Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/features en-GB Google Project Ara http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget your iPhones and your Samsungs – Google&#039;s modular phone experiment could be the most exciting thing ever to happen to mobiles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Ara promises to revolutionise the smartphone world" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-project-ara-review-01.jpg?1398355063" /> </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/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you might have heard of this little tech startup called Google. Well, it&#39;s got a new idea for a phone.&nbsp;But not just any kind of phone.</p> <p>You see Google&#39;s looked around at the last&nbsp;six years of smartphone design progress, from practical but dull multi-ported devices to hermetically sealed handsets of pure beauty, and decided to throw it all away.</p> <p>Instead, it wants your future smartphone to be modular.</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"> So What is 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><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://newdealdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ara.mp4" width="512"></iframe> </p><p>Project Ara is a concept for a modular phone handset which Google says it will be able to get on sale in January 2015.</p> <p>At its heart, an Ara handset is a simple metal frame known as an &#39;endo&#39; (short for &#39;endoskeleton&#39;). These come in three sizes &ndash; mini, medium and large &ndash; which have grids of 10, 18 and 27 square spaces on the back, arranged in groups of 1, 2 or 4.</p> <p>The front of an endo accepts a removable screen, while modules will be available to fill the slots on the back. So owners can fully customise their phone by adding in a 4G modem, for example, or a 5GHz WiFi module, or removing things that they don&#39;t use such as a fingerprint reader.</p> <p>More experimental phone owners might even look to add pico-projectors or remote controls, while the potential for adding in medical sensors for specialised use hasn&#39;t been overlooked either.</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"> Why modular? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 fortunate accident just before the first Ara Developers Conference made the benefits of an Ara handset clear.</p> <p>The night before the first functioning prototype was due to go on stage for its debut, someone dropped it and broke the screen. But, as Project Ara head Paul Eremenko joked during the presentation, once the phone is on the market, it&#39;ll be a simple matter to replace the screen by swapping out the front module for a new one.</p> <p>The same is obviously true for any other modules - if you&#39;re a big photography fan, and a new camera module is released, you&#39;ll be able to upgrade your phone without getting a whole new body; if you&#39;re a power use and want extra battery life, just add another one.</p> <p>The Ara team say that this means less waste, and since parts can be updated rather than thrown away the average lifespan of a phone will increase from two to five years. The downside, of course, is that modular components may end up costing more than a mass produced all-in-one (although Google is aiming to produce a basic handset for&nbsp;a very reasonable US$50) and may not be as robust.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-ara/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature">Opinion - modular phones are the building blocks of a tech shambles</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="Broken your screen? Swap in a new one" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-15.jpg?1398355063" /> </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="We&#039;d quite like one of those T-shirts" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-11.jpg?1398355063" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there&#39;s some concerns over the ability to make lots of highly compatible components &ndash; think back to the dark days of PC upgrades and driver conflicts &ndash; the method of connecting Ara parts together is very elegant. The modules and endos will literally stick together using &#39;electropermanent&#39; magnets: powerful magnets that can be turned off and on.&nbsp;</p> <p>At this stage, the design calls for all components including the battery to be hot-swappable &ndash; ie removable without shutting the phone down. As a result, there&#39;s a backup battery inside the endo to keep the phone running no matter what.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/future-phones-it-s-all-about-context/feature">The future of phones? It&#39;s all about context</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="1654" height="900" title="The modules will stick together with electropermanent magnets" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-16.jpg?1398355063" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The finished design should look a bit more classy" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-13.jpg?1398355063" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-05.jpg?1398355063" /> </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"> Dimensions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The sizes of the three different endos are:</p> <p>Mini &ndash; 45x118x9.7mm</p> <p>Medium &ndash; 68x141x9.7mm</p> <p>Large &ndash; 91x164x9.7mm</p> <p>So the Medium endo is about the size of an iPhone 5s. The Large one will be in phablet territory. Weight will obviously depend on what modules are fitted, and Google admits there&#39;ll be a bit of a heft - but hopefully not too much.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beyond the handset </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 great thing about Ara is that all of the designs are open and free (as in libre, not gratis). As with Google&#39;s Android software, anyone can take Ara as a base design and suggest improvements or build their own compatible hardware. Well, in theory; we&#39;d never be brainy enough to do that.</p> <p>That makes the Ara handset spiritually akin to the Arduino microcontroller which has revolutionised everything from 3D printing to home automation to unmanned drones, and means it&#39;s almost certain to get the attention of the hacking community. One designer has already proposed a gamepad based on Ara endos.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s like really hi-tech Lego, basically" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-02.jpg?1398355063" /> </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="You want a blue phone? You can have a blue phone" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-14.jpg?1398355063" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Where will I get modules? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 plan is to sell modules via Google Play at first, but if Ara takes off anyone with a 3D printer will be able to manufacturer or customise module designs - particularly useful for filling unused module spaces.</p> <p>And since custom phone skins have always been popular, they&#39;ll likely be on sale next to Beefeater teddy bears at a tube station near you before long.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D printing features heavily in Google&#039;s plan for Ara" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-08.jpg?1398355063" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Is it really possible? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 many years, companies have been convinced that modular computers were the next big thing. We&#39;ve had external graphics cards, external sound cards and external hard drives, with varying degrees of success. Those that failed did so because they were expensive and unreliable, but if any company can surmount those two challenges, it&#39;s Google.</p> <p>With two more developer conferences planned for July and September, we&#39;re expecting plenty more news on Ara before its January 2015 arrival. Keep checking back here for regular updates as we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">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="433" title="Google Project Ara: coming to an early adopter near you in January" alt="Google Project Ara review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-ara-review-17.jpg?1398355063" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/google-project-ara/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review#comments Google Project Ara Smartphones Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:57:46 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436014 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s iPhone phablet “too thin for existing batteries” http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-iphone-phablet-too-thin-existing-batteries/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims Apple can&#039;t find a decent battery that fits its upcoming 5.5in phone </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="910" height="683" title="Apple’s iPhone phablet “too thin for existing batteries”" alt="Apple’s iPhone phablet “too thin for existing batteries”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render_2.jpg?1398348231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>How&rsquo;s this for a first world problem? A report out of Taiwan claims that Apple has made a forthcoming 5.5in phablet so thin the company can&rsquo;t find a battery that fits inside.</p> <p>The report, from the Industrial and Commercial Times, says that Apple is struggling to find a 2mm-thin battery with sufficient lifespan. The phabet &ndash; which the report refers to as an &ldquo;iPhone Air&rdquo; &ndash; is incredibly skinny, and normal phone batteries are simply too chubby to be squeezed into its svelte frame.</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"> Two iPhone 6s? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not the first time we&rsquo;ve heard mention of a 5.5in Apple phablet being launched at the same time as the company&rsquo;s next iPhone. Back in November of last year, Bloomberg claimed that 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone models were being worked on, while other sources have claimed that larger model has a 5.7in display.</p> <p>You can read all the rumours about the iPhone 6 (or whatever Apple decides to call its next model) in our preview round-up <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">here</a>.</p> <p>[<a href="http://ctee.com.tw/News/Content.aspx?id=514479&amp;yyyymmdd=20140421&amp;f=9586020c7c19e6c3e26d7b8551ebcdb1&amp;h=1d37976b8f2475634ce463e729024bfe&amp;t=tpp">ICT</a> via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/without-a-thin-and-powerful-battery-the-5-5-inch-iphone-6-may-be-delayed-until-2015-1244684">TechRadar</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:03:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436081 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have a flexible three-sided wraparound display http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4-could-have-flexible-three-sided-wraparound-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 24/04/14: A patent showing off a flexible wraparound display adds more fuel to the Note 4 redesign </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="1187" height="890" title="Imagine that. but on both sides." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have a flexible three-sided wraparound display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-youm.jpg?1398348286" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are beginning to trickle out, and the latest whispers suggest that this could be the craziest phablet the tech world has seen to date.</p> <p>According to ZDNet Korea, the Note 4 could feature a flexible &#39;Youm&#39; display which could wrap around both edges of the phone itself, providing two additional sides to the main screen.</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><strong>Update 24/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;A recently revealed Samsung patent courtesy of Galaxy Club shows off a design for a phone with a flexible screen which curves around both sides of the device. Sound familiar?</p> <p>The patent also outlines how apps icons could grace the edges of the device, allowing for quick access to functions including the camera and messaging services.</p> <p>Patents, of course are no guarantee of a design actually seeing the light of day, but evidence for a drastically different Note 4 is mounting, and we&#39;re starting to get just a little excited.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zdnet.co.kr%2Fnews%2Fnews_view.asp%3Fartice_id%3D20140419082032&amp;edit-text=&amp;act=url" target="_blank">ZDNet Korea</a>, <a href="http://www.galaxyclub.nl/2014/04/samsung-patent-driezijdig-scherm-galaxy-note-4/" target="_blank">Galaxy Club</a> main image:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.androidnext.de/news/samsung-youm-ces-2013/" target="_blank">Android Next</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="625" height="505" title="All wrapped up" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have a flexible three-sided wraparound display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-note-4-patent.jpg?1398348286" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-note-4-could-have-flexible-three-sided-wraparound-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4-could-have-flexible-three-sided-wraparound-display/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:02:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435933 at http://www.stuff.tv OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-vs-google-nexus-5-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget superphone meets budget superphone. But which one&#039;s likely to come out on top? </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="Who&#039;s your money on?" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus-one-vs-nexus-5.jpg?1398337659" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 5</a> is widely regarded as one of the best bang-for-buck smartphones ever made, but that could soon change.</p> <p>Fresh-faced Chinese company OnePlus has released its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news" target="_blank">One</a> smartphone into the wild, and it&#39;s specced to the hilt with a ridiculous &pound;230 price tag to match.&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"><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"> Plastic, meet plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither device is clad in premium metal armour, but that&#39;s not to say they feel cheap.</p> <p>While they won&#39;t beat the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> in a beauty competition, both phones are well built.</p> <p>While the Nexus 5&#39;s rear is non-replaceable, the One can change its rear panel, and its options are very attractive indeed. And a little crazy.</p> <p>The white version for example, has a&nbsp;silky smooth&nbsp;crushed cashew nut finish. No, really.</p> <p>You can even opt for denim, kevlar or wood panels, ensuring it&#39;ll match everything from your jean jacket to your tactical SWAT vest.</p> <p>Neither device has a microSD slot or removable battery making them fairly even, but we have to hand this round to the One, purely because of its ability to drastically change its looks with its selection of rear covers.</p> <p>It is worth bearing in mind however that the One is substantially bigger thanks to its 5.5in screen, so if you&#39;re not a fan of gargantuan phablets then the Nexus 5 should be your choice by default.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>OnePlus One</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Whether you&#039;re a summer or an autumn, there&#039;s something for everyone" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplus-one-covers.jpg?1398337659" /> </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="940" height="705" title="The front of the Nexus 5 is gorgeously minimalist" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-main-2%20%281%29_0.jpg?1398337659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 1080p punch-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 the One and Nexus 5 feature 1080p IPS LCD displays, but the One has the edge over the Nexus 5 if you like your screens big.</p> <p>It&#39;s a whopping 5.5 inches form corner to corner, while the Nexus 5&#39;s screen is an easier-to-handle 5 inches.</p> <p>While the Nexus 5&#39;s display has a higher ppi count of 445 compared to the One&#39;s 401 pixels per inch, it&#39;s unlikely to make any difference in terms of sharpness at regular arm&#39;s length.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a movie fan and spend a lot of time reading and browsing, then the One&#39;s extra real estate will be more appealing.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you like your phones a little more manageable though then the Nexus 5&#39;s screen still offers a generous amount of space in a package that can be handled more easily with one hand.</p> <p>For now, this round&#39;s a draw, though this is subject to change once we&#39;ve had a decent side-by-side comparison of contrast, colours, white and black levels.