Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/news en-GB Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple takes on Samsung&#039;s Note range with its first phablet – how will the reigning champ fare against the upstart? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-01.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After years of claiming that a 4in screen was more than enough, Apple has finally taken the plunge and launched a phablet &ndash; the 5.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <p>But it faces stiff competition &ndash; particularly from Samsung, whose Galaxy Note devices are well-established in the phablet space. We&#39;ve run the numbers to see how the plus-size iPhone fares against Samsung&#39;s newly-announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: metal all the way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has made impressive strides with the design of the Note 4, finally banishing the plastic build that marred previous incarnations. Yes, it still sports a grippy, soft faux-leather back as seen on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>, but the tacky fake stitches are gone. Samsung has also &ndash; finally &ndash; embraced metal phone construction, wrapping the Note 4 with a metal band that&#39;s reminiscent of the outgoing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>. Round the back there&#39;s a heart-rate sensor, while the home button does double duty as a fingerprint scanner.</p> <p>That pleather back is removable, of course &ndash; letting you swap out the 3,220mAh battery and slip in a microSD card for up to 128GB of extra storage. Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, though, the Note 4 isn&#39;t waterproof &ndash; putting it on a level playing field with the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of durability.</p> <p>Apple has overhauled the design language for its smartphone range this year; the iPhone 6 Plus has an all-metal build that ditches the slab-like design of the iPhone 5s for a softer, curvier look. The power button has moved from the top of the phone to the right hand side &ndash; a virtual necessity for a phablet &ndash; while down the bottom there&#39;s the familiar Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It&#39;s extremely thin, its 7.1mm frame making the Note 4 look positively chunky at 8.5mm thick &ndash; though the camera array does protrude from the surface of the phone, which may prove irksome when you&#39;re setting it down on a table.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s design skills are second to none, though; while Samsung&#39;s made great strides with the Note 4, it&#39;s just not quite as desirable as an object.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: iPhone 6 Plus</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</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/A4zs3D_EEYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9_1.jpg?1410971266" /> </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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-rear_2.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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: bigger is better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For its first foray into phablet territory, Apple has opted for a 5.5in, 1080p screen, delivering 401ppi. Apple&#39;s display uses dual-domain pixels, which use skewed subpixels to deliver wider viewing angles.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus has some impressive numbers, to be sure, but it&#39;s blown out of the water by the Note 4&#39;s spec sheet: a 5.7in 2K screen, with 2560x1440 resolution and 515ppi pixel density. The Note sports a Super AMOLED display, which delivers punchy colours, true blacks (thanks to AMOLED&#39;s ability to completely turn off pixels) and wide viewing angles. It can be a bit too vivid, but different screen profiles enable you to dial down the colours if necessary. There&#39;s really no contest here; the Note 4&#39;s screen is a thing of beauty, and on specs alone it leaves the iPhone 6 Plus in the dust.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - the 3-sided Note 4</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 iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_2.jpg?1410971266" /> </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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_0_2.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: OIS for everyone </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 has stuck with the same 8MP, &fnof;/2.2 iSight snapper found in the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, augmented with 1.5&micro; pixels &ndash; which Apple claims will deliver swifter autofocus. You also get the nifty two-tone True Tone flash, for better capturing skin tones.</p> <p>For the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple&#39;s kitted out the camera with Optical Image Stabilisation &ndash; a first in an iPhone. It moves the lens components to adjust for your wobbly hands, and should help the camera&#39;s performance in low light situations. The Plus can shoot 1080p video at up to 60fps, and (Apple&#39;s party piece) will also shoot slo-mo video at up to 240fps. The iPhone also features a 1.2MP FaceTime camera, with an &fnof;/2.2 aperture and backside illumination sensor.</p> <p>Sounds impressive, right? Unfortunately for Apple, Samsung has packed an equally impressive camera into the Note 4; a 16MP, &fnof;/2.4 affair, with Optical Image Stabilisation. Focus is snappy, and pictures are &quot;sharp and detailed&quot;, based on our hands-on time with the device.</p> <p>Round the front, the Galaxy Note 4 packs a 3.7MP camera that&#39;ll capture 1080p video &ndash; and also features a &quot;wide-angle selfie&quot; mode; bet Jared Leto wishes Ellen had used a Note 4 instead of a Note 3 for that <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/440322224407314432/photo/1" target="_blank">Oscars selfie</a>.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</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 iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-camera_2.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> OS: KitKat vs 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>And so to the most contentious issue: iOS 8 versus Android. The battle lines are drawn, the trenches dug &ndash; and the vitriol will doubtless be spewing in the comment section below.</p> <p>Broadly speaking, though, it boils down to a simple choice. Do you want to tinker with the setup of your phone, or would you rather sacrifice the ability to customise it for the assurance of having someone else curate your experience for you?</p> <p>Apple has added a raft of new features to iOS 8 &ndash; fixing a lot of the criticisms that the &#39;droid faithful direct at it. So you get NFC payment (in the US) with fingerprint authentication; third-party keyboard support; and widgets in the notifications pulldown. Apps will now play nice with each other (though Apple will act as gatekeeper), letting you fiddle with camera filters from all your apps by tapping on a photo, or bid on eBay auctions from the Notification Centre. HealthKit will likewise bring together data from several health apps in one place, making keeping fit a lot simpler.</p> <p>Android and Samsung may have introduced those features first &ndash; but that&#39;s immaterial; what matters is how well Apple&#39;s implemented them. It&#39;s certainly removed a big differentiating factor between the two operating systems.</p> <p>The Note 4 comes loaded with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4.4 KitKat</a>, skinned with Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz interface. KitKat&#39;s feature set includes the useful Google Now &ndash; which is at times genuinely eerie in its ability to predict your needs before you know them, and at times infuriatingly obtuse.</p> <p>Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz is &ndash; as per usual &ndash; stuffed with features over and above Android 4.4.4&#39;s already-comprehensive set. BlinkFeed-style news feeds, Smart Rotation and Quick Glance are all handy, but none of them are particularly essential. And Multi Window makes the best of the Note&#39;s screen real estate, letting you run two apps side by side &ndash; very handy for work-related tasks.</p> <p>With iOS 8, Apple has have upped its operating system&#39;s feature set to rival Android&#39;s &ndash;&nbsp;but the Note 4 adds features over and above stock Android, thanks to its S Pen and TouchWiz. However, it&#39;s also worth noting that Android still lags behind iOS in terms of app releases, with many developers still creating apps for Apple first &ndash; or not developing for &#39;droid at all.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Tie</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: iOS 8: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">Everything you need to know about Apple&#39;s new operating system</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="624" height="468" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8_1_0.jpg?1410971266" /> </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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-4.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features: The S pen is mightier... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone&#39;s standout feature is its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Whether you&#39;re unlocking apps or (new to iOS 8) using it to authenticate transactions, it&#39;s simple and intuitive. The Note 4&#39;s fingerprint sensor is clunky by comparison, though its ability to launch apps using specific fingers is handy. The Note 4 also packs a heart-rate monitor, though we&#39;ll be honest: it&#39;s far less useful than the plethora of heart-rate sensors on fitness trackers.</p> <p>But what really matters here is the S Pen. Samsung&#39;s stylus adds a raft of handy tricks, and is even more intuitive on the Note 4 than on its predecessor. Improved pressure sensitivity allows for natural handwriting, while you now have the ability to highlight text and select multiple photos using the stylus &ndash; far easier than fiddling about with your fingers.