Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/all en-GB The Amazon smartphone has six cameras and a 3D screen http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yep. Amazon is making a smartphone, and it&#039;s slathered in cameras. But why? </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="897" height="673" title="Looks like those rumours were true after all..." alt="This is the Amazon smartphone: it has six cameras and a 3D screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-phone-1.jpg?1397582826" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Allegedly genuine pictures of a mysterious Amazon smartphone have cropped up online, and it has a 3D screen along with six cameras - five on the front and one on the back.</p> <p>This latest leak courtesy of BGR verifies information recently provided to the Wall Street Journal about an Amazon smartphone which has a glasses-free 3D effect display.</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="/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>Amazon&#39;s smartphone instead uses four front-facing infrared cameras (one in each corner) to track your head, enabling the &#39;camera angle&#39; of the screen to virtually adjust itself to produce the effect of a 3D view, as demonstrated in the iPad app video above.</p> <p>There will be various elements of the Amazon smartphone&#39;s software which take advantage of the glasses-free 3D effect, including 3D menus and icons.</p> <p>Interactive3D product images on Amazon&#39;s online store could also be another possibility, in addition to a 3D maps application.</p> <p>In terms of raw specs, the Amazon smartphone has an unnamed Snapdragon processor (likely to be the 800, 801 or 805), along with 2GB of RAM, a 4.7in 720p screen and a 13MP camera. There&#39;s also a regular front-facing camera for voice chats and selfies too.</p> <p>We expect it to run a very heavily modified version of Android similar to the Kindle Fire HDX and Fire TV.</p> <p>The Amazon smartphone is currently protected by a secure case to hide its design, but if it&#39;s put together as well as its Fire HDX tablet counterparts, we&#39;ll be happy.</p> <p>Interestingly, Amazon is reportedly working on two smartphones - the more powerful of which is expected to launch in the US in the summer. The lower cost device (which we assume won&#39;t share the power and 3D screen), will then be released at a later time.</p> <p>That&#39;s all the information available for the time being, but we&#39;ll be sure to update you with more news as soon as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-phone-coming-glasses-free-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">Amazon phone coming &ndash; with glasses-free 3D screen</a></strong></p> <p> </p><p p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p> </p><p p>[<a href="http://bgr.com/2014/04/15/amazon-smartphone-photos-specs-kindle-phone-exclusive/" target="_blank">BGR</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bBQQEcfkHoE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="870" height="653" title="What lies beneath?" alt="This is the Amazon smartphone: it has six cameras and a 3D screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-phone-2.jpg?1397582826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news#comments Amazon Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:19:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435509 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-apple-iphone-5s/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The eternal battle between Apple and Samsung rages on as we compare both companies’ flagship phones point-by-point </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 S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone-5s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5.jpg?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Their names may be quite similar, but the Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 are very different smartphones indeed. If you&rsquo;re thinking of buying one of these two flagships, don&rsquo;t pull the trigger without first consulting our point-by-point comparison (which you&rsquo;ll find by scrolling down the page, by the way).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">Apple iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The days of Apple&rsquo;s iPhones being streets ahead of everything else out there in terms of build quality are over &ndash; but not on account of Samsung. While the HTC One (M8) is arguably better put together than the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a plastic phone with a removeable back. True, it&rsquo;s the best-made plastic phone with a removeable back that Samsung&rsquo;s engineers have produced to date, but it&rsquo;s still a long way behind the 5s (and most other flagship smartphones) when it comes to solidity. Crank up the volume on the S5&rsquo;s speakers, for instance, and the casing will begin to vibrate.</p> <p dir="ltr">All that jazz about the S5 being waterproof? Well, it&#39;s true that you don&rsquo;t have to worry about sending the S5 into a watery grave when you&rsquo;re at the beach. But when you&rsquo;re about to charge the Android smartphone via its microUSB cable? The cover that protects the microUSB port from water will be a real pain to remove. Every. Single. Time.</p> <p dir="ltr">And while we&#39;re talking ergonomics, don&rsquo;t forget: the iPhone 5s&rsquo; Lightning connector plugs in both ways. But on the looks front alone, it&#39;s clear to anyone with a set of functioning eyes and a sense of taste that the iPhone is a better prospect. Samsung may be making great strides in design every generation of smartphone it makes, but Apple has already crossed the finish line.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2001.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2001.jpg?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Do we need to say who&rsquo;s the clear winner here? No really, do we have to say it, if we tell you the S5 has a 5.1in display packed with 1920 x 1080 pixels? Oh, by the way, the iPhone 5s sports a 4in screen with 1136 x 640 pixels.&nbsp;Still not convinced who the winner is? Consider the S5&rsquo;s pixel density, raking in 432 pixels per inch while the iPhone 5s doesn&rsquo;t even come close at 326 pixels per inch.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now if we&rsquo;re not spelling this out clearly enough, the S5 uses a Super AMOLED display. You know, the type that treats your eyes to the most fantastic viewing experience even if you hold the phone at a distance. Try doing that on the iPhone 5s. Chances are, you&rsquo;ll be squinting and bringing the phone closer to your eyes. Or maybe your eyes need an upgrade.</p> <p dir="ltr">We know that screen size isn&#39;t everything, but on the numbers alone, the winner is obvious. The iPhone 5s has a good screen. The Galaxy S5 has a fantastic one.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</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="740" height="555" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2002.jpg?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&#39;re playing the numbers game, this is a round Samsung would seem to have firmly in the bag: the S5 boasts a 16MP rear camera capable of capturing 4K video, while the iPhone 5s has an 8MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities.</p> <p>Of course, there&#39;s more to things than that, and the iPhone takes wonderful shots in almost all conditions (its dual-LED flash helps provide better skin tones at night and indoors) while the Galaxy S5 is more suited to outdoor photography. In good light, the S5 delivers amazing shots time and time again with little need for fiddling or adjusting settings. The iPhone is a better performer in the gloom, but overall we think the S5&#39;s outdoor detail and punch &ndash; not to mention its abilities with 4K video capture &ndash; give it a slight edge here.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2003.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2002.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Galaxy S5 sports Qualcomm&rsquo;s latest 2.5GHz quad-core Krait processor &ndash; a Snapdragon 801, to be precise &ndash; and marries it to 2GB of RAM for impressive all-round performance. Having chucked all manner of apps and games at it, we&#39;ve found it performs near-flawlessly with everything. There&#39;s the occasional stutter when navigating Samsung&#39;s own UI, but nothing we&#39;d call problematic.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apple, meanwhile, touts the virtues of the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s. But do you really <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/whats-all-fuss-about-64-bit-smartphones-iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-anyway/feature" target="_blank">need a 64-bit processor</a>? In the long run, yes. But right now, the main purpose of Apple&#39;s 64-bit processor is to power the iPhone&#39;s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.&nbsp;Even without a 64-bit processor, having four cores running at 2.5GHz on the S5 is going to make the iPhone 5s&rsquo; dual-core A7 look like a chump.</p> <p dir="ltr">Theoretically, anyway: it&#39;s difficult to compare two phones that run different operating systems, but we can&#39;t say that the (dual-core, sub-1GB of RAM) 5s performs noticeably poorer than the Samsung S5. We&#39;ll have to call this round a tie, but Apple&#39;s 64-bit talents may give it an edge in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Draw</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2004.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Features? The S5 has loads. Wireless charging, check (with an optional case). Siri, we mean, S Voice? Still there. How about Samsung&#39;s famous air gestures that lets you cycle through images without even touching the screen? All included.</p> <p dir="ltr">That fingerprint scanner? True on all accounts. Like the iPhone 5s, the sensor is located on the home button, allowing you to secure the S5 with a swipe of your thumb. It does more, too - Samsung&rsquo;s integrating PayPal payment with the scanner. </p> <p dir="ltr">That heart rate monitor located beside the camera? No more excuse to be a slob, especially when the S5 keeps reminding you to get off your lazy backside.</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, is fairly light on these kinds of bells and whistle. The Touch ID scanner feels slicker than the S5&#39;s equivalent, it&#39;s true, and there&#39;s the M7 motion coprocessor that can track activity even when the phone is &quot;asleep&quot; &ndash; but aside from that there&#39;s little to differentiate it from the iPhone 5 it replaces.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2005.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-fingerprint_0.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">2800mAh versus 1560mAh. If only it was this simple to determine the winner based on numbers. While the S5&rsquo;s battery is nearly twice as large as the iPhone 5s, don&rsquo;t rule out the fact that the Android smartphone is a hungry hungry hippo with its larger screen, more pixels, and all those power-consuming features that run in the background. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Samsung has packed in a power-saving mode that, by shutting off non-essential functions and transforming the colour screen to a greyscale one &ndash; will last for a full day on standby mode, even when you only have 10 per cent of your power left.&nbsp;Any phone that lasts for more than a day, in our books, is a winner. And that&#39;s even before you consider the S5&#39;s removeable battery, which means you can buy a second one and swap them out to give you even more on-the-go usage.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2006.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s the classic Android versus iOS match-up. The S5 has none of the limitations that the iPhone 5s imposes on its users. You can freely transfer files between the S5 and your desktop or laptop. It has loads of apps on the Google Play Store, and at times, exclusive apps only available on Samsung devices. Everything that&rsquo;s great about the Android interface gets bumped up with more customised features to give you easier access.</p> <p dir="ltr">But it can get overwhelming. Samsung has traditionally packed its phones with bloatware that complicates the user experience. Its calendar app, for example, is a far cry from the simple UI on the stock Android interface. Samsung&#39;s customised apps, meant to integrate the features of the phone, add too much to the table (that said, we&#39;ve found TouchWiz on the S5 to be its best iteration yet, and Samsung has streamlined things to a welcome degree &ndash; it&#39;s still not as clean as stock Android or iOS, but it&#39;s getting there).