apple iPad 3rd gen onwards (including iPad Mini Retina)<br />Apple iPad Air<br />Kindle Fire HDX (7in and 8.9in)<br />Google Nexus 7<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4in, 10.1in, 12.2in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4in, 10.5in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1<br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news#comments Android games Apps and Games Gamescom 2014 Gaming iOS games Tablets Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444700 at http://www.stuff.tv SingTel's new and steeper mobile plans waive 4G payment in Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/singtel-new-cheaper-plans-waive-4g-payment-singapore/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The catch? You&#039;re actually paying a bit more per month but you also get unlimited Wi-Fi access at selected locations till 31 July 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="SingTel&#039;s new mobile plans waives 4G payment in Singapore" alt="SingTel&#039;s new mobile plans waives 4G payment in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/singtel_0.jpg?1407841413" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>SingTel will soon axe its existing Flexi mobile plans and replace them with six new Combo mobile plans. More importantly, it&#39;s also waiving any 4G charges for its new and existing subscribers.</p> <p>True story. Even existing subscribers or those who re-contract before the new plans are activated won&#39;t be paying more for faster internet access on-the-go. Plus, you get more local talktime and&nbsp;SMSes with these new plans too.</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"> Where&#039;s the catch? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the whole deal sounds great, there&#39;s one point to note - new subscribers are going to pay at least S$3 more for the new Combo plans. Theoretically, this means the cost for the 4G service has also been factored (and unfortunately, forced) in. But for now, before&nbsp;the unlimited Wi-Fi data promo ends,&nbsp;subscribers get the better end of the deal with the additional Wi-Fi data bundle.</p> <p>The win-win situation? If you&#39;re re-contracting before 19 August, you&#39;ll remain on the existing Flexi plans and won&#39;t have to pay for 4G speeds. That&#39;s the closest you&#39;ll truly get to a 4G waiver, and the only thing you&#39;ll miss (though not by that much) is the free Wi-Fi access for the next two years.</p> <p>Do the new plans make SingTel a more attractive telco? &nbsp;Drop us a comment below.</p> <p><em>Additional reporting by Tein Hee Seow</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/optional-payment-4g-services-actually-good-news/feature">Paying your telco for 4G speeds isn&#39;t the end of the world</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="SingTel outs Asia’s first Wi-Fi integrated mobile plans" alt="SingTel outs Asia’s first Wi-Fi integrated mobile plans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/charges.jpg?1407841413" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/singtel-new-cheaper-plans-waive-4g-payment-singapore/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/singtel-new-cheaper-plans-waive-4g-payment-singapore/news#comments SingTel Smartphones Tablets Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:02:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444654 at http://www.stuff.tv Spec-tacular: HTC Nexus 8 with 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM and 8MP camera leaks http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/spec-tacular-htc-nexus-8-64-bit-processor-4gb-ram-and-8mp-camera-leaks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How&#039;s that for a dream spec sheet? </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="Mystery tablet" alt="Spec-tacular: HTC Nexus 8 with 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM and 8MP camera leaks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus_0.jpeg?1407555490" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flounder, Volantis, whatever you wan&#39;t to call it, the HTC-made Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/next-and-maybe-last-nexus-tablet-could-be-htc/news" target="_blank">Nexus 8</a> is definitely on the way.</p> <p>Specs for the tablet have cropped up online in a series of tweets by @upleaks, and if true, spec-fiends will have plenty to be excited about come launch day.&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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/spec-tacular-htc-nexus-8-64-bit-processor-4gb-ram-and-8mp-camera-leaks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/spec-tacular-htc-nexus-8-64-bit-processor-4gb-ram-and-8mp-camera-leaks/news#comments Google HTC Tablets Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444389 at http://www.stuff.tv uBeam ultrasound tech lets you charge devices while moving around the room http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ubeam-ultrasound-tech-lets-you-charge-devices-while-moving-around-room/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thin panels can charge your devices at a distance, even through clothes and bags </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="uBeam" alt="uBeam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ubeam.jpg?1407466969" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Current wireless charging tech may not require a plug, but you still need to rest your device on or near a charging mat. That may soon change with the introduction of ultrasound-based charging.