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</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 iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-apps_2.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Performance: A8 vs Snapdragon 805 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 is an absolute powerhouse &ndash; Qualcomm&#39;s quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor provides plenty of grunt, paired with 3GB RAM. Samsung even claims that it&#39;ll outdo the Note 3 in terms of battery life, despite having to power its screen&#39;s increased pixel count. And, of course, you can always swap out that battery when it runs out of juice &ndash; good luck doing that on an iPhone, without a chisel and a soldering iron. Similarly, the Note 4&#39;s 32GB of internal storage is expandable by up to 128GB using microSD; the iPhone 6 Plus is limited to a maximum of 128GB internal memory (and that model will cost you more than a 128GB MacBook Air).</p> <p>Apple is notoriously cagey about releasing the specs of its processors, saying only that the 64-bit A8 that underpins the iPhone 6 Plus is &quot;incredibly powerful&quot;, paired with its M8 motion processor. Benchmarking scores show that the Snapdragon 801 chipset found in the Samsung Galaxy S5 comfortably <a href="http://m.gsmarena.com/iphone_6_a8_gpu_benchmark_suggests_its_behind_the_curve-news-9630.php" target="_blank">outperforms</a> the A8 &ndash; so the Note 4&#39;s Snapdragon 805 should do similarly well. However, because Apple keeps a tight leash on its range of phones, app developers can tailor their software to make the most of Apple&#39;s processors; the fragmented Android platform means that devs can&#39;t do the same, even if individual &#39;droids have more processing power to work with.</p> <p>Despite that caveat, the Galaxy Note 4&#39;s raw power suggests that it&#39;ll outperform the iPhone 6 Plus on paper &ndash; though we&#39;ll have to wait until we can get both devices in for a full review before we can deliver a definitive verdict.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</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/Tv7C4e8thv0" 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-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"> Verdict: take note </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s making a tentative first step into phablet territory with the iPhone 6 Plus &ndash; and it&#39;s certainly going to appeal to iOS diehards who&#39;ve been desperate for a bigger screen.</p> <p>But Samsung has years of experience making big-screened devices; over the years it&#39;s been making Galaxy Note devices, they&#39;ve evolved from slightly clunky curios into market leaders. The Note 4 looks set to carry on that tradition.</p> <p>Although we&#39;re withholding our final judgement until we&#39;ve had more hands-on time with both devices, on the early evidence it looks like the Note 4 has built up quite a lead over Apple&#39;s effort.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen-2_0.jpg?1410971266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 4 iPhone 6 Plus Phablets Samsung Smartphones Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:48 +0000 Stephen Graves 1447809 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iPhablet is here. But is it very good or just very big? </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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iPhone-6-review-screen-1.png?1410954150" /> </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/david-phelan" title="View user profile.">David Phelan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How big is too big when it comes to smartphones?</p> <p>Until very recently, Apple would have said anything above 4 inches. Now, though, we have the 4.7in iPhone 6 and its gargantuan sibling, the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus.</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"> £620.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (16GB version) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full HD screen with great colours </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lots of screen real estate </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Optical image stabilisation on camera </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb battery life </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"> Way too big for some hands </div> <div class="field-item even"> Like the iPhone 6 there’s no 4K video </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"> The iPhablet is born </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus has by far the biggest screen ever on an iPhone. But as always, these things are relative.</p> <p>Measuring 5.5 inches, it&rsquo;s not huge as far as rival phone/tablet hybrids are concerned. The forthcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>&nbsp;will be 5.7 inches, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a 6-incher and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a 6.4in beast. Even so, any iPhone user will gasp at the enormity of it all.</p> <p>Plus, while the display isn&#39;t the absolute biggest, the body itself is ginormous, even next to the iPhone 6 that looks sizeable next to an iPhone 4s. And it&rsquo;s significantly bigger than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>; while the latter has the same size display, LG&#39;s almost bezel-less design keeps the handset itself looking pretty trim.</p> <p>The LG&rsquo;s screen is significantly higher-resolution, too, with 534 pixels per inch where Apple has included a 1920 x 1080 screen with 401 ppi. But for everyday use, the Apple screen is a cracker, with richer but quieter colours when compared to the G3 and real, naturalistic tones.</p> <p>Playing back high-definition video from YouTube did give LG&rsquo;s screen the edge, as it upscaled content to fill its own sumptuous display, but Apple&rsquo;s Retina display HD performs a remarkable trick (here and on the smaller iPhone 6) of making the display seem right up next to you, so you can almost feel the high-def under your fingerprint.&nbsp;This is easily the best screen on any iPhone and compares well to the competition. It&#39;s subtle, beautiful and pin-sharp.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news">iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 - the weigh-in</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/A4zs3D_EEYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scaling it 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>Many features of the iPhone 6 are simply replicated on the 6 Plus and thanks to an efficient scaler in each of the phones, everything looks pretty much identical on the two, if a little higher-res on the 6 Plus.</p> <p>But the bigger phone does have a few additional features. Chief among them is the new landscape mode: turn the phone to landscape orientation and the home screen will turn too. It&#39;s a transition iPad users will be used to, but is new to Apple&rsquo;s phones with this model. The expectation, presumably, is that like other phone/tablet hybrids, this will be used more in landscape viewing than a regular phone would.</p> <p>So with this in mind some apps have already been optimised to provide a distinct landscape version that doesn&rsquo;t simply enlarge the portrait mode. Messages and Mail both look more like their iPad versions, with horizontal views that show not just a list of message summaries but the list on the left and one email in full on the right. Expect other app makers to come up with their own ways to make the most of all the extra real estate on the 6 Plus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like its smaller sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus also has a fingerprint sensor with which to unlock the screen. This feature is smoothly efficient and will grow more useful when it works in conjunction with the NFC chip to turn the phone into a contactless payment system.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - 38 amazing free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-Plus-review-iOS-8-1.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, there&rsquo;s more to the phone than the screen. The measurements of the handset are bigger than those of the LG G3 in height and width, but the Apple phone is thinner from front to back at 7.1mm, itself thinner than last year&rsquo;s iPhone 5s. This is important as it&rsquo;s the dimension that you feel the most when holding it one-handed.</p> <p>The curved front and back edges of the iPhone 6 are repeated here and again contribute to the phone being much more manageable than the bald statistics would suggest.</p> <p>Many hands will still find the 6 Plus too gigantic, but if you&rsquo;re in any doubt, try it &ndash; it&rsquo;s not quite what you expect. Otherwise, the design of the iPhone 6 Plus is identical to the iPhone 6. If you like the look of one, you&rsquo;ll like the other and if not, er, not.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-Plus-review-design-1.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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>&nbsp;5.5in 1080x1920 IPS LCD (401ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;1.4GHz Apple A8 processor&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;(unspecified)&nbsp;<br /><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;iOS 8&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;16/64/128GB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;(unspecified)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera:</strong>&nbsp;8MP 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps rear, OIS, 1.2MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity:</strong>&nbsp;Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (Apple Pay only), 3G/4G&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;158.1mm x 77.8 x 7.1mm&nbsp;<br /><strong>Weight:</strong>&nbsp;172g</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"> 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 bigger phone has the same 8MP sensor as the smaller one, but with one key difference. Image stabilisation on the 6 is decent enough but is an electronic, software-based process. On the 6 Plus, though, there&rsquo;s superior optical image stabilisation available, which means you can shoot in lower light situations and still get sharp images.