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="We&#039;re not sure what movie this is. Care to enlighten us?" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-screen_4.JPG?1398337659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One packs a little more power under the bonnet than the Nexus 5, thanks to its slightly faster, newer 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor (the same one found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>).</p> <p>The Nexus 5&#39;s quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor is still going strong however, and both share identical Adreno 330 graphics processors.</p> <p>While the processor difference shouldn&#39;t affect everyday performance, the One is arguably more future proof as it has 3GB or RAM compared to the Nexus&#39; 2GB. Time will tell if this results in any noticable difference, but on paper, the One comes out on top once again.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em><strong> <em>OnePlus One</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="708" height="531" title="What lies beneath..." alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplus-one-processor.jpg?1398337659" /> </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"> Band on the run </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>It&#39;s worth noting that UK users on Vodafone and O2 won&#39;t be able to take advantage of 4G speeds on the One, as it doesn&#39;t support the correct frequency bands. Other UK network users will be able to jump onboard the 4G ship however. Just something worth bearing in mind if you want to keep your network provider options open in future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh snap </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 One&#39;s 16MP camera captures photos at a higher resolution than the Nexus 5&#39;s 8MP snapper, but it&#39;s impossible to say which device takes the better shots without side-by-side comparisons.</p> <p>The One does have a better 5MP front-facing camera which should produce better selfless than the Nexus 5.s 1.3MP offering.</p> <p>The One can also record 4K video, while the Nexus is stuck capturing 1080p.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>OnePlus One</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Look, it&#039;s an honest to goodness paper map!" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-camera%20%281%29_0.JPG?1398337659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> It&#039;s Android Jim, but not as we know 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>Here&#39;s where things get rather interesting.</p> <p>The Nexus 5 is, of course, loaded up with the latest version of Google Android 4.4 KitKat. It&#39;s completely stock - no modifications, no skins - just how Android purists like it.</p> <p>At first glance you might think that the One is also running vanilla Android, and you&#39;d almost be right.</p> <p>We say almost, because it&#39;s actually loaded up with CyanogenMod 11S. the CyanogenMod team has earned the praise of hardcore Android fans for taking stock Android and injecting it with customisation steroids, letting users tweak everything from status bar icons to deep theme integration.</p> <p>You can also delve into the exciting world of CPU under and overclocking if you like, with the former extending battery life and the latter earning you sweet, sweet benchmark scores. Not something for everyone admittedly, but hey, it&#39;s always nice to have the option.</p> <p>For offering the stock Android experience with plenty of tasty extras, we&#39;re giving another round to the One.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>OnePlus One</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android KitKat 4.4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Don&#039;t be scared" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cyanogen-mod.jpg?1398337659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Initial 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 OnePlus One has comfortably walked away with a victory in this spec-based fight. It offers better specs than the Nexus 5, at a ridiculous price.</p> <p>The 16GB version costs a mere &pound;230. Better still, the 64GB model is only &pound;270 - crazy prices for the specs you&#39;re getting.</p> <p>Compared to the &pound;300 16GB and &pound;340 32GB Nexus 5 models, it&#39;s practically a no-brainer.</p> <p>While we have yet to review the One, it&#39;s impossible not be be impressed with it, and we applaud OnePlus for shaking up the smartphone world. We&#39;ll update this feature after our in-depth review, but for now, the OnePlus One is the new bang-for-buck king.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Never" alt="OnePlus One vs Google Nexus 5: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/never-settle.jpg?1398337659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/oneplus-one-vs-google-nexus-5-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-vs-google-nexus-5-weigh/feature#comments Google Nexus 5 OnePlus Smartphones Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:06:23 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1436078 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung Galaxy K revealed, Amazon teams with HBO, and Withings now tracks your blood oxygen http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-k-revealed-amazon-teams-hbo-and-withings-now-tracks-your-blood-o <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstart your day with our round-up of all that’s going on in tech </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 K" alt="Samsung Galaxy K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-k.jpg?1398321182" /> </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/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"> Samsung Galaxy K: an S5 with a 10x zoom lens? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom has been doing the rumour rounds for a while now &ndash; but as it turns out, it might end up being called something else: the Galaxy K.</p> <p>Pictures of what is apparently the Galaxy K, strongly tipped to be announced next Tuesday, 29th April, were posted on Baidu. The zoom lens (thought to be 10x optical) is extended in the images, and the whole thing looks decidedly tidier and trimmer than last year&rsquo;s Galaxy S4 Zoom.</p> <p>Roll on next Tuesday.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2997483763">Baidu</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-zoom/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom-snapped-wild/news">Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom snapped in the wild</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 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"> Amazon Prime Instant Video signs up HBO – but not for the UK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the battle of the video streaming services, Amazon just scored a big hit on Netflix: it has signed a deal with US cable network HBO, meaning lots of HBO&rsquo;s programming will be streamable to Prime Instant Video subscribers from 21st May, and the HBO Go app will appear on its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news">Fire TV</a> box.</p> <p>Prime Instant Video users won&rsquo;t receive full access to HBO&rsquo;s archives &ndash; new shows like <em>Game of Thrones</em> are excluded from the deal &ndash; but favourites including <em>The Sopranos</em>, <em>Eastbound &amp; Down</em>, <em>Deadwood</em> and <em>The Wire</em> will appear for streaming. And existing HBO customers in the US will be able to use the Fire TV box to watch any HBO show on their living room screen.</p> <p>Here in the UK, it&rsquo;s not immediately clear how the deal will affect Prime Instant Video users. The HBO Go app is not available here, and Sky has six years left on its exclusive deal to broadcast HBO&rsquo;s programming. So it&rsquo;s likely that nothing much will change this side of the pond.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1921211&amp;highlight=">Amazon</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="515" height="386" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video signs up HBO – but not for the UK" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video signs up HBO – but not for the UK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-main.jpg?1398321182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Google Street View: now a time machine (sort of) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Maps&rsquo; Street View has just got a new feature &ndash; the ability to go back in time. What do we mean by that exactly? Well, Google has now made it possible to dial selected Street Views back. If there&rsquo;s older photo data available, an hourglass and slider will appear in the top-left section of the page. This lets you move through historical images (only as far back as Street View&rsquo;s inception in 2006, of course) taken from your current perspective. So you can watch New York&rsquo;s One World Trade Center being built &ndash; or witness the aftermath of a natural disaster.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/go-back-in-time-with-street-view.html">Google</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="713" title="Google Street View: now a time machine (sort of)" alt="Google Street View: now a time machine (sort of)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/freedom-tower.jpg?1398321182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Withings Pulse fitness tracker now measures blood oxygen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Withings has released an updated version of its Pulse fitness tracker. Pulse O2, as its name suggests, is able to measure the amount oxygen in your bloodstream as well as the usual tracker stuff like heart rate, steps taken, elevation climbed and sleep activity.</p> <p>Like its predecessor, the Pulse O2 can be worn on your wrist or clipped to clothing, and syncs with Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth Low Energy. It&rsquo;s available from the Withings site priced at &euro;119.95 (around &pound;100).</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://vitrine.withings.com/withings-pulse.html">Withings</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="Withings Pulse fitness tracker now measures blood oxygen" alt="Withings Pulse fitness tracker now measures blood oxygen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/withings-pulse-o2.jpg?1398321182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Amazon Smartphones Wearable tech Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:31:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436017 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime with 2K screen is on its way http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime-2k-screen-its-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung could be releasing an ultra sharp screen this year after all </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="MOAR PIXELS" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime with 2K screen is on its way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_78_0.jpg?1398271847" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 a</a>nd <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7</a> look set to land with super sharp 2K display&#39;s, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5 </a>is already gracing people&#39;s pockets with its 1080p screen. But it could soon have a 2K successor.</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/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime-2k-screen-its-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime-2k-screen-its-way/news#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:41:17 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1436011 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two big phones, but which made the biggest impression on us? </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="1146" height="860" title="The LG G Pro 2 (left) and Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/g2-pro-vs-note-3.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one the battle of the phablets. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>&nbsp;is the undisputed king of the big-phone market, while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">LG G Pro 2</a> is the super-sized version of our 2013 Smartphone of the Year, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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"> Plastic vs plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo; metal build or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a>&#39;s glass-clad body will be left feeling disappointed with both the Note 3 and G Pro 2, but that&#39;s not to say they&#39;re poorly built.</p> <p>Both feel solid in the hands, but the Note 3 offers a little more grip, thanks to its faux-leather textured back.&nbsp;Opinion on Samsung&#39;s fake stitching is split, but some people will find it a little bit too tacky for their tastes. Alright, most.</p> <p>The Note 3&#39;s only other er, notable, design feature is its S Pen, which sits tucked away in the bottom-right corner of the handset. We had trouble removing it from its slot quickly, but that does at least mean it&#39;s unlikely to fall out on the train.&nbsp;</p> <p>The G Pro 2 looks like a scaled up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, and that&#39;s because it is. The power and volume buttons are in the same position on the rear, which may take a little getting used to, but fortunately, the G Pro 2 can also be locked and unlocked with a screen tap combination if you&rsquo;re not a fan of the button placement. More on that later.</p> <p>The G Pro 2 also shares the G2&#39;s sexy slim bezels, cramming more screen into a body that&#39;s only slightly larger than the Note 3&#39;s. Coupled with its svelte 8.3mm depth and clever Mini View UI option, that means it&#39;s just about usable with one hand. Its textured plastic back, meanwhile, is a big improvement over the G2&#39;s slippery plastic shell.</p> <p>Both phones also have removable backs, enabling you to swap out the battery and add extra storage via microSD card.</p> <p>It&#39;s tricky to choose a winner here. We rather like the G Pro 2&#39;s rear button placement, but the Note 3&#39;s grippy back is welcome, especially as phones of this size can be precarious to use with one hand. So, honours even. </p><p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Galaxy Note 3&#039;s faux-leather back won&#039;t be to everyone&#039;s taste" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Note-3-back_0.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The G Pro 2 and its back-mounted volume" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-g-pro-2-smartphone-review-back-001.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have stunning full HD displays, with impressive colours and viewing angles. Despite each stretching a 1080p resolution over more than 5 inches of screen, you&#39;ll have no sharpness complaints. Obviously the fact that the LG has the bigger display - 5.9in to the Samsung&#39;s 5.7in - means it has a slightly lower&nbsp;pixel density (373ppi versus&nbsp;386ppi) but the difference is unimportant in daily use.</p> <p>What <em>is</em> important is the relative display tech used in each.&nbsp;The Note 3 sticks to Samsung&#39;s preferred Super AMOLED tech, which means deep, true blacks and vivid colours.&nbsp;LG has instead retained the G2&#39;s IPS+ LCD screen; LCD displays tend to serve up purer whites and more realistic colours than their AMOLED counterparts. </p> <p>Which one you prefer is largely up to you and ultimately either screen will delight your eyes on a daily basis. But for cramming in a slightly larger display into a body that&#39;s only a smidgen bigger, we&#39;re going to give this round to the G Pro 2.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> LG G Pro 2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-note-3-apps/feature">10 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The G Pro 2 uses an IPS+ LCD screen..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g-pro-2-screen.JPG?1398263379" /> </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="940" height="705" title="...whereas the Note 3 has a Super AMOLED display" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-screen.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Feature-packed snappers </div> </div> </div> <div class="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/MmnaFOiInII/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have 13MP rear cameras. Both devices can record 4K video at 30fps, 1080 video at 60fps, and slow motion 720p video at 120fps.</p> <p>So far, so even. So this round&#39;s a draw, right? Not quite.</p> <p>The G Pro 2, being the newer device, has a few more tricks up its sleeve than its rival. For starters, it takes the already excellent OIS (optical image stabilisation) of the G2 and builds on it, with its OIS+ technology delivering even better performance in dim conditions. Frankly, it beats most competitors hands down in this regard, with only minimal noise visible&nbsp;in low-light shots.