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ubeam-ultrasound-tech-lets-you-charge-devices-while-moving-around-room/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ubeam-ultrasound-tech-lets-you-charge-devices-while-moving-around-room/news#comments Future tech Smartphones Tablets Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444315 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best home design apps http://www.stuff.tv/sg/six-best-home-design-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wave goodbye to flouncy interior designers and say hello to smartphone-powered home makeovers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The best home design apps " alt="The best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/App%20Logos_0.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Decorating the home rarely goes to plan, mainly because there&#39;s a big difference between how amazing things look in your head and how they end up in reality. Although why you ever thought lime-green walls with purple borders was a good idea is beyond us.</p> <p>The good news is that apps have transformed the process: you can now decorate, rearrange or transform an entire area, from the hues of the walls down to the colour of the furniture, all from your smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/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"> Virtual Plan 3D </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 currently a concept but one that you might be using for real quite soon. It&rsquo;s an augmented reality app that turns 2D architectural drawings into 3D models. For now you can only use it with some demo drawings &ndash; and even though it&rsquo;s not going make your own plans pop up, it&rsquo;s a lot of fun to play with.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price </strong>S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.construireonline.virtual.plan&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Virtual Plan 3D here</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="1280" height="720" title="Virtual Plan 3D" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virtual%20Plan.png?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Homestyler Interior Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Say you want to make over a room. Clear it out, take a picture and then import it into this app. Give the positions of the walls and corners as clues, and then you can choose from a host of furnishings, plopping the 3D models into your room. Proof at last that you can&rsquo;t fit a snooker table in the kitchen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price </strong>S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autodesk.homestyler&amp;hl=en">Download Homestyler Interior Design for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/homestyler-interior-design/id601137449?mt=8">Download Homestyler Interior Design for iOS here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="752" title="Homestyler Interior Design" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Home Design 3D Gold </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 brilliant app for designing extensions or whole buildings, taking the grind out of digital design. You can quickly throw up walls, add doors and windows and drop in furnishings, then take a virtual tour around your new abode in 3D. There are two free editions of the app but we recommend the full-fat option.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price </strong>S$12.98</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/home-design-3d-gold/id514345557?mt=8">Download Home Design 3D Gold here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</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="1310" height="1026" title="Home Design 3D Gold" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Home%20Design%203D%20Gold.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dulux Visualizer </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 you can paint your walls with virtual brushes. Snap a photo, choose a colour and start splashing away. It&rsquo;s a quick way to get an idea of the tones that will work in a space. There are limits to the app&rsquo;s accuracy &ndash; so much of a paint&rsquo;s appearance is to do with lighting conditions &ndash; but you can order testers to be delivered direct from the app.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>Android, iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price </strong>S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.akzonobel.uk.dulux&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Dulux Visualizer for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/dulux-visualizer/id404007106?mt=8">Download Visualizer for iOS here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dulux Visualizer" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Magic Plan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s a neat solution for creating floorplans of existing properties. Mark out the walls, floor, ceiling, doors and whatnot of a room. From that, the app makes 2D plans to be exported as PDF, JPG, DXF, HTML or CSV files. It&rsquo;s free to try with in-app purchases to unlock the export options, ranging from S$3.98 to S$25.98.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>Android, iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>from S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensopia.magicplan&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Magic Plan for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/magicplan/id427424432?mt=8">Download Magic Plan for iOS here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Magic Plan" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_5.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 3D Room Designer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Interiors retailer Crate &amp; Barrel is behind this one. Regardless of whether you intend to buy any of their gear, the app gives an idea of how you can decorate, rearrange or transform a room, using 3D models overlaid on to your photos or preset room templates. Of course, if you do fancy anything, the &lsquo;Add to cart&rsquo; button is never far away.