</p> <p>All the other new features - for instance improved slo-mo which now maxes out at 240fps, time-lapse and more - are present. The advantage of the bigger screen is you can frame up more exactly, without looking quite so preposterous as anyone using their iPad&#39;s camera does. Plus, you can see the results more clearly on this bigger, more detailed display.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature">Apple Pay? More like pay Apple!</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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-plus-02.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 with the iPhone 6, this is a very fast, responsive handset that never dallies, performing well at everything from video playback, which is butter-smooth, to rendering games in high resolution.</p> <p>This is also a phone with lots of storage potentially available, with capacity options of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. Note that the biggest model is very expensive and frankly few people need the amount of storage it offers.</p> <p>Battery life on the smaller iPhone 6 is already very strong, much, much improved over the 5s. And happily the extra space afforded by this phone (did we mention its size?) means there&rsquo;s room for even more juice here.</p> <p>In regular use while testing the device, we got more than 48 hours&#39; use from it - a quite spectacular result. We&#39;ll be giving the iPhone 6 Plus our standard battery run-down test very soon, and will update this review with our findings as soon as we do so.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-Plus-review-design-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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 new keyboard that arrives courtesy of iOS 8 is excellent, with impressive predictions for whatever it is you want to type even before the first word is started.</p> <p>However, there&rsquo;s so much space here, you may find you&rsquo;re stretching to reach the keys. There&rsquo;s no simple way around this until third parties release their own versions - expect to see Swiftkey and co soon. Still, iOS 8 offers the chance to record spoken messages or speak texts, so it&rsquo;s not the end of the world.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus will undoubtedly be too big for some hands. It&#39;s far bigger physically than any previous iPhone but also bigger than any comparable Android. The LG G3, which has the same size screen, is dwarfed by it. Even the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with its 5.7in display, is shorter.&nbsp;</p> <p>That said, the combination of its super-thin body and smooth metal build make it easier to hold and use than you might expect. Plus, it offers a few advantages over the iPhone 6, namely that bigger, higher-res screen and increased battery life.</p> <p>Really, there&#39;s very little wrong with it beyond its size. But it is very big. So unless you&#39;re specifically looking for&nbsp;a smartphone/tablet hybrid, or have particularly large hands, you&#39;ll be better off with the iPhone 6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If size is everything, the iPhone 6 Plus has a lot going for it, but it&#39;ll be too big for many</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"> iPhone 6 Plus review: Apple thinks big </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:07:42 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446027 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s new flagship takes the fight to its Android rivals with a bigger screen, more power and new software tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iPhone-6-review-main.png?1410950948" /> </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/david-phelan" title="View user profile.">David Phelan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking at specs alone, it&rsquo;s a miracle Apple sells any iPhones.</p> <p>Wave after wave of Samsungs, Sonys, LGs and HTCs have surfed on to shelves and into our hearts, each toting a bigger screen than last year&rsquo;s model.</p> <p>Not only that but these Androids have got bigger and better in every other way too. BIGGER cameras! FASTER processors!&nbsp;LONGER-lasting batteries!&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"> £540.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (16GB version) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Immaculate build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gorgeous, colourful display </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Speedy in use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Excellent battery life </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"> No full HD screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lacks 4K video recording </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No waterproofing </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"> Makeover time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Predicting Apple can be a risky business, but so far it&rsquo;s followed a regular approach to design updates: we&#39;ve had them every two years from the iPhone 3G onwards.</p> <p>So, after last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>, we expected to get something wholly different this time around. And different is what we got.</p> <p>Obviously the increased screen size is the main change, but it&#39;s far from the only visual difference. Like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, the iPhone 6 has all-metal back with curved edges front and back rather than the flat, 90-degree edges on the 5s. The result is a phone that&rsquo;s super-smooth in the hand with the joins between glossy screen and matte back almost unnoticable as you hold it.</p> <p>And you&rsquo;ll want to hold it &ndash; it feels amazing.</p> <p>The curves make it superbly comfortable in use despite its increased size, while its thin profile also helps; it&rsquo;s just 6.9mm thick, so substantially skinnier than the 7.5mm 5s.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the downside, the camera lens does now protrude from the phone&rsquo;s case, which may not please everyone, while&nbsp;the distinctive light-coloured lines on the back at top and bottom won&#39;t be to all tastes either. The latter, at least, are present for practical as well as aesthetic reasons: with a metal-backed phone it&rsquo;s hard to scoot the signal in and out, and the flush rubberised lines sort this. Certainly call quality on the iPhone 6 is strong and reliable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, it&#39;s a beautifully built bit of kit. Where the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;have to make do with plastic shells - albeit metal-style plastic in the case of the latter - the iPhone 6 feels wholly premium. Only the M8 really runs it close, and that&#39;s a far bigger handset. Every iPhone since the 4 has been a thing of beauty, and the 6 is no exception.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-design-1.jpg?1410950948" /> </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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-design-2.png?1410950948" /> </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="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-design-3.png?1410950948" /> </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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-design-4.png?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A screen dream? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6&#39;s headline feature is its 4.7in display. And with good reason: Apple had only ever upped its screen size once before, and that from 3.5in to 4in. But let&#39;s not get carried away here - by anyone else&#39;s standards, 4.7in is not a huge screen. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - note the word &#39;Compact&#39; - is only a smidgeon smaller at 4.6in. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z3, the iPhone remains a pixie in a land of Android ogres.</p> <p>For many people, 4.7in will be the ideal size: big enough to offer a better viewing and gaming experience, without being so big that you can&#39;t use it properly. Of course none of that matters if the quality isn&#39;t there too.</p> <p>Fortunately, it is.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPhone 6 is no match in screen resolution terms when compared to the G3 (534 pixels per inch) and Galaxy S5 (432ppi). Apple&rsquo;s screen has just 326ppi, the same as the iPhone 5s. But stats aren&rsquo;t the whole story and one glance at the iPhone 6 confirms this.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 has arguably the best screen on the market: rich, vibrant and unbelievably detailed, although the LG G3 runs it very close thanks to the extra pixels on its 2K display. And the iPhone 6 deserves to sit in that exalted company.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s lower-resolution than its rivals, but more than dense enough to look glorious. It also lacks the occasionally over-saturated look of the S5; the Samsung display, though unequivocally beautiful, can still tend to the garish. As far as the LG goes, those extra pixels only really make themselves known when you&rsquo;re reading the tiniest of writing.&nbsp;</p> <p>However we&#39;d be lying if we said that we hadn&#39;t hoped for more. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">6 Plus</a>&nbsp;has a full HD 1080p screen, as does almost every one of the iPhone 6&#39;s main rivals. While the 6&#39;s display is easily one of the best 720p efforts we&#39;ve used, the differences between it and a full HD screen are visible if you look for them.</p> <p>However, for day-to-day use, there&rsquo;s a limit to what you can see - or at least to what matters. And in those terms, the iPhone 6 is as good as its keenest rivals. Plus, it&rsquo;s just right there: the display seems so pressed up against the glass it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re making direct contact with the pixels.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature">Why I&#39;m dreading the bigger iPhone 6</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-screen-1.png?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the millions of sepia-toned hipster-food-photos posted hourly to Instagram prove, the camera is one of the most important things on any phone.