Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/all en-GB Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-already-working-major-future-ios-updates/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seems like iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 are already in development </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates" alt="Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/os.jpeg?1412077119" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been in tune with all the recent Apple iOS news, you&rsquo;ll know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">iOS 8.0.1 update</a> the tech giant rolled out last week was more of a disaster than anything else. As a result, Apple&#39;s currently looking to rectify the various issues that have cropped up.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playing OS detective </div> </div> </div> <div class="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://9to5mac.com/2014/09/29/apple-developing-ios-8-1-8-2-8-3-in-shift-for-2015-launches/" target="_blank">According to 9to5Mac</a>, a developer of a &ldquo;major hardware-connected iOS application&rdquo; has confirmed this by sharing some analytics, indicating that these versions are being tested in Cupertino.</p> <p>9to5Mac has also done a test of its own on its Google Analytics page, which shows visitors using iOS 8.1 have been visiting the site months before iOS 8 was launched, while iOS 8.2 and 8.3 visits started appearing after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a>&rsquo;s reveal.</p> <p>If this rumour proves to be true, Apple making a break from its upgrade traditions. Since iOS 5 in 2011, major new iOS versions have been put out in Q3, with a major update following it up in Q1 the following year. But this time it seems Apple has a different development schedule.</p> <p>Unfortunately not much information on what these various upgrades might hold was mentioned, but sources say there will be significant improvements to Maps in addition to a new iPad split screen mode and activation of the NFC-based <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/nfc-iphone-6-locked-apple-pay-only/news">Apple Pay</a> service.</p> <p>Oh, and that&#39;s not to mention a possible update in &ldquo;early 2015&rdquo; that will enable iPhones to pair with Apple Watch. Going by the looks of it, these upgrades could come as soon as next quarter or Q1 next year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature">iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Apple Watch, how your apps will evolve&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/09/29/apple-developing-ios-8-1-8-2-8-3-in-shift-for-2015-launches/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-already-working-major-future-ios-updates/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-already-working-major-future-ios-updates/news#comments Apple iOS Smartphones Tablets Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:37:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448932 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 30/09/14: This is this Nexus 6. And yes, it has a 6in screen. </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="Hello Moto" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mockup.jpg?1412073100" /> </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/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>&nbsp;was a big favourite here in the Stuff office. While it&#39;s currently sitting in seventh amongst&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">the 10 best smartphones in the world</a>,&nbsp;it still holds a special place in our hearts. Hell, one of us&nbsp;even wrote a paean to the handset, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature">why they loved it so much</a>.</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"> Hello Giant Moto </div> </div> </div> <div class="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.androidpolice.com/2014/09/29/this-is-the-motorola-nexus-6-a-5-9-qhd-display-3200mah-battery-dual-front-facing-speakers-and-more/" target="_blank">Android Police</a> has reportedly seen the Nexus 6 in the flesh, and it&#39;s essentially a super-sized&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&nbsp;with a 5.9in screen.</p> <p>Codenamed Shamu, the Nexus looks almost identical to its Motorola brother from the front, with dual black front-facing speakers and a round, pebble-like shape.</p> <p>The power and volume buttons (as previously reported by&nbsp;<a href="http://9to5google.com/2014/09/24/exclusive-this-is-shamu-motorolas-upcoming-nexus-6x/" target="_blank">9to5Google</a>)&nbsp;have moved down slightly to accommodate for the larger body, but the rest of the design remains true to the Moto X.</p> <p>While there&#39;s no image of the Nexus 6&#39;s rear, the site did confirm that it has the same aluminium band surrounding its edges, which should give it more of a premium feel in the hands.</p> <p>It&#39;s unclear at this stage whether or not the Nexus 6 will get the customised Moto Maker treatment with the ability to choose different materials and colours, so we&#39;ll just have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="Hai Moto" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto%20x.JPG?1412073100" /> </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="804" height="603" title="MOCKUP" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-x-nexus.jpg?1412073100" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Spec-tacular </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 leaked Antutu Benchmark tests are anything to go by, the Nexus 6 will be one of the most powerful Android devices to land this year, matching the beastly Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>While <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/29/this-is-the-motorola-nexus-6-a-5-9-qhd-display-3200mah-battery-dual-front-facing-speakers-and-more/" target="_blank">Android Police</a> confirms that these are the correct specs, there is a discrepancy between the 2650 x 1440 5.9in 2K screen it&#39;s reported on and the 5.2in 2k screen shown in the benchmark.</p> <p>We believe that the Nexus 6 will almost certainly land with a 5.9in 2K screen, and that the benchmark could simply refer to a test unit, or a very secretive second, smaller Nexus device, although that&#39;s now looking unlikely.</p> <p>A six inch screen will certainly put people&#39;s fingers to the test however, so a second 5.2in version would be ideal, in our opinion.</p> <p>Camera-wise, Android Police backs up past rumours of a 13MP snapper, and also reports that the Nexus 6 will have a new &quot;dual-flash ring configuration&quot;. Presumably this means that a half white, half amber circular LED flash will surround the rear lens, providing more accurate skin tones and colours.&nbsp;The front-facing camera meanwhile, will be 2MP.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 will also have a larger 3,200mAh battery, with Motorola&#39;s &#39;turbo charging&#39; tech, which promises up to eight hours of use from a single 15 minute charge, on the Moto X.</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="Juicy specs" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/antutu.jpg?1412073100" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Android L </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android L will definitely be making its debut on the Nexus 6.</p> <p>Google&#39;s already shown off Android L and released a pre-release version for developers to try out, and from what we&#39;ve seen, its new Material design UI changes look slick, fast, and gorgeous.</p> <p>Flat icons, bright colours and smooth animations pull together to form the best-looking competitor to the beautiful iOS 8.</p> <p>It&#39;s clever too. Tricks include the ability to automatically unlock when you&#39;re in a safe location (using known Wi-Fi signals), and tonnes of behind the scene optimisations promise improvements in both battery life and performance.</p> <p>There&#39;s plenty more to read about in our Android L preview, so jump in and see why you should be excited about the Nexus 6&#39;s shiny new OS.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L 5.0 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q8TXgCzxEnw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>If you believe there&#39;s no way we&#39;d have the price and release date of the Nexus 6 before we even know what it looks like, you&#39;d be spot on.</p> <p>Last year&#39;s Nexus 5 launched at the end of October, with traditionally competitive wallet-friendly Nexus pricing, and we&#39;re half expecting/half hoping to see the same for the Nexus 6.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it. It&#39;s only a matter of time before those leaks hit the interwebs after all...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best phones 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="567" height="425" title="The Moto X&#039;s camera" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5063_0.JPG?1412073100" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:29:46 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434725 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Seven common smartphone problems the Huawei Ascend Mate7 solves instantly http://www.stuff.tv/seven-signs-you-should-upgrade-huawei-ascend-mate7/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That first smartphone experience is special – we all remember it. Discovering what it&#039;s capable of slowly blows your mind. </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mate7a.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I can do my email! I can do my banking! I can watch TV! I can do&hellip;&nbsp;anything! Yet as the initial wonder diminishes, we all begin to suffer from its limitations. What was that password!? It needs charging&hellip;&nbsp;again! Smartphones are ace but frustrating.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) &quot;Yes, I have &#039;forgotten my password&#039;. Again&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 only so many memorable dates you can have &ndash;&nbsp;and you&#39;ve rinsed your back-catalogue of addresses, pets, maiden names, favourite teachers and places of birth. Making them up doesn&#39;t help. The Ascend Mate7 has the perfect 007-inspired answer: a fingerprint reader on its back that stores up to five sets of fingerprints. It has the latest single-touch technology so you can unlock the phone faster than devices that use a slower sweeping recognition, which means no more fiddly finger dragging or multiple taps. Fingerprints open either normal or guest mode: your fingerprint allows you into your private folders and applications while your friend&#39;s fingerprint only lets them see what you want them to see.</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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Password1.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) &quot;I need a fast connection – always&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That feeling when you&#39;ve got halfway through an episode of your favourite TV show, the wifi drops and your phone network can&#39;t cope. That. The Ascend Mate7 features the fastest LTE (4G) Cat6 connectivity with download speeds up to 300 Mbps. Yes: 300 Mbps. What does that mean in real terms? You can download whole show in HD in the time it takes to read this paragraph. Impressed?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="230" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Connectivity1_0.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) &quot;I love a big, beautiful screen&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 is nothing more frustrating than downloading the latest, greatest, most detailed movie available &ndash;&nbsp;and discovering your screen just isn&#39;t doing it justice. You feel cheated. You&#39;re only getting half the value&hellip; With its six-inch screen, full HD display, and 1500:1 high-contrast ratio, the Ascend Mate7 provides sharp images and is the perfect tool for enhanced entertainment. The phone delivers an uninterrupted eight hours video streaming and nine hours of web browsing (more on that in a second).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Entertainment1.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4) &quot;I want to stay fully charged&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why is it called battery life? For most smartphones it&#39;s all about battery death. And it always happens when you least need it &ndash; you&#39;re reading the paper and that evil &quot;20% battery left&quot; message flashes across the screen. Gah! It ruins everything. The Ascend Mate7 has a longer lasting 4100mAh Li-Polymer battery. It uses Huawei&rsquo;s own power-saving tech to deliver unprecedented longevity &ndash;&nbsp;that&#39;s more than two days of non-stop normal use.</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"> 5) &quot;I just need to do it – now&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;re on that crowded commute, you need information about the next train times, but your hands are full and your smartphone operating system requires double-handed swiping and pinching to open up the right app. Life&#39;s too busy for this. That&#39;s why the Ascend Mate7 comes with EMUI 3.0, a user-interface that has simple one-handed operation, a consistency across apps and easy switching between call, contact and messaging; you can do it all with a single swipe.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="273" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/UI1.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6) &quot;I don&#039;t like waiting&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 all love being a virtual tourist. These days you can do Route 66, Sugarloaf Mountain, see the Eiffel Tower, visit your old university flat &ndash; all from your sofa via your phone. Smartphones are amazing but if it takes two minutes to load each new image, it&#39;s not much fun. You&#39;ll find something else to do pretty quickly. The Ascend Mate7 has the intelligent Huawei Kirin 925 processor that&#39;s made up of four large A15 1.8 GHz and four small A7 1.3 GHz chipsets. They work in different configurations depending on needs. In English, this means an ultra-fast experience, optimal power usage and total efficiency.