</p> <p dir="ltr">On the other hand, for iDevices, even when it comes to wireless file transfers, you&rsquo;ll need to use AirDrop. Apps are curated before they even make it into the App Store. Say all you want about the Apple&rsquo;s restrictive measures on iOS, it works if you&rsquo;d rather be told what you can or can&rsquo;t do with iOS.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&#39;s a matter of personal choice which you prefer, but for most day-to-day users, the certainty that the curated App Store offers will likely make the difference between Android and Apple. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2003.JPG?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s is a wonderful smartphone &ndash; and still the best choice for anyone who can&#39;t bring themselves to part with iOS &ndash; but when looked at side-by-side with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latter wins out. A bigger, clearer, brighter screen; longer battery life; a larger crop of features that you won&#39;t find on any other handset &ndash; the S5 has many advantages over Apple&#39;s flagship, and thus we&#39;re happy to say it&#39;s overall the better of the two phones. But with Apple due to unveil the 5s&#39; successor before the year is out, don&#39;t be surprised if the pendulum swings back in Cupertino&#39;s favour soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2007.jpg?1397567928" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Apple Galaxy S5 iOS iPhone 5S Samsung Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:18:51 +0000 Will Findlater 1432871 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated 15/04/14: It&#039;s official - LG confirms a 2K QHD screen for the G3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SAM_6014_0.JPG?1397562707" /> </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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> earned itself both the Smartphone and Gadget of the Year accolades at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013" target="_blank">2013 Stuff Gadget Awards</a>, and it&rsquo;s currently sitting at the number two spot in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Smartphones list</a>. That&rsquo;s quite a bit of pressure to put on its successor, the G3, and it&rsquo;s got a lot to live up to if it wants to do LG proud once again.</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"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scrumptious screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leaked specs courtesy of Korean site <a href="http://www.asiae.co.kr/news/view.htm?sec=it5&amp;idxno=2014011709555222974" target="_blank">Asia Economic</a> state that the G3 will have a 5.5in display (slightly larger than the G2&rsquo;s 5.2in offering), along with a stunning 2560 x 1440 Quad HD (QHD) resolution.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s an eye-watering 534 pixels per inch, and goes well beyond earning its Retina Display medal.</p> <p>If true then the G3 will boast the most pixel-packed display out of all of its major competitors. Both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a> have retained their 1080p displays, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> is expected to keep its full HD resolution as well.</p> <p><strong>Update 13/03/14: </strong>Twitter tech leaker<a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/444041675803869184" target="_blank"> @evleaks </a>has outed part of a user agent profile for an LG device which goes by the model number LG D850, and it has a 2560 x 1440 screen nestled in its specs.</p> <p>The model number doesn&#39;t match up with any known LG devices, so it&#39;s likely that D805 points to a newer, unreleased device, most likely the LG G3.&nbsp;This number doesn&#39;t match the&nbsp;LG D972 G3 model number found in the EXIF data of a leaked picture (see below for more information), but given @evleaks&#39; track record and previous rumours of a QHD screen, we remain cautiously optimistic. </p><p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/mwc-2014/lg-g3-quad-hd-screen-16mp-camera-and-octa-core-processor-could-be-out-may/news" target="_blank">LG G3 with Quad HD screen, 16MP camera and octa-core processor could be out in May</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-leak-points-pixel-packed-2k-display/news" target="_blank">LG G3 leak points to a pixel-packed 2K display</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 15/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>LG has officially confirmed that the G3 will indeed have a glorious 2560 x 1440 QHD 2K display. No other specs have been revealed by the South Korean tech giant, but if the rest of the G3 can match up to its screen then we&#39;re in for a treat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-confirms-g3-will-have-2k-qhd-screen/news" target="_blank">LG confirms super-high-res 2K QHD screen for G3 smartphone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6031_0.JPG?1397562707" /> </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="604" height="453" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-screen-code-leak.jpg?1397562707" /> </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"> Pixels are lovely and everything, but are they worth it? </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>Don&rsquo;t get me wrong &ndash; the thought of walking around with a 2K display in my pocket makes me feel all tingly inside, but once I force my way through the entrancing ppi and resolution stats, there&rsquo;s a small part of my brain &ndash; the little-used sensible part &ndash; which is questioning if it&rsquo;s really worth it.</p> <p>Pumping out all those extra pixels will suck up a lot more juice from the battery, and there&rsquo;s no point in having a smartphone specced to the hilt if it&rsquo;s going to die before my lunchtime stroll to M&amp;S.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only that, but I don&rsquo;t know where I&rsquo;m going to get a steady supply of 2K movies and TV shows to really justify all those extra pixels. Yes, <a href="http://nofilmschool.com/2013/12/netflix-streaming-4k-house-of-cards-to-select-uhd-smart-tv/" target="_blank">Netflix will start broadcasting in 4K</a> soon, but only to the latest TVs that support it.</p> <p>Photos and UHD videos taken with the G3 itself don&rsquo;t justify the extra hit on battery life, for me at least, and I already can&rsquo;t tell the pixels apart on current 1080p displays, even with my nose pressed up to the screen.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m just hoping that LG&rsquo;s planning on using the same stacked battery technology it used in the G2, to ensure I&rsquo;ll get the same insane battery life that it currently offers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> It’s hit the silicon gym </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instead of choosing Qualcomm&rsquo;s beastly Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, LG will apparently opt for its very own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/mwc-2014/lg-g3-quad-hd-screen-16mp-camera-and-octa-core-processor-could-be-out-may/news" target="_blank">octa-core Odin processor</a>.</p> <p>That means the G3&rsquo;s brain will have four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and another four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 cores for less demanding tasks.</p> <p>The end result will hopefully be extra battery life, thanks to the division of labour between the specialised cores.</p> <p>We also expect to see 3GB of RAM in the G3 at the very least, which should be the minimum amount present in flagship smartphones this year.</p> <p><strong>Update 11/04/14:</strong> Korean site <a href="http://www.etnews.com/20140409000173" target="_blank">ET News</a>&#39; source has stated that LG&#39;s own Odin processor will instead be used in lower-end devices. While the G3 processor was not specified, it is now very likely to be a powerful quad-core offeirng from Qualcomm. We could be looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor, and we&#39;re hoping for the latter which would make the G3 even more powerful than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6020_0.JPG?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> More megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More megapixels might not necessarily mean better snaps (just look at the impressive<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank"> iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo; 8MP camera), but the G3 is still expected to land with a<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/mwc-2014/lg-g3-quad-hd-screen-16mp-camera-and-octa-core-processor-could-be-out-may/news" target="_blank"> 16MP sensor</a>.</p> <p>The G2&rsquo;s, optical image stabilisation (OIS) will return to ensure that low-light performance remains as impressive as before, allowing the shutter to suck in more light with longer exposures without causing blur.</p> <p>We fully expect the G3 to bring 4K video recording to the table too. While the G2&#39;s Snapdragon 800 processor is capable of recording at 4K resolution, LG chose to omit it due to storage issues. We can&#39;t see LG not including it this time around.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6006_0.JPG?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Updated 06/03/14</strong>&nbsp;A photo of a cat that was reportedly snapped with an LG G3 suggests that it&#39;ll arrive with a 13MP snapper, like the current G2. It will however have the same improved OIS+ technology that&#39;s found on the LG G Pro 2.</p> <p>The picture of the cat itself is very impressive indeed. Even at full crop, there&#39;s very little blur or noise, and not much detail is lost. For a smartphone snap, it&#39;s certainly got us excited. Assuming it&#39;s real of course.</p> <p>The EXIF data points to a device called the LG-D972.. That model number doesn&#39;t match up with any of LG&#39;s current handsets which is promising, but EXIF data is fairly easy to spoof, so we&#39;re still taking this all with a pinch of salt.</p> <p>The resolution of the photo is 4160 x 2342 which translates to 9.6MP at a 16:9 aspect ratio. This means that the G3 will take 13MP 4:3 shots.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/incredibly-detailed-photo-cat-was-apparently-taken-lg-g3/news" target="_blank">This incredibly detailed photo of a cat was apparently taken with the LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cat-large.gif?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cat-crop_0.jpg?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g3-exif_0.gif?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Fingerprint scanning </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 we know little about the G3&rsquo;s actual design and build, the latest rumours suggest that it will join the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-max/review" target="_blank">HTC One Max</a> and the Galaxy S5&nbsp;with a fingerprint reader of its very own.</p> <p>The type of reader and its location remains a mystery, but it would make sense to incorporate it into the G2&rsquo;s rear power button, where your index finger naturally rests anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/mwc-2014/lg-could-crash-fingerprint-scanner-party-g3-and-g-pro-2/news" target="_blank">LG could crash the fingerprint scanner party with the G3 and G Pro 2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 13/02/14:</strong> Fingerprint scanner rumours refuse to die out. The latest speculation arrives straight from the mouth of LG executives themselves, who stated at the LG G Pro 2 launch that the company is &quot;considering all possibilities&quot; when it comes to both iris-scanning and fingerprint security tech.</p> <p>There is of course a big difference between considering something and actually implementing it, but there&#39;s still a small chance the G3 could surprise us with some extra security skills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-fingerprint-scanner.jpg?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Android Tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking to a source at LG, Phone Arena reported that the G3 will launch with &quot;advanced personalisation&quot; features that change how the device works according to how you use it.</p> <p>That means that the G3 could shift around its homescreen after analysing your day-to-day habits serving up, an alarm clock at night and a newsfeed with weather info in the morning, automatically.