&nbsp;So you might have expected Apple to want to match the 16MP sensor of the Galaxy S5 or the 20.7MP on Sony&rsquo;s Xperia&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Z2</a>&nbsp;and Z3. But no, it&rsquo;s stuck with eight megapixels. Eight.</p> <p>Fortunately for Apple, the combination of a good lens, advanced image processing and sublimely simple camera controls in previous iPhones has served it very well. Plus, there&#39;s more to a good camera than lots of pixels - after all, the HTC One (M8) takes great shots with a mere 4MP sensor.</p> <p>Part of the M8&#39;s success is that although it uses fewer pixels, they&#39;re individually bigger than those on most rivals at around 2 microns.&nbsp;The iPhone can&rsquo;t match that, but at 1.5 microns, the Apple pixels are bigger than those on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.12 microns).</p> <p>Anyway, that&#39;s the specs out of the way, let&#39;s get back to the real world...</p> <p>Innovations this time around include Focus Pixels. These are called phase detection pixels by other manufacturers and a couple of rival handsets share this feature, notably the Galaxy S5. Phase detection is faster than the more commonly used contrast detection and means nippier autofocus - which in turn should mean snappier snaps with greater sharpness.&nbsp;Last year&rsquo;s iPhone 5s took pictures with no discernible delay anyway, but the iPhone 6 sure is fast. Quality-wise, there&#39;s not a huge amount of difference from the 5s - which means it&#39;s still one of the best out there.</p> <p>Where Apple&rsquo;s camera is consistently better than rivals is in its superbly simple ease of use. No white balance to adjust, no extra granular controls to fiddle with. Now, though, you can deliberately over- or under-expose shots. But don&#39;t fret that this&#39;ll be an unwelcome distraction from the point-and- shoot ethos. In fact, it&rsquo;s wholly intuitive: press on the screen until the yellow exposure box appears. Next to it is a little sun icon with a line through it. As you draw your finger up and down it shows you how dark or light the final pic will be. Easy as pie.</p> <p>Video recording is also improved,&nbsp;with HD filming at 60 frames per second and enhanced slo-mo (now double the frame rate of 240 per second). But there&rsquo;s no 4K video as found on some rivals. Apple&rsquo;s skill has rarely been to be first, so we&#39;re not exactly surprised as its absence. Still, it would have been a nice thing to have. Quality-wise, footage is smooth and looks striking.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news">iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 - the weigh-in</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-camera-1.png?1410950948" /> </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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-camera-2.png?1410950948" /> </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"> iPhone 6 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> 4.7in 720x1334 IPS LCD (326ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong> 1.4GHz Apple A8 processor</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong> (unspecified)</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong> iOS 8</p> <p><strong>Storage:</strong> 16/64/128GB</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> (unspecified)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> 8MP 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps rear, 1.2MP 720p front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (Apple Pay only), 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 138x67x6.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 129g</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"> More power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Performance is always a tricky thing to judge on iPhones. Look at the stats alone and most high-end Androids leave it in the dust. But use one, and it&#39;ll often feel like the fastest thing since Usain Bolt&#39;s sliced bread. The iPhone 6 is no different.</p> <p>The new iPhone has an improved processor, namely the A8, and whizzes through tasks without the slightest of pauses.&nbsp;The previous A7 was shockingly fast thanks in part to the new 64-bit architecture that arrived on that chip, and that&#39;s obviously retained here. And while the new model doesn&rsquo;t&nbsp;<em>feel</em>&nbsp;any faster, it has more pixels to move around and is&nbsp;probably doing more in the background to boot.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a new motion co-processor, the M8, not to be confused with HTC&rsquo;s flagship. The co-processor now measures altitude thanks to a built-in barometer, so it can monitor when you are climbing or descending stairs. Health apps will make much of this and Apple&rsquo;s own Health app has a dashboard to record your steps, cycling and more, made possible by the new hardware.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 38 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-extra.png?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A bigger Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fact: most smartphones have terrible battery life. Just try leaving home in the morning without having charged up overnight. And the more you use your phone, the more quickly the battery drains.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a recipe for disaster, and one from which previous iPhones have hardly been immune. The iPhone 5s lasted a Standard Smartphone Day (SSD) - by which we mean you could just about get away with only having to charging it nightly, so long as you didn&#39;t really hammer it during the day. Otherwise, you&#39;ll have wanted that spare charger at work.</p> <p>Happily, the iPhone 6 just goes on and on.&nbsp;In regular use, the phone performed for a full day and well into a second &ndash; a leap forward compared to the iPhone 5s. Additionally, iOS 8 gives you handy warnings about apps which are constantly making data connections, so you can turn the beggars off.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be doing a full battery run-down test soon, at which point we&#39;ll compare it to flagship Androids such as the LG G3, but for now we&#39;ll just say that it lasts longer than any other iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-best-deals/news">Apple iPhone 6 - the best contract deals</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/F771ctzYYL4" 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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new hardware is faster and more powerful, some of it to service the bigger screen and updated iOS 8 operating software. Eventually, it will lead to more sparkly games, faster and more powerful apps. Already, Apple has added its own Health app, of which more below.</p> <p>Sadly, some of the newest, spangliest of features on the iPhone can&rsquo;t be reviewed yet in the UK. One of the most striking is Apple Pay, which uses a combo of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a newly arrived NFC chip in the phone to turn the handset into a contactless credit card. Demonstrations we saw last week in Cupertino were certainly seamless and speedy, so assuming Apple is able to do the deals with UK banks and credit card companies that it&rsquo;s done in the States, this could be a very big deal.</p> <p>Of course, Android phones have had similar features for some time. EE customers have the Cash On Tap app on various phones, including the S5, which turns the phone into a virtual Oyster card, for instance. But NFC hasn&rsquo;t really taken off yet. Apple Pay could change this.</p> <p>Other phones have fingerprint sensors, too, but the Apple model is superb not least because it&rsquo;s effort-free. By resting your thumb or finger on the home button as you would to wake the phone, the Touch ID feature is invoked. The Samsung Galaxy S5 by contrast requires a swiping movement to make it work - definitely a little less intuitive.</p> <p>Similarly, there&#39;s VoLTE - that&rsquo;s Voice over LTE - which promises to deliver voice calls through 4G data; handy if your 2G signal is weak at home, say. It needs both handsets to be on VoLTE and for networks to play ball. EE is involved but the service hasn&rsquo;t been rolled out yet. The feature is partly made possible by a faster LTE chip which can deliver up to 150Mbps downloads, when the networks can match this.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/what-apple-watch-can-tell-us-about-iphone-7-and-ipad-air-3/feature">What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-iOS-8-2.png?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>The iPhone 6 arrives running Apple&#39;s new iOS 8, available from today on all iPhones from the 4s onwards in addition to various iPads and iPod touch models.</p> <p>It looks mostly like last year&rsquo;s radically restyled iOS 7, but if 7 was all about design changes, 8 is all about openness, customisation and communication.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are immediate benefits to apps such as Messages, which will now let you easily send voice files, photos and videos at the touch of a button in the text area. And below that you&#39;ll find the all-new predictive keyboard, which aims to guess which word you&rsquo;re about to type before you&rsquo;ve keyed in the first letter. This is splendid and works well. Third-party companies such as the excellent Swiftkey are also now able to produce their own keyboards for the iPhone &ndash; something Apple hadn&rsquo;t permitted until now.</p> <p>Bigger improvements still include Handoff, which enables you to start tapping an email out on your iPhone keyboard and then carry it on seamlessly on a Mac using the latest Yosemite software. This also means that when a phone call comes in you can answer it on your Mac or on another Apple device &ndash; handy if your phone is snuggling on the windowsill where the mobile phone signal is strongest while you&rsquo;re ensconced next to the TV in the other room. We weren&#39;t able to test these features, as Yosemite is still in beta release mode, but we&#39;ll update this review as soon as we&#39;re able.