</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"> 7) &quot;I like being stylish&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking good means feeling good. If you&#39;re a little ashamed to pull your handset out of your ultra-cool hipster bag, then there&#39;s a conflict. The bag&#39;s great, the phone&#39;s a handbrake. The Ascend Mate7 solves this issue: it has got the look. It is more than 95% metal with an interior structure of a strong aluminium alloy in a slim 7.9-millimetre, 185-gram profile. But it doesn&#39;t sacrifice style for practicality as the Ascend Mate7 has superior heat reduction, an ergonomically curved back for one-handed use &ndash; and three striking colours: moonlight silver, obsidian black or amber gold.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Style1_0.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>Learn more about&nbsp;<a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=112446492&amp;iu=/5746/stuff.uk.feature">Huawei&rsquo;s mobile portfolio</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=112443252&amp;iu=/5746/stuff.uk.feature">connect on Facebook</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/Mate7b1.jpg?1412071885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/seven-signs-you-should-upgrade-huawei-ascend-mate7/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/seven-signs-you-should-upgrade-huawei-ascend-mate7/feature#comments Ascend Mate Huawei Promotion Smartphones Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:12:20 +0000 Maguire 1447471 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-lg-g3-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Samsung&#039;s new flagship phablet have what it takes to beat LG&#039;s G3? We compare their respective specs to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: the weigh-in" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-note-4-vs-lg-g3-main.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">unleashed on the world</a> at IFA in early September like some kind of smartphone apex predator, ready to pick off the zebras and wildebeest of the tech world.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: Plastic fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both of these phones are predominantly plas&ndash;&ndash; sorry, polycarbonate on the outside, but thankfully neither suffers from cheap-looking syndrome (a good thing, considering how expensive they are). Both Samsung and LG have put a lot of effort into making their premium devices look sufficiently premium.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a level above its predecessor when it comes to build quality. Yes, there&rsquo;s still the faux-leather texture on its back (once again, Samsung: we could really, really live without this), but this time it&rsquo;s softer and grippier, while the metal band wrapped around the device&rsquo;s edges adds a further measure of both sturdiness and elegance.</p> <p>The LG G3, meanwhile, has a smooth plastic back that sort-of looks like metal, and curves nicely so that it fits better in your hand. On the front, the barely-there bezels mean it&rsquo;s almost totally Gorilla Glass 3 (also the material used to cover the Note 4&rsquo;s screen, incidentally).</p> <p>Neither phone has the premium feel of, say, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus</a>, which is a shame, but the lack of metal does keep them lightweight &ndash; and both have removable backs allowing you to swap out batteries.</p> <p><em><strong>Verdict: Draw</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="1200" height="900" title="The Note 4&#039;s pleather back is softer and more grippy than the Note 3&#039;s" alt="The Note 4&#039;s pleather back is softer and more grippy than the Note 3&#039;s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-back-white.jpg?1411653941" /> </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="It might look metallic, but the G3&#039;s back is plastic" alt="It might look metallic, but the G3&#039;s back is plastic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-back-black.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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: 2K X2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 want a big, sharp screen? Both these phones have one &ndash; in fact, they&rsquo;re the biggest, sharpest screens around: the Note 4 packs a whopping 5.7in 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, while the G3 has a 5.5in 2560 x 1440 LCD panel.</p> <p>While they have the same 2K resolution, there are a couple of differences worth noting. First, that extra .2 of an inch means the Note 3 has a tiny bit more acreage but a tiny bit less pixel density (515ppi as opposed to the G3&rsquo;s 534ppi &ndash; but if you can spot a difference in sharpness you have far better eyes than us). Second, the Note 4&rsquo;s AMOLED tech means its colours are a touch more vibrant and punchy. Some might find the G3&rsquo;s more muted tones a bit more true to life, of course, but the display settings are tweakable if you want to make things a touch more realistic.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s really too close to call a winner here, as both phones have incredibly sharp, large screens. After we&rsquo;ve reviewed the Note 4, we might be able to declare that one or the other maintains a slight edge, but if so it&rsquo;s going to be a really, really close-run thing.</p> <p><em><strong>Verdict: Draw for now</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="319" title="The Note 4&#039;s 5.7in 2K screen: big enough for ya?" alt="The Note 4&#039;s 5.7in 2K screen: big enough for ya?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_3.jpg?1411653941" /> </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 G3&#039;s 2K screen was a game-changer upon launch" alt="The G3&#039;s 2K screen was a game-changer upon launch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2002_0_0.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Performance: A couple of beefy blowers </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 UK edition of the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz and 3GB of RAM, while the G3 sports a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.5GHz and 2GB of RAM. So, while both are extremely beefy by smartphone standards, on paper the Samsung phone has a narrow edge.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Note 4 offers 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB on top of that, while the G3 has 16GB expandable by a further 128GB.</p> <p>So, they&rsquo;re both powerful and have at least the potential for lots of storage space. But on the spec evidence, Samsung&rsquo;s got this round sewn up.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</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-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: Laser vs no laser </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 at Stuff we&rsquo;re huge fans of the LG G3&rsquo;s laser-focus camera, describing it as nothing less than &ldquo;a work of genius&rdquo; in our review. The laser allows the G3&rsquo;s 13MP main camera to autofocus far more swiftly than rival smartphone snappers, you see &ndash; and once you factor in optical image stabilisation, a dual-tone LED flash and the fact you can capture not just full HD but 4K video and you&rsquo;ve got one of the finest smartphone cameras around.</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t had the opportunity to properly test the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s camera, but it has a 16MP sensor backed up with optical image stabilisation, which should make it a decidedly better performer than its predecessor &ndash; particularly in low light conditions. It can capture 4K video too.</p> <p>We have a sneaking feeling that the G3&rsquo;s laser trickery and dual-tone flash are going to make it a slightly better performer than the Note 4, but Samsung appears to have narrowed the gap quite dramatically. It&rsquo;ll be a close-run thing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</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="1200" height="900" title="LG G3: its camera has frickin&#039; lasers" alt="LG G3: its camera has frickin&#039; lasers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-camera.jpg?1411653941" /> </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="16MP and optical image stabilisation: the Note 4&#039;s camera is hi-spec" alt="16MP and optical image stabilisation: the Note 4&#039;s camera is hi-spec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-4-camera.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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: Two different flavours of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both of these phones are built on an Android backbone, of course (4.4.2 KitKat for the G3, 4.4.4 KitKat for the Note 4), but their respective manufacturers have installed their own user interfaces over the top of Google&rsquo;s OS.</p> <p>The LG G3 sports a tastefully clean UI (a vast improvement over its garish, cluttered predecessor&rsquo;s) that offers a number of useful exclusive features: Smart Clean to get rid of space-stealing unwanted cache files; Smart Notice, which is basically LG&rsquo;s take on Google Now; LG Health, which is a pretty decent fitness tracker; and the semi-sentient Smart Keyboard, which picks up on your typing quirks and lets you swipe to type.</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t yet had enough time with the Note 4 to &ldquo;deep dive&rdquo; into its UI&rsquo;s quirks and intricacies, but from what we&rsquo;ve seen there&rsquo;s plenty to get excited about. Multi Window returns, naturally, allowing you to multitask by running two apps side-by-side, and much of the Note 4&rsquo;s UI is designed to maximise the effectiveness of the S-Pen stylus. There&rsquo;s also a new voice recording app that takes advantage of the Note 4&rsquo;s three microphones and noise-cancelling technology to improve voice memos and interview quality. Oh, and it&rsquo;s also compatible with Samsung&rsquo;s Oculus Rift-style <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Gear VR gaming headset</a>, which is something you definitely can&rsquo;t say about the G3.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve moaned a lot about Samsung&rsquo;s love of bloatware in the past, but like LG the company seems to be moving in the right direction when it comes to loading its devices with unwanted apps. If that trend continues with the Note 4, it could end up pipping the G3 to the post here.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw for now</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="1200" height="900" title="The G3&#039;s Smart Clean removes unwanted files quickly" alt="The G3&#039;s Smart Clean removes unwanted files quickly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2002_0_0.jpg?1411653941" /> </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 Note 4&#039;s UI is geared towards S-Pen use" alt="The Note 4&#039;s UI is geared towards S-Pen use" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-apps_3.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 LG G3 is still our favourite smartphone, but &ndash; on paper at least &ndash; the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the closest that comes to replicating and even outdoing its most show-stopping specs and features: the huge 2K screen, the optical image stabilisation, the potential for massive amounts of on-board storage (you could argue that the Apple iPhone 6 Plus approaches them too, screen resolution aside).</p> <p>We reckon it won&rsquo;t be for everyone, and it&rsquo;ll likely be a bit pricier than the G3, but the Note 4 could prove the world&rsquo;s most powerful and fully-featured smartphone when it hits the shops in the coming weeks. At this point, we&rsquo;re not going to say it has the G3 beaten, but it&rsquo;s going to be very, very close.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review"><strong>Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</strong></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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-note-4/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-lg-g3-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-lg-g3-weigh/feature#comments G3 Galaxy Note 4 LG Samsung Smartphones Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:05:44 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446601 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out, GoPro: HTC may be about to launch an action camera http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 25/09/14: HTC has just teased the device in a video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Reports claim HTC is about to launch an action camera" alt="Reports claim HTC is about to launch an action camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera.jpg?1411693618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC is holding an event in New York on 8th October, and now that we&rsquo;ve seen the invitation we don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s going to be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-s-existence-and-release-date-confirmed-nvidia/news">HTC Nexus 9</a>&rsquo;s big debut &ndash; we think it&rsquo;s going to be the company&rsquo;s first camera.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It sounds a bit like the Sony QX camera range (which was just updated last week with the addition of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news">two new models</a>), but Bloomberg&rsquo;s report claims HTC is taking a slightly different tack by concentrating on video capture and simplicity &ndash; and by being waterproof.</p> <p>Essentially, it sounds like HTC may have developed a smartphone-friendly action camera &ndash; a rugged GoPro competitor that&rsquo;ll work with other manufacturers&rsquo; devices. Of course, it&rsquo;ll also take stills (video cameras don&rsquo;t need a 16MP sensor), and could represent an simple option for owners of the HTC One and One (M8) looking to improve those phones&rsquo; rather disappointing photography capabilities.