</p> <p>Yahoo&#39;s Aviate launcher app already carries out a similar function by serving up different apps according to the time of day and and ho often you use them, so we could see something similar in the G3.</p> <p>The source also mentioned location based reminders and recommendations, including calendar and traffic alerts, all of which could be referring to Google Now.</p> <p>Whether or not LG will modify Google Now remains to be seen, but if true, this could be the most useful tweak to stock Android we&#39;ve seen to date.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-could-learn-your-habits-and-adapt-itself-accordingly/news" target="_blank">LG G3 could learn your habits and adapt its behaviour accordingly</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="838" height="629" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aviate-graphics.jpg?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 11/04/14:</strong> A leaked screenshot courtesy of Dutch site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lgg3kopen.nl/lg-werkt-aan-plat-ontwerp-voor-lg-g3/" target="_blank">lgg3kopen</a>&nbsp;shows that LG has mercifully turned down the bright neon colours of the G2&#39;s homescreen in favour of a flatter, more muted look.</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly a lot easier on the eyes and it reminds us of the Galaxy S5&#39;s toned down design.</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="Much, much better." alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-leaked-homescreen.jpg?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress</a> in Barcelona has come and gone, and it was G3-less.</p> <p>The G2 was launched just before IFA in September last year, so we could see the G3 arrive in the same month as the iPhone 6, though we still don&#39;t know what price tag it&#39;ll land with.</p> <p><strong>Update 06/03/14:</strong> The same forum user which shared a photo of a cat taken with the G2 has revealed that it could be out as early as June, which would give less time for HTC, Sony and Samsung to eat into the G3&#39;s sales.&nbsp;</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6026_0.JPG?1397562707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review#comments G3 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:51:50 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431614 at http://www.stuff.tv Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The One M8 could be getting a wallet-friendly sidekick </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="Would you ditch the plastic for a smaller price tag?" alt="Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2.jpg?1397527176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8 is</a> currently Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">best smartphone in the world</a>, and HTC looks set to spread the M8 love even further with a cheaper plastic variant.</p> <p>According to Chinese site TMTpost&#39;s source, the Taiwanese tech giant is planning to release a plastic-clad version of the HTC One (M8) which will be substantially cheaper than the M8 at around US$480 or &pound;290.</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="/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/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435427 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with 20MP camera and 10x optical zoom will launch on 29 April http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cameraphone? Or a phonecamera? Either way, it&#039;ll put true zoom powers in your pocket </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="747" height="560" title="Spelling cringe" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with 20MP camera and 10x optical zoom will launch on 29 Ap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-k-invite.jpg?1397526390" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has outed an invitation to an event on 29 April for a device which is expected to be the latest addition to its Galaxy Zoom smartphone camera range.</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="/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>One look at a leaked photo of the Galaxy K Zoom shows that it lacks the dimpled plastic back of the Galaxy S5. Instead, it opts for a faux leather finish, somewhat similar to that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>, but thankfully without the tacky fake stitching.</p> <p>KZoom&#39;s sources have previously told the site that the K Zoom will be noticeably thinner than the bulky Galaxy S4 Zoom and that the lens will be much better hidden.</p> <p>Reported specs point to a 4.8in 720p display, 2GB of RAM and either a 1.3GHZ Samsung Exynos Hexa processor or a 1.6GHz quad-core offering.</p> <p>That&#39;s all we know for the time being, but we won&#39;t have too long to wait until Samsung officially reveals all the details in Singapore.</p> <p>[<a href="http://kzoom.simplesite.com/363768783" target="_blank">KZoom</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/SamsungMobile/status/455512813121724416/photo/1" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, via<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/14/samsung-event-singapore-galaxy-k-zoom/" target="_blank"> Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="832" height="624" title="See the S5 resemblance?" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with 20MP camera and 10x optical zoom will launch on 29 Ap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-k-leak.jpg?1397526390" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:03:34 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435416 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon phone coming – with glasses-free 3D screen http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-phone-coming-glasses-free-3d-screen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tipsters claim the retailer is aiming for a September release date for its first smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon phone coming – with glasses-free 3D screen" alt="Amazon phone coming – with glasses-free 3D screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Amazon-Logo.jpg?1397526003" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is releasing a smartphone with a 3D display &ndash; at least that&rsquo;s if you believe a bunch of tattle-tales who leaked the information to the Wall Street Journal.</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="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retina-reading technology </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We know that glasses-free technology is feasible (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/nintendo-3ds/review">Nintendo 3DS</a> features such a screen), but Amazon could be taking it a step further: its smartphone will reportedly use four front-facing cameras to track the viewer&rsquo;s retinas and thus create on-screen images that have a hologram-esque effect.</p> <p>The sources &ndash; most likely developers who have been shown a prototype device during briefings in Seattle and San Francisco &ndash; claim that Amazon will announce the phone in late June ahead of a late September on-sale date. However, they also cautioned that Amazon&rsquo;s plans may change in the run-up to any launch.</p> <p>[<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579495940522902678?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories&amp;mg=reno64-wsj">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/amazon-phone-release-pegged-for-september-glasses-free-3d-display-in-tow-1241979?src=rss&amp;attr=all">TechRadar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-89/review">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-phone-coming-glasses-free-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amazon Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:44:01 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435415 at http://www.stuff.tv LG confirms super-high-res 2K QHD screen for G3 smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-confirms-g3-will-have-2k-qhd-screen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant&#039;s next superphone will bombard your eyes with pixels. Lots of pixels </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 G2&#039;s 1080p screen is excellent. We can only imagine the wonders the G3&#039;s will produce." alt="LG confirms that the G3 will have a 2K QHD screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-main-2.JPG?1397526801" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has confirmed that the successor to its flagship <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> handset, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">G3</a>, will land with a Quad HD display.</p> <p>That&#39;s a whopping four times the amount of pixels found in a 720p screen (or twice 1080p), with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 - a pixel count which is normally reserved for high-end desktop monitors.</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="/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/g3/lg-confirms-g3-will-have-2k-qhd-screen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-confirms-g3-will-have-2k-qhd-screen/news#comments G3 LG Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:12:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435412 at http://www.stuff.tv Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple wants to smarten up your wheels with a new generation of in-car iScreens. Here&#039;s why that will work </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="iOS on your dashboard" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CarPlay_Honda_Homescreen-PRINT.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news">As we reported last month</a>, Ferrari has become the first car manufacturer to adopt Apple CarPlay, a new infotainment system that let&rsquo;s you see the iPhone interface displayed on the car&rsquo;s touch screen and access apps in exactly the same way you would on the phone itself.</p> <p>CarPlay is available to order on the Ferrari FF as an option now, but Ferrari has still to announce the price.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Based on the Windows CE operating system, the design of the iDrive interface was counter-intuitive in just about every respect. In fact, it was so confusing that customers were given a briefing by the dealer on how to use it and a follow-up VHS instruction video. Imagine having to go through that to master any modern smartphone today.&nbsp;</p> <p>So perhaps leaving the design of an infotainment system&rsquo;s graphical user interface to the people who invented the graphical user interface isn&rsquo;t such a bad idea after all. (Actually, Apple is no newcomer to the in-car infotainment market anyway and has worked with the automotive industry for more than 10 years developing all those iPod connections we now take for granted.)</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="1042" height="782" title="Ferrari&#039;s FF: are you drooling too?" alt="Is Apple CarPlay the future of in-car infotainment?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ferrariff.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Hands-on with CarPlay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>CarPlay is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S with an upgrade to iOS 7 (but not the iPod) and connects using a Lightning adapter cable, before being tucked away in the armrest. Initially, the system is pretty discreet, appearing as an item on the Ferrari&rsquo;s home screen. Touch it, and the screen changes to a facsimile of the iPhone complete with home button. After that, it&rsquo;s just a matter of doing what you do with the iPhone &ndash; well, almost.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the look and feel of CarPlay matching that of the iPhone, there is one crucial difference and that&rsquo;s the number of apps available. Designing in-car systems is all about avoiding driver distraction so what you get in this case is a cut down version of the iPhone with a selection of apps. Apple has also designed CarPlay to more reliant on iPhone&rsquo;s Siri voice recognition system to encourage as much voice control as possible, reducing the need for the driver to use the touch screen, something that requires taking the eyes off the road.</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/S_S4Nm_YIOQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on with CarPlay" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carplay-ferrari-hands-on.jpg?1397476749" /> </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="Hands-on with CarPlay" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ferrari-carplay-hands-on-2.jpg?1397476749" /> </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="Hands-on with CarPlay" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ferrari-carplay-3-hands-on.