</p> <p>Most importantly of all, there&rsquo;s the new Health app, which allows other apps to contribute to the fitness monitoring that Health collates. This is another feature that&rsquo;s in its early stages and it&rsquo;s going to be interesting to see what happens if you have multiple fitness devices which report different step counts, for example. Apple stresses that each app only takes part if you give it permission.</p> <p>Still, the basic app looks pretty neat, with the restrained, classy styling you&rsquo;d expect, though Samsung&#39;s S Health app looks spiffy, too and both are outclassed by the LifeLog software on Sony&rsquo;s phones.</p> <p>And finally there&rsquo;s iCloud Drive, which brings Apple up to date with the document-sharing capabilities other platforms already boast. Just as with iCloud, which syncs your contacts, calendars and more across multiple devices, iCloud Drive saves documents across all of your Apple gadgets and on icloud.com.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-back-your-iphone-and-ipad-you-install-ios-8/feature">How to back up your iPhone and iPad before installing iOS 8</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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-iOS-8-1.png?1410950948" /> </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="820" height="1150" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-iOS-8-3-portrait.png?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In order to really judge the iPhone 6 you first have to consider what it&#39;s not.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a mega-screened wannabe phablet. It&#39;s not a 2K-display-packing pixel king. It&#39;s not the most powerful phone ever, it&#39;s not the most megapixelly phone ever, it&#39;s not even the longest-lastingest phone ever. The best Androids still beat it on all these counts.</p> <p>But that&#39;s just specs. What it is, is the best iPhone ever.</p> <p>It&#39;s a real looker, with an amazingly slim and deeply attractive build. It feels lovely in the hand, despite the extra size. It has the best screen of any iPhone - big enough to be useful, with gorgeous colours. It&#39;s the most powerful iPhone ever, even if in use all you&#39;ll know is that it feels very fast. It has the best battery of any iPhone ever, lasting well into a second day. And it also packs some of Apple&#39;s biggest software innovations in years, although we&#39;ll have to wait for the likes of Apple Pay to make their way over here.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s, for all its qualities, didn&#39;t do enough to put Apple back on top. It just lagged too far behind its Android rivals in key areas.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the iPhone 6, with its combination of fresh new form factor, the upcoming links to desktop via Yosemite and the promise of Apple Pay, might just do the trick.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">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="2400" height="1800" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-verdict-1.png?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its bigger screen and software overhaul, the iPhone 6 is the freshest feeling iPhone in years</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"> iPhone 6 launch live blog – join us from 6pm UK time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/iphone-6-caro_0.jpg?1410950948" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone 6 Smartphones Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:03:12 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428771 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s new Bluetooth keyboard is designed for iOS and Android too http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’ll work with your Windows tablet, but you can pair competitors as well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" alt="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-tabletkeyboard.jpg?1410963075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has its own portable hardware to mind, but it&#39;s clear that the company still wants to play nice with the competition. Case in point: its new Bluetooth wireless keyboard, which is designed for Android and iOS devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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>The build is attractively minimal and designed for portability. In use, it looks like a lot of existing iPad keyboard options, but it folds in half for storage, plus you can detach the stand half of the contraption to give yourself space between the keys and your device.</p> <p>Opening the cover triggers the Bluetooth connectivity, while closing it powers down the keyboard. It promises up to six months of battery life when filled to capacity and can get eight hours of battery life with just a 10-minute charge.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s Universal Mobile Keyboard is due out in October for US$79.95 (about &pound;49). No word yet on international pricing.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6189075/microsoft-universal-mobile-keyboard-features-pricing">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</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/sdPT-TzgU84" 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/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news#comments Android iOS Microsoft Smartphones Tablets Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:49:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447821 at http://www.stuff.tv NFC on the iPhone 6 is locked to Apple Pay at launch http://www.stuff.tv/apple/nfc-iphone-6-locked-apple-pay-only/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s limited its newfound contactless powers to payment only, for the time being at least </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="771" height="578" title="NFC on the iPhone 6 is locked to Apple Pay only" alt="NFC on the iPhone 6 is locked to Apple Pay only" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/3_8.jpg?1410890673" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple confirmed with Cult of Mac that the NFC features of its trio of iDevices will be restricted solely to Apple Pay contactless payments.</p> <p>That means no one-tap file sharing or audio device pairing - features that Android phones have enjoyed for quite some time now.</p> <p>Before you sharpen those pitch forks and spark up the torches, we do expect Apple to unlock the rest of its NFC capabilities in the future.</p> <p>Touch ID was initially only used for unlocking the iPhone and authenticating App Store purchases after all, and now, in iOS 8, developers are free to integrate it into their apps as they see fit.</p> <p>Apple also revealed that the iWatch is capable of unlocking hotel room doors, so we know that the ability for NFC to work outside of Apple Pay is definitely there.</p> <p>Waiting for users to gain trust in the Apple Pay system before unleashing more functionality might be the reason behind Apple&#39;s cautious approach, but it&#39;s certainly not going to dampen the cries of the ruthless Android fanboys. Of which there are many.</p> <p>In the meantime, new iPhone users will have to manually pair and share files with other Bluetooth users like common techno-peasants. The horror.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 hands-on review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/296093/apple-confirms-iphone-6-nfc-apple-pay/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/16/nfc-on-iphone-6-limited-to-apple-pay" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/nfc-iphone-6-locked-apple-pay-only/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/nfc-iphone-6-locked-apple-pay-only/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones Watch Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:03:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447808 at http://www.stuff.tv How to back up your iPhone and iPad before you install iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-back-your-iphone-and-ipad-you-install-ios-8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s new mobile OS is upon us. Make sure you secure your data before upgrading, in case of disaster </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="400" title="A bunch of iPhones" alt="A bunch of iPhones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-ios8-hero.jpg?1410882161" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&rsquo;ve read the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios8/">iOS 8 overview</a>&nbsp;on Apple&rsquo;s website. You&rsquo;ve made excited noises about all the cool new stuff, such as the revamped keyboard, iCloud Drive, HealthKit and the improved Spotlight. And now, we&#39;re counting down the hours until it&#39;s released to the masses on 17 September.</p> <p><strong>But before you dive in, secure your data, in case iOS 8 becomes iOS ate all my data.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up iCloud </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 get 5 GB of space on iCloud for free. Use it. Ensure you&rsquo;re on Wi-Fi, open the Settings app and select iCloud. Turn on relevant options that aren&rsquo;t already activated, to send important data (calendars, reminders, browser bookmarks, and so on) to the cloud. At that point, these are all safe, and can be retrieved elsewhere should iOS 8 fire your iPhone into orbit.</p> <p>Now scroll down to and select Storage &amp; Backup. Tap &lsquo;Back Up Now&rsquo;. You might have to enter your password, and then you&rsquo;ll either get a progress bar indicating how long the back-up will take, or you&rsquo;ll see a &lsquo;Not Enough Storage&rsquo; warning. In the latter case, tap Manage Storage, select your device, and under Backup Options, deselect any items you can easily restore from elsewhere. (For example, if you back-up your photos to your PC or Mac, disable Camera Roll, which is usually the biggest block of data.)</p> <p>Your iCloud back-up will include app data, Camera Roll content, iTunes Store purchases, contacts and messages, notes and calendars, network and email account passwords, preferences, and Safari autofill data. It will also take ages, so don&rsquo;t leave this until the last minute.