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be at the event to see precisely what HTC has in store for us, so stay tuned for updates.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-12/htc-said-to-develop-waterproof-camera-to-challenge-gopro.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>Update 25/09/14:</strong> A video teaser released by HTC suggests that the product is indeed a waterproof action camera. Entitled &quot;Something Remarkable Is Coming&quot;, the New York-set clip showcases, among other things, underwater and slow motion footage. Watch it below.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fi33uGiloGg?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</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-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="846" title="HTC&#039;s invitation hints at photography-related revelations" alt="HTC&#039;s invitation hints at photography-related revelations" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-double-exposure_0.jpg?1411693618" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Action Cam HTC Smartphones Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:46:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447428 at http://www.stuff.tv BlackBerry Passport hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-passport/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We (try) to wrap our hands around BlackBerry&#039;s passport-sized...er, Passport </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="Quite the stretcher" alt="BlackBerry Passport " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9956.JPG?1411706900" /> </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>We&#39;re not going to waste time talking about BlackBerry - where it was, where it is, and where it&#39;ll end up.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, we&#39;re on strict hands-on duty, and boy, have our fingers been tested:</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">15 amazing one-thumb games</a></strong></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"> £530.00 </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"> Wide load </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 BlackBerry Passport, with its quad-core Snapdragon innards and 3GB of RAM, is the most powerful smartphone the company has ever produced. But that&#39;s completely overshadowed by its build.&nbsp;</p> <p>This thing is Wide.&nbsp;</p> <p>90.3mm wide, to be exact, and it&#39;s all thanks to its square 4.5in 1440 x1440 display.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s 453 pixels per inch, and it&#39;s up there with the sharpest screens we&#39;ve laid our pixel-weathered eyes on.</p> <p>Colours and brightness appear to be fine, though we&#39;ll reserve our final judgement for our full in-depth review.</p> <p>But all you&#39;ll really want to know is whether or not you can use it one-handed. On first impressions, we&#39;re going to go with - no. Not comfortably anyway.</p> <p>It could be because we haven&#39;t spent enough time with the Passport to get used to its odd design, but so far it&#39;s definitely a two-handed job.</p> <p>While we can quite easily reach the top of the screen thanks to its shorter size, reaching the other side of the keyboard while typing results in a balancing game we like to call &#39;oh god, please don&#39;t fall, please don&#39;t - *****&#39;.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a working title.</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="Beauty shot" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9958_1.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="View from the rear" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967_2.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A hybrid keyboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BlackBerry&#39;s keyboards are legendary, and we fell in love with the one on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-q10/review" target="_blank">Q10</a>, which was the best physical keyboard we&#39;ve ever used.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the advances of software offerings like SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy, we found ourselves bashing out emails faster on the Q10 then any other device.</p> <p>With the Passport however, we find typing to be a little awkward, possibly due to its narrow height and the fact that it&#39;s squeezed towards the bottom.</p> <p>To be fair to BlackBerry though, if it&#39;s one thing it knows, it&#39;s keyboards, and having not used a physical keyboard since the Q10, we know that it takes at least a few days to adjust, so we&#39;ve got tentative high hopes for the Passport&#39;s typing prowess.</p> <p>The Passport&#39;s keyboard also adds another trick to its arsenal - touch sensitivity. The entire keyboard acts like a giant touchpad, letting you scroll through webpages and accurately drag around the cursor when making adjustments to text.</p> <p>Another neat trick is the on-screen symbols and number keys, which, on first impressions, look like they&#39;ll make typing a faster experience as you don&#39;t have to worry about switching between different keyboard modes.</p> <p>Predicted words also appear on the screen as you&#39;re typing, and you can flick up on the keyboard beneath one of the three words to make your selection.</p> <p>It works well, though we tend to ignore predictions most of the time when we type.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-q10/review" target="_blank">BlackBerry Q10 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Classic typing test" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9960_0.JPG?1411706900" /> </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="Sexy accurate cursor movement" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9959_1.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Megapixel bump </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Passport has a 13MP OIS-equipped camera, which theoretically should result in better low-light shots. That&#39;s the same lens-stabilising tech found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, so our expectations are high.</p> <p>We haven&#39;t had a chance to test this out, but the few shots we took in well-lit conditions look decent enough on the Passport&#39;s screen.</p> <p>Our full review will put the camera through its paces, but on first impressions, it hasn&#39;t raised any alarms.</p> <p>Oh, and yes, you can shoot in regular 4:3 and 16:9 ratios. Not all your shots have to be square.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smell the roses" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9964_0.JPG?1411706900" /> </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="LENS" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9969.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Not so appy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Passport comes pre-loaded with Amazon&#39;s Android app store for regular apps and games, while BlackBerry told us that its own store will now be geared more towards business users.</p> <p>It&#39;s a step in the right direction, but Amazon&#39;s offering still can&#39;t hold a candle to the vast library of the Google Play Store and Apple App store.</p> <p>Searching for Instagram for example, still produces disappointment, and while there are unofficial third party alternatives, it only takes three seconds of use to know that they&#39;re simply not as good.</p> <p>#instagramforbbplz</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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 just not the same..." alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_4.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 didn&#39;t have enough time to properly test out the latest version of BlackBerry 10.3, but we&#39;ll make sure to thoroughly explore the depths of its messaging hub, voice assistant and more, in our full review.</p> <p>A few voice commands have been tested however, and recognition appears to be good. Setting a reminder, asking when our next appointment is and searching Amazon directly through voice commands all appears to work very well.</p> <p>Sadly our cries of Amazon UK are being ignored and the US store keeps opening up, but we&#39;ll try at least seven more times before giving up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="BOW BEFORE THE MESSAGING HUB" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9957.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 one thing we can definitively say about the Passport before our full review is that it&#39;s different. Very different.</p> <p>Whether that&#39;s for better or for worse remains to be seen, but we&#39;ll return with our final impressions in our full review, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 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="Sexy lock screen" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9973.JPG?1411706900" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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> <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"> BlackBerry Passport hands-on: Hip to be square? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our mitts around BlackBerry&#039;s unusual new phone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-passport/review#comments BlackBerry Smartphones Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:42:03 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448486 at http://www.stuff.tv BlackBerry Passport launches: square screen, 30-hour battery and (of course) a keyboard http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-passport-launches-square-ish-design-meets-legendary-keyboard-whopping-30-hour- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not adjust your monitors. This really is BlackBerry&#039;s new phone. Here are 7 things you need to know about it </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="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blackberry-passport-front-003.jpg?1411609250" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BlackBerry has officially launched the Passport - a quirky keyboard-toting smartphone with a design that&#39;ll take some getting used to.</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly a looker (in more ways than one) and arrives packing modern specs along with a few surprises.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&#39;s what you need to know:</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"> 1. It has a square screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Passport&#39;s unusual physique is all thanks to its almost-square 4.5in 1440 x 1400 453ppi display, beneath which lies the legendary keyboard our fingers first fell in love with all those years ago, and all over again with the launch of the Q10.</p> <p>BlackBerry boasts that the Passport can display 60 characters per line - closer to the 66 character print standard, which apparently makes for a better reading experience whether relaxing with a book or perusing spreadsheets and important business documents about business... things.</p> <p>During the launch, the Passport was compared to the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5, the latter of which had to zoom into documents and text to comfortably read them.</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="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-back-001.jpg?1411609250" /> </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="500" height="600" title="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-side-002.jpg?1411609250" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It has modern specs and a killer battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Passport is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3GB of RAM, which should eat through BlackBerry 10 OS with no problems, given that the lesser-specced Z10 and Q10 ran it smoothly during our time spent with them.</p> <p>A 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation for better low-light shots graces the rear, and a whopping 3450mAh battery - the largest ever from a major manufacturer - will apparently ensure that the Passport lasts around 30 hours of medium-to-heavy use on a single charge.</p> <p>That&#39;s seriously impressive if true, but we&#39;ll have to wait for our full review to see if it lives up to the hype.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-front-001.jpg?1411609250" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It has a rather special keyboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 physical keyboard on the Passport itself is touch sensitive, letting you swipe up across the keys to select suggested words, and it looks like a handy way to scroll through webpages without fingers covering up the screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>The keyboard&#39;s touchpad ablity also lets you accurately move the cursor around while typing. It all looked very impressive during the demo, but again, we&#39;ll give you our verdict when it comes to the review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It has new software </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 latest version of BlackBerry&#39;s OS,&nbsp;BB 10.3,&nbsp;brings a bunch of updates, fixes and new UI elements, some of which were shown off at the launch - including BlackBerry Assistant, Siri and Google Now&#39;s arch nemesis.</p> <p>While its Android and iOS rivals can&#39;t access secured work data information (such as emails and server documents), BlackBerry Assistant is able to access everything, thanks to the company&#39;s long-established security DNA. Not one for regular gadgeteers then, but could come in handy for workaholics.&nbsp;</p> <p>More useful is BlackBerry Assistant&#39;s ability to directly search for products on site like Amazon, instead of just bringing up search engine listings.