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With CarPlay, you can make calls, access contacts, return missed calls, listen to voicemails, have text messages read back to you and dictate responses in what Apple calls &lsquo;an eyes-free experience.&rsquo; You can access Maps (that&rsquo;s Apple Maps, not your choice of map app) and of course, music, which includes podcasts, audio books and iTunes Radio. CarPlay does support a couple of third party apps - Spotify and iHeartRadio - and although no details have been released, there are plans to roll out more.</p> <p>Maps can be used as a sat-nav (although it isn&rsquo;t specifically intended to replace the Ferrari&rsquo;s own system), giving spoken turn-by-turn route instructions, reporting on traffic conditions and keeping you updated on your ETA. The iPhone makes use of any destination you may have stored away in contacts, emails or text messages to anticipate where you may want to go, receiving your spoken instructions via Siri.&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="&quot;Nearest KFC is 1.4 miles away. Would you like to go there?&quot; Yes Siri. Yes we would." alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CarPlay_Honda_Map-PRINT.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Siri, supercharged </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple says Siri has been optimised for use in-car using a different set of acoustical models, to take into account the background tyre, wind and engine noise that often foxes voice control systems. Whatever you think of Siri as a day-to-day tool, it arguably comes into it&rsquo;s own in this environment because most, if not all, in-car voice control systems are command based rather than being able to cope with natural speech as Siri does.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, in our demonstration by an Apple technician on the Ferrari stand at Geneva, Siri received route instructions to US destinations but was unable to interpret a UK-based postcode or village name using his iPhone. Maps did happily accept the same code when typed in using the touch screen, though, and provided decent route instructions back to the UK. This is an example of how Siri makes use of destination data stored in an individual iPhone to recognise locations. It&#39;s part of what makes CarPlay so smart: it provides the first ever sat-nav whose settings are transparently personalised to each individual user, using all the rich data gathered by your smartphone during day-to-day use.</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="Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it&#039;s M25 time." alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CarPlay_Honda_Music-PRINT.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When in the CarPlay screen, touching a Ferrari logo takes you back into the Ferrari home screen to interact with the car&rsquo;s settings, so the two are kept quite separate. Ferrari will roll the system out in the new California T in June, but more work needs to be done to introduce CarPlay to some of its other cars, such as the 458, whose screens are in a different format.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although it&rsquo;s starting in pole position, Ferrari won&rsquo;t be the only manufacturer to take CarPlay. Volvo announced it will launch the system in the XC90 next year, Nissan will also be also introducing it to the lineup in 2015 and so will 14 other manufacturers at some stage, including Mercedes. Does CarPlay represent the future of in-car Infotainment systems? Judging by the seamless way the iPhone integrates with the Ferrari and that fact that for an existing iPhone user, the learning curve is zero, it certainly looks that way.</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="Volvo XC90" alt="Is Apple CarPlay the future of in-car infotainment?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> What about Android? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple is by no means uniquely qualified to dramatically upgrade the in-car infotainment experience. Android&#39;s own &#39;Projected Mode&#39; (as leaked in a job posting from Daimler, Mercedes-Benz&#39; parent company) should be capable of aping the CarPlay experience with attached Android devices, and Google Now is already serving up contextually useful data to Android users based on what it know of their calendar, contacts and tastes. Certainly, it&#39;s already more powerful in this regard than Siri. It&#39;s going to be particularly interesting to see how the Google Now experience translates to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">Google&#39;s Android Wear smartwatches</a>.</p> <p>This leaves Google in a strong position to take CarPlay on.&nbsp;Indeed, while Ferrari has no specific plans to introduce an Android solution to its cars in the near future, one senior insider says he thinks that will follow once the CarPlay has been fully integrated into the rest of the range. It looks like the battle to provide your in-car infotainment will have little to do with proprietary systems from competing car giants; instead, it&#39;ll be very similar to the one that&#39;s already going on in our pockets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geneva-motor-show-2014-12-most-amazing-cars-and-concepts/feature">Geneva Motorshow 2014: the 12 most amazing cars and concepts</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[Ferrari FF interior image:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2012-ferrari-ff-official-photos-and-info-ferrari-ff-news" target="_blank">Car and Driver</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature#comments Apple Cars iOS iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:13:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435360 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The M8 is already our favourite smartphone in the world - but you can make it even better by teaming it with these cases, headphones and accessories </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 M8 is a lovely phone, but that doesn&#039;t mean you can&#039;t make it better..." alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>How do you improve upon perfection? By taking perfection down the shops with you, and treating it to the full complement of accessories including headphones, a case and stereo dock.</p> <p>But wait! You can&#39;t just buy any old kit for a phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> - it&#39;s too beautiful to be teamed with anything that&#39;s less than beautiful itself, for starters. Plus, to get the best out of it you&#39;re going to want gear that&#39;ll take full advantage of the M8&#39;s key features.&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="/users/joe-minihane" title="View user profile.">Joe Minihane</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"> Fitbit Flex </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fitness wristbands are about as ubiquitous as Man United defeats these days. But the Fitbit Flex and the HTC One (M8) have a special relationship.</p> <p>Simply snag the official Fitbit app, key in your details and get moving. Once you do, the Flex will track the distance you cover and calories you burn, serving up &lsquo;awards&rsquo; badges directly into your new phone&rsquo;s BlinkFeed social media aggregator. A clever little hook up that means you can always keep track of your fitness. Or lack of it.</p> <p><strong>&pound;80, <a href="http://www.fitbit.com/uk/store" target="_blank">buy the Fitbit Flex here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in 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="The HTC One (M8) has Fitbit integration" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fitbit-Flex.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Pioneer SC–1223 K AV Receiver </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 HTC One (M8) comes laden with AV features. Prime among them is HTC Connect, which lets you seamlessly connect to a slew of compatible audio kit for easy streaming of your tunes. Pioneer&rsquo;s superb SC&ndash;1223 K is one such product, a supremely featured amplifier that&#39;ll make your mobile-shackled tracks sound stunning - and all at the touch of a button. Because while the M8&#39;s built-in speakers are very decent, your Spotify playlists are always going to sound better through a proper system. Just add speakers for audio excellence.</p> <p><strong>&pound;450, <a href="http://www.petertyson.co.uk/ebuttonz/ebz_product_pages/pioneer_sc-1223.shtml?googlecpc&amp;gclid=CPqdwp232L0CFanjwgodoqMANA" target="_blank">buy the Pioneer SC&ndash;1223 K AV Receiver 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="This Pioneer works seamlessly with HTC Connect" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pioneer-1223.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> HTC One (M8) Dot View Cover HC M100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting overly excited about smartphone covers is a sure sign that you&rsquo;re more than a little bit hardcore. But the simple fact is that the official Dot Cover for the One (M8) is the coolest one we&rsquo;ve ever seen. Why? Well, it&#39;s more than just a phone protector. Double tap it to get weather and time info, cleverly displayed through the dot patterns on the cover, as well as message and call notifications. And because it only uses a small portion of the screen, notifications won&#39;t drain battery life to the extent that they might.</p> <p><strong>&pound;35, <a href="http://shop.emea.htc.com/uk/p_htc_store_product.aspx?i=258559" target="_blank">buy the HTC One (M8) Dot View Cover here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">The 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Dot View Cover is a genius idea, basically" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-time-weather_4.png?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Pebble Steel smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are plenty of times when you&#39;re not going to want to remove your M8 from the safety of your pocket - when it&#39;s tipping it down, for instance, or when you&#39;re walking down a dark alley in a T-shirt that says &quot;Mug me&quot;. But what happens when you feel the tell-tale buzz of a new message from deep within your jeans? The solution is to kit yourself out with a smartwatch - and as far as we&#39;re concerned, that smartwatch should be a Pebble Steel. It now has the looks to ensure it&#39;s not out of place next to the M8, will display all of your notifications on its battery-sipping E Paper screen and can even tell the time too.</p> <p><strong>&pound;150, <a href="https://getpebble.com/steel" target="_blank">buy the Pebble Steel 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="4000" height="3000" title="The lovely Pebble Steel" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-strap_0.JPG?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Spotify Premium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seeing as the new One (M8) packs BoomSound stereo speakers that deliver 25% louder sound than those of&nbsp;its predecessor, you&rsquo;re going to want to stream heaps of tunes without the interruption of ads for second&ndash;rate movies. And in that regard, Spotify Premium remains the very best service out there. A mere &pound;10 a month will let you ditch those pesky ad breaks, as well as giving you the chance to stash tracks offline on your new phone. </p> <p><strong>&pound;10/month, <a href="https://www.spotify.com/uk/#premium" target="_blank">buy Spotify premium here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature">30 essential albums for audiophiles</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="Premium phone, premium tunes" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify-premium.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SoundMagic ES20 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 M8&#39;s front speakers are excellent (did we already mention that?), but there might occasionally be times when you don&#39;t want to subject your fellow passengers to low&ndash;grade R&amp;B jams on the bus. Not many times, admittedly, but there are some. And on those rare occasions, you&#39;ll need some quality in-ear headphones. The SoundMagic ES20s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-cheap-headphones/feature">were among our pick of the 10 best cheap headphones on the planet for good reason</a>,&nbsp;offering a cosy fit with a clean and sharp sound normally found in far fancier rivals. Not bad for a mere &pound;25.