&nbsp;</p> <p>Results are better still in good light, matching those from the G2,&nbsp;and the fact that you&nbsp;can use the rear volume button as the shutter is a further bonus.</p> <p>Like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), the G Pro 2 also lets you refocus on different parts of a shot after you&#39;ve taken a photo. LG calls this Magic Focus, and in use it works pretty well. To get the most from it you&#39;ll need plenty of space between foreground and background - not to mention steady hands - but it&#39;s a nice feature to have.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Note 3&#39;s snapper is every bit the G Pro 2&#39;s equal in most regards. It fires out excellent images in good light, with impressive contrast and vivid colours. But with no optical stabilisation it can&#39;t match the G Pro 2 in low light conditions, and while in typical Samsung style it&#39;s packed with camera tricks, none are as useful as Magic Focus.</p> <p>So while both phones are among the best mobile snappers out there, this round goes to the G Pro 2.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> LG G Pro 2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 25 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3&#039;s snapper excels in good light" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3119_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </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="Magic Focus on the LG G Pro 2" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520camera%252002.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Pro 2 and Note 3 both have identical quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 brains, along with 3GB of RAM to help them run hordes of apps simultaneously.</p> <p>And, as you&#39;d expect, both phones blaze along without a problem, handling everything from hardcore games to full HD video to multi-tabbed web browsing without a stutter.</p> <p>All of which makes it all the more surprising that the G Pro 2 produced a disappointing AnTuTu score of just 20,679, whereas in our tests the Note 3 managed a massive&nbsp;34,652.&nbsp;Now real world results are always more important than benchmarks, but at the same time we wonder whether the G Pro 2 will suffer when presented with more demanding games in the future. And while we&#39;re not going to penalise it for that now, it&#39;s something to bear in mind when making your decision.</p> <p>Throw battery life into the equation and there&#39;s only winner in this category. While both devices pack a removable 3200mAh battery, the Note 3 comfortably lasts a day, whereas the G Pro 2 struggles to do the same. Maybe that slightly larger screen is counting against it here? Whatever the reason, a full day&#39;s use is the minimum we demand from our smartphones, so this round&#39;s going to the Samsung.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Note 3&#039;s battery is a solid full dayer" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-charger.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The G Pro 2 scored surprisingly poorly on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520performance%252001.jpg?1398263379" /> </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="The Note 3 is a gaming powerhouse" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3108_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OS 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>Samsung and LG are among the most zealous of Android tweakers and both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have been heavily skinned - for better and worse.</p> <p>The Note 3 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz interface in all of its cartoony glory, and if you can manage to forgive it the garishly in-your-face design it has plenty of nice features.</p> <p>So, in no particular order, they include: a FlipBoard-powered stream of all your news and social updates; MultiWindow, which lets you&nbsp;view two apps simultaneously; a shrunken down display option for one-handed use; Smart Rotation, which automatically adjusts the screen&#39;s orientation to match that of your face; Quick Glance, which lets you wave your hand over the Note 3 when it&rsquo;s locked to summon notifications; Story Album for arranging your snaps; S Health for tracking exercise.</p> <p>Still with us? There&#39;s something for everyone, basically. And a lot that&#39;s probably for no-one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Multi Window on the Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104_1.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Mini View mode on the G Pro 2" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520build%252002.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The G Pro 2 isn&#39;t quite so overflowing with software goodies, but it does feature one of our favourite of all OS tweaks in the form of the new Knock Code.</p> <p>LG&#39;s G2 was the first phone to introduce the concept of tapping your phone to turn it on, but that feature can now also be found on the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2, making it a bit less special. But, like The Beatles in their mid-&#39;60s heyday, LG has already moved things on again by the time its rivals have caught up.</p> <p>Rather than just tapping anywhere, Knock Code&nbsp;lets you determine where and how many knocks on the screen are required to unlock the phone. The genius of this is that it combines the switching on and passcode in one; nobody&#39;s likely to guess that you tap it twice at the top right, once on the bottom right, once more at the top left, then twice on the bottom left to unlock it. Well, unless you now use this exact sequence.</p> <p>It&#39;s far from the only software extra here. The ability to customise shortcuts for the front touch buttons is also welcome, as are&nbsp;Smart Stay (which keeps the screen on while you&#39;re looking at it), Content Lock (which sets a second password for specific photos, videos and notes) and Dual Browser, which pretty much does what the Note 3&#39;s MultiWindow does.&nbsp;Slide Aside - which lets you access frequently used apps with a three-finger swipe - merely annoyed us a little. Oh, and like the Note 3 there&#39;s a Mini View mode which shrinks the display down so you can use it easily with one hand. Unfortunately, it won&#39;t shrink the handset at the same time.</p> <p><em>Winner:&nbsp;</em><strong>Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Other 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>We might just as well have titled this round &#39;Stylus vs No Stylus&#39;. Because while the Note 3 has one as standard, the G Pro 2 doesn&#39;t. Sure, you can buy one for it, but it won&#39;t be pressure-sensitive like the Note&#39;s S Pen, and it won&#39;t be so well integrated with the OS.</p> <p>For us, a stylus is a big win for a device of this size, enabling you to really take advantage of all that screen space by scribbling notes which you can then convert into digital text. Or just writing yourself lists. Or doodling in a meeting. Whatever you choose to do with the S Pen, you&#39;ll get use from it, so in terms of extra features the Note 3 is a clear winner.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tear 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="The Note 3 has a stylus... but the G Pro 2 doesn&#039;t" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3101_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The S Pen in full flow" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3102_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </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="The art of handwriting&#039;s not dead" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3103_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>At first glance this might seem like a pretty close contest; each phone takes two rounds, with a further two ties. But in reality the Note 3 is a clear winner.</p> <p>The only area in which the G Pro 2 majorly trumps its rival is in low-light photography. But the Note 3&#39;s superior battery life and supremely useful S Pen stylus give it a big advantage over the LG phone in day-to-day use, and for that reason it&#39;s our winner here.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">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="And the winner is... the Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3159_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature#comments G Pro 2 Galaxy Note 3 LG Samsung Smartphones Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:29:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434058 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows Phone 8.1 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android and iOS users, take note: Windows Phone is finally a contender </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone 8.1 review" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Start-screen-transparency.jpg?1398271823" /> </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/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Only a year ago, buying a Windows phone was a declaration of insanity.</p> <p>You were throwing cash at a novelty that imposed too many compromises - in the user experience, in the choice of available apps, and in the platform&#39;s laggardly disregard for the cloud. In the process, you were rejecting two rivals that were demonstrably superior.</p> <p>But that was 12 long months ago.</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"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Review based on the Developer Preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and now more customisable </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cortana&#039;s powerful and effective </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications have finally arrived </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"> Start can look messy if you arrange it badly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Settings and multi-tasking could be cleaner </div> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS and Android still ahead on apps </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"> SAY HELLO TO A PRETTIER, MORE FLEXIBLE START 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>Back in the early days of Windows Phone 8, the fly-in Live Tiles that are the signature of the OS drew praise and criticism in equal measure - praise for their novelty and potential, and criticism for their inflexibility and occasionally sluggish performance.</p> <p>In one update, WP8.1 remedies both flaws. The animations are now lightning fast and ultra-smooth, and you can customise the Live Tile interface to your heart&rsquo;s content.</p> <p>In fact, we reckon the new features may even seduce Android aficionados, renowned for their addiction to fiddling. Although Windows Phone has only two &lsquo;home&rsquo; screens (Start and All Apps), you can now lose hours of your life to re-sizing and arranging the Start tiles to precisely fit your daily needs.</p> <p>And if you want to take things to a logical extreme, there&rsquo;s a new option to fit another column of tiles on the Start screen (you&rsquo;ll need to activate it first in Settings - it&rsquo;s set to Off by default), and the tiles themselves have new re-sizing options (so you can fit six across the width of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020&rsquo;s</a> screen).</p> <p>And if that wasn&rsquo;t thrilling enough, Microsoft&rsquo;s native app tiles are now transparent, with your chosen wallpaper showing in the background. Couple that with the long-standing ability to change the accent colour and switch between dark and light backgrounds (the latter of which will chew through battery faster), and the options are enough to keep all but the most ardent tweaker happy.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7uurrzuXl/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The only thing that has us slightly baffled is why the Nokia apps bundled into Windows Phone (Here Maps, Here Drive+, MixRadio etc) lack the transparency of the native Microsoft apps - we&rsquo;ll hope that&rsquo;s sorted by the time of the full and final release in the summer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows&#039; own Live Tiles are now transparent in WP8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Live Tiles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen%285%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> CORTANA: THE PA THAT READS YOUR MIND </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Big New Feature in 8.1 is a merger of the best features from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a>. Cortana is a personal assistant that aims to learn about you and your habits, and adapt its answers accordingly, with results improving over time. Microsoft claims that Cortana is the result of a research effort that began back in 2009, and makes use on the company&rsquo;s rich well of enterprise and search data (not to mention the Halo license).</p> <p>And on the whole, it works well - at least it does, once you discover how to activate it. We had to change our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020&rsquo;s</a> Region and Language settings to United States and reboot before the Cortana icon would appear in the apps menu.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prod the Cortana icon for the first time, and you&rsquo;re launched into a set-up routine that lets you tune the service according to your interests and daily routine - as such, it&rsquo;s similar to Google Now, with options for sports, headline news, places to eat, the weather and a trip planner.</p> <p>The similarity to Now continues with the landing page that greets you once you&rsquo;ve finished the set-up - a stack of information that includes news updates, your appointments and maps for any imminent journeys.</p> <p>Tap the microphone icon to the bottom right of the landing page, and you&rsquo;re into Cortana&rsquo;s voice assistant. Since it&rsquo;s officially US-only for now, we had to temper any verdict on its performance with the knowledge that it may stumble on our plummy English tones. But even with that caveat, it seemed as accurate as Google&rsquo;s voice recognition (which is high praise indeed). And oddly, it appeared happier recognising the UK English pronunciation of mobile (&lsquo;mow-bile&rsquo;) than the American (&lsquo;moh-bil&rsquo;). Go figure.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7zv9w5Teh/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft is clearly bullish about Cortana&rsquo;s capabilities. If you tap your Lumia&rsquo;s search button, it launches straight into voice recognition, which then slides into the Cortana landing page if you scroll upward (compare this to Google Now, which launches into the landing page first).</p> <p>Expect Cortana to land on your UK Windows Phone in late 2014, by which time - if rumours are true - there will also be a Cortana Notebook online that let&rsquo;s you control how much information is shared with the program.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news" target="_blank">Apple CarPlay puts Siri on your dashboard</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="Cortana looked different in Halo" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cortana-voice-assistant%283%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Cortana&#039;s voice recognition is surprisingly capable, even at this stage" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cortana-news_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> AT LAST - WINDOWS PHONE GETS NOTIFICATIONS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 stop holding your breath, Dear World: 8.1 brings a notifications screen to Windows Phone. And just in case you&rsquo;re worried that Microsoft has invented some kind of unique twist on a well-established system, you can relax - 8.1&rsquo;s new Action Centre borrows happily and heavily from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a>.</p> <p>You access the Action Centre by swiping down from the top of the screen (sound familiar?), to be greeted by notifications sorted and stacked by type (novel, ay?). You only need to swipe to get rid of them, although curiously, you can&rsquo;t banish individual alerts - you either swipe away all of your Facebook notifications, or none at all.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find four quick settings buttons atop the notifications screen that would look at home on any Android handset, along with a shortcut to all of your settings. By default, the four quick links are set to WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode and Rotation Lock, but you can change them to your heart&rsquo;s content in Settings.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7ahKvWndE/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>So there&rsquo;s nothing new or crazy in the long-overdue debut of notifications on Windows mobile, but that&rsquo;s absolutely fine by us. During our week with 8.1, we found everything where we expected it to be, and working as it should. For a platform that has sometimes refused to do either of those things, we couldn&rsquo;t ask for any more.