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price </strong>S$free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/3d-room-designer/id646431838?mt=8">Download 3D Room Designer for iOS here</a></strong></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> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ipad/zero-hero-best-ipad-apps-teach-you-new-skills/feature">From zero to hero, the best iPad apps to teach you new skills</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="3D Room Designer" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_6.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/six-best-home-design-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/six-best-home-design-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Smartphones Tablets Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:19:49 +0000 Elissa Loi 1444303 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple and Samsung agree to end most legal battles http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-and-samsung-agree-end-most-legal-battles/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The seemingly unending clash of the juggernauts may finally be cooling off </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="Apple vs. Samsung" alt="Apple vs. Samsung" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-vs-samsung.jpg?1407376331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung and Apple are the two biggest heavyweights in the phone and tablet game, and their battles - in ads, stores, and courtrooms alike - have carried on intensely for a few years now. But perhaps not for much longer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-and-samsung-agree-end-most-legal-battles/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-and-samsung-agree-end-most-legal-battles/news#comments Apple Samsung Smartphones Tablets Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444222 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung makes small Android tablets exciting again </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="A regular homescreen on the Tab S - Magazine is just a swipe away " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-main.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s taken Samsung a while, but there have been signs of late that it&#39;s finally cracked this whole tablet thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Just last week we proclaimed the Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>&nbsp;to be&nbsp;the best full-sized Android tablet on the planet. And now here comes the similarly specced 8.4in model out to repeat the trick.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$598.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16GB Wi-Fi version, S$698 for 16GB LTE version </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Stonkingly good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Magazine UI has really come into its own </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to hold, solid build </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"> Not quite iPad design magic </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some UI lag </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Play apps aren’t tablet optimised </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"> Slim and solid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sure, we like how the Tab S 8.4 is even skinnier than the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review"> TabPro</a> at a ludicrous 6.6mm thick. We also like how seriously light in the hand the 294g tab is - without feeling cheap or toy-like. And how it&rsquo;s still easier to hold one-handed than an iPad Mini thanks to the screen ratio.</p> <p>But what&rsquo;s really won us over is how sturdy the Tab S feels compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">last few batches of Samsung tablets</a> - and smartphones - we&rsquo;ve tested. OK, it&rsquo;ll flex very slightly if you really go at it but the plastic build is nice and solid. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the smooth, stable aluminium form of an iPad Mini but it&rsquo;s enough to really make a difference. Especially when you&rsquo;re paying S$598.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">The best-looking small tablet - iPad Mini with Retina display reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>In terms of looks, we&rsquo;re talking textbook Galaxy. Home button below the screen in portrait, in-between two brightly lit capacitive buttons. Fairly slim bezels. MicroSD card slot on the side. Samsung is still playing around with textures and trimmings, though - on our Dazzling White model there&rsquo;s a slightly slippy back panel and a faux-metal, rose gold band around the edge. It also comes in Titanium Bronze.</p> <p>The good news is that the fake stitching and faux leather have been banished to tablet design hell but, to be honest, Samsung needs to keep trying. It&rsquo;ll get there. For now, the Tab S is a skinny and sturdy slate that won&rsquo;t look cheap and nasty next to an iPad Mini.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dazzling white and rose gold looks better than it sounds " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-corner.png?1407727587" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-rear.png?1407727587" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microUSB.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microSD.png?1407727587" /> </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"> What are those clicky circles on the back? </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>Simple Clickers, silly.