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="640" height="519" title="iPhone back-up dialog" alt="iPhone back-up dialog" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-back-up_0.png?1410882161" /> </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="640" height="1136" title="iPhone info" alt="iPhone info" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-info.png?1410882161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Back-up to iTunes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know: iTunes is horrible. Tough &mdash; deal with it. Hold your nose, launch the app, select your device and click the Summary tab. (Depending on your existing setup, you may need to, like some kind of techie throwback, first plug your device in via its USB cable for your computer to see it.)</p> <p>Under Backups, click Back Up Now. This will back up your iOS device&rsquo;s data to your PC or Mac, and you can recover from this back-up in the event of a disaster. (If you use the iTunes sidebar, you can right/Ctrl-click your device and select Back Up.)</p> <p>Again, this will take ages, and so do it sooner rather than later.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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="1280" height="800" title="iTunes" alt="iTunes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/itunes.png?1410882161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Safeguard your photos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Photos are often records of precious memories (or precious drunken selfies) and losing them can be painful. Therefore, if you&rsquo;re not using Photo Stream, consider using it (it can be activated in the aforementioned iCloud section of Settings); this stores shots from your last 30 days, from which iOS devices will show the most recent 1,000. This does not count towards your iCloud storage limit.</p> <p>Next, plug your device into your computer. If you&rsquo;re using a Mac, use iPhoto, Image Capture or Aperture to make copies of your photos. If you&rsquo;re using a PC, select your device from the Portable Devices section, right-click, select &ldquo;Import pictures and videos&rdquo;, and follow the wizard.</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="1280" height="800" title="iPhoto" alt="iPhoto" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphoto.png?1410882161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Do more things! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Post-install (or pre-install if you&rsquo;re more organised), you&rsquo;ll likely have to update a ton of apps so that they won&rsquo;t blow up under iOS 8. Some won&rsquo;t work at all and will never be updated, in which case it&rsquo;s time to say cheerio and send them to oblivion (tap-hold until they all wiggle, and tap the close button to annihilate zombie apps).</p> <p>For apps and especially games you&rsquo;ve invested loads of hours in, use the free&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/">iExplorer</a>&nbsp;to access such an app (from Apps in the sidebar) and save its Documents and Library folders to your computer. These can then be sideloaded back later, if the app gets a surprise update. (This technique can also be used as an ultra-paranoid data-securing method pre-upgrade for ensuring your progress in a game will be very safe indeed.) Note also that iTunes doesn&rsquo;t back-up music, and iCloud only holds content you&rsquo;ve bought from Apple. iExplorer can be a quick way of getting music off of your device via &lsquo;Media Library&rsquo;, again in the sidebar. If you&rsquo;ve local back-ups taken using iTunes, they will be searchable.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to update iTunes (spit) to continue periodically backing up to your computer, which we assume you&rsquo;re also backing up, right? (Stern look at camera. Theatrical about-turn. Exit into moody sunset, with &lsquo;our work here is done&rsquo; vibe.)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 preview</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="1280" height="800" title="iExplorer" alt="iExplorer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iexplorer.png?1410882161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/how-back-your-iphone-and-ipad-you-install-ios-8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-back-your-iphone-and-ipad-you-install-ios-8/feature#comments Apple iOS 8 Smartphones Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:42:42 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447094 at http://www.stuff.tv Group test: the best cheap smartphone you can buy http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a sub-£150 smartphone? We&#039;ve tested every budget handset that matters UPDATE: 5in Moto G (2014) tested </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="You could buy all these for 1.5 iPhones. But that would be silly" alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-cheap-smartphones-main-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bad budget smartphone is dead.</p> <p>Never again should you put up with pixelly screens, sluggish web speeds and cameras so bad that an Etch-a-Sketch would be better, because you can now get an all-round reliable phone for less than &pound;150. So while there still are plenty of bad phones out there, you needn&#39;t concern yourself with them any more.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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"> Moto G 4G (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>&nbsp;is now ludicrously cheap, frequently dipping below &pound;100 - but 4G makes this new model ever better.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s sturdily built and fits snugly into one hand, while its use of swappable Motorola Shells give you the option to customise its look on a daily basis. The 4.5in, HD, 326ppi screen is the real selling point over its fuzzier-screened rivals; it matches the much pricier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>&nbsp;on this front. Next to most other phones in its class it looks pin-sharp, with vivid but natural colours and good contrast.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without problems - the 5MP camera does still disappoint sometimes, especially in low light, and you only get 8GB of built-in storage. But the addition of a microSD card slot means you can now add up to 32GB of space, and in day-to-day use nothing comes close.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto G 4G takes the top spot " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Both Moto Gs - with and without 4G - are worth considering " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g_0.JPG?1410954150" /> </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"> Motorola Moto G 4G 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>: 4.5in 1280x720 (326ppi) with Gorilla Glass&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm/ 143g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto&rsquo;s also left the 4G with an almost-untouched version of Android KitKat, adding a few genuinely useful features but nothing more. That helps everything run smoothly and you can can expect speedy downloads, streaming and browsing over 4G. The best bit? Even with more pixels to push than most cheap phones, the Moto G still lasts a day between charges.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have specific criteria - for instance you&rsquo;re a n00b who likes the look of Windows Phone or taking pics is your priority - then other budget phones down this list might make more sense. But for most people, the Moto G 4G will do very nicely indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Fantastic and futureproof, this is as close to budget phone perfection as you can get in 2014</p> </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"> Motorola Moto G 2013 </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>Our go-to budget phone of 2013 is still on sale and cheaper than ever, at around &pound;100 for the 8GB model. Everything we love about the Moto G 4G applies here - if you can stick to 3G, this handset is the biggest bargain in tech.</p> <p>If 8GB of storage isn&rsquo;t enough you could always splash out &pound;150 on the non-expandable 16GB model - but of course we&rsquo;d recommend getting the expandable Moto G 4G instead. Either way, feel smug. The original Moto G is still a seriously clever choice.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">In-depth Moto G (2013) review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Sony Xperia M2 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until the new 5in Kogan Agora 4G turns up, the Xperia M2 is the best way to get a big screen on a budget. It&rsquo;s just a shame that 4.8in screen isn&rsquo;t very sharp at 229ppi and suffers from poor viewing angles. Because otherwise you get a ton of Sony for your money here.</p> <p>Its blocky plastic design, available in purple, white and black, is based on the high-end <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">Xperia Z2</a>. There&rsquo;s no waterproofing as you&#39;d find on that premium Xperia, but for &pound;150 PAYG, we&rsquo;re not complaining.</p> <p>Performance is much better than previous mid-range Sony phones we&rsquo;ve encountered thanks to a Snapdragon 400 processor which powers every handset on this test bar the Moto E and HTC Desire 301. Battery life is pretty good, too, matching the Moto G 4G. Plus Sony has thrown in extras you won&rsquo;t find on other budget blowers such as small apps, Stamina mode for the battery and a pulsing notification light to stretch to over a day of use.</p> <p>Its more than decent 8MP camera is the highlight, though. AF can be a little sluggish but it&rsquo;s easy to use, with Sony&rsquo;s quick Superior Auto mode plus lots of settings to dig into and reliably good 1080p video. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the top smartphones for picture quality, but it&rsquo;s the best all-round snapper of all the cheap phones we&rsquo;ve tested.</p> <p>If Sony had stuck a higher res screen on the M2 and added support for 4G, this would be more of a rival for the Moto. As it is, it falls just short.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Fine features and the best choice for shutterbugs, only the screen lets the M2 down</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Sony has just announced the M2 Aqua with identical specs to the M2 plus IP65/68 waterproofing and dustproofing, higher even than the Xperia Z2 and probably what we can expect from the Xperia Z3. There&#39;s no price yet but if it&#39;s &pound;150 and under, we&#39;ll add it to this budget phones group test.