</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="Notifications have finally hit Windows Phone" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 notifications screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-Windows-Phone-8.1%282%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Getting to Settings via the Action Centre is a snap" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Settings screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-Settings_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> An impossible fight for Windows Phone? Not at all. </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>Microsoft could do with a reward for its bravery. For all of its failings, the non-phone Windows 8 at least tried to meet the challenge set by the proliferation of devices and screen sizes head on - albeit with the risky strategy of gluing touch and desktop interfaces together. And despite resulting falls in PC sales and several failed attempts to usurp the iPad with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface</a>, Microsoft has stuck to Windows 8, convinced that its solution would pay off in time.</p> <p>In the case of the recent update to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>, Microsoft&#39;s latest tweaks haven&rsquo;t cured all of the ills - the new dabs of glue joining touch and desktop are too obvious (and with, in some cases, seriously illogical results).</p> <p>But Windows Phone 8.1, due for final release this summer, has no need for glue - it can focus on refining one experience, with the singular aim of dislodging <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android</a>. And while 10% market share in the UK may not sound like the stuff of victory, it&rsquo;s enough to take Windows Phone from obscure irrelevance to interesting underdog.</p> <p>Even better, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hello-micro-kia-microsoft-buys-nokias-device-arm/news" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s &pound;4.6bn buy-out of Nokia</a> means that it has control over its mobile hardware in a way it never enjoyed with laptops or desktop PCs. Windows Phone OS can be tuned to suit its hardware and vice versa, a benefit that Apple has exploited for years - and there&rsquo;s a range of new Lumia smartphones arriving at around the same time as the 8.1 update to reinforce the point.</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/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</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-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"> UNIVERSAL SEARCH: BETTER THAN ITS DESKTOP EQUIVALENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve recently updated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> on your PC, you&rsquo;ll recognise Universal Search immediately.</p> <p>Run a query, and you can swipe between the Bing-powered results across five tabs - Web, Local, Images, Video and Phone. The results are accurate, look great, and the layout is eminently sensible and quick to access (compare this to the desktop Windows 8 version, where the horizontal scrolling of results is something of a barrier).</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7W56TLnEB/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Quite how useful you find it day to day will naturally depend on your habits - as we found over weeks with 8.1&rsquo;s desktop equivalent, there&rsquo;s usually a quicker way to access a contact, for example, by pinning them to your Start screen. But if you&rsquo;re the type who fires off high volumes of random queries, Universal Search is a useful second home.</p> <p>The only slight foible we could find was the short delay before results appeared as you swipe between the screens - it&rsquo;s not long enough to be off-putting, but noticeable enough to make you wonder why Microsoft didn&rsquo;t choose to have the tabbed results load in the background, while you scanned the first screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-now-now-available-your-desktop/news" target="_blank">Google Now - now available on your desktop</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="Universal Search, powered by Bing, is a useful tool in the power user&#039;s arsenal" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Universal-Search-WP8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Maps showing local services are included in Universal Search" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Search uses your location" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Universal-Search-maps-WP-8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> GOOGLE SYNC: THE CALENDAR’S BACK… </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a result of a wrangle between Google and Microsoft over Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Windows 8 users with Google Apps for Business accounts have been unable to sync their Google Calendars with the default Windows Calendar app since March 2013.</p> <p>The good news is that 8.1 ends their misery - add a Google Apps account in Settings, and your Windows Phone will happily start syncing both your GMail and Google Calendars.</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"> IMPROVED DATA AND BATTERY CONTROLS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&rsquo;ll find one new screen to join an older partner in Windows Phone 8.1 settings - Data Sense, meet Storage Sense. The former&#39;s a welcome addition to Windows mobile, to the point where it&rsquo;s easy to overlook it in a review (&lsquo;what do you mean it wasn&#39;t there before?&rsquo;).</p> <p>As with Notifications, Microsoft has kept to the basics and presented them well: Storage Sense shows how much space you&rsquo;ve used (both on internal and external storage), while letting you switch storage locations for music, photos, apps and downloads. Data Sense lets you cap your data usage, both with a hard limiter, and also through restricting background data. Simple, unoriginal, but very effective.</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="Storage Sense gives control over where your files go" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Storage Sense" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Data-Sense%283%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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="Data Sense is the quick way to keep those monthly bills under check" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Storage-Sense-in-Settings_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </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"> How to get the Windows Phone 8.1 update now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ll safely assume you have a Windows Phone device (or you&rsquo;re about to buy one). If so, and if you&rsquo;d like the 8.1 update for free, head on over to the <a href="http://appstudio.windowsphone.com" target="_blank">Windows Phone App Studio</a>, and login using your Microsoft account.</p> <p>Once that&rsquo;s done, go to the Store on your Windows Phone, and search for &lsquo;Preview for Developers&rsquo;. Install it, then find and open the Preview app on your device. Again, login using your Microsoft credentials.</p> <p>Now head back to Settings, find Phone Update, and check for updates - lo and behold, Windows Phone 8.1 should begin to download. Job done.</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"> WHAT DID MICROSOFT MISS? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Windows Phone 8.1 is a real leap forward, there are still aspects of the OS in need of polish.</p> <p>For example, Live Tiles can look a mess - a flashing wall of animations, none of which make much sense. Combine the wrong set, and you end up with a screenful of bad advertising, none of which you particularly recognise or want to tap. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> widgets, at their best, are still a superior life form (not least because many actually facilitate actions, more than giving information).</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the Windows Phone Settings screen, which is still a headache: too many entries, with no categorisation and often baffling decisions as to what gets filed where. If Microsoft are happy enough to borrow from the best of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and Android, this looks like the next logical place to run the photocopier.</p> <p>Lastly, Windows Phone&rsquo;s multitasking could be easier to use; although it&rsquo;s quick enough to access with a long press of the Back button, you only see one app pane at a time. Compare that to stock Android, where you can see up to four, and scroll quickly through them (or even better, the nine-pane set-up in the latest cut of HTC&rsquo;s Sense).</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn77XF5Unap/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Settings menu is still a rather cluttered, confusing place" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Settings screen could do with a spring clean" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Settings-WP8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Windows Phone 8.1 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>Windows Phone 8.1 may only be an evolution of Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile OS, but there&rsquo;s enough spit and polish in this update to make it a serious alternative to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>.</p> <p>Cortana shows real promise, and Universal Search is an addition you can imagine using every day. But ironically, it&rsquo;s the fluffier aspects of 8.1 that may win Windows Phone new friends - the endlessly adaptable Start screen, the new tile transparencies, and the refinements to the animations.</p> <p>Our only reservation, for now, remains the breadth and quality of apps available in the Windows Store. Yes, it&#39;s now filled to the point where most of the mainstream apps are represented - but there still isn&rsquo;t the depth of choice and consistently high quality that you&rsquo;ll find in the Play Store or iTunes App Store.</p> <p>But we&rsquo;re at a point where the strengths are beginning to outweigh the weaknesses; 8.1 means that Windows Phone is ready for prime time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 4.5 Preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone 8.1 review" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 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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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>8.1 sees Windows Phone starting to realise its potential - with a couple of caveats this is now a worthy alternative to iOS and Android</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 8.1 review: &quot;Finally a contender&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s mobile OS is &quot;now a worthy alternative to iOS and Android&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Windows Phone 8.1 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:47:01 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434104 at http://www.stuff.tv OnePlus One: 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £230 http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 23/04/2014: The cut-price smartphone is now official! </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="OnePlus One: 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £230" alt="OnePlus One: 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £230" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus-one-official.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">You&#39;ve probably never heard of the OnePlus One, so we don&#39;t blame you if your immediate thoughts stray towards HTC and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a>.&nbsp;But dodgy naming aside, we&#39;ve got very high hopes for this mysterious handset.</p> <p dir="ltr">Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is a company founded by ex-Oppo vice chairman Peter Lau, and the One is its first foray into the smartphone arena. </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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power in spades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The One&#39;s spec sheet is impressive. It features the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor found in the insides of the Galaxy S5 and One (M8), and it beats both of those handsets with 3GB of RAM. It dwarfs their screens too, with a massive 5.5in full 1080p display, and a 13MP Sony Exmor camera rounds off the list rather nicely.</p> <p dir="ltr">It will also run the CyanogenMod OS straight out of the box, which will be embraced by hardcore Android fans with open arms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Already available on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oppo-n1/review" target="_blank">Oppo N1</a>, CyanogenMod is a modified version of stock Android with buckets of tweaks and improvements, many of which have, in the eyes of many, propelled it above the stock Android experience. But the One looks set to have more than just big brains...</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="600" height="450" alt="OnePlus One: 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £290" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplusone.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Killer looks </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Until recently, the One&#39;s looks have remained a mystery, but leaked images point to a super-slim handset which is as easy on the eyes as it is on the pockets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Better still, leaked &#39;StyleSwap&#39; covers point to a selection of textured rear shells which will let you customise the look and feel of the device. From denim to wood, there appears to be plenty of options to choose from, and it&#39;s a nice little throwback to the glorious swappable Nokia covers of the 90s.</p> <p dir="ltr">Interestingly, the OnePlus One appears to have a Lightning adaptor which transforms its standard microUSB connector into one that&#39;s compatible with Apple devices.</p> <p dir="ltr">Confused? Us too, but we won&#39;t have too long to wait until our questions are answered - the One will be released in the UK on 23 April, low price tag and all. Will you be getting one?</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>UPDATE 23/04/2014:</strong> OnePlus has officially announced the One, revealing that it will be on sale &quot;soon&quot; in 16GB and 64GB editions priced at &pound;230 and &pound;270 respectively. Frankly, that&#39;s insane for these specs.</p> <p dir="ltr">New specs not revealed in yesterday&#39;s leak have been confirmed: there&#39;s a 5MP front-facing camera, 4K and 120fps 720p video capture from the rear camera, and built-in stereo speakers. The One is 8.9mm thick and weighs 162g.</p> <p dir="ltr">Oh, and get this: according to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/23/oneplus-one-launch-ceo-pete-lau-interview/?utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget&amp;ncid=rss_semi&amp;utm_source=engadget&amp;utm_medium=twitter">Engadget</a>, the &quot;silk white&quot; edition of the One has a casing made from powdered cashew nuts that feels incredibly soft. Just don&#39;t start nibbling bits off, OK?</p> <p dir="ltr">We&#39;ve embedded a new official announcement video above.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oppo-n1/review" target="_blank">Oppo N1 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.androidauthority.com/oneplus-one-styleswap-370092/" target="_blank">Android Community</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KP-5OlHINg0" 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="567" height="425" title="Who doesn&#039;t want a smartphone wrapped in denim?" alt="OnePlus One: 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £290" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/covers.jpg?1398272008" /> </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="600" height="450" title="We wonder what Apple has to say about this..." alt="OnePlus One: 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £290" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplusonecable.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OnePlus One: a CyanogenMod powerhouse for pennies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A 5.5in full HD screen, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera for just £230 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news#comments Smartphones Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:19:43 +0000 Will Findlater 1435914 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"> UPDATE 23/04/14: More G3 screenshots leak, and it&#039;s a big improvement over the G2&#039;s UI </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?1398251228" /> </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> <p><strong>Update 17/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>Good news for pirates and bling lovers - the G3 is expected to land in gold, according to <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/16/5619884/lg-golden-g3-launch" target="_blank">The Verge</a>&#39;s spy shot of a gold G3 box.