</p> <p>Now if you&rsquo;re not planning to attach any covers to your Tab S, you can ignore them. If you&rsquo;re interested in protecting your Samsung, however, these will keep it in place more securely than a magnetic cover. They only work with Tab S covers; any Bluetooth keyboards instead have slots to rest the slate in and don&rsquo;t make use of the circular click locks.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This screen&#039;s a stunner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What. A. Screen.</p> <p>If you thought the Tab S 10.5&rsquo;s display was tasty, get ready for a mesmerising staring session with the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>With a 2560x1600 resolution and at this size, it&rsquo;s sharper than the bigger Samsung tablet - a whopping 360ppi - and it&rsquo;s also a bright, punchy Super AMOLED panel.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the brightest small tablet we&rsquo;ve ever used, in fact, so a bit of sunlight won&rsquo;t stop you catching up on emails. And by sharp we meant insanely sharp, like the TabPro before it, with extra detail on hi-res images and in full HD videos to make your jaw drop. The fact that it&#39;s a Super AMOLED panel also means that deep blacks are seriously impressive. And if you like your colours vibrant, you won&#39;t be disappointed.</p> <p>All that and it&rsquo;s both taller and wider than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini with Retina display&rsquo;s</a> 7.9in screen in a very similar sized body. So is it better?</p> <p>After a lot of testing and squabbling, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</a> just edges ahead. Why? The Tab S 8.4 might display beautifully inky blacks but whites in apps, movies or webpage backgrounds have a bit of a blue tinge to them and don&rsquo;t look as pure and crisp as on the iPad. We got the best out of it when we manually chose a Super AMOLED setting to get eye-popping homescreens and Papergarden magazines then switched to Basic for movies. The iPad looks gorgeous with no alien colours or skintones no matter what you throw at it. If you plan to use it mainly for movies or gaming rather than browsing the web, though, you can&rsquo;t get better than the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>Us? We use the internet too much.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</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 Stuff Tab S edition looks tasty " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-summer-cycling.png?1407727587" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-screen.png?1407727587" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-1_0.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Magazine UI is now a killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three things raise Samsung&rsquo;s new UI, based on KitKat 4.4.2, above regular Android tablets: Magazine UI, Samsung freebies and Multi Window.</p> <p>The first means that two homescreens are given over to tiled widgets showing calendar info, Hancom Office docs, email, news streams from Flipboard and WatchON TV info. It&rsquo;s gorgeous, it&rsquo;s lively and, though Magazine UI isn&rsquo;t new - we&#39;ve seen it on a few other Samsung tabs - it&rsquo;s improving all the time,&nbsp;with a new briefing panel for calendar, bookmarks and alarms. You can&rsquo;t turn it off but it&rsquo;s easy to ignore.</p> <p>The Tab S series takes the concept of freebies to dizzy heights with Galaxy Gifts. 50GB of Dropbox for two years, free books via the Kindle app, a three-month Marvel Unlimited sub and plenty more. Non-essential Samsung apps are also (ironically) relegated to a Galaxy Essentials app too, so it&rsquo;s up to you what you download.</p> <p>Multi Window, which lets you view two apps splitscreen, is also present and correct, together with new tricks such as being able to swap the apps round and dragging and dropping text from one window to the other. This is a bit hit and miss but definitely a step in the right direction.</p> <p>Lastly, Papergarden is a nice treat too. It&rsquo;s an interactive magazine store populated by titles which have designed special Tab S editions to take advantage of the resolution and ratio, <em>Stuff</em> included.</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="Briefing on Magazine UI is simple and glanceable " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-magazine-briefing.png?1407727587" /> </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="Apps and freebies are neatly packaged into two areas " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-galaxy-gifts.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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>Screen: 8.4in 2560x1600 (360ppi) Super AMOLED</p> <p>Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core, 1.3GHz quad-core)&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 3GB</p> <p>OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)</p> <p>Camera: 8MP rear with LED, 2.1MP front, 1080p video @30fps</p> <p>Storage: 16GB (+ microSD up to 128GB)</p> <p>Battery: 4900mAh&nbsp;</p> <p>Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 3G/4G</p> <p>Dimensions: 125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm</p> <p>Weight: 294g, 298g (LTE)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 just short of perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 much as we like the feature-packed, grown-up looking version of Touchwiz, sadly it must be responsible for the occasional lag we experienced when using the Tab S 8.4. Because it can&rsquo;t be that beastly Exynos 5 Octa processor and 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s minor but up against flawless performance from the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review"> iPad Mini</a>, it shows. Open and close Chrome or the Gallery&nbsp;a couple of times&nbsp;or swipe between Magazine screens and homescreens and you&rsquo;ll see stutters.