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&pound;25, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/SoundMAGIC-ES20-Sound-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B00EVSXQP8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395319930&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=SoundMagic+ES20" target="_blank">buy SoundMagic ES20 headphones here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/headphones/top-ten">The 10 best headphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The SoundMagic ES20 - great bang for your buck" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SoundMagic-ES20.jpg?1397382913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Griffin Woodtones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If in&ndash;ears aren&rsquo;t your thing, then Griffin&rsquo;s sharp Woodtones cans will be the perfect complement to the sleek design of your new phone. That wood finish will make you feel like your old man kicking back and listening to his Bowie LPs in the &#39;70s. Plus the warm, laid-back sound won&rsquo;t overwhelm when you crank up the volume.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&pound;70, <a href="http://www.planetgizmo.co.uk/Griffin-Technology-Universal-WoodTones-On-Ear-Headphones.html" target="_blank">buy Griffin Woodtones headphones 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="The Griffin Woodtones will look the part next to your M8" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Griffin-Woodtones.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Fetch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s nothing worse than losing your keys. Well actually, there is - losing your phone. Ensure you don&#39;t lose either with HTC Fetch. This handy fob attaches to your keys (or anything else you choose) and will warn you if you stray too far from your phone. It can also be used to make your phone ring, within 15 metres, if you can&#39;t locate it - and if you misplace your keys, you can use the phone to make your Fetch buzz instead. A map function even lets you see when the two were last together, and it&#39;ll work as a shutter button for the M8&#39;s camera too.</p> <p><strong>&pound;35, <a href="http://www.htcaccessorystore.com/uk/p_htc_item.aspx?i=252282" target="_blank">buy HTC Fetch 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="2958" height="2215" title="HTC Fetch could save your sanity" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-fetch.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AwoX Striimlight SL-B10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Streaming speakers are a great addition for any smartphone. But how about one that also doubles as a lightbulb? Well AwoX&rsquo;s Striimlight does just that. It makes our list because as well as Bluetooth smarts it is also HTC Connect certified, meaning it will work seamlessly with your M8. Shove it into any lampshade, hook it up to your phone and it&rsquo;ll play tunes while lighting up your lounge. Crazy, but it might just work.</p> <p><strong>&pound;90, <a href="http://www.htcaccessorystore.com/uk/p_htc_item.aspx?i=260453&amp;phone=259879" target="_blank">buy the AwoX Striimlight here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten">The 10 best geek accessories 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="Sound from your ceiling" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Awox-Striimlight.jpg?1397382913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 eyeball&ndash;stroking display on the One (M8) has been boosted to 5&ndash;inches, with a hefty 441 pixels per inch (ppi). That&rsquo;s a slight dip on last year&rsquo;s effort, but you&rsquo;ll struggle to tell the difference in use. A screen that good is ideal for watching movies on the move and at &pound;6 a month, a Netflix subscription is a must. Whether you&#39;re enjoying Netflix exclusives such as <em>House Of Cards</em> or catching up on classics like <em>Breaking Bad</em>, your commute just got a lot less hellish.</p> <p><strong>&pound;6/month, <a href="http://www.netflix.com" target="_blank">buy a Netflix subscription here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 - which is best?</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="You&#039;ll literally never be bored again. Alright, not literally" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix.jpg?1397460460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Geek accessories Headphones HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:55:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435291 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two titans of tech - but which has made the better smartphone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5 (left) and Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-vs-z2-main.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>. Two new flagship smartphones, both running Android, both pulsing with quad-core power &ndash; and each claiming to be the handset that&rsquo;ll win your heart and steal your soul (for the duration of a 24-month contract, at least).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A tough round. Let&rsquo;s start with build quality. Both the S5 and Z2 are built to withstand the caprices of the British climate, being fully waterproof (to IP67 standard in the case of the S5, IP55 for the Sony) &ndash; but there the similarities end.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 has, like previous Galaxy S series phones, a removable rear panel (which lets you get to the swappable battery and additional storage), but despite this it feels solid enough. We say &ldquo;enough&rdquo; because, while there&rsquo;s not much flex or creakiness here, if you crank up the speaker loud enough you can hear this back panel vibrating like a frightened puppy in a snowstorm. Not what we&rsquo;d expect from a flagship phone ideally. And yet, despite the heavy reliance on plastic (sorry, polycarbonate), the S5 is the most solidly made phone Samsung has ever produced.</p> <p>The build quality of the Sony Xperia Z2 allows for no such bad vibrations. Glass and metal seemingly fuse together into a seamless block. This is more like it, you might think, but there&rsquo;s something that feels a bit wrong here, and it&rsquo;s not the solidity &ndash; it&rsquo;s the size and shape, with the big old blockiness of the Z2 making it uncomfortable to hold in one hand compared to the S5.</p> <p>In terms of looks, the Sony walks all over the Samsung. No surprises there: despite steadily improving the appearance of the Galaxy S series, Samsung is forever struggling to design a truly desirable phone.&nbsp;The Z2, on the other hand, is tasteful and understated &ndash; almost as ravishing as an iPhone 5s.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;re going to give this round to the S5 &ndash; just. While the Z2 has the beating of it in aesthetics and solidity, its size and shape are just too much to get past, especially considering the similarity in screen sizes.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">8 reasons to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blue dimples versus sleek glass" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two handsets are similarly kitted-out when it comes to displays. The Galaxy S5 boasts a 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED screen (that&rsquo;s 432ppi, pixel density fans), while the Sony Z2 offers a 5.2in 1080p LCD screen (424ppi) with Sony&rsquo;s proprietary Live Colour LED tech.</p> <p>The Samsung&rsquo;s screen delivers brilliant brightness (making it easy to read outdoors) and vivid colours, while the Sony is adept at punchy contrast and fine detail, and has remedied the poor viewing angles of the Z1 to ensure images retain their impact even with off-axis viewing. It&rsquo;s a little less bright than the Samsung, though, which makes outdoor viewing less of a strength.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one a tie. While the screens don&rsquo;t offer the same picture, both produce lovely images in their own right &ndash; and we can&rsquo;t say with any certainty that one is better than the other overall.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Both phones feature 1080p wonder-screens" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung S5&rsquo;s 16MP camera is ideal for everyday shooting. It has a remarkably swift autofocus &ndash; quite possibly the quickest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone in fact&nbsp;&ndash; and in good lighting it produces shots with accurate colour, punchy contrast and fine detail. It also comes with an effective new HDR mode that helps to deliver good results where there&rsquo;s both bright and dark areas to shoot. In low light, however, it&rsquo;s merely acceptable, with more grain than a couple of jars of French mustard creeping in.</p> <p>The Sony Z2&rsquo;s 20.7MP camera is in another league altogether, however. It&rsquo;s probably, in fact, the best camera ever seen on a smartphone, focusing accurately and at speed and producing stills with more detail, more accurate exposure and punchier contrast than the S5. It also works better in dim conditions, although not quite as effectively as the HTC One (M8). You may have to wrestle a little with its manual controls to get the best possible shots, but put in the work and you&rsquo;ll end up with images no other phone can match (with the possible exception of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a>).</p> <p>Both phones can shoot 4K and 1080p video. The Z2 has an alarming tendency to heat up during 4K filming and abruptly stop after a couple of minutes, but Sony is working on a fix for this; the Samsung suffers no such problems.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Z2 is probably better at taking photos than your compact camera" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both smartphones boast the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (the Z2&rsquo;s clocked at 2.3GHz, the S5&rsquo;s at 2.5GHz), while the Z2 rocks 3GB of RAM to the S5&rsquo;s 2GB.</p> <p>Benchmark-wise, the Samsung scored 29,730 in AnTuTu, while the Sony achieved 32,504; on Geekbench 3 the Samsung edges it with 2551 to the Sony&rsquo;s 2489. In real-world performance, both are blazingly quick phones that tear through the trickiest of tasks with barely a stutter. Neither is without its minor issues, however. The Sony Z2 gets disconcertingly warm very quickly, while the Samsung S5 exhibits the occasional bit of lag.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Sony comes with 16GB of storage, while Samsung offers a choice between 16GB and 32GB; Both support microSD cards, allowing you to add up to 128GB of extra space.</p> <p>All told, we&rsquo;re inclined to call this one a dead heat again. The Sony is a mite less laggy, while the Samsung offers the most storage and less unwanted toastiness.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony&#039;s 4K mode tends to turn the heat up" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features_0.png?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has maintained its removable battery stance with the S5, so you can buy extra 2800mAh cells to ensure long trips don&rsquo;t leave you phone-less. A single battery charge will last you a full day with normal use, and the helpful Ultra Power Saving Mode will ditch unnecessary apps and services and even turn the screen to grayscale in order to eke out the last dregs of a fading battery.</p> <p>The Z2&rsquo;s non-removable battery has a 3200mAh capacity but doesn&rsquo;t deliver noticeable longer life than the S5. It also offers Sony&rsquo;s own Stamina mode to preserve use.</p> <p>This round is neck-and-neck when it comes to how the phone deals with a single battery, but due to the fact you can swap the S5&rsquo;s dead cells for a fresh one, we&rsquo;ve got to hand the points to Samsung.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look! A removeable battery" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones run the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with a few of their manufacturer&rsquo;s tweaks on top.</p> <p>The S5 comes with the latest version of Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz UI, and it&rsquo;s the best yet, doing away with most of the bloatware and sporting a much cleaner look. It can be a little overwhelming at times, however, with over-populated menus leading to some confusion.</p> <p>Sony has kept things simpler with the Z2. It&rsquo;s almost the &#39;pure&#39; Android 4.4 that you&rsquo;d see on one of Google&rsquo;s own Nexus devices, and to be honest most people will prefer that to Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz meddlings, however much it might have improved &ndash; it&rsquo;s cleaner, neater and less confusing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony goes for a cleaner Android experience" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android_0.png?