</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?1398251228" /> </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?1398251228" /> </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="600" height="450" title="Bling box" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-gold.jpg?1398251228" /> </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"> Two versions </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 17/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>A leaked <a href="http://www.antutu.com/view.shtml?id=7835" target="_blank">Antutu benchmark </a>suggests that there will be two versions of the G3 - one with the confirmed QHD 2K screen, and the other with a lower resolution 1080p display.</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="1163" height="873" title="Shouldn&#039;t that RAM be the other way around?" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-antutu.jpg?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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> <p><strong>Update 17/04/14: </strong>The same <a href="http://www.antutu.com/view.shtml?id=7835" target="_blank">AnTuTu benchmark leak </a>that suggests that the G3 will arrive in two models also sheds light on its insides. Both G3 variants are powered by the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor that graces the insides of the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, but oddly enough the 1080p variant has 3GB or RAM while the 2K model only has 2GB. on offer.</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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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><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> <p><strong>Update 17/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>A leaked Antutu benchmark confirms that the G3 will land with a 13MP camera.&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="604" height="453" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cat-large.gif?1398251228" /> </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?1398251228" /> </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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 23/04/14: </strong>More G3 screenshots have leaked courtesy of <a href="http://Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/lg-g3-homescreen-screenshots-leak-exclusive/#ixzz2zhMjXKIG" target="_blank">Digital Trends</a>&#39; industry source, and they match the flatter, simpler designs above. It&#39;s a massive improvement over the busy UI of the G2, and a definite step in the right direction.</p> <p>Interestingly, the source has explained a little more about LG&#39;s &#39;concierge service&#39; which is apparently the internal name for the G3&#39;s &#39;learning&#39; feature.&nbsp;</p> <p>The screenshots show off a weather widget which recommends using an umbrella, but the source states that the service will go much deeper, providing measured contextual information, similar to Google Now. If it goes beyond Google&#39;s own service, then we&#39;ll be very impressed indeed.&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="699" height="524" title="Much, much better" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-leaked-screens.jpg?1398251228" /> </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="299" height="529" title="Easy on the eyes. Though we&#039;d turn the blue down a tad." alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-notification-menu.jpg?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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?1398251228" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:16:37 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431614 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The march of the phablets shows no signs of abating, and being a super-sized version of the excellent G2 makes the G Pro 2 a mighty soldier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> LG proved it knows how to make a truly superb smartphone, so it&#39;s little surprise that its new phablet, tasked with taking down the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>, has plenty of G2 DNA running through its veins.</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Official UK price currently unconfirmed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better grip than its predecessor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Improved KnockOn feature </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Impressive spec and features for the expected price </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"> Harder to reach rear buttons </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lower than expected battery mileage </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"> Build: look Ma, one hand! </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">There have been some ridiculously huge phablets. Now those, you&rsquo;ll never, ever want to stuff into the pockets of those tight skinny jeans - even if you&#39;re able to. And you can forget one-handed texting unless you&#39;re an NBA baller.</p> <p dir="ltr">The G Pro 2 is not in the same oversized league.&nbsp;This 5.9in device&rsquo;s slim bezel keeps the overall width to a manageable 81.9mm, allowing most people to handle it fairly effortlessly with one hand. Activate the Mini View by swiping left or right at the bottom of the screen and the downsized UI you get protects even the most phallangically challenged from thumb strain. Admittedly the off-skew 3.4in to 4.7in UI is a little off-putting at first, but it&#39;s darn useful, too.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though its 5.9in display crosses into the phablet region, its 172g weight doesn&rsquo;t have the heft commonly associated with phablets such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a> or even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>. The slim 8.3mm profile is another design victory, and the ease with which it slips into your pocket makes it a real winner.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike the earlier G Pro&rsquo;s slippery smooth rear, the G Pro 2&rsquo;s textured design provides a much firmer grip. Its physical volume and power buttons, as with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, are inconspicuously placed at the rear. In theory, your index finger will rest naturally on the back and instinctively reach for the buttons, but while this design worked well for the G2&rsquo;s shorter body and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">G Flex&rsquo;s</a> curved chassis, the flatter and lengthier G Pro 2 requires ET-like digits to be truly comfortable.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </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="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2004.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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: a movie marvel </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">OLED might be the screen tech of the moment, but don&#39;t go dismissing the G Pro 2 simply because it&#39;s a standard LCD. The 5.9in display is rich but realistic in its colours, and just as sharp as an OLED-toting rival such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>. Take our word for it - a drop from the Note&#39;s 386ppi to 373ppi for the LG is imperceptible to the naked eye.</p> <p dir="ltr">From a comfortable viewing distance, full HD movies are amazingly clear and sharp, as are photos and fine text on websites.</p> <p dir="ltr">The G Pro 2 also automatically adjusts screen brightness to the right level under bright daylight. No adjustments required - it won&rsquo;t blind you in the dark, and it won&#39;t vanish in the daylight.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3 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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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: G2-like quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">You&rsquo;ll find the usual hardware suspects on the G Pro 2 - a 13MP snapper, armed with an optical image stabiliser to combat those shaky hands and blurry shots.</p> <p dir="ltr">The images do not disappoint. Clear, detailed shots taken under bright daylight are unsurprisingly easy on the eyes, but what makes the G Pro 2 a real belter is its night time shots - the G Pro 2 allows just the right number of photons to land on the sensor with the right shutter speed lighting dim scenes brilliantly. Admittedly, a certain degree of imaging noise is still visible, but far less than with competitors&rsquo; snappers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shooting modes from its earlier siblings are retained. They include dual camera, which snaps from both lenses at the same time, superimposing your gurning mug onto the pic. Time catch shot is also available, and came in pretty useful when it snapped multiple shots and saved the best frame of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx at the Earth Hour that we got to go to in Singapore.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2004.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 dir="ltr">New to the G Pro 2 is the Magic Focus mode. Think Lytro, which lets you re-focus your images after you&rsquo;ve taken them. Not exactly a unique feature, since everyone&rsquo;s doing it - HTC calls it uFocus on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> while Samsung went with Selective Focus. But that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less fantastic, especially when you get to pass off as a competent photographer by creating selective bokeh effects to make photos more artsy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike the more sophisticated, hardware-based One M8 system, though, the G Pro 2 requires distinct contrast between the foreground and background, and that means there&#39;s a definite knack to creating a distinct focus between two objects. If you&rsquo;re taking notes, here&rsquo;s another - you&rsquo;ll need steady hands. Even a slight movement in Magic Focus mode can screw up the focusing dynamics.</p> <p dir="ltr">That rear volume button also doubles as the shutter button, which seems weird until you take a selfie. Intuitively, your index finger reaches for and presses the volume up button when you hold the phone in one hand. And it works perfectly well with two hands, too.</p> <p dir="ltr"><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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%20camera%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%20camera%2004.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Performance: faster than the specs suggest </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">Although it&rsquo;s using the slightly older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (most 2014 flagship devices are using at least the 801 chipset), the G Pro 2 cruises through menu and screen transitions effortlessly. We&#39;ve been simultaneously throwing everything we&#39;ve got at the device - at least 10 apps, including resource intensive games such as <em><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madfingergames.deadtrigger2&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Dead Trigger 2</a></em>, <em><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockstar.gta3" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto III</a></em> and a few other basic apps such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">WhatsApp</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and the usual shebang - and nothing&#39;s troubled it. We&#39;ll thank the 3GB of RAM for helping make this something of a multi-tasking maestro.</p> <p dir="ltr">Playing full HD movies is even more a piece of cake for this monster of a phone. We haven&#39;t spotted any frames being dropped even when apps are punching their way through the background. Web browsing is also just as speedy on LG&rsquo;s pre-loaded browser and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome" target="_blank">Google Chrome</a> and you&rsquo;ll probably get the Road Runner experience if you&rsquo;re on the 4G/LTE network, as we are. In short, your Instagram feed will be fully loaded before you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.</p> <p dir="ltr">After all of that super-slick speed it&#39;s a little surprising to see the G Pro 2 produce an <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> score of just 20,679. We can&#39;t answer for that, but we can point out again that benchmarks are far from the be all and end all of power testing. What matters is the real-life performance, and the G Pro 2 performs like a peacock in mating season.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20performance%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20performance%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </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"> LG G Pro 2 Tech Spec </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Android 4.4</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 3GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 5.9in IPS+ LCD with 1920x1080 resolution (373ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB internal, microSD expandability</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 3200mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: heavily skinned, but with some occasionally useful 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">As with many competitors, LG has been particularly guilty of wrapping Android in an overly thick skin in the past, and the G Pro 2 doesn&#39;t change things.</p> <p dir="ltr">Little touches such as Slide Aside (which lets you access up to three frequently used apps easily with a three-finger swipe) are useful, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel as intuitive or quick as Android&rsquo;s default multi-task menu.</p> <p dir="ltr">To be fair, the South Korean chaebol has thrown in a few features that work really nicely. Customising up to five shortcuts for the front touch buttons might sound insignificant, but it makes a whole lot of difference considering the G 2 Pro&rsquo;s unusually long body. The notifications shortcut, for example, is a life-saver. Instead of stretching your thumbs to pull the notifications menu down, a simple tap on the button does the trick. The same applies for the recent apps function, which is usually activated by tapping and holding onto the home button.</p> <p dir="ltr">We spent most of our time with KnockOn, tapping the display instead of hitting the rear power button to wake or sleep the device. For a while, it worked perfectly, until we noticed that the device came to life too easily whenever we grabbed the phone. At this point, we activated the new KnockCode which lets you determine where and how many knocks on the screen are required to unlock the phone. Caveman simple, but superbly, satisfyingly nerdy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then there&#39;s Content Lock. This second layer of protection, located in the Security settings, locks and hides specified photos and videos in the gallery, and any notes within the Memo app, with another password, therefore protecting them from the prying eyes of partners, offspring and thieves.</p> <p dir="ltr">The likes of the QSlide video widget and Smart Stay (which keeps the screen alive while you stare at it) are still around and work well. Dual Browser, which splits the screen to house two apps for concurrent use, theoretically sound useful, but actually kind of defeats the purpose of viewing text and images on a generous 5.9in display.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 4.5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20OS%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20OS%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20OS%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery: not frugal enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> proving LG can do frugal, we had high hopes for the G Pro 2&#39;s battery life. Disappointment follows.</p> <p dir="ltr">During an hour of minimal usage, and by minimal, we mean not a single WhatsApp message or Facebook stalking involved, its juice dropped from 100% to 90%.</p> <p dir="ltr">By the end of an average 12-hour work day, with ample amount of messages sent through WhatsApp, Gmail and Facebook, we were down to a mere 14%, which dropped below 10% after a 30-minute drive.</p> <p dir="ltr">An hour of HD movies or games will cost you over 20% of your battery, too. Even sitting untouched and on standy for 10 hours saw it drop 40%.</p> <p dir="ltr">To cut a long story short, getting a day out of the G Pro 2 is a tricky business, and that&#39;s not really good enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20battery%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </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/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20battery%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> LG G Pro 2 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 dir="ltr">The brilliance of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> took everyone by surprise, but now the company&#39;s achieved it once, expectations for every one of the companies future phones have risen dramatically.