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s app store brings more Android apps to BlackBerry 10.3 without having to faff around with side-loading Android apps, but it&#39;s still not going to offer the vast number of apps on the full Google Play Store.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, it&#39;s a step in the right direction and puts BlackBerry on the same level as the Amazon Fire Phone and HDX tablets when it comes to app availability.&nbsp;</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="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-front-002.jpg?1411609250" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It has a killer speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Passport&#39;s speaker is apparently 18% louder than those in the mighty HTC One (M8), and 350% louder than those on the Galaxy S5.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s a mighty big claim given how amazing HTC&#39;s speakers are, and we&#39;re looking forward to pitting them head to head in our testing arena.</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"> 6. It Blends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BlackBerry Blend brings the fight to Apple OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 by allowing you to connect the Passport to your Windows PC, Mac, Android tablet and iPad.</p> <p>It lets you send and receive messages directly from any of those connected devices without having to whip out your phone, and also enables you to securely transfer files without the need for extra workplace security measures such as VPNs.</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"> 7. It&#039;s out...now! </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 BlackBerry Passport goes on sale in the UK from today - yes, today - for &pound;530. It&#39;s available from Selfridges and BlackBerry&#39;s own site, and will drop in the Carphone Warehouse this Friday.</p> <p>Having used the Z10 and Q10 extensively, we can vouch for the speed at which emails can be bashed out on BB10, in addition to the fluid transition between different email accounts and messages thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the lower number of apps, odd design and the huge shadow of Android, iOS and even Windows Phone devices are still massive barriers to regular consumers.</p> <p>Stay tuned for our full review, where we&#39;ll get to put the Passport through its paces properly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-trio.jpg?1411609250" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/blackberry/blackberry-passport-launches-square-ish-design-meets-legendary-keyboard-whopping-30-hour-#comments BlackBerry Passport Smartphones Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:43:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448471 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 735 Windows Phone is available from next month http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-windows-phone-available-next-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft’s new mid-range model features the Cortana personal assistant and a 5MP front-facing camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 735 Windows Phone is available from next month" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 Windows Phone is available from next month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ms-lumia-730-main.jpg?1411556353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has announced that its next Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 735, will be available in the UK from 2nd October.</p> <p>The Lumia 735 is a mid-range model with a 4.7in 1280 x 720 OLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable on-board storage and 30GB of OneDrive cloud storage.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It also comes with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news">Windows Phone 8.1</a>, which means you get access to the beta version of Microsoft&rsquo;s Siri-baiting <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news">Cortana</a> personal assistant, as well as a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera to satisfy the needs of selfie-addicted tweens. The main camera has a 6.7MP sensor, Zeiss optics and an f/1.9 aperture.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a 2220mAh battery and, should you fit the optional charging shell, the ability to use a wireless charging plate.</p> <p>The Lumia 735 will be available from &ldquo;all major retailers&rdquo; from around &pound;20 a month on contract (no SIM free price has been given at the time of writing), in several colours including bright orange, bright green, white and dark grey.</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-filefield field-field-image"> <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="Wireless charging is an optional extra for the Lumia 735" alt="Wireless charging is an optional extra for the Lumia 735" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ms-lumia-730-charging.jpg?1411556353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-windows-phone-available-next-month/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone 8.1 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:56:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448461 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Note 4 is official - and we&#039;ve already had a play with it. Here&#039;s what we think of Samsung&#039;s new flagship bigphone </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-main.jpg?1411553676" /> </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 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a mystery no more. And it&#39;s even got a curved-screen brother in the form of the crazy Note Edge. </p> <p>From its 2K screen and powerful Snapdragon 805 innards to its S Pen powers, souped-up camera and VR gaming tricks, it&#39;s got enough new features to leave gadget fans salivating. </p> <p>We were lucky enough to get some hands-on time with it at IFA 2014, so read on for our first impressions.&nbsp;</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"> A screen that&#039;s dripping with pixels. And colour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The obvious headline with the Note 4 is that it has a 2K display. The screen size itself is unchanged from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Note 3</a> at 5.7 inches, but the resolution is now an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>-matching 2560x1440. That gives it a whopping great pixels per inch count of 515 - that&#39;s slightly lower than that of the G3&#39;s smaller 5.5in screen, but it&#39;s still higher than most rivals and we didn&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness. We did, however, notice a difference in colour. </p> <p>Unlike the G3, which has an LCD panel, the Note 4 uses Samsung&#39;s Super AMOLED display, and the results are simply stunning. </p> <p>If you&#39;ve seen the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Galaxy Tab S</a> range of tablets then the Note 4&#39;s screen will be instantly familiar. Colours are punchy enough to wallop your retinas (in a good way), and its true blacks easily trounce those of the G3, thanks to AMOLED&#39;s ability to completely turn off pixels to render black. </p> <p>Some users might find the unrealistically vibrant colours a little OTT, but a quick play around with the display settings lets you tone things down a bit, resulting in more realistic colours while retaining the deep blacks. </p> <p>The Note 4 uses the same Adaptive Display technology found in the Galaxy Tab S range, which means that it automatically adjusts its colours according to the warmness and brightness of ambient light. We didn&#39;t get to test this out in detail, nor were we allowed to take the Note 4 outdoors to test its performance in bright sunshine, but if the Tab S screens are anything to go by, the Note 4 should handle the sun&#39;s rays with ease.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Premium at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The body of the Note 4 has also received a welcome upgrade. The faux-leather back returns, but it feels softer, grippier, and less cheap than the rear of the Note 3. Not only that, but there&#39;s a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Galaxy Alpha</a>-like metal band wrapped around the entire edge of the device. It feels sturdy and more luxurious, which is exactly what we want to see from Samsung&#39;s flagship devices. </p> <p>Yes, it still lacks the weighty metal feel of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, but it&#39;s a definite improvement over its predecessor. The extra grip will come in handy too, given its size. </p> <p>Slipping the Note 4&#39;s rear cover off reveals a removable 3220mAh battery and microSD slot, which should keep power users ticking along nicely. The Note 4 also retains the Galaxy S5&#39;s rear heart-rate monitor and home button fingerprint scanner.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-rear.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 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>We expect the UK variant of the Note 4 to land with Qualcomm&#39;s Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful smartphones ever. </p> <p>Qualcomm&#39;s new chip is beefy enough, in fact, to turn the Note 4 into an Oculus Rift-like VR headset, when slotted into the Gear VR. </p> <p>READ MORE: Samsung Gear VR hands-on review </p> <p>Not only is the 805 more powerful, but because its more efficient, Samsung has told us that the Note 4 actually surpasses the Note 3 when it comes to battery life, despite having to push all those extra pixels. We&#39;ll have to reserve our judgement until we spend more time with a review unit, but if true that&#39;ll be a seriously impressive bit of jiggery-pokery.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-front-close-up.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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, with OIS to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Note 3&#39;s 13MP camera is gone, replaced by a 16MP effort with built-in optical image stabilisation.</p> <p>We didn&#39;t have enough time to take photos with multiple devices in a controlled environment, so you&#39;ll have to wait for our full review to see how we rate it against its peers. But what we can say now is that it focuses on subjects quickly, and pictures taken with it (and viewed on its screen) appear to be sharp and detailed. We didn&#39;t get a chance to put the optical image stabilisation through its paces either, but if the LG G3&#39;s performance is anything to go by, we expect the Note 4&#39;s low-light shots to improve as a result.</p> <p>The front-facing camera also has a new wide-angle selfie mode, which sweeps across like a panorama to capture you and your entire host of pouting comrades without cutting anyone off. Useful if you like that kind of thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-what-it-needs-do-reclaim-top-spot/feature">What the Apple iPhone 6 needs to do to become our favourite again</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/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-camera.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> S Pen - better than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 S Pen of course returns, and this time it packs in twice the sensitivity, along with new fountain pen and calligraphy pen options.</p> <p>Again, we were only able to spend a brief time doodling with it at the launch event, but our first impressions were very positive. Writing feels natural, and the pressure, speed and even tilt of the device itself all affect the thickness and opacity of the virtual on-screen ink in a totally natural way.</p> <p>The S Pen can also be used to highlight text and select multiple photos, by holding down its function button and dragging across, similarly to the way you would on a PC mouse. In practice it worked well: selecting chunks of text was much quicker using this method than holding down text and selecting it with our fingers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</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/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Note 4 wouldn&#39;t be a Samsung device without a slew of software extras. There were far too many to test out in the short time we had with the device, but from what we saw there are a few useful features for Note fans to look forward to.</p> <p>Multi Window returns, allowing you to multitask with two selected apps running side by side and thus making the most of the screen&#39;s real estate. A new voice recording app also makes use of improved noise cancelling technology, thanks to the Note 4&#39;s three microphones. Samsung showed us a demo in which up to eight different directional voice recordings could be isolated even in a noisy, crowded environment, and the level of detail was impressive.</p> <p>Ultra Power Saving mode also returns, converting the Note 4 to a basic call-and-messaging device in order to squeeze the most out of its battery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-apps.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>The Note 3 was a superb phone, spending many a week in our Smartphones Top 10, but the Note 4 has all the ingredients to surpass it. Its screen is bright, vibrant and sharp and its insides are some of the most powerful we&#39;ve seen to date. </p> <p>Throw in an even better S Pen, a specced-up camera and an improved design, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Samsung&#39;s new gigantaphone.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course we&#39;ll have to reserve our final judgement until our full review, but on first impressions it looks as if Samsung has ticked all of the right boxes - and even created a few new ones for good measure.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen-2.jpg?1411553676" /> </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"> Price and release date </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>Updated 24/09/14:</strong> The Note 4 will hit UK shelves on 14 October, for a currently undisclosed price.