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 doesn&rsquo;t have much in the way of &#39;marquee&#39; or unusual features, with Sony seemingly content to rely on its design, performance and key stuff such as the camera and waterproofing to attract attention. The one standout we would highlight? The front-facing stereo speakers, which mean impressive audio without the need for headphones.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, comes packed to the gills with bells and whistles: as well as all the eye- and gesture-tracking tech that debuted with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a>, there are new additions including the fingerprint scanner (not as slick as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo;, but still handy both for screen unlocking and approving mobile payments) and the health-based features. With a heart-rate monitor built into the S5, it&rsquo;s easy to become addicted to seeing how your activity affects your pulse &ndash; and that&rsquo;s a handy way to make yourself fitter.</p> <p>No doubt about this round: the S5 walks it.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s heart-rate monitor in action" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-heart-monitor.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While both the Sony and Samsung are fantastic examples of flagship smartphones and neither will let you down, we feel that the Samsung edges out its rival by a small but noticeable margin. The Xperia Z2 might be prettier, more solidly put together and capable of capturing better photos, but most people will find the Galaxy S5 an easier phone to live with day-to-day, thanks to its hand-friendlier design, features and extras such as a replaceable battery.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t forget that there are other new phones out there to consider too. Before making any buying decisions, you&#39;ll want to find out how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 fares against the HTC One (M8)</a>, and to check out our list of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">top 10 smartphones in the world</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-vs-xperia-z2-1_1.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:27:04 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435299 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality is king for Sony’s latest slab of Xperia smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1889" height="1417" title="Sony Xperia Z2 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z2.jpg?1397471447" /> </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="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones are all about compromises. Squeezing a hi-res screen, compact-level camera and huge battery into something the size of a Kit-Kat isn&rsquo;t easy. Usually, something has to give.</p> <p>Unless, it seems, you&rsquo;re Sony. The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises - on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it&rsquo;s perfect, right? Well, it&rsquo;s close. It turns out this 5.2in slab of metal and glass won&rsquo;t even compromise its stunning design for something as important as the size and shape of human hands.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gorgeous screen that’s perfect for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Smartphone camera worthy of the Sony name </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big, uncompromising build gets awkward </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Bits of bloatware </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only 16GB of storage built in </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why so soon? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> just six months old, this new Sony flagship could be accused of making only incremental upgrades. However, the Z2 is more than just a made-over Z1, thanks to a new 5.2in screen which Sony has cleverly engineered into a thinner and lighter body. The 20.7MP sensor in the camera is also slightly bigger, capable of shooting 4K video and bristling with new features.</p> <p>The Z2 also arrives with the latest version of Android, KitKat, out of the box too - the Z1&rsquo;s still waiting for its own upgrade. But it&rsquo;s in its screen and camera smarts that the Sony really shines...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3252295021001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3252295021001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Screen to lock yourself away with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z1&rsquo;s 1080p screen was big, colourful and pin-sharp, but it suffered from one major problem - poor viewing angles. Watched off axis, colours would fade away and text would become tricky to decipher</p> <p>Not so the Z2, which has improved performance immeasurably. Viewing angles on the new 5.2in IPS display may not be quite perfect, but it&rsquo;s no longer a critical flaw.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only way the Z2 improves on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Z1&rsquo;s screen</a>. Colours - which were already eye-popping - are now even more vivid thanks to Sony&rsquo;s Live Colour LED tech. Stick on a full HD video and you&rsquo;ll also notice that contrast is outstanding and detail plentiful. Apps, emails and webpages look crisp and clean and you can even geek out and tweak the white balance. The viewing experience is further enhanced by the clear and loud stereo speakers, which Sony has moved to the front of phone and which rival the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s</a> for quality, if not volume.</p> <p>For settling down at home or giving Planet Earth another viewing on the train, the Sony&rsquo;s screen is simply superb. Living with it, there are a couple of niggles to consider. Firstly, the black, featureless front of the Z2 is a fiend for reflecting light and seems to delight in showing up both fingerprints and specks of dust. Secondly, it&rsquo;s not quite as bright as the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, making its rival a better bet for outdoor use.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Sony&rsquo;s X-Reality engine - a feature which supposedly enhances the picture, but which in our time with it seemed to overdo things. It might be switched on as default, but turning it off is one of the first things we&rsquo;d do. And finally, as beautiful as 1080p movies look in Sony&rsquo;s own app, in every other video player app the picture looks dim even cranked up to full brightness. Which is a shame.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s not perfect, then, but none of these flaws are major, and in almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 versus HTC One (M8)&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " alt="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " alt="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-movies-unlimited.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Camera that&#039;ll trounce your compact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a smartphone camera, the Z2 is capable of taking downright incredible photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no surprise considering it&rsquo;s packing a 1/2.5in, 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with an f/2.0 lens. Stills are punchy, well exposed and have tons of detail to crop into across all the resolution options - 8MP, 15.5MP, 20.7MP. Framing and autofocus are seriously speedy, too. Point the Z2 at your subject and, combined with its processing power and brilliant screen, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re looking straight through the smartphone. And instantly too. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As well as including tons of fun features (try background defocus for wow factor), Sony&rsquo;s kept its excellent manual controls. EV, ISO, white balance, focus modes and more are on hand for the times when you want to tinker with your shots. And getting to know them all is a good idea, because you won&rsquo;t always get the best shots from the Z2&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s generally very good, switching to its excellent macro or night modes quickly and flawlessly. But at other times, it seems to struggle. Point it into direct sunlight, for instance, and it won&rsquo;t do such a good job with exposure. It doesn&rsquo;t always have the night vision of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a> in very low light, either, but then again it&rsquo;s better at snapping faces without the need for the flash indoors - a much more useful talent, in our book.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13779359504/in/set-72157643800388303/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Video can be shot in 1080p and 4K and in both instances footage is seriously smooth, even when walking about, thanks to Sony&rsquo;s SteadyShot stabilisation. A warning for those planning to shoot a 4K movie, though: after a couple of minutes the Z2 often gets too hot, flashes up a warning, then abruptly stops shooting - we hope Sony&rsquo;s working on fixing this, as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> handles the rigours of 4K just fine.&nbsp;</p> <p>All in all, the Z2 does require a bit of work to get great photos and footage, meaning that it&rsquo;s not the most practical phone to go out snapping with: it&rsquo;s a bit unwieldy compared to lighter or curvier phones and the rear camera is right in the top corner of the device. Hello, giant blurry fingerprint.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, for many it&rsquo;ll be worth the effort. We&rsquo;re yet to pit it against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia&rsquo;s 1020</a> but there&rsquo;s no question the Z2 is one of the best smartphone cameras we&rsquo;ve come across, if you can use it to its full potential.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " alt="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Easy to access Xperia camera features " alt="Easy to access Xperia camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> A Gallery-worthy design, but your hands might not like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the HTC One and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a> were taken out of the equation, the Z2 would comfortably be the classiest Android phone on the market - a real object of desire. It&rsquo;s so beautifully finished, with smoothly rounded corners, an all-glass back and machined aluminium edges, that we&rsquo;re tempted to install a rotating plinth for it in our living room.</p> <p>Next to the Z1, it fits more screen into a lighter body, and with all the port flaps closed it has the same water resistance rating (IP55/58) as its predecessor, so it&rsquo;s safe from splashes and can even take underwater swimming pool pics. We haven&rsquo;t dunked this unit yet but we&rsquo;ll update the review when we have.</p> <p>However, a gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design, and it&rsquo;s here that the Z2 falls down. Although it&#39;s a heavy smartphone, it&#39;s not the weight that&#39;s the issue; rather, it&#39;s that the Z2&#39;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&#39;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics really count. Z2 Compact, anyone?</p> <p>Even the massive <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> can feel easier to manage than the Z2, and our love for the Z2&#39;s brilliant camera and screen have been dampened by practicality problems; just picking it up from a flat desk can be awkward.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a happy middle ground between form and function, and the Z2 doesn&#39;t quite find it. Put simply, this is a phone you need to pick up before you pre-order. If its shape works for you, you can get back to appreciating everything it does brilliantly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" alt="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-lockscreen.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Play find the microSD card slot " alt="Play find the microSD card slot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-power-button.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Android skin that&#039;s (mainly) clutter-free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s customised Android interface does a much better job at compromising in the right places. Now layered on top of the latest version of the OS - Andoid 4.4, KitKat - it&rsquo;s one of the smartest and cleanest you can get, up there with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s grown-up, uncluttered Sense 6.0</a>.