</p> <p dir="ltr">That the G Pro 2 takes so much of its design and features from the G2 is no surprise then, and there are lots of reasons to like this phablet take on the formula. It&#39;s light, easy to handle and fits snugly in a pocket - all rarities in the phablet world.</p> <p dir="ltr">The G Pro 2 has plenty when it comes to features, too, with KnockCode proving a particularly useful and inventive example.</p> <p dir="ltr">And on top of that it&#39;s plenty powerful, mocking its relatively small AnTuTu score by juggling mountains of apps without stutter or lag.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the battery life is a problem. We weren&#39;t necessarily expecting the sort of power-sipping that the G2 demonstrated, but we were expecting (and always expect) a full day of moderate use. The G Pro 2 can&#39;t manage that, and that leaves the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> safe in its position as best phablet in the world - at least for now.</p> <p dir="ltr"><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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20verdict.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 7 </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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&#39;s got value, performance and features on its side, but the G Pro 2 falls down on battery life</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pro 2 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review#comments Android G Pro 2 LG Smartphones Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:05:23 +0000 Tom Parsons 1435860 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2 http://www.stuff.tv/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The two South Korean tech giants go head to head in our clash of the superphone titans </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 LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gs5-lg-g2.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>&nbsp;have both earned a well-deserved five stars in their respective Stuff reviews.</p> <p>With spec sheets bursting with power, pixels and imaging prowess, the two South Korean flagships are guaranteed to produce one hell of a fight. But which one will come out on top?</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"><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"> Plastic wars </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Galaxy S5 and LG G2 lose out to the likes of premium-built devices like the i<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">Phone 5s</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>.</p> <p>Forged from plastic, neither handset feels as expensive as their metal/glass-clad rivals, so we&#39;re looking at a straight up plastic vs plastic fight here.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 has received plenty of criticism for arriving with a very similar design to its predecessor, but one area it has improved on is its rear. Gone is the slippery plastic backside of the S5 and tacky looking faux leather of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-note-3" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>.</p> <p>Instead, the Galaxy S5 has a rubbery matte dimpled polycarbonate rear panel which is wonderfully grippy, and much less likely to slip out of the hands.&nbsp;While we&#39;re not fans of the two-tone alien blue colour, the plain Black S5 looks and feels rather smart and is definitely the one we&#39;d go for.</p> <p>The G2 fights back with its innovative rear power and volume buttons however, and we applaud LG for cramming in a slightly larger 5.2in screen into a smaller body with super-slim bezels.</p> <p>Its screen-filled front makes it look a generation ahead of the Galaxy S5 in the design race, and it&#39;s an impressive feat of engineering from the LG camp.</p> <p>While the Galaxy S5 has IP67 waterproof and dustproof certification, overall the Galaxy S5 is no match for&nbsp;the G2&#39;s pretty slim bezelled face.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong><em>LG G2</em></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="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9966_1.JPG?1398272008" /> </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 LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6006_1.JPG?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tasty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 brings two big features to the ring. First up is its Home button, which has an in-built fingerprint scanner.</p> <p>Swiping our finger to unlock the Galaxy S5 works well enough, though it&#39;s not perfect. We get the occasional failed scan, and it&#39;s clunkier to use than Apple&#39;s Tough ID home button on the iPhone 5s, which can be unlocked easily with a single thumb.</p> <p>Still, you can use your fingerprint to encrypt protect sensitive files on the Galaxy S5 and you can even use your digits to buy things online via PayPal in an instant.</p> <p>The rear of the Galaxy S5 also has a heart rate sensor. Although it&#39;s arguable how useful a feature this is on a phone (it makes more sense on a smartwatch like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Gear Fit</a>), it&#39;s an extra feature for developers to take advantage of and there&#39;s no harm in having it.</p> <p>While the G2 has fewer fancy sensors, LG&#39;s Knock On feature (a double tap to wake up the screen) is arguably more useful than the ability to measure your heart rate. Once the G2 gets upgraded to the newer Knock Code variant (which lets you unlock the screen with multiple taps in up to eight different positions) then it&#39;ll be secure too.</p> <p>For pushing the boundaries and for cramming in tech into every available inch of space though, the Galaxy S5 wins this round.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_4_0.JPG?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Super screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 devices have 1080p displays, Samsung is sticking to its Super AMOLED guns while LG has gone the IPS+ LCD route.</p> <p>In person, both screens look superbly sharp with vivid colours and good viewing angles.</p> <p>AMOLED versus LCD is often down to personal preference and while both screens look superb, we prefer the G2&#39;s display as it offers a larger screen, crisper picture and slightly better contrast in a smaller body.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em>&nbsp;<strong><em>LG G2</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6031_1.JPG?1398272008" /> </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 LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN99652_0_0.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Snap happy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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/MmvwzzuvQeV/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The LG G2 has one of the best Android smartphone cameras around but Samsung&#39;s not taking any chances with the Galaxy S5.&nbsp;</p> <p>It offers 16 megapixels to the G2&#39;s 13MP camera and Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S5 has the world&#39;s fastest smartphone autofocus at up to 0.3 seconds.</p> <p>While the S5 doesn&#39;t feature the G2&#39;s impressive optical image stabilisation, it does offer Lytro-like post-shot refocusing, thanks to its ability to snap two shots at once at different focal lengths before combining them into one photo.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5&#39;s camera also has a live HDR mode which lets you see what a HDR shot or video will look like in real time, and its HDR shots are some of the best we&#39;ve seen.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 also throws in 4K video recording (which the G2 lacks).</p> <p>In practice, both phones offer excellent photos in well-lit conditions. The G2&#39;s optical image stabilisation does however result in better shots in low-light conditions.</p> <p>Given that many people will be snapping dark pictures on a night out, the G2 will be the preferred choice if you&#39;re not fussed about 4K video or post-shot re-focusing.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>LG G2</strong></em></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"> Power race </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite the S5 having a newer, slightly higher-clocked Snapdragon 801 innards, it still - like the G2 - &#39;only&#39; has 2GB of RAM,&nbsp;</p> <p>Benchmarks aside, both phones are snappy and fast in normal use, and there&#39;s little to separate them when it comes to fluidly running apps, games or multitasking.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_1_1.JPG?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Both Samsung and LG are guilty of bogging Android down with tonnes of software extras, but some are actually genuinely useful.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 and G2 both let you lock off your personal section of the phone, allowing guests to use your device without prying into your files, folders and apps.</p> <p>The G2&#39;s excellent Knock On unlock feature is also expected to be updated with the G Pro 2&#39;s Knock Code skills which will let you tap out a pattern across the screen to unlock it.</p> <p>It worked really well when we tried it out at Mobile World Congress and we&#39;re looking forward to it landing on all of LG&#39;s major devices this year.</p> <p>The S5 however has a very impressive (on paper at least) battery saver mode which can supposedly squeeze out an extra 24 hours of battery life with only 10% charge left on the battery.</p> <p>Once activated, the menus and screen become black and white, and all apps are frozen. You can however still make and receive calls and text messages, and we can see ourselves making full use of it on a night out, stranded from any power cables.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 also features Samsung&#39;s updated S Health app which is built into the latest version of TouchWiz. It offers detailed information on calories burned, steps taken and even calories consumed, if you can be bothered to scan in every little thing you eat all day.</p> <p>Thanks to the heart scanner on the rear you can even measure your heart rate to ensure you&#39;re not feeling too poorly. Or too excited. Or too... dead.</p> <p>Samsung&#39;s download booster mode also sounds very interesting. It&#39;s able to use both 4G and Wi-Fi connections simultaneously to download large files faster than Wi-Fi or 4G alone. If it works, it could change our Starbucks working habits for good.</p> <p><em>Winner: <strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9978_0.JPG?1398272008" /> </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 LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_0_0.JPG?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite being the older device, the G2 is still impressive enough to come out on top.</p> <p>Its slim bezels and impressive design mean that it crams in a slightly larger screen into an even smaller body that the Galaxy S5. Its camera remains at the top of the Android pack and its still got plenty of power to match the latest superphones, despite being release late last year.</p> <p>Unless you&#39;re particularly excited about the S5&#39;s fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor and 4K video recording, we&#39;d opt for the G2.</p> <p>Of course, if you&#39;re in no rush then our final recommendation would be to wait for the LG G3, which should be revealed within the next few months. We can&#39;t wait.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 - price, release date, specs: everything we think we know</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="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_1.JPG?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature#comments G2 Galaxy S5 LG Samsung Smartphones Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:33:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433529 at http://www.stuff.tv iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So you’ve just bought yourself a shiny new iOS device! But now you have no cash left to buy any games. Don&#039;t despair, because these 30 stunners are available for free! </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="900" height="675" title="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/11-flockwork.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s strange to think that Apple&rsquo;s pricey mobile hardware led to an extremely diverse ecosystem of hugely affordable games. But whereas handheld consoles have historically been lumbered with expensive cartridges, Apple pioneered a digital-only approach and embraced all-comers &mdash; indies and majors alike &mdash; leading to a staggering number of titles being created for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> 30. Cool Pizza (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This skateboarding game&rsquo;s a bit of a departure from the Tony Hawk template. The skateboard is haunted and propelled into the depths of the underworld, where a pizza-delivering girl must use boost mats to launch into the air, ready to smack fighting devils with her board. Imagine <em>Space Harrier</em> fused with neon and dipped in plenty of hallucinogens and you&rsquo;re there.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cool-pizza/id541666625?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Cool Pizza here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cool Pizza" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-cool-pizza.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 29. Breakfinity (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bat-and-ball games have a long intertwined history with Apple hardware, <em>Breakout</em> driving many of Woz&rsquo;s decisions regarding the Apple II. We doubt <em>Breakout</em> impacted the iPad or iPhone so much, but it nonetheless seems appropriate to include <em>Breakfinity</em> in this list. It&rsquo;s essentially an update of 1980s classic <em>Arkanoid</em>, but instead of smashing walls of bricks to smithereens, the walls relentlessly close in. Get the ball through a gap and you can take on the next formation. Despite some twitchy controls, this is a playable and surprisingly tense take on an old favourite.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/breakfinity/id849968686?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Breakfinity 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="Breakfinity" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brickfinity-iphone-ipad-ios-game_3.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 28. Smash Bandits (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re regularly stuck on motorways, wishing you could let rip and get all smashy, try this game. You tear about the place like a maniac, ramming the fuzz and obliterating anything smaller than a building. All the while, you&rsquo;re racking up TV viewing figures that result in cash for upgrades. When you crash, it&rsquo;s possible to steal a police car or SWAT van so you can cause even more mayhem.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/smash-bandits/id602403667?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Smash Bandits 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="Smash Bandits" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/24-smash-bandits_0.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 27. ON/OFF (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sort of a sliding puzzle crossed with a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube, ON/OFF is all about connecting coloured switches with tiles you drag around. Almost immediately, this is a game that&rsquo;ll cause steam to fly out of your ears as you battle devious level design. You get the first set for nothing, and several harder packs are available for &pound;0.99/US$0.99 each or &pound;1.49/US$1.99 for the lot.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/on-off/id574723132?mt=8" target="_blank">Download ON/OFF 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="ON/OFF" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/23-on-off.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 26. Lost Treasures Of Infocom (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once upon a time, quite a few games were like books, only you typed in what you wanted to do next. Go north! Put dangly bit in tea substitute! Tell husband, &ldquo;Kiss my kneecaps&rdquo;! And so on. <em>Zork</em> was one of the earliest masterpieces of interactive fiction, and it&rsquo;s entirely free in this collection (which enables you to buy other Infocom classics). Just don&rsquo;t get eaten by a grue.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/lost-treasures-of-infocom/id577626745?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Lost Treasures Of Infocom here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature">Freemium and in-app purchasing in iOS gaming can be a pro, not just a con</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="900" height="675" title="Lost Treasures Of Infocom" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/22-infocom.