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M2 gives you camera chops on a shoestring " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Big screen, small money " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-2.png?1410954150" /> </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 M2 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>: 4.8in 540x960 (229 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 1080p rear, VGA front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2330 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm/ 148g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Nokia Lumia 630 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sea of cheap Androids, the Lumia 630 stands out like an alien-goo-green buoy keeping Windows Phone fans safe from ridicule. Sure, Android has more games and the 630 is far from the highest specced device here, but this Nokia gets a lot right.</p> <p>The battery life is the best for the money - not by much, but the 630 will give you an extra hour or so over the rest. It&rsquo;s the lightest at 134g, comes with a decent, if low-res, screen and some excellent freebies including Nokia Drive.</p> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 is both friendlier than stock KitKat for beginners and now has useful Android-style features and settings, too. Even the 5MP camera has its moments - outdoor and macro shots look great and low-light images aren&#39;t the grainiest we&#39;ve ever encountered. It&rsquo;s a little slow in use next to the likes of the Moto G but it&#39;s easy to forgive that at this low, low price. If you can&rsquo;t live without 4G speeds, try the similar but more expensive Lumia 635.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Cheap, cheerful and reliable, the Lumia 630 is only outclassed by the best budget Androids</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">In-depth Nokia Lumia 630 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="Representing Windows Phone - the unbelievably cheap 630 " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-630-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> Nokia Lumia 630 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>: 4.5in 854x480 (221 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/512MB RAM&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, no front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1830 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 128GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm/ 134g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Moto E (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does budget mean less than &pound;100 to you? Serving up tidy, reliable, loveable Android for the masses, the 4.3in Moto E is your best bet below a ton.</p> <p>A compact and sturdy build, slick performance and close-to-stock-Android OS impress, with only the quality of its 5MP camera, the miserly 4GB of storage and the lack of a front cam letting it down majorly.</p> <p>The 1980mAh battery isn&rsquo;t swappable and will conk out an hour before most here, but it still comfortably lasts a day of light use on one charge, and there are swappable Motorola Shell covers to keep things fresh on the desaign front. The screen, though lower-res than the Moto G, is still a cracker at this price, with apps, games and webpages all looking lovely on it. Motorola really has the monopoly on value brilliance and if your budget is truly tight you should look no further.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Moto does it again. This is the best smartphone you can buy under &pound;100</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review">In-depth Moto E 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="The Moto E is easy to love " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Moto&#039;s budget brilliance in 4.3in and 4.5in sizes " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-and-e-group.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Motorola Moto E 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>: 4.3in 540x960 (256 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 480p rear, no front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1980 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm/ 142g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto G (2014) (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another Motorola! The 5in Moto G (2014) isn&#39;t a direct replacement for the 4G model or last year&#39;s handset (now priced at &pound;100). It&#39;s the Moto G for people who don&#39;t mind sacrificing a bit of battery life here, a splash of 4G there for a big screen and much better camera than the original 5MP snapper.</p> <p>So what&#39;s been improved? It performs just as fast as the first Moto G and Android is just as clutter-free. The main difference is the bigger build (it&#39;s the biggest here) - it&#39;s sturdy, though, and still sits nicely in the hand. It&#39;s sacrificed the old Moto G&#39;s neat, tidy look; there&#39;s just more plastic, so that couldn&#39;t be helped without impressive - and costly - engineering. But Moto has included some very decent (for the money) stereo speakers on the front. They don&#39;t match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> but you won&#39;t be ashamed to use them in the back garden either.&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery life, again, isn&#39;t quite as great as the Moto G 4G. Streaming video on a commute, the bigger 5in screen sucks up 22% an hour versus the 4.5in phone&#39;s less worrying 16%. Still, it lasts the day so we&#39;re not complaining too much. Speaking of the screen, it&#39;s 720p and chances are you won&#39;t notice the slightly-less-sharp picture compared to the original. Colours are slightly more natural too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The real stars are the two new cameras, both welcome improvements. Images look a lot less blurry and smudgy than before with clear, in-focus shots and accurate colours. Video too is much more usable. The new 8MP cam on the back takes a while to focus at night but if you hold steady, you can get some impressive pics for a &pound;150 phone. All round, we&#39;d still recommend the 4G Moto G &ndash;&nbsp;but if phone photography is your thing, consider the 2014 model.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Moto has done it again - big screen, almost-stock Android and one of the best cameras for the money&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s the Moto G but not as you know it " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5121%20with%20Annotation.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> Motorola Moto G (2014) 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>: 5in 720x1280 (294 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 720p rear, 2Mp front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8/16GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm/ 149g</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-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-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/also-rans_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> EE Kestrel (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>4G is no longer a luxury. With the EE Kestrel available for &pound;99 outright, or &pound;14 a month, you might be tempted to choose this tweaked and rebranded 4.5in Huawei handset over the Moto G 4G.</p> <p>Before you do, bear in mind that it&rsquo;s not as easy to love. For starters, it lacks the lovely HD screen and smooth performance of the top Moto. It also has the most retro design of the bunch, both in terms of hardware and its Emotion UI software. Still, the battery life is brilliant, the expandable storage is handy and unlike some, it has both an OK front camera and a rear flash. It&rsquo;s silly-slim too, at 7.85mm thick. The fastest browsing and streaming this side of &pound;150 then, but not quite the full package.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Still the cheapest way to get 4G, but there are better all-rounders for the money&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ee-kestrel/review">&nbsp;In-depth EE Kestrel 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="Afforda-4G from EE " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee-kestrel-review.png?1410954150" /> </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"> EE Kestrel 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>: 4.5in 540x960 (245 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1MP front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 145g</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-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"> HTC Desire 310 (£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>The Desire 310 is a&nbsp;smart looker both outside and in. Exterior attractiveness is conferred by a tidy, slightly curved plastic build, while on the interior HTC&rsquo;s Android skin Sense looks good and runs without a hiccup. Like the Sony Xperia M2, it also packs a few features you&rsquo;d be more likely to see on a &pound;500 phone. So the Desire 310 gets HTC&rsquo;s excellent BlinkFeed RSS reader (searchable and with offline reading), plus the ability to make short video montages with the nifty Zoe Video Highlights tool.</p> <p>But while colours look nice and natural on the 4.5in screen, it&rsquo;s just not got the pixels to show off Android games and HD movies. Plus, it always seems to look a bit grubby even with brightness on full whack, it can get a little warm when taxed, you might need to charge it up before bedtime and the 5MP camera isn&rsquo;t anything special. Maybe HTC should&#39;ve worried about getting the basics right rather than lavishing software treats on us?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />Nice looking and packed with features but the Desire 310 doesn&rsquo;t nail the essentials well enough&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="It&#039;s like a small One (M8) - if you squint " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-310-review.