</p> <p>Sony hasn&rsquo;t messed around too much with the standard Android menus, contacts, email or messages and its Walkman, Movies and Music Unlimited apps are equally as user-friendly as Google&#39;s best, whether you&rsquo;re loading your own files or looking for an impulse media buy. It can even run small windowed apps (including widgets) on top of another running app, getting good use out of that spacious 5.2in screen.</p> <p>Sony has also picked up the best gesture-based tricks of its rivals and quietly added them to the Z2. So, raising the phone to your ear answers a call, and tapping the screen wakes the device up. One handy time-saver is better than five half-baked features, and the Z2 knows it.</p> <p>Just one thing: Sony&#39;s now on the slippery bloatware slope that Samsung is finally managing to crawl back up. Unwanted software additions don&rsquo;t take up too much space on the Z2&#39;s interface for now, but there&#39;s danger of it creeping in all over the place. When we swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Google Now, we&rsquo;re not looking for Sony&#39;s What&rsquo;s New suggestions, already present as a elsewhere as a standalone homescreen widget. No more bloatware, Sony. That way is folly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A familiar Sony homescreen " alt="A familiar Sony homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " alt="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-what%27s-new.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " alt="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-small-apps.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in 1920x1080 Triluminous display (424ppi)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>RAM</strong>: 3 GB&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 (KitKat)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP, 4K video rear, 2.2MP front, 1080p video&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD up to 64GB)&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Battery</strong>: 3200mAh&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Weight</strong>: 163g</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MJgPO1mIH5T/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The Sony absolutely flies in use, a fact that can be put down to its speedy 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and rival-besting 3GB of RAM. The relatively uncluttered Android experience probably helps to keep running smooth, too.</p> <p>In fact, the only stutters we&rsquo;ve encountered in days of putting the Z2 through its multi-tasking, gaming and downloading paces are the occasional lag when scrolling through the calendar or browser, running as small apps on top of others. Once or twice. That&rsquo;s it.</p> <p>The benchmarks agree. AnTuTu gives our Z2 a score of 32,504, which is slightly below the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8) </a>but which still puts it in the upper echelons of high-performing 2014 smartphones. Then there&rsquo;s Geekbench 3, which gives 2489 to the Sony, with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> scoring 2551. (Higher is better in both cases.)</p> <p>As with the Z1, the only worry here is that whenever the Z2&rsquo;s Snapdragon is overworked - shooting 4K video or heavy gaming - the handset heats up and, as we mentioned, with 4K video the Z2 will actually stop shooting if it gets too hot.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Stamina mode to save the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing super-powered smartphones compromise on, it&rsquo;s battery life - if you want the best handset, you usually end up with a microUSB cable next to your pillow. The Z2&rsquo;s battery isn&rsquo;t game-changingly good but it is reliably excellent and will always last the day.</p> <p>With a 5.2in screen to power, that reliable battery life is partly down to it having a bigger 3200mAh battery than the Z1&rsquo;s 3000mAh unit, and also thanks to its Stamina mode. We&rsquo;ve been fans of this Sony-specific feature for a while, as it does a cracking job of conserving juice by powering down the phone&#39;s data connection when the screen&#39;s turned off.</p> <p>If the brightness is cranked up (and you&rsquo;ll need it to be when you&rsquo;re outdoors), battery does suffer. On our 1 hour 15 minute commute of hammering the Xperia hard, it dropped by 29%. On balance this is no better or worse than most rivals, but our reigning battery champ, the LG G2, will still wipe the floor with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That 64% will last longer than you think" alt="That 64% will last longer than you think" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-photos-screen.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of the 2014 flagships we&rsquo;ve seen so far, the Xperia Z2 is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice. This is a true converged gadget that&rsquo;s capable of taking brilliant photos and playing videos at cinephile quality, but also one where practicality has taken a backseat. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So, while it might not be for the Reddit-obsessed, constantly connected, live-to-social-network geek, it&rsquo;s ideal for the person for whom quality is the only measure that counts. If you have the time and inclination to show this Sony some love, it will return it in spades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing&rsquo;s for certain - if Sony can stay true to its &lsquo;better not bigger&rsquo; tagline, the rumoured Sony Z2 Compact is going to be one seriously impressive smartphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s top ten of the best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " alt="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-homescreen.png?1397471447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Classy, clever and with talent in spades, if the Z2 was easier to live with it would be unstoppable</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android MWC 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:43:43 +0000 Sophie Charara 1431521 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 prices: where to get the best UK deals http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prices-where-get-best-uk-deals/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S5 hits shelves today, so we&#039;ve rounded up the best deals to keep you and your wallet happy. </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 S5 prices: where to get the best UK deals" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 prices: where to get the best UK deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-01_0.jpg?1397210576" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&rsquo;ve read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review </a>and decided it&rsquo;s going to be your next smartphone. Congratulations! But where do you go for the best deal? Well, you can start right here on this page.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve scoured the web for all the UK deals on the new flagship, so brew yourself a nice cup of char and peruse at your leisure&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SIM-free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can buy the Galaxy S5 <a href="http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/android/SM-G900FZKABTU">direct from Samsung UK</a>, where it&rsquo;s priced at &pound;580, while&nbsp;<a href="http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/SAMSUNG_GALAXY_S5/HANDSET?intcmp=S5lp_viewdealSimfree_280314">The Carphone Warehouse</a> is offering it for a tenner less at &pound;570.</p> <p>The cheapest SIM-free price we&#39;ve seen is over at <a href="http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s5" target="_blank">Clove</a>, where it&#39;s available for &pound;522, and stock is expected to land from 14 April.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://shop.ee.co.uk/mobile-phones/pay-monthly/samsung-galaxy-s5-charcoal-black/details?selectedPlanCode=X14M24T16&amp;bundleNo=1#choosePlanAnchor" target="_blank">EE</a>&nbsp;is offering 5GB of 4G data (along with unlimited calls and texts) on a &pound;40 per month, two year contract. The S5 will set you back &pound;90 too.</p> <p>If you don&#39;t want to fork out that much a month then you can pony up a hefty &pound;260 for the handset itself, which gives you&nbsp;a monthly fee of &pound;33, but that&rsquo;ll only get you 4GB of data.</p> <p>Oh, and here&rsquo;s a nice bonus: if you already pre-ordered an S5 before 10 April, EE will give you a return flight to selected European destinations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> O2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/phones/samsung/galaxy-s5-black/">O2</a> has the S5 for &pound;43 per month with no upfront payment and 5GB of data, which we think is the best deal out of all the tariffs it offers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Devices/Samsung/Galaxy_S5?tab=Design.&amp;memory=16&amp;colour=Charcoal_Black" target="_blank">Three</a> stands out from the crowd by offering 4G to all its customers at no extra charge, and the network&rsquo;s offering a pretty sweet deal on the S5: &pound;30 upfront, &pound;41 a month and unlimited data. Should you want to pay less per month, there&rsquo;s a &pound;38 per month deal (same &pound;30 upfront fee) that comes with either unlimited data and 600 minutes, or vice versa.</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"> Virgin Media </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://store.virginmedia.com/virgin-media-mobile/pay-monthly-phones/samsung-galaxy-s5-black/samsung-galaxy-s5-black-tariffs.html?filters=1" target="_blank">Virgin</a> is offering its customers the Galaxy S5 for &pound;100 on a two year &pound;37 per month contract, which includes 2GB of data. If you want unlimited data then the monthly cost rises to &pound;41. If you&#39;re not a virgin customer then the prices shoot up to &pound;47 a month for 2GB of data and &pound;51 a month for unlimited data, so you&#39;d probably be better off looking elsewhere.</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-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"> Vodafone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like the gold then <a href="http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/catalog/compatiblePlanListView.jsp?dependantSkuIds=sku6000087&amp;phoneType=post&amp;skuType=phoneSku&amp;selection=&amp;from=phoneSku&amp;initialFilters=flt_paymonthly&amp;_requestid=12312" target="_blank">Vodafone</a>&#39;s the way to go, as it&#39;s the only network currently offering the S5 in Au.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to pay a penny upfront, <a href="http://www.vodafone.co.uk/samsung/Pay-monthly-GALAXY/index.htm">Vodafone</a> could be your best bet. The network&rsquo;s offering a &pound;37 a month plan (with unlimited texts and calls and 2GB of data) with no upfront payment. If you want 4G access, however, you&rsquo;ll have to pay a little more: a good deal is &pound;42 per month with no upfront cost, which gets you 4G and 5GB of data.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:02:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434504 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Note 4 rumours surrounding a launch at IFA 2014 have sprung up like clockwork </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="And so it begins..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1.JPG?1397184582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review </a>has only recently landed, but already the rumour mill is turning its attention to its large brother, the Galaxy Note 4.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the latest rumours point to a reveal at IFA 2014, which is set to kick off on 5 September.&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="/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/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news#comments Android IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:40:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435203 at http://www.stuff.tv Project Ara developers’ kit reveals more modular phone secrets, including multiple battery support http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-developers-kit-reveals-more-modular-phone-secrets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s modular smartphones will sport 3D-printed parts and more </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="548" height="411" title="Project Ara developers’ kit reveals more modular phone secrets " alt="Project Ara developers’ kit reveals more modular phone secrets " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ara_2.jpg?1397223575" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has released a Module Development Kit for its Project Ara modular smartphone, and it has confirmed a number of exciting facts about the upcoming devices.