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 25. Word Forward (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 many word games aiming for minimal rules from a random selection of letters, <em>Word Forward</em> instead tries the opposite. Each level provides a specific selection of letters and challenges you to remove the lot by dragging out words, <em>SpellTower</em>-style. Power-ups can help you along, but it&rsquo;s careful planning that pays dividends here, even if you&rsquo;re often tempted to lob a bomb on to the board, to remove an awkward &lsquo;Qu&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/word-forward/id762612892?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Word Forward 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="Word Forward" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/word-forward-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 24. Outwitters (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&rsquo;re big fans of David Attenborough, but his nature shows don&rsquo;t quite capture the kind of underwater carnage shown in <em>Outwitters</em>. In this two-player asynchronous strategy title, you and a chum take it in turns to obliterate enemy sea-life, which is suspiciously armed to the gills. Adding to the tension, a fog of war means you can&rsquo;t see everywhere at once, so tread (swim?) carefully, or you&rsquo;ll get battered.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/outwitters/id432969074?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Outwitters 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="Outwitters" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/21-outwitters.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 23. Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What-ho! The master of turn-based strategy takes to the air, in this rather jolly version of World War I ace pilots and their victories over the bally enemy. Essentially chess in the clouds, you strategise your way to the best locations for yelling &ldquo;Chocks away!&rdquo; and blasting foes into oblivion. IAPs open up more missions, but there&rsquo;s plenty here for nowt.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sid-meiers-ace-patrol/id583000830?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Sid Meier&#39;s Ace Patrol 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="900" height="675" title="Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20-ace-patrol.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 22. Punch Quest (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most endless runners are more concerned with your character leaping about like a deranged bunny. Not here, where the heroes punch their way to victory. Jab! Uppercut! Slam! Pummel! Eight fingers and two thumbs are apparently all you need to defeat evil &mdash; at least until you discover power-ups and find a tame laser-spewing dinosaur to ride!</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/punch-quest/id554223561?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Punch Quest 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="900" height="675" title="Punch Quest" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/19-punch-quest.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 21. Groove Coaster Zero (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 rhythm-action game distilled to its purest form, <em>Groove Coaster Zero </em>merely demands a single digit and a sense of timing. As the music plays, you prod, press or swipe at precise moments to build your chain. Throughout, your eyes are wrenched from your skull as the track whirls, dives, and gleefully fires dazzling vector shapes every which way.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/groove-coaster-zero/id549050409?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Groove Coaster Zero here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Groove Coaster Zero" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/18-groove-coaster-zero.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Triple Town (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Triple Town</em> tasks you with building a city on a tiny grid-based board, using a match-and-combine dynamic that has a curious grasp of evolution. Three bushes make a tree! Three tombstones make a church! All the while, bears roam about, making a nuisance of themselves and blocking spaces. Your free moves slowly replenish (you can buy unlimited turns for &pound;2.49/US$3.99), but that won&rsquo;t bother you as you stare at the screen, trying to think a dozen moves ahead.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/triple-town/id490532168?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Triple Town 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="Triple Town" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/17-triple-town.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Royal Revolt (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 young Prince is sent to Bogsmarts to learn about magic. While he&rsquo;s gone, unruly relatives carve up his kingdom. That just won&rsquo;t do. A total of 58 castles are therefore ripe for the taking as the Prince and his army set about hacking, smashing and magicking their way to victory in this charming and generous real-time strategy title.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/royal-revolt!/id545670708?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Royal Revolt 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="900" height="675" title="Royal Revolt" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/16-royal-revolt.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Dots (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 minimal as they come, <em>Dots</em> tasks you with removing sets of dots from the screen that are joined by vertical or horizontal lines. Manage to draw a square and all dots of that colour vanish. The developer&rsquo;s aim is to hook you with power-ups and get you using IAP to buy more dots; but play against your own scores rather than global leaderboards and you can have plenty of fun without the aid of your wallet.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dots-a-game-about-connecting/id632285588?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Dots 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="Dots" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/15-dots.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. Super Monsters Ate My Condo! (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Part Jenga, part match-game, and all bonkers, <em>Super Monsters Ate My Condo!</em> gives you two minutes to feed giant monsters apartment floors, while combining sets of three condos into gems, cats, clocks and piggy banks. Fling gems into a monster&rsquo;s maw to fire-up its special power, then collapse in a heap as your condo finally crumbles to dust while the fat lady sings on the spinning Monster Wheel. Like we said: bonkers.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-monsters-ate-my-condo!/id553509171?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Super Monsters Ate My Condo 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="Super Monsters Ate My Condo!" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14-super-monster-ate-my-condo.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. New Star Soccer (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve ever fancied yourself as the next Wayne Rooney, you can work your way through the footie leagues in&nbsp;<em>New Star Soccer</em>. The simplified abstraction of life (keep everyone happy via success in minigames; buy all of the things) and matches (score goals; intercept passes; grumble as your teammates lack barn-door hitting abilities once again) are perfect for mobile play.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/new-star-soccer/id498973162?mt=8" target="_blank">Download New Star Soccer here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download 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="New Star Soccer" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/New-star-soccer-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. HungryMaster (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>HungryMaster</em> features Delica and her cat, Saten, &lsquo;scrubbing&rsquo; enemies to turn them into food that&rsquo;s then fed to oddly ravenous houses. It looks like a NES classic, but plays like a thoroughly modern (if relentlessly frenetic) touchscreen title. There&rsquo;s an amusingly knowing sense of humour at the heart of <em>HungryMaster</em>, too, notably during cut-scenes that ape curiously scripted Japanese titles. &ldquo;Does Saten like drink?&rdquo; &ldquo;Alcohol is the best!&rdquo; (To be fair, we can&rsquo;t argue.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hungrymaster/id439558626?mt=8" target="_blank">Download HungryMaster 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="HungryMaster" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/13-hungrymaster.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. QatQi (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 or less welding <em>Scrabble</em> to <em>Rogue</em>, <em>QatQi</em> has you explore dungeons by building crosswords. As you roam, barriers and coins are discovered; and on completing a challenge, you&rsquo;re presented with interactive statistics comparing your score to other players from your town or country, or worldwide. There&rsquo;s a currency of sorts in undos, but these can be replenished with patience or by watching some ads if you don&rsquo;t want to fork out any real-world cash.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/qatqi/id519861748?mt=8" target="_blank">Download QatQi 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="QatQi" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/12-qatqi_0.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Flockwork (iPad only) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 sheep have escaped while the sheepdog snoozes, but have found themselves in a kind of ruminant hell. Landscapes are littered with traps and deadly clockwork wolves, and you must get the sheepish escapees home as rapidly as possible. The snag: every sheep follows your movements precisely, and so you must cleverly make use of the environment and shear woolpower to manoeuvre the sheep and ensure their survival.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/flockwork-addictive-sheep/id450451813?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Flockwork 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="900" height="675" title="Flockwork" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/11-flockwork.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Flappy Golf (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 imagine quite a few golfers have at one time wished their balls had wings, to sneak in a short putt. And this game&rsquo;s all about the flapping, riffing off the&nbsp;<em>Flappy Bird&nbsp;</em>craze and smashing that title&rsquo;s mechanics into the developer&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<em>Super Stickman Golf 2</em>. The net result is surreal and brilliant &mdash; a challenging and strange arcade game with a berserk online multiplayer mode, where four people desperately try to flap their balls into a hole.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/flappy-golf/id833756002?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Flappy Golf 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="Flappy Golf" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flappy-golf-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Frisbee Forever 2 (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s an almost Nintendo-style charm to this game that&rsquo;s ostensibly about flinging a plastic disc through the air. The mechanics are simple: move left and right to keep your disc on the right path, in order to collect stars that keep you aloft. But it&rsquo;s the beautifully rendered and realised environments - pirate ships anchored at desert islands; looming snowy cliffs; lost ruins - that keep you playing.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/frisbee-forever-2/id528241232?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Frisbee Forever 2 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-you-need-gamify-your-life/feature">Six apps you need to gamify your life</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="Frisbee Forever 2" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-frisbee-forever.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Bejeweled (iPhone)/Bejeweled HD (iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>PopCap&rsquo;s gem-swapper is one of the most famous games around, and it feels perfectly at home on the touchscreen. Along with the standard mode, you get several unique variations on the theme: in Butterflies, you must carefully consider every move, to ensure your winged creatures aren&rsquo;t eaten by a deadly spider; and in Diamond Mine, you battle against the clock to dig ever deeper into the ground, blasting away at the rock with explosive special gems.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bejeweled/id479536744?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Bejeweled here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bejeweled-hd/id517260318?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Bejeweled (HD) 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="900" height="675" title="Bejeweled" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9-bejeweled.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Trainyard Express (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Technically speaking, <em>Trainyard Express</em> is a demo for <em>Trainyard</em>, a game that comes with a (not exactly hefty) &pound;1.99/US$2.99 price-tag. In both games, the aim is to draw tracks to lead trains to stations of the same colour. At first, this is dead easy, but soon you&rsquo;re juggling multiple stations, rocks, colour-switching and train-merging, all on a tiny playfield. Our advice: devour this freebie and then immerse yourself in its commercial sibling.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/trainyard-express/id348724199?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Trainyard Express here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Trainyard Express" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-trainyard-express.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Darkside (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This twin-stick shooter updates Asteroids and wraps it around planetoids. The visuals are a treat, from the organic, spinning space rocks to the pyrotechnics on display as your powered-up ship seeks to obliterate everything around it. The free version of the game gives you the arcade mode, but for &pound;1.49/US$1.99 you unlock missions, survival mode and smart bombs.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/darkside/id524330924?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Darkside 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="900" height="675" title="Darkside" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-darkside.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Halcyon (iPad only) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 unique take on match games, Halcyon also borrows heavily from sound toys. You match colour currents, guiding pairs by drawing paths between strings. As you do so, the strings play and colliding currents chime, resulting in a beautiful accompanying generative soundtrack. Make no mistake, though: this is no noodly puzzler, and some of the later levels are ferocious.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/halcyon/id387838417?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Halcyon 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="900" height="675" title="Halcyon" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-halcyon.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Smash Hit (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oddly cathartic, surprisingly atmospheric, and very compelling, Smash Hit is an abstract and semi-ambient smash &rsquo;em up. You float through the void, lobbing metal balls at crystals, which rewards you with yet more balls; all the while, you must judge which glass forms are about to collide with you and smash them to pieces. Each new level brings surprises, from power-ups through to lurching camera angles and intriguing new obstacles.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smash-hit/id603527166?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Smash Hit 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="2048" height="1536" title="Smash Hit" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smash-hit-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Hero Academy (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chess meets fantasy in this asynchronous turn-based two-player effort. To win, you must obliterate your opponents or their gems, mastering and taking advantage of each of your team&rsquo;s special powers. Multiple boards and solo challenges add further scope for play, and if you&rsquo;re prepared to pay a little, you can buy additional teams.