</p> <p>The Note 4 is currently listed at <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B00NNPDDS0?tag=adapas-21" target="_blank">Amazon</a> for &pound;600, while <a href="http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-note-4" target="_blank">Clove</a> has given it a slightly less wallet-stinging &pound;575 price tag.</p> <p>These are expected to change come release day, but either way we expect gadgeteers will pay a premium for all the tech the Note 4 offers.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info as and when we get it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 revealed – we go hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our mitts around Samsung&#039;s latest phablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4.jpg?1411553676" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review#comments Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:14:39 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436653 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another Xperia smartphone so soon? Who cares when the Z3 is this good... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony makes tweaks in the right places to the stunning Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperiaz3-ross.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a>, launched this April, was a mere nip and tuck away from smartphone perfection. But in the cut-and-thrust world of high-end smartphones, coming close just isn&#39;t good enough, and in the final reckoning we preferred the HTC One (M8) and LG G3.&nbsp;</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"> £530.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sleeker, lighter build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Day and a half battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Takes stunning pictures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Supports hi-res audio files </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"> Default white balance is off </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sony pushes its subscription services </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera&#039;s auto mode isn&#039;t 100% reliable </div> <div class="field-item even"> PS4 Remote Play isn&#039;t ready yet </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"> Which one&#039;s the new one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On first unboxing the Z3 you&#39;ll suspect someone&#39;s just stuck a new logo on the Z2.&nbsp;</p> <p>But look a little closer and you&#39;ll notice a few tweaks that really do make an incredible difference. The difference between &#39;I know it&#39;s well-specced and well-built but I just don&#39;t love it&#39; and &#39;I need one right now&#39;. It takes getting one in your hand to really appreciate it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The aluminium and tempered glass OmniBalance design now has rounded sides and, while the body is still angular and doesn&#39;t sit completely snug in the palm like a One (M8), it&#39;s enough to make it much more comfortable. It&#39;s a compromise - Sony wants OmniBalance to be iconic the way a BMW or Mercedes design is, even at the expense of comfort - but this time it&#39;s a compromise that allows for the contours of human hands while keeping the year-and-a-bit old Xperia aesthetic.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also helps massively that the Xperia Z3 weighs just 152g - that&#39;s 11g less than the Z2 - and is skinnier too at a mere 7.3mm. Throw in the fact that that it&#39;s ever so slightly smaller in height and width terms and you have a phone that feels less like a big, heavy block of a tech and more like a standard premium flagship. Yes, it&#39;s a big phone with a 5.2in screen but it&#39;s not overly wide in the hand compared to, say, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Galaxy Note 3</a>. </p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="556" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/RecklessDecimalHyena" width="700"></iframe></p> <p>The flaps hiding the microUSB, SIM and microSD slots are smaller, rounded and more refined and even though the top and bottom bezels still look a teensy bit retro, the bezels either side of the screen are now slimmer.&nbsp;</p> <p>With all that glass you might be worried about smashing it but Sony has added new nylon caps to the corners. It says handsets are most likely to be dropped on corners, so replacing the old aluminium edges is designed to make the Z3 more durable. Sure enough, while we were testing the Z3&#39;s camera, we dropped it (on purpose, of course. Maybe). Apart from a small scuff on the top left cap, the Z3 survived as flawless as before. &nbsp;</p> <p>Another big advantage of the OmniBalance design is that it&rsquo;s water- and dust-proof, so the Z3 is capable of withstanding anything the weather can throw at it &ndash; as well as enabling you to make calls from the shower and watch Netflix in your Jacuzzi. You can&#39;t use the screen properly when it&#39;s wet but the new IP65/68 rating is the highest waterproofing you can get on a smartphone right now (surviving up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5m of water) with a new higher dust resistance too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the course of our testing we&#39;ve managed to play around with a few Z3s. The white model was our favourite - it&#39;s less reflecty outdoors than the black model. There are also two new colours in the form of copper and silver green. Hey, at least it&#39;s not <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news">pink</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Clean lines, lush materials - only the iPhone and HTC match this " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-back_1.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Slim and solid but still pretty droppable " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-side-view.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Water, dust and fuzzproof - kind of " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-top-jack.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="A lovely new curved frame - music to our eyes and fingers " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-sim-slot.png?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in 1920x1080 (424ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage:</strong> 16GB/32GB (+microSD)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery:</strong> 3100mAh<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP, 1080p/4K video rear, 2.2MP front, 1080p video<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 146 x 72 x 7.3mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 152g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In defence of 1080p </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that the Xperia Z2&#39;s screen is one of the best we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on, we&#39;re not going to complain that Sony&#39;s pretty much left it alone.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s 20% brighter than the Z2&#39;s screen - 600 candela, fact fans - and it really does help when you&#39;re looking at the screen outdoors as the front of the Z3 can be very reflective in direct sunlight, particularly&nbsp;the black model.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has the same full HD resolution and is unsurprisingly as sharp and punchy as the Z2. Deep blacks don&#39;t quite rival those on the Galaxy S5 but are still impressive and text looks crisp and clean.</p> <p>The X-Reality setting returns to pump up colours further still as well as improving contract and sharpness - fine if you want to wow friends with photos but we&#39;d rather keep it turned off. Even more Samsung-like is the new Super-vivid mode. Scroll through the preloaded Sony World Photography Awards with this turned on for hyper-real hues. Both are unnecessary, as colours look really vibrant on the Sony, more so than the more natural-looking LG G3; which you prefer comes down to personal preference.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the screen isn&#39;t exactly the same. This time around, Sony&#39;s preset white balance makes webpages, games and movies look too blue. We played around with the sliders until we got it just right but considering that Sony makes such an effort with its display tech, we&#39;d prefer this to be perfect out of the box.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why not 2K? Sony&nbsp;says it&#39;s too hard for the human eye to discern the difference, and seemingly isn&#39;t planning&nbsp;to put a 2K screen on a 5in smartphone anytime soon. Or even on its 8in<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">&nbsp;Z3 Tablet Compact</a>.</p> <p>Now, if you&#39;ve got eyes like Stuff&#39;s trained pixel hunters then you&#39;ll know that on the contrary it is possible to discern more detail in video, images and ebooks on 2K screens than regular 1080p ones.</p> <p>We viewed it side-by-side with the LG G3 and whether displaying hi-res pics of spices or crisper detail and textures such as fur and snow in 1080p nature vids, the G3&#39;s bigger 5.5in 2560x1440 screen made its extra pixels known.</p> <p>However, while there is a difference, it&#39;s not going to affect your day-to-day enjoyment of the device. For many people, the Z3&#39;s 424ppi display offers plenty of pixels for your peepers to compute.&nbsp;</p> <p>As we&#39;ve seen with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">2K LG G3 </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review">Oppo Find 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-find-7a/review">Find 7a</a>, there is a trade-off between resolution and battery life too. Rather than gamble on 2K and fewer hours between charges, Sony&#39;s gone and upped the battery life on the Z3.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 - Stuff&#39;s no.1 smartphone - reviewed</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="Live Colour LED/ Triluminous/ X-Reality. Translation? A stonking screen" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-slant.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Compact catches up: a 4.6in screen versus the Z3&#039;s 5.2in screen " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-with-compact.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Pow! Whack Sony&#039;s settings up to the max and it&#039;s blinding " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-apps-1.png?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> This battery goes and goes ... and goes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life was the one thing we really wanted to test on the Xperia Z3. Why? Because to justify the lack of a 2K screen Sony has been throwing around bold claims that both the Z3 and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review"> Z3 Compact </a>last two days of regular use. Now, looking in more detail at Sony&#39;s tests, it puts this two days as five hours per day of intensive messaging, gaming, web etc.&nbsp;</p> <p>Skeptical? So were we. There&#39;s a smaller 3100mAh battery (versus the Z2&#39;s 3200mAh unit) for starters. A brighter screen too. And Sony reckons the Z3 will last two days in the same conditions as those in which the Z2 lasts 1.4 and the Z1 lasts 1.2 days.</p> <p>Well, it&#39;s time to set aside your cynicism - because the Z3 has the best battery life of any smartphone we&#39;ve seen in a long time. </p> <p>We haven&#39;t got it to two days on one charge yet but that&#39;s probably because we&#39;ve been hammering it night and day. And since we received our test units, we&#39;ve averaged a day and a half out of it without any of its (many) Stamina and battery saving modes turned on, largely thanks to the fact its standby juice-saving is brilliant.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was even more impressive in our battery rundown, clocking just under 14 hours (13 hours 52 minutes to be exact) on our 720p video loop with Wi-Fi on and half brightness. Now, it&#39;s worth noting that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> managed 12 and a half hours in the same rundown so it&#39;s not a huge difference on playback alone, but in regular use it&#39;s certainly enough to get you four or five extra hours on top of an already excellent battery life. The LG G3, in comparison, lasted for 9 hours 25 on the same test.</p> <p>Sony puts the extra efficiency down to two things - the Snapdragon 801 processor, here clocked at 2.5GHz but also present in the Xperia Z2 - and a new display technology that it&#39;s developed which retains the memory of whatever is on the screen, meaning less reloading and more efficiency. It doesn&#39;t have a catchy name like Sony&#39;s other screen technologies, but it seems to be doing the trick. The only true two-day flagship we&#39;ve tested is last year&#39;s brilliant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> and the Xperia Z3 comes very close to matching it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nosing around the settings, Stamina mode returns and Sony follows Samsung and HTC&#39;s lead with an Ultra Stamina mode. There&#39;s no Wi-Fi or data connection when you&#39;re in this mode, but otherwise it looks spot-on for festivals with phone, messaging, camera, contacts, alarm, clock, calculator, FM radio, settings and Bluetooth. Everything is still in colour, unlike rivals, and though there&#39;s no music playback and it takes 30 seconds or so to make the switch, it estimated seven days on 34%, so we can&#39;t argue with that. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No monochrome shut-down shenanigans here just a brilliant Stamina mode " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-battery-1.png?1411657692" /> </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="That 67% should last well over a day - huzzah" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-corner-straight.