</p> <p>When taxed with <em>Asphalt 8</em> or less intensive games such as <em>Blek</em> though, the Tab S 8.4 is dreamy. Downloads are fast and 1080p video playback is smooth. With an AnTuTu score of 34,411 and that silicon, they should be too. It&rsquo;s not an Android niggle, it&rsquo;s a Samsung one.</p> <p>Still, storage is a bright spot. S$598 for a 16GB machine doesn&rsquo;t sound so bad when you can drop another S$150 on a 128GB microSD card if you really want locally stored media. A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">128GB iPad Mini with Retina display</a> costs at least S$968. Do the maths.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> All-Day Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 might only have a slightly larger battery than that in the TabPro 8.4 - now 4900mAh as opposed to 4800mAh - but Samsung&rsquo;s doing something right because the Tab S&rsquo;s battery life is superb.</p> <p>In our week with the device, we tended to go a day and a half between charges and in our HD video rundown (half brightness, Wi-Fi and sync on) it managed just over 10 hours. Yet another reason the Tab S is so much nicer to live with than the TabPro - less charging.</p> <p>It charges quickly too and now as well as a regular power-saver mode, there&rsquo;s also Samsung&rsquo;s Ultra Power Saving mode. This kills most apps apart from calls, messages and emails and switches the screen to black and white. Less of a lifesaver than on the S5 but still nice when you hit 7%.&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="900" title="That bright colourful screen lasts longer than you might think " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-lockscren.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the fingerprint scanner any good? </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>Yes and no. Function-wise it&rsquo;s impressive, with multiple users able to assign digits to unlock their account (after selecting their name on the lockscreen), three fingers per user can be stored and payment for Samsung apps and PayPal is already integrated.</p> <p>We might be nitpicking but it&rsquo;s just not very elegant to use. You have to swipe a finger over the Tab S&rsquo; home button which is tricky to get right unless it&rsquo;s flat on the desk and doesn&rsquo;t work everytime. Using your thumb as you hold the tablet in two hands helps, but overall we still prefer Apple&rsquo;s press-to-scan style of fingerprint recognition. For now, we&rsquo;ll use Samsung&rsquo;s for payments only - it&rsquo;s slightly more hassle than the security is worth for unlocking.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Capable Cameras - If You Need Them </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 goes without saying that Samsung has stuck a pair of decent cameras on the Tab S 8.4. Well, we wish it went without saying so we didn&rsquo;t have to look like a berk testing the rear 8MP camera, but hey, some people use tablet cameras.</p> <p>It fares better in daylight - at times getting close to matching smartphone cameras with rich colours and good exposure. Things get fuzzy at night, but essentially the rear snapper can step in when your smartphone&rsquo;s sleeping. There&rsquo;s an LED flash on the back too and the 2.1MP front camera handles Skype calls nicely. &nbsp;&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="900" title="Not quite as embarrassing as taking snaps with a 10in tab " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-camera-1.png?1407727587" /> </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="LED flash i.e. permission to get this out in the club " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-rear-build.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an incredible tablet with almost no flaws. Superb screen, unique features, a battery that doesn&rsquo;t need charging every night&hellip; really, there&#39;s very little that&#39;s missing here.</p> <p>So does it beat the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini with Retina display</a>? Well, it&rsquo;s lighter, easier to hold one-handed, has a bigger screen, offers more storage for less money and comes with tons of freebies.</p> <p>But for us the&nbsp;iPad Mini&nbsp;stays on top by a whisker for its unrivalled tablet design, absolutely flawless performance and wider selection of optimised tablet apps. Sure, the Tab S 8.4 is smaller than most Android tablets and both the Magazine UI and Papergarden help but the App Store is where you&rsquo;ll find the best apps for (slightly) bigger screens.&nbsp;</p> <p>Against other Android tabs, though, it&#39;s a winner. OK, so if a cheap price is your main requirement then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>&nbsp;has&nbsp;you covered. But if what you&#39;re really after is the very best Android tab on the planet, well then that&rsquo;s now made by Samsung. In both sizes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">These are the Top Ten tablets on the planet&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s almost nothing to disappoint here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-8.4-review-portrait-verdict.png?1407727587" /> </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="SuperAM-OOOH-LED" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-colour.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>This light, bright Super AMOLED star is the best small Android tab there is</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 8.4 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"> Samsung makes small Android tablets exciting again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-main.png?1407727587" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review#comments Android Samsung Tablets Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443969 at http://www.stuff.tv