</p> <p>As you might imagine, the 81-page document (which can be downloaded <a href="http://www.projectara.com/mdk/">here</a>) is fairly tech-heavy, but combing through it reveals some very cool information. For example, each phone frame &ndash; Google has dubbed these &ldquo;Endos&rdquo;, because they&rsquo;re endoskeletons &ndash; can support multiple battery units, and charge all of them simultaneously.</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="/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>As suggested by the Ara introductory video we saw last week, there will be three sizes of Endo, with the larger frames supporting more modules. Each Endo has a central &ldquo;spine&rdquo; that cannot be crossed by a module, but aside from that you can place them almost anywhere. The document mentions modules for batteries, Wi-Fi, chargers, displays, speakers, cameras and even a thermal imager (think <em>Predator</em> vision). There can even be modules that extend far past the boundaries of the Endo, such as a pulse oximeter (used for measuring oxygen levels in the bloodstream).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-modular-phone-will-use-electropermanent-magnets-keep-pieces-place/news">Project Ara modular phone will use electropermanent magnets to keep pieces in place</a></strong></p> <p>Where Endos have free module space, users will be able to 3D print spacer modules to fill the gaps. You&rsquo;ll also be able to fully customise Ara shells before purchase, having them 3D printed to a &ldquo;consumer-grade&rdquo; level by a third-party.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve purchased your Endo, you&rsquo;ll be able to order new parts online (the Google Play Store being the likely source).</p> <p>This new information isn&rsquo;t exactly surprising, but it&rsquo;s confirmation of what we had been hoping for: a modular phone that is truly flexible, fully customisable and unlikely to collapse into obsolescence in the space of a year or two.</p> <p>Google is holding its first developer conference for Project Ara next week, on 15th April &ndash; and we&rsquo;ll almost certainly find out even more about its potential then. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.projectara.com/mdk/">Google</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/google-reveals-more-design-details-about-its-modular-ar-1561680201">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Ara&#039;s three Endos" alt="Project Ara&#039;s three Endos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-video-prototypes.jpg?1397223575" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Project Ara: more details revealed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Google Project Ara Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:31:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435202 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 - eight reasons to upgrade http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S4&#039;s a great phone, but the S5&#039;s even better. Here are eight reasons to consider upgrading (and three reasons to stick with what you&#039;ve got) </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 Galaxy S5 (left) and Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Admit it - you&#39;re looking at your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> in a new light since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> arrived.</p> <p>Don&#39;t worry, we all get phone envy from time to time - and never more so than when a new flagship arrives to knock yours down a notch in the smartphone pecking order.</p> <p>So should you upgrade from the S4 to the S5? Or are you better off sticking with what you&#39;ve got? Here are our findings.</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="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) It&#039;s toughened up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones may be crafted from beautiful slabs of the finest, er, plastic, but where the S4 was prone to creaking and flexing under pressure, the S5 feels far more robust. It&#39;s also waterproof and dustproof to the IP67 certification - which, according to Samsung, means it&#39;s safe from &quot;rain, liquids, sand, dust and sweat&quot;. Quite why anyone would sweat all over their phone is a mystery to us, as is why rain and sweat aren&#39;t considered liquids anyway. But there&#39;s no denying that this is A Good Thing for a phone to be.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini preview</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 Galaxy S5 is tougher" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-and-s4-cameras_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s easier on the eye(s) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two things to bear in mind here - firstly, the S5&#39;s far more physically attractive than the S4, particularly in its Charcoal Black variety. Not attractive in an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> way, maybe, but certainly more pleasant to spend time with than its predecessor, thanks to its metal-look edges and dimpled back. Secondly, it also has a nicer screen. Now in pure spec terms the S4 has a higher pixel density than the S5 (441ppi to 432ppi), but despite that, we prefer the newer phone&#39;s screen: it&#39;s brighter, text is crisper and colours seem just a little more vibrant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s screen is a beauty" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;s joined the 4K club </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How important this is to you will depend on whether you have a 4K television or not. What&#39;s that? You don&#39;t have a 4K TV and don&#39;t know anyone who does? Well never mind - you&#39;ll keep your new S5 for at least a year, and by this time next year 4K TVs will be a lot more affordable. And that&#39;ll mean you&#39;ll be able to shoot 4K video on your phone and watch it on your TV, thus making up for the fact that there&#39;s barely any content yet available in 4K anyway.</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="4K FTW!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_1.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4) It has more megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 more, to be precise - giving it a total of 16MP to the S4&#39;s 13MP (see, we knew our maths GCSE would come in handy one day). That means you can crop into photos more drastically, helping to make up for the fact that the camera lacks an optical zoom. That&#39;s not the only improvement to the camera, either: it also focuses far more quickly and has a nifty post-shot &#39;Selective focus&#39; feature which genuinely works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-zoom/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom-snapped-wild/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom is snapped in the wild</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera now has 16 megapixels to play with" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_38.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5) It&#039;s finger friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know the S4 had a touchscreen too, but it didn&#39;t have a fingerprint scanner, did it? Well the Galaxy S5 does, and it can do more than just unlock your phone - authorise payments for Samsung apps or PayPal transactions, for instance, or access private files. Hopefully Google Play access will follow soon - being able to pay for all new apps with a press of the finger would be a mighty cool feature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Give it the finger..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-fingerprint.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6) It doesn&#039;t stutter (quite as much) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big disappointments with the S4 was that despite packing a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, it stumbled and stuttered far more often than we&#39;d have liked. Not when doing the hard stuff such as playing the latest 3D games, bizarrely, but when performing simple tasks such as moving around home screens and closing galleries. Crazy. Still, the S5, with its Snapdragon 801 chip, doesn&#39;t appear to suffer to quite the same extent - it&#39;s not flawless, but it trips up far less frequently. Just as importantly, TouchWiz - the Samsung skin which sits over Android 4.4 KitKat - has been stripped back and simplified, making it easier to use. When combined with the bug-free operation, the whole user experience feels far slicker on the S5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TouchWiz is now a far slicker experience" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_31.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7) It tears through downloads </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 S5 has a new feature called Download Booster, and you can probably guess from its name what it does. That&#39;s right - it&#39;s a social media app for a heavy metal festival. Not really. Download Booster boosts your downloads by using both 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously where possible. We say &#39;where possible&#39; because you&#39;ll obviously need both a Wi-Fi connection and 4G sim for that to work. But even if you&#39;re still stuck on 3G, the fact that the S5 has 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO wireless tech should speed up your connection.</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="Quicker downloads are ALWAYS a good thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-download-booster.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8) It&#039;s roomier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the S4 and S5 have expandable memory via microSD card, but where the S4 can only handle a maximum of 64GB, the S5 will take a 128GB card. Alright, so a 128GB microSD card will set you back at least &pound;100 - a 64GB card can be had for about &pound;30. One caveat: Android 4.4 KitKat changed the way that apps work with external storage in order to improve security. The result is that you won&#39;t necessarily&nbsp;be able to copy all of your apps on to your microSD card; some will work, some won&#39;t. But music, videos, photos etc - they&#39;ll all be fine. And if you&#39;ve got a serious Spotify offline-syncing habit, 64GB won&#39;t go far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-vs-htc-one-six-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) - six reasons to upgrade</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="You can up the S5&#039;s storage by 128GB - on the S4 it&#039;s 64GB" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) But... it&#039;s harder to hold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although the S5&#39;s screen is a mere 0.1in larger, the handset itself is noticeably bigger in the hand. If you&#39;re small handed - or just don&#39;t want to risk ever dropping your phone - you might be better sticking with the S4.&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="The S5 is a physically bigger handset" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-screen_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s no night owl </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some reason, Samsung&#39;s got rid of the Night Mode from the S5&#39;s camera, instead suggesting that you use the Picture Stabilisation mode in low light. That&#39;s fine - but the option to turn it on is hidden within a menu, and if you didn&#39;t know that&#39;s what it was for you&#39;d never guess.</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="Wherefore art thou, Night Mode?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_75.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;ll cost 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>The new Galaxy S5 will set you back &pound;525, SIM-free, and if you&#39;re anything like us, you don&#39;t have that kind of money lying around. The S4&#39;s price will only go down from here - whether on contract or SIM-free - so sticking with last year&#39;s tech could be good for your wallet. Us? We&#39;d always choose the &#39;spend money we don&#39;t have on shiny gadget&#39; option, but then we&#39;re irresponsible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Save money or upgrade?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-colours_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature#comments Android Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435135 at http://www.stuff.tv