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smartphone cam for enthusiasts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that the Xperia Z2&#39;s&nbsp;20.7MP camera&nbsp;is one of the best we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on, we&#39;re not going to complain that&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p>No, really. All that Sony needed to do was make the best better, and it has done so here thanks to a few choice tweaks. For starters there&#39;s a new 25mm G lens for wide angle shots - with an Xperia Z2 on hand, you can immediately see how much more the Z3 fits in frame, which is good news for all those group shots.&nbsp;SteadyShot for video has also been improved. The idea is to put an end to shaky footage so you can compete with all those Hyperlapses on iOS for smooth video when moving about and it works well against wobble-tastic video on lesser Androids.&nbsp;&nbsp;Its main focus, though, is on making the Xperia Z3 the low-light photography king. The sensor now has light sensitivity up to IS0 12800; by comparison most phones will go up to only ISO 800 or so before giving up. It&#39;s worth noting that the extra sensitivity isn&#39;t available in auto mode and the difference over the Z2 isn&#39;t jaw-dropping, but all the same low-light photos are among the closest to compact cam quality we&#39;ve seen.&nbsp;This Xperia&#39;s been eating its carrots.&nbsp; </p><p>Now, as with the Z2 your love of the Z3&#39;s camera really does depend how much time you&#39;re willing to spend with it; you do need to learn your way around Sony&#39;s camera app and settings to get the best out of it. For instance, in manual mode you get maximum ISO of 3200 and for video it&#39;s 2000. Just as certain resolutions - such as 20.7MP - are only available in manual mode. Settings are also greyed out depending on what resolution and ratio you select. So it&#39;s one to spend some time with, but once you get the hang of it the images you take can be spectacular. Pics are very, very detailed, allowing you to zoom in on textures and comfortably crop scenes.<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/15298662286/in/photostream/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Superior Auto mode is still present and it&#39;s still quick to switch between modes, but it&#39;s also still hit and miss (particularly on exposure) for getting <em>that</em> shot every time. Together with the fact that the Z3 isn&#39;t the fastest shot-to-shot, partly down to processing, the likes of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review"> LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> stay on top for reliable on-the-fly snapping. One more quick moan - why is the lens still right in the top corner precisely where our fat fingers might cover it when snapping in landscape, Sony?&nbsp;</p> <p>To fill out the features sheet, Sony has thrown in some more of its social camera apps. The best of these is the blogger-friendly live broadcasting to YouTube feature, following on from live broadcasting to Facebook in past Xperia phones. But there&#39;s also Face In to add a selfie bubble to shots, AR fun, which gives you more effects to layer on to pics, and Multi Camera - which lets you combine up to three smartphones or accessories (such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-qx10/review">QX10 lens</a>) to stitch together different angles of one scene.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another nice touch is Highlights Movies which the Z3 creates automatically after a day out taking stills and video. HTC&#39;s very similar Video Highlights feature, which debuted on the HTC One, is slicker, enabling you to add footage and images you prefer rather than just remove duds as Sony allows. But you can swap the music within the small selection and export as an MP4 file when you&#39;re finished.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">See sample pics taken with the Xperia Z2 in our review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Live YouTube broadcasting, nice " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-camera-1.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Superior Auto mode will save the day " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-camera-2.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Fast, Smooth and Always Tracking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&#39;s added plenty of features - some useful, some gimmicky - to its camera app. The Z3&#39;s Android skin, though, stays relatively free of these quirkier additions.&nbsp;</p> <p>As ever there&#39;s lot of pre-installed Sony guff but this can be easily removed. Once you&#39;ve taken care of that, Android 4.4.4 KitKat looks clean and easy to navigate, with Sony extras such as Walkman and Movies Unlimited present.</p> <p>This time around, though, Sony has changed the layout of these built-in services slightly to push users into buying films from Movies Unlimited or, in our case, renewing a lapsed subscription to its Spotify-rival Music Unlimited. Sign-in details for all its services, such as PlayMemories for photos in Album, now appear in the top-left corner of settings. Great if you want to plunge headfirst into Sony&#39;s excellent ecosystem - PlayMemories is a great deal because it&#39;s basically free cloud storage - but really irritating if you just want to be left alone.</p> <p>The real main addition to apps is Lifelog, which we really like. This slick life-tracking app displays a timeline of your day with colourful icon bubbles for each activity. You can &#39;play back&#39; your day to see the figure move and it even shows a bus graphic when it knows you&#39;ve been in transit. It&#39;s all a bit like stalking a cartoon of yourself, and is as fun as that sounds.</p> <p>The usual steps, distance and calorie tracking are here but it also records browsing, gaming and viewing habits on the phone itself with graphs and goals for both. For fitness, this all-in app is great with day, week, month and year views and the ability to sync to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">Sony&#39;s GPS-enabled SmartWatch 3</a> when that arrives. For everything else, perhaps its good to log your mobile Netflix addiction for posterity?&nbsp;</p> <p>As for performance, it&#39;s flawless. We&#39;re running calendar widgets over 1080p videos, using Sony&#39;s small apps function and much more, all without a hitch. Downloads of everything from Spotify playlists to big Android games over Wi-Fi and 4G are fast. And moving around KitKat is just dreamy. With an AnTuTu benchmark score of 41,357, beating the LG G3, and a decent SunSpider 1.0.2 score of 855.4ms, it&#39;s no surprise that the now slightly higher clocked 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM equal zero lag in use.&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, the only niggle is that the phone heats up when overworked. Not a problem when gaming but it does restrict filming in 4K to one-to-two-minute bursts.&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="952" title="Lifelog (left) and small apps (right) " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-lifelog-screen.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Audiophiles, listen 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>LG got there first with hi-res audio, but Sony will no doubt own it.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s because Xperia smartphones have been our favourite Androids for sound quality for a while now, giving the iPhone a run for its money as a music player. So the addition of hi-res audio capabilities makes perfect sense. Sure, there&#39;s not a whole lot of places to get the files but once you do, you&#39;re laughing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&#39;s also pushing its own DSEE HX engine, promising to uprate your lower quality MP3s to near high resolution by focusing on the higher frequencies - this is available as a setting when listening through the Walkman app. The Z3 is getting a close listen in the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/products">What Hi-Fi? Sound &amp; Vision</a> testing labs this week, so we&#39;ll update this review with verdicts on hi-res audio and the uprating engine.&nbsp;</p> <p>The front-facing stereo speakers sound clear and loud - not like the small, tinny sound we&#39;re used to from smartphones. We still prefer the HTC One (M8) for an impromptu blast of Spotify, though, and when the Z3&#39;s speakers are on full blast, the back vibrates rather worryingly. It&#39;s not nearly as bad as the Galaxy S5 but turn the sound up when playing <em>Real Racing 3</em> and you&#39;ll really feel it. &nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of audiophile accessories, there&#39;s Sony headphones to take advantage of the Z3&#39;s digital noise cancelling. Travellers won&#39;t hear the hum of the aeroplane and won&#39;t need to charge their &#39;phones, making it a neat trick if you&#39;re willing to pay a bit extra. It&#39;s not new to the Z3 but it is clever.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">What is high-res audio? Everything you need to know&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audiophiles may need to steady themselves " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-audio.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> The phone you can play PS4 games on </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 saved potentially the best to last but sadly PS4 Remote Play is another feature we haven&#39;t had a chance to test out on the Xperia Z3 yet. It will, however, be coming to the Z3 in October, so look out for an update. &nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a genuinely exciting feature borrowed, of all places, from the much underhyped <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PS Vita</a>. It allows Z3 series smartphones and tablets to play real PS4 games over Wi-Fi when your PS4 console is turned on or on standby. You play using a DualShock 4 controller, which can be used with a mount, or alternatively you can prop up the Xperia Z3 or 8in Z3 Tablet Compact to see the screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s best over your home Wi-Fi network. The example Sony gives is if the kids want to watch something on the telly while gamer parents continue playing upstairs on the Z3. But Sony also says it is possible to connect to another Wi-Fi network outside your house, though there&#39;s no guarantee of the experience and we&#39;d be surprised if this takes off.&nbsp;</p> <p>The feature may come to other Xperias such as the Z2 and Z2 Tablet in time, but Sony has zero plans to extend Remote Play outside the Xperia family. Quite right too, as finally Sony&#39;s promise of a real ecosystem is coming together with Exmor sensors in smartphones, NFC in 160 of its mobile, camera and AV devices and now this brilliant PS4/Xperia mash-up.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term test - Sony PlayStation 4 eight months on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The gaming mount for DualShock 4 will be sold separately " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3.png?1411657692" /> </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 can also play PS4 titles on the Z3 Tablet Compact " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black_0.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 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>Sleeker, sexier and more capable than any Sony handset to date, the Z3 is the smartphone that proves Sony&#39;s formula - namely not to compromise on quality in any area. Not on screen. Or camera. Or battery life. Or audio.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s the anti-Samsung Galaxy. There&#39;s no gimmicks. Sony doesn&#39;t need them because it seems to understand more and more how we use its smartphones.</p> <p>It&#39;s listened to criticism and made the Z3 lighter, slightly smaller and easier to hold than the Z2. At the same time it&#39;s innovating in oft-ignored areas such as hi-res audio and hardcore gaming. But it&#39;s far from just niche and the genuinely brilliant battery life is for everyone. &nbsp;</p> <p>OK, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2 owners</a> will be grumpy and rightfully so. It can&#39;t continue pumping out an iteration of its best phone every six months but Sony itself admits this won&#39;t be forever. Just till it gets on top, we&#39;d bet.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones in the world right now&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A bit too soon but an exciting set of upgrades" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-front_0.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Take your pick: Z3 Compact, Z3 and Z3 Tablet Compact " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-family.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-family-front.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Refinement more than revolution, the Xperia Z3 is the phone the Z2 should have been and every bit as good as that sounds&nbsp;</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"> Sony Xperia Z3 review: &quot;Sleeker, sexier and more capable&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:14:42 +0000 Sophie Charara 1443187 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony QX1 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An add-on that makes your smartphone shoot like a DSLR? Snap it up! If you have the lenses to get going, that is.. </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="An add-on that makes your smartphone shoot like a DSLR? Snap it up!" alt="An add-on that makes your smartphone shoot like a DSLR? Snap it up!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-qx1-grip.jpg?1411322529" /> </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> <p>Sony is still willing to innovate - sometimes in quite bizarre fashion &ndash; and few devices encapsulate that vision better than the QX1.