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hero-academy/id488156323?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Hero Academy 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="Hero Academy" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-hero-academy.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Zen Pinball (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s not much &lsquo;zen&rsquo; in this highly animated, exciting pinball, which adds to classic metal-ball-spanging with dynamic table elements. Free table Sorcerer&rsquo;s Lair gives you plenty to do as two siblings face off against an evil sorcerer. They must battle all manner of creepy crawlies, aided only by the power of friendly ghost Whisper, a smattering of mini-games, some dubious voice acting, and plenty of ramps, targets and multiball modes.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/zen-pinball/id465694275?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Zen Pinball 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="Zen Pinball" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-zen-pinball.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Show-Off Billiards would be an appropriate alternative name for this game that forces you to unlearn and relearn how to smack balls around a pool table. Here, there are no pockets &mdash; instead, you play the craziest possible trick-shots (bounce off table edges; &lsquo;buzz&rsquo; nearby balls) to score big points. As like-coloured balls stick together, you can create shapes for bigger bonuses. You get a bunch of tables for free, and more are available via IAP.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/magnetic-billiards-blueprint/id432152950?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint 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="Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-magnetic-billards_0.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Asphalt 8: Airborne (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a point where arcade racers lose all connection with reality and they&rsquo;re all the better for it. <em>Asphalt</em> isn&rsquo;t bothered by trivial concerns such as an actual car&rsquo;s inability to fly hundreds of metres through the air, or drift seemingly endlessly around gloriously sweeping bends; instead, it&rsquo;s all about the need for speed, zooming around beautifully rendered and inventive courses, occasionally smashing your rivals into a wall, just because you can. It&rsquo;s a touch shoppy and grindy, but there&rsquo;s hours of exhilarating racing here without spending a penny.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne 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="900" height="675" title="Asphalt 8: Airborne" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-asphalt.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Letterpress (iPhone/iPad) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 mash-ups and then there&rsquo;s <em>Letterpress</em>, the mash-up to beat them all, concocting an absurdly addictive stew from <em>Boggle</em> and <em>Risk</em>. The idea&rsquo;s easy: find words on a five-by-five grid. But the cunning bit is any tiles surrounded by ones you&rsquo;ve claimed are protected from your opponent during their next go. <em>Letterpress</em> therefore becomes a tug o&rsquo; war land-grab, more about strategic thinking than pure wordplay. For free, you can play two games simultaneously; &pound;1.49/US$1.99 unlocks unlimited games.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/letterpress-word-game/id526619424?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Letterpress here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 best games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Letterpress" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-letterpress.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top 25 free iPad and iPhone games </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS games Smartphones Tablets Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:17:53 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431573 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 Ultimate Setup http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So you&#039;ve got a Galaxy S5 – here&#039;s how to make the most of Samsung&#039;s new superphone, with our collection of awesome 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="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-cover.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you&#39;ve just taken delivery of your shiny new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the most feature-packed smartphone on the planet.</p> <p>But how to make the most of those features? You need to tool up with some accessories. We&#39;ve picked out the best headphones, cases and kit for music, gaming and everyday use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank"><strong>Read our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Extra battery kit (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 advantages of the Galaxy S5 is that you don&#39;t need to faff about with unsightly battery cases or bulky battery packs; if you&#39;re running low on juice you can just pop the back off and swap the removable battery out with a replacement. Of course, first you need your replacement battery; pick up two or three and even the longest of long-haul flights will hold no terrors for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s5-extra-battery-kit" target="_blank">clove.co.uk</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="Samsung Galaxy S5 Extra Battery Kit" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Extra Battery Kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-battery-kit.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sol Republic Master Tracks (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 called these over-ear cans &quot;light, comfortable and virtually indestructible,&quot; &nbsp;in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sol-republic-master-tracks/review" target="_blank">review</a> &ndash; so they&#39;ll sit nicely alongside the newly-ruggedised Galaxy S5. They&#39;re nicely understated in gunmetal, white or blue finishes,&nbsp;and deliver balanced, dynamic sound with plenty of poise and detail.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/SOL-Republic-Master-Tracks-Engines-Gunmetal/dp/B00B1NN0TS" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sol Republic Master Tracks" alt="Sol Republic Master Tracks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sol-republic-master-tracks_0.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> S View Flip Cover (£37) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5&#39;s plastic build has its detractors, it&#39;s fair to say. But that removable back cover has one key advantage over swanky metal and glass affairs &ndash; you can swap it out for Samsung&#39;s neatly-designed S View Flip Cover, giving you extra screen protection without adding bulk. There&#39;s a handy S View window in the cover, so you can check your notifications and answer calls on a customised screen; cleverly, your phone detects the colour of your S View cover and changes the colour of the window display to match it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/official-samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-premium-cover-case-blue-black-p44029.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-cover-2.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Moga Hero Power controller (US$60) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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, Samsung has an official Wireless Gamepad, and very nice it is too. But it&#39;s bulky, heavy and &ndash; crucially &ndash; lacks dual trigger buttons. This effort from Moga packs a full Xbox 360 controller layout, including twin analogue sticks, D-pad and dual triggers (a requirement for console ports like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas).</p> <p>It also packs a 1800mAh onboard battery that can &ndash; in a pinch &ndash; be used to charge your phone, as well as a handy gripper arm for gaming on the go.</p> <p><a href="http://store.mogaanywhere.com/Products/CPFA000353-01" target="_blank">mogaanywhere.com</a></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> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="Moga Hero Power controller" alt="Moga Hero Power controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moga-hero-power-controller.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S View wireless charging case (£55) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 hasn&#39;t baked wireless charging into the Galaxy S5 &ndash; but if you&#39;re desperate to free yourself from the tyranny of cables, there is an option. Samsung&#39;s official wireless charging case adds an S View flip cover to a Qi wireless charging back panel, letting you recharge your phone via inductive charging. You also get all the S View functionality found on the standard flip cover.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/official-samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-wireless-charging-cover-black-p44068.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View wireless charging case" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View wireless charging case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-wireless-charging-cover.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad (£29) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 wireless charging case is no use without something to wirelessly charge it. This little pad uses electromagnetic induction to charge up your S5, and packs an automatic shut-off feature to prevent it from continuing to charge your phone after the battery&#39;s full.</p> <p><a href="http://www.handtec.co.uk/catalogue/barcelona-mwc-2014/samsung-galaxy-s5-wireless-charging-pad-black-ep-pg900ibegww.html" target="_blank">handtec.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad" alt="Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-wireless-charging-pad.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Bose SiE2 sport headphones (£105) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s pitching the Galaxy S5 as a health and fitness device, with a redesigned S Health app and a heart rate sensor. So what better way to make use of S Health than with a pair of sports headphones? Bose&#39;s SiE2 in-ears borrow from the design of its IE2 headphones, augmenting them with sweat and water resistance. Bose&#39;s StayHear tips let you hear outside noise as well as your tunes, so you won&#39;t get run over by a bus on your morning jog. </p> <p>Bear in mind that the supplied armband is a bit small for a Galaxy S5, and that the SiE2s lack the inline remote of the iPhone-oriented SIE2i headphones. Still, you can always control music playback and calls with a suitable smartwatch. Like, say, the&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/bose-sie2-in-ear-sport-headphones-green-grey/p231690857" target="_blank">johnlewis.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bose SiE2 sport headphones" alt="Bose SiE2 sport headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose-sie2.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung Gear 2 Neo (£185) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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, you could for out the extra cash for the Gear 2, but the Gear 2 Neo does everything that its pricier brother does, aside from snap comparatively feeble 2MP photos. It also sports a slightly more plasticky build, but if you want to give Smasung&#39;s Tizen-powered smartwatches a try, it&#39;s a good starting point.</p> <p><a href="http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gear/gear2neo_features.html" target="_blank">samsung.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-2-neo.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 may be newly ruggedised, with water and dust resistance carried over from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-s4-active" target="_blank">Galaxy S4 Active</a> &ndash; but bumps and scrapes are still a daily risk.</p> <p>While the phone&#39;s replaceable back means that you don&#39;t have to worry too much about that side of things, the screen is a likely candidate for scratches. This tempered glass screen protector is just 0.23mm thick, and packs the same oleophobic coating used on smartphone screens to prevent smudges. And even if you do smash it, an anti-shatter film will prevent it breaking into dangerous fragments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/spigen-sgp-galaxy-s5-glas-t-nano-slim-tempered-glass-screen-protector-p44193.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</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="Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector" alt="Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs5-glas.tns_2.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Jawbone Era (£65) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bluetooth headsets may have fallen out of favour, but they&#39;re still very useful gadgets. And in recent years, they&#39;ve become much more refined than the clunky Borg-like appendages of old. The Jawbone Era is a case in point; it&#39;s small, stylish and packed with tech, including noise and wind cancelling, an accelerometer and tap to answer function.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jawbone-Bluetooth-Headset-Midnight-Perfect/dp/B004PEI2B6" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Era" alt="Jawbone Era" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jawbone-era-bluetooth-headset.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung Body Scale (£80) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s pushing its S Health system heavily with the Galaxy S5, using its battery of sensors to track your fitness. If you want to take things a step further, this Bluetooth-equipped body scale will send your weight measurements straight to the S Health app, saving you the bother of typing them in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/samsung-bluetooth-body-scale-p38708.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Body Scale" alt="Samsung Body Scale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-body-scale.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate Ears UE Boom (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bluetooth speakers are ten a penny &ndash; so why drop &pound;170 on one? Well, for one thing this brightly coloured tube of tunes pumps out &quot;weighty and involving sound&quot; (according to our chums at <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/ultimate-ears-boom" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi</a>) in a 360-degree radius. And you can link two UE Booms together for stereo sound, using the handy <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logitech.ueboom" target="_blank">Android app</a>. Plus it&#39;s water resistant &ndash; just like your Galaxy S5.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-audio/audio/portable-audio/portable-speakers/ultimate-ears-boom-wireless-portable-speaker-black-21458778-pdt.html" target="_blank">pcworld.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ultimate Ears UE Boom" alt="Ultimate Ears UE Boom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ue-boom-bluetooth-speaker.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung MHL 2.0 HDTV adapter (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This handy gadget lets you plug your phone into an HDMI-equipped TV &ndash; which, since the Galaxy S5 outputs 1080p HD, means that games and videos will look just as good on the big screen as they do on the small one. Perfect if you want to watch Netflix or iPlayer on a hotel room telly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s5-note-3-mhl-2-0-hdtv-hdmi-adapter-p38702.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-apple-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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 MHL 2.0 HDTV adapter" alt="Samsung MHL 2.0 HDTV adapter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-mhl-hdmi-adapter.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:22:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435661 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature-packed phone on the planet http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/video-review-samsung-galaxy-s5-most-feature-packed-phone-planet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S5 boasts fantastic specs and a gorgeous screen – but how does it fare against its high-end Android rivals? </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="Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the planet" alt="Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the plan" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-18%20at%2018.10.29.png?1397902215" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <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-3482514087001" 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="3482514087001" /> <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. 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