</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"> £250.00 </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"> (body only) </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">6 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"> Small and sturdy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hassle-free pairing with NFC phones </div> <div class="field-item odd"> DSLR photo quality </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"> Can be awkward in your hand </div> <div class="field-item even"> Little creative freedom with video </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive when starting from scratch </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"> Sturdy and small </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 QX1 is a fairly pricy product aimed at people who are serious about improving the quality of their photos, and Sony has clearly made an effort to make the product feel worthy of its status and price tag. Even without a lens attached, it&rsquo;s a weighty thing (for its size) with lots of metal in the body. A wrist strap comes in the box, and we suggest you use it &ndash; because if you drop the QX1, it&rsquo;ll hit the ground hard. The exterior is made from thick matte-finished plastic and feels tough enough to withstand everyday use.</p> <p>A door at the back pops open to reveal a lithium-ion battery, chargeable via USB, plus a microSD slot. You don&rsquo;t need a microSD card inside to shoot stills with the QX1 (smaller preview images will be stored into your phone&rsquo;s memory) but you will need one if you want to shoot at the highest quality or if you want to capture video.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a tripod mount at the bottom of the QX1 and &ndash; a first on the QX range &ndash; a pop-up flash on top. There&rsquo;s also a shutter release button on the left side (half-pressing this will trigger the autofocus), while on the right a display gives you three pieces of info at a glance: remaining battery power; the presence (or not) of a microSD card; and whether or not Wi-Fi is switched on.</p> <p>Supplied in the box is a phone mount that clips your smartphone (tablets will be too large) to the back of the QX1. This can be replaced by a hand grip and/or a tilt mount which are sold separately as a package.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the lens mount. The QX1 supports lenses made for Sony&rsquo;s E-mount system (of which there are plenty), and by attaching an official Sony adapter you can also use A-mount lenses (of which there are a whole lot more) with autofocus. Third-party adapters will allow lenses from Leica, Nikon, Canon and more to be attached, at the cost of autofocus.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth noting here that &pound;250 gets you the QX1 with lens mount but when adding a lens, you&#39;re looking at more like &pound;400 to get started. Unless you already have a stock of Sony glass at home.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It looks mighty weird, but it&#039;s lighter and smaller than a DSLR" alt="It looks mighty weird, but it&#039;s lighter and smaller than a DSLR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-in-hand_0.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Awkward to hold, easy to set 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>To use the QX1, you&rsquo;ll need to install Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories Mobile app on your smartphone &ndash; and at present that&rsquo;s available on Android and iOS. You then connect the QX1 and phone via Wi-Fi Direct (incredibly easy if you&rsquo;ve got an NFC-equipped phone and a bit of a faff if you haven&rsquo;t), open up the app and you&rsquo;re ready to shoot.</p> <p>Photos and videos can be taken either by tapping the on-screen button (you can also set your focus point by tapping a section of the screen) or pushing the physical shutter release button. Half-pressing the latter will engage autofocus.</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s an immediately evident problem with the QX1, it&rsquo;s that it&rsquo;s quite awkward to take photos with it. We often found that we were neither comfortable using the physical button nor the screen to take a shot, and that a lot of our photos came out slightly wonky even though we&rsquo;d felt like we were framing them dead-on. Perhaps that&rsquo;s just a consequence of using a new type of camera that&rsquo;s held in a different way to existing DSLRs and compacts, and perhaps it&rsquo;s something we&rsquo;ll get used to &ndash; but we can&rsquo;t deny that there&rsquo;s an issue there, minor as it may sound.</p> <p>The PlayMemories Mobile app allows a large degree of control when taking photos. You can shoot in Aperture, Shutter or Program priority modes if you want to change settings significantly, or switch to one of the two automatic modes: Intelligent Auto for everyday shots; and Superior Auto for more dimly lit scenes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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 supplied phone mount will hold most smartphones securely" alt="The supplied phone mount will hold most smartphones securely" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-rear-view_0.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="Our QX1 with an A-mount adapter and Sony 70-300mm G lens" alt="Our QX1 with an A-mount adapter and Sony 70-300mm G lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-on-tripod.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Photo 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>Here&rsquo;s where the QX1 really excels: it&rsquo;s essentially a 20.1MP DSLR that&rsquo;s the size of a DSLR lens. With a large APS-C Exmor sensor and the ability to use high quality lenses, it happily takes photographs that no smartphone camera could dream of capturing.</p> <p>We mostly used it with Sony&rsquo;s 16-50mm E-mount power zoom, a compact lens which comes with optical image stabilisation. It&rsquo;s a good all-rounder and the photos above were all taken using it &ndash; but we were far more excited once we&rsquo;d bolted on Sony&rsquo;s LA-EA4 adapter, which allowed us to use our larger A-mount lenses.</p> <p>This meant we could take extremely detailed close-ups of spiders using a 90mm macro lens or snap far-off birds using a 70-300mm zoom. You lose optical image stabilisation here, which means you either need to shoot in good light or possess a very steady hand (or tripod), but the results we got were DSLR-quality and on our phone in moments &ndash; ready to share straight away to Instagram or Facebook, or send to a friend via MMS.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve slotted a microSD card into the QX1, a full-resolution 20.1MP image will be stored on there &ndash; handy if you want to print or blow up shots or shoot in RAW mode for maximum post-processing potential &ndash; but the smaller (5MP and around 500k in size) photos that are stored straight away on your phone are of more than sufficient quality for most purposes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="1803" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/st-martin-in-the-fields.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="799" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hayward.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="799" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/betjemen.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="802" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 90mm A-mount macro lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 90mm A-mount macro lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-spider.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony QX1 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sensor: 20.1MP Exmor APS-C CMOS</p> <p>ISO range: 100-16000</p> <p>Video: MP4 1920 x 1080 at 30fps</p> <p>Wi-Fi and NFC: Yes</p> <p>Weight: 216g</p> <p>Dimensions: 74 x 69.5 x 52.5mm</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"> Video 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>You&rsquo;ll also need a microSD card in the camera if you want to record HD video. It&rsquo;s recorded in 1920 x 1080p in MP4 AVCHD format, and looks very nice indeed &ndash; but aficionados may be a little disappointed with the lack of tweakability on offer. You can&rsquo;t manually focus or change settings like ISO or aperture, so there&rsquo;s little room for outside-the-box creativity.</p> <p>Essentially, it&rsquo;s a bit like capturing video on a smartphone, albeit with far, far superior image quality (less noise, cleaner colours and better contrast).</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"> Sony QX1 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>As we said earlier, we find the Sony QX1 to be a bit of an oddity, and we&rsquo;re not quite sure who it&rsquo;s aimed at.</p> <p>Existing enthusiasts will likely find themselves annoyed at the awkwardness of having to pair it with a phone and hold it in an unusual way (and they probably own a system camera already anyway), while smartphone users looking to boost their handset&rsquo;s shooting capabilities may find it a little too pricey. After all, you can buy a standalone Sony A5000 E-mount camera, which has the same sensor, 16-50mm lens and NFC/Wi-Fi combination for only a few pounds more.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;ve had a lot of fun with the QX1 due to its small size and the ease with which it pairs with our NFC Android phone. The fact that you can instantly share photos taken with it using any number of smartphone apps may be a novelty, but it&rsquo;s not wearing off for us after a couple of weeks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best system cameras available 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="We like the QX1, but we&#039;re not quite sure who it&#039;s forWe like the QX1, but we&#039;re" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-on-shelf.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </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-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"> smarts </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"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A quirky and high-quality photo add-on for your phone but it&rsquo;s hard to think of anybody who&rsquo;d find the QX1 essential</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1/review#comments Smartphones Sony System Cameras Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:02:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447893 at http://www.stuff.tv Why you'd be a mug to believe the iPhone microwave hoax http://www.stuff.tv/apple/top-5-ways-tell-apple-wave-iphone-6-microwave-charging-fake/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Including, but not limited to, the fact that you&#039;d be MICROWAVING YOUR PHONE </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="1000" height="750" title="phone on fire" alt="phone on fire" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone%20on%20fire.jpg?1411347973" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>National newspapers are now feeling the need to respond to <a href="http://i.imgur.com/nVUsmjP.png">a hoax claiming iOS 8 contains exclusive new charging technology called Wave</a>, where you power-up your phone in the microwave.</p> <p>No, really.</p> <p>Frankly, it should have been pretty easy to see straight through the hoax. Here&rsquo;s why:</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <h2>1. It works with any microwave</h2> <p>You know full well if Apple was to introduce an exciting new method of charging, it would come with an exciting new charging accessory, with an exciting new price tag. You&rsquo;d be buying your Apple Hob for 50 quid, not flinging your iPhone into your microwave, next to the remains of yesterday&rsquo;s baked beans.</p> <h2>2. It wasn&#39;t unveiled at the Apple Event</h2> <p>In the unlikely scenario everyone in Cupertino got <em>really</em> drunk and actually did invent Apple Wave, it would have got at least a mention at the &nbsp;keynote. Tim Cook might have lifted a black cloth off of a microwave with a flourish, and showed the new iPhone 6 being charged in mere seconds. And then an underling could have made popcorn for everyone.</p> <h2>3. Apple&rsquo;s website doesn&rsquo;t mention it</h2> <p>Just a small point, but if you nip over to Apple&#39;s site, you&rsquo;ll discover that Apple Wave doesn&rsquo;t get a mention on the home page, iPhone page, iOS 8 page, or any other page. That&rsquo;s probably a good indication that Apple Wave isn&rsquo;t actually a real thing.</p> <h2>4. The advert does&rsquo;t look very Apple</h2> <p>The advert that&rsquo;s circulating looks like it was hacked together by someone without a great deal of understanding of how to make something Apple-like in terms of design, presumably on the basis that&rsquo;s exactly what it is. If something doesn&rsquo;t look like it was made by Apple, chances are it wasn&rsquo;t.</p> <h2>5. IT&rsquo;S ABOUT MICROWAVING YOUR PHONE</h2> <p>OK, so this is the big one. Wave is about microwaving your phone, which involves putting your phone into a microwave and <em>microwaving it</em>. Now, when we were kids, we were sternly warned not to even put a metal fork into the microwave by mistake, in case the entire house exploded, so at what point does someone think &ldquo;Hey, I think I&rsquo;ll just pop my extremely expensive new iPhone in there for a few minutes&rdquo; and reason that will be OK?</p> <p>On the plus side, we&rsquo;re pretty sure most of the images of fried iPhones on Twitter are faked, because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-doomed-company-goes-days-without-launching-new-product-line/feature" target="_blank">Apple doomed as company goes for days without launching a new product line</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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/top-5-ways-tell-apple-wave-iphone-6-microwave-charging-fake/feature#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:51:25 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448080 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0.jpg?1411134761" /> </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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</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> </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> <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"> Visual appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Extensibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keyboards in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Widgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sharing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play 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="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1.jpg?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Photos and Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L 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="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0.jpg?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Bubbling under </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite hands-on 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="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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 word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on 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="604" height="453" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1.jpg?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once the bugs are squashed and kit/apps take full advantage, iOS 8 will be great. Even in its current state, it&#39;s very good.</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"> Apple iOS 8 preview </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"> Third-party keyboards, a Health app, new gaming skills and much more </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433723 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Apple iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’ve unearthed the best add-ons, accessories and kit for your brand new iPhone </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="Ultimate setup: Apple iPhone 6 " alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPhone 6 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-screen.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Picked up an iPhone 6? Or thinking about ordering one? Then you&rsquo;re in the right place, because right here we&rsquo;re detailing some of the best accessories for Apple&rsquo;s new smartphone.</p> <p>Cases, headphones, speakers and more: these are all items that can give the iPhone 6 a boost in certain areas &ndash; or keep it looking as fresh as the day you pulled it out of its (doubtless very tasteful and minimalist) packaging.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-best-deals/news">Apple iPhone 6: the best contract deals</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CLIC Wooden case (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it: smartphone cases are pretty boring. They provide protection &ndash; which is lovely &ndash; but most of the time they make your stylish new phone look uglier.</p> <p>Not so the CLIC Wooden from Native Union. Made from a single piece of American cherry wood (sustainably harvested, natch), it&rsquo;s hand-sanded &ndash; and, of course, each one is unique. Five different editions are available (the colour of the plastic corner &ldquo;slash&rdquo; is different on each) and Native Union will begin shipping them in early October.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nativeunion.com/uk/clic-wooden.html/#158" target="_blank"><strong>Order CLIC Wooden case here</strong></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="CLIC Wooden case (£35)" alt="CLIC Wooden case (£35)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/clic-wooden-case.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Philips Fidelio M2L headphones (£TBC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 no shortage of excellent headphones out there to replace the iPhone 6&rsquo;s mediocre bundled earbuds, but Philips&rsquo; new M2L&rsquo;s stand out.</p> <p>Why? Well, they&rsquo;re among the first cans on the market that have a direct digital connection to the iPhone via its Lightning port. The headphones feature a 24-bit DAC and amplifier, meaning that they do the digital-to-analogue conversion rather than the iPhone. That should mean audio quality that&rsquo;s even more ear-pleasing &ndash; and they look pretty swish to boot. The M2Ls will be on sale from December, priced at around &euro;250 (UK pricing is yet to be confirmed but should be close to &pound;200).</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="Philips Fidelio M2L headphones (£TBC)" alt="Philips Fidelio M2L headphones (£TBC)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-phidelio-ml2.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Annex Products Quad Lock bike kit (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Planning on taking your iPhone 6 out for a ride? Then consider investing in the Quad Lock bike kit from Annex Products. The Quad Lock system (which includes plenty of other mount types &ndash; it&rsquo;s not just about bikes) is lightweight, strong and simple, making it easy to remove and replace your phone on the bike.</p> <p>This kit features an iPhone 6 Quad Lock case, a rain resistant cover and handlebar mounting gear &ndash; everything you need if you&rsquo;re planning on putting iOS 8&rsquo;s HealthKit cycling apps to the test.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ubyk.co.uk/accessories/Phone-accessories" target="_blank">Order Quad Lock bike kit 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="Sontec Quad Lock bike kit (£45)" alt="Sontec Quad Lock bike kit (£45)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-quad-lock-bike.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple silicone case (£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>If you&rsquo;re looking for a snug protective case that will keep your new phone looking boxfresh without breaking the bank or adding unnecessary bulk, Apple&rsquo;s own silicone sleeve should fit the bill nicely.</p> <p>Pleasingly grippy and rubbery on the outside and &ndash; thanks to the microfibre lining &ndash;&nbsp;soft on the inside, it comes in six colours: black, white, pink, blue and red.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MGQF2ZM/A/iphone-6-silicone-case-black" target="_blank">Order Apple iPhone 6 silicone case 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="Apple silicone case (£25)" alt="Apple silicone case (£25)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-silicone-case.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Zagg InvisibleShield HDX screen protector (£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>Apple says the iPhone 6&rsquo;s screen is much tougher than previous iPhone displays, but it&rsquo;s always good to have some insurance &ndash; and the new InvisibleShield HDX is a military grade, multi-layer screen protector that triples shatter resistance and self-heals marks and scratches on its surface. All without dulling your new smartphone display&rsquo;s colours.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.zagg.com/invisibleshield/apple-iphone-6-cases-screen-protectors-covers-skins-shields/9338" target="_blank">Order Zagg InvisibleShield HDX 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6t5L7LqjGb8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> JUMP Cable (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Worried about your new iPhone 6&rsquo;s battery life? The JUMP should give you a little bit of breathing space &ndash; not to mention some peace of mind when you know you&rsquo;re going to be out and about all day without access to a wall socket.</p> <p>A handsome, lightweight and pocket-sized 800mAh battery that connects via Lightning and delivers up to three hours of extra talk time to an iPhone, it can in turn be topped up from any USB charger.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.nativeunion.com/uk/jcable-l.html/#144" target="_blank">Order JUMP Cable 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="JUMP Cable (£40)" alt="JUMP Cable (£40)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jump-cable.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Audio-Technica ATH-Sport3 earbud headphones (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple spent a lot of the iPhone 6 launch talking about fitness and HealthKit, and if you&rsquo;re buying one with the aim of getting yourself in shape or just more active, you&rsquo;re going to need some good sports-oriented in-ear headphones.&nbsp;Like these new buds from Audio-Technica, which are waterproof (you can even rinse off your sweat under the tap when you&rsquo;re done &ndash; ewww) and come with a special cord designed not to tangle and not to create unwanted noise when it&rsquo;s bumping against your body. </p> <p>There are tips for three different ear sizes in the box, including vented versions which let through more ambient noise &ndash; handy when you&rsquo;re running through areas where there might be heavy traffic.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to buy the ATH-Sport3 headphones from November.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="Audio-Technica ATH-Sport3 earbud headphones (£45)" alt="Audio-Technica ATH-Sport3 earbud headphones (£45)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audiotechnica-ath-sport3.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harman Kardon Esquire Mini speaker (£130) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 tiny, slim speaker &ndash; easily small enough to toss into a handbag or similar on your way out of the house &ndash; offers excellent quality stereo wireless streaming from an iPhone 6 (or anything with Bluetooth), not to mention an eight-hour battery life.</p> <p>And that battery can serve a non-musical purpose too: you can use it to top up your iPhone&rsquo;s own power reserves when you&rsquo;re out and about.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.harmankardon.co.uk/harman-kardon-basket-uk.html" target="_blank">Order Harman Kardon Esquire Mini 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="Harman Kardon Esquire Mini speaker (£130)" alt="Harman Kardon Esquire Mini speaker (£130)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/harman-kardon-esquire.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Spigen Tough Armor case (£20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 truly want to protect your new iPhone 6 from the elements, from your butter-fingered hands, from scratches and, well, from pretty much anything bar a nuclear war, Spigen&rsquo;s Tough Armor case deserves a spot on your shopping list.</p> <p>It features a screen protector and both soft and hard layers, as well as air cushioning to absorb the force of drops. It&rsquo;s tank-like, but slimmer than many other rugged cases.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spigen-iPhone-Series-Gunmetal-SGP11022/dp/B00LL60JU8" target="_blank">Order Spigen Tough Armor case 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="Spigen Tough Armor case (£20)" alt="Spigen Tough Armor case (£20)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen-tough-armor-iphone-6.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Smart Stand 712 (£9) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we can see that there&rsquo;s an iPhone 4 or 4s in the above photo &ndash; but trust us, this Smart Stand will work just fine with your new iPhone 6.</p> <p>A small piece of aluminium (with silicone pads to prevent scratches appearing on your handset), it lets you set up your phone in landscape or portrait mode, which is ideal if you want to have a Facetime conversation or watch Netflix on that 4.7in screen.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008HFOV0A/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1" target="_blank">Order Smart Stand Z12 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6: hands-on review</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="Smart Stand 712 (£9)" alt="Smart Stand 712 (£9)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-stand-712.jpg?1411459619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best add-ons, accessories and kit for your brand new iPhone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:56:18 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447792 at http://www.stuff.tv The Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9983 is expectedly sleek, expensive http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/porsche-design-blackberry-p-9983-expectedly-sleek-expensive/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New ultra-premium handset can simultaneously turn heads and strangle wallets </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="Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9983" alt="Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9983" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blackberry-porsche-p9983-final.jpg?1411197089" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If buying an exorbitantly overpriced smartphone makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, then BlackBerry&rsquo;s latest collaboration with Porsche Design should set you right.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What we didn&rsquo;t know last month was just how much the latest Porsche BlackBerry would cost, but now that&rsquo;s clear: it&rsquo;s selling for &euro;1650, or about &pound;1290. If that general target holds up for the UK list price, it&rsquo;ll be a little cheaper than last year&rsquo;s P&rsquo;9982.</p> <p>Perhaps BlackBerry finally has some sense about this ultra-exclusive smartphone, which is due out in October. Wait, no, that&rsquo;s still a nearly &pound;1300 phone. Nevermind.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones/blackberry-p9983.html">BlackBerry</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/porsche-design-blackberry-p-9983-leaks-sure-be-hilariously-expensive/news">Porsche Design BlackBerry P&rsquo;9983 leaks, sure to be hilariously expensive</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_sAJI3ev1b0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/porsche-design-blackberry-p-9983-expectedly-sleek-expensive/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/porsche-design-blackberry-p-9983-expectedly-sleek-expensive/news#comments BlackBerry Porsche Smartphones Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448042 at http://www.stuff.tv