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> HTC Desire 310 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>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek/512MB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 1080p rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 140g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo (£135) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 4.5in Smart 4 Turbo doesn&rsquo;t live up to its tantalising promise: a quad-core, 4G, KitKat budget phone for less than &pound;150. While performance is generally good, the overall feeling with the &lsquo;Turb&rsquo; is frustration - with the low-res 480x854 screen that looks a bit 3D (in the bad way), with the very slow 5MP camera that takes fuzzy, mostly unusable shots, with the dark front camera and with the cheap-feeling (and looking) plastic build.</p> <p>Vodafone&rsquo;s tinkering with Android is lighter than EE&#39;s - you get just a handful of widgets, there&rsquo;s capacitive buttons to free up screen space and the battery does last a day. But anyone looking for afforda-4G should turn to the Moto or, as a cheaper option, the Kestrel.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />A valiant effort but Vodafone has cut too many specs to keep up with the best budget phones</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones money 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" title="There&#039;s smarter phones than the Smart 4 Turbo " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vodafone-smart-4-turbo-review.png?1410954150" /> </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 unusual suspects " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cheap-smartphone-test-main.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo 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>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1880 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4mm/ 138g</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-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget smartphones tested </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"> Every sub-£150 handset that matters </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature#comments Android HTC Moto G Motorola Nokia Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444737 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iPhone 6 notches record pre-orders, first Windows-only branded phone spotted, and Apple releases U2 album removal tool http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on all of the quick-hit tech news you need to begin the day </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="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-6plus.jpg?1410849181" /> </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/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple posts record iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Apple opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bright and early last Friday, many potential purchasers complained of issues with both the Apple Store and various carriers. But that doesn&rsquo;t seem to have stopped anyone from actually placing an order, based on the numbers.</p> <p>Apple says that more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets were pre-ordered during the first 24 hours or availability, though it remains to be seen what the total actual first weekend sales tally will be once next Monday rolls around. Some nine million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets were sold in the first weekend of availability last year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/15Apple-Announces-Record-Pre-orders-for-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-Top-Four-Million-in-First-24-Hours.html">Apple</a>]</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> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Windows phone without “Windows Phone” spotted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Late last week, multiple reports claimed that Microsoft will stop using the Windows Phone moniker for its smartphones and instead brand them with the basic Windows logo and name (effectively making them &ldquo;Windows phones&rdquo; instead - a subtle distinction). Now we have a glance at how that&rsquo;s going to unfold.</p> <p>A non-public page found on carrier My Go&rsquo;s website reveals the Windows GoFone GFW47 handset, with an image of the backing showing only the plain Windows logo on the bottom. The page also consistently refers to it as a Windows device, yet still calls the OS &ldquo;Windows Phone 8.1,&rdquo; suggesting that the software will keep the old naming, but the devices themselves likely will not.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.my-go.co/en/project/4-7-inch-gofone-windows-phone-8-1-smartphone-gfw47/">My Go</a> via <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/official-handset-image-shows-new-windows-phone-with-windows-branding">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</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="800" title="Windows GoFone GFW47" alt="Windows GoFone GFW47" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gofone-windows.jpg?1410849181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Official tool to remove free U2 album from iTunes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not every iTunes user was pleased to receive U2&rsquo;s free new album, <em>Songs of Innocence</em>, and we dug around and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news">shared a multi-step process</a> for hiding it from your library last week. But in the wake of consistent complaints, Apple has made it so easy that you can now click a button and truly <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">remove it from your library</a> forever.</p> <p>Yes, forever. So if you change your mind after 13 October when the free download promotion ends, you&rsquo;ll have to pay real money to purchase the album from iTunes. But you&rsquo;re probably not ever going to do that, right?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">Apple</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6153165/apple-u2-songs-of-innocence-removal-tool">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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="U2" alt="U2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-u2.jpg?1410849181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Hulk projection hoists Tower Bridge for Disney Infinity 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 help promote this week&rsquo;s launch of <em>Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</em> on various platforms, Disney enlisted the talents of an impressive projection to create the illusion of the Incredible Hulk lifting Tower Bridge to help the game move along the River Thames. It&rsquo;s a slick effect, and even if it&rsquo;s just to sell a game, how cool would that be to stumble upon one evening around London?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes 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/Vd-SDd6qlXQ" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-#comments Apple Gaming iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447756 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6: the best contract deals http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-best-deals/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve rounded up some of the best deals around, ahead of the big 19 September launch </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="Not long to go now..." alt="Apple iPhone 6: the best deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-04%20%281%29.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 </a>is upon us, and there are tonnes of gadgeteers looking to snap one up as an upgrade to their 4 or 5s, or (shock horror), as an alternative to their Android companion.</p> <p>It&#39;s all too easy to get lost in the hundreds of tariffs out there, so we&#39;ve rounded up some of the best ones from all four major UK networks.</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"> Vodafone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re not fussed about 4G speeds and aren&#39;t a data guzzler then Vodafone&#39;s 1GB data plan is one of the cheapest iPhone 6 contracts around. You can go even cheaper if you opt for a 500MB data plan of course, but we think 1GB should be around the bare minimum for most users.</p> <p>2GB of monthly data pushes the price up a bit, but the handset itself is still a reasonable &pound;50, for the 16GB version at least. Once the data/storage capacity creeps up however, things get substantially pricier. And that&#39;s true for all networks.</p> <p>Things get a little pricier above 4GB of 4G data a month, but you can grab a 10GB data plan for &pound;48.50 along with a free 16GB iPhone 6 if you trade in your existing device. That also includes six months of Netflix and either Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile TV.</p> <p>There&#39;s no trade-in discount available for the higher capacity models mind, so the 10GB plan jumps up to &pound;58.50&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.vodafone.co.uk/iphone/pay-monthly-iphone/index.htm" target="_blank"><strong>View the rest of Vodafone&#39;s iPhone 6 tariffs</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="Vodafone" alt="Apple iPhone 6: the best deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vodafone.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> O2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe height="100%" iframe="" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11Y8Z61Zc0gcwuCzzvKYEJA8X89Ec_66RkHYB64ZHcmE/pubhtml?widget=true&amp;headers=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>O2&#39;s offering the 16GB variant for free with 5GB of data, though you&#39;ll have to fork out nearly &pound;50 a month.</p> <p>Spend &pound;80 for the phone itself and that monthly cost drops down to &pound;43, saving you &pound;60 a year.</p> <p>If 16GB isn&#39;t quite enough for you then you can splash out &pound;70 for the 64GB version, on a &pound;48 a month contract.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/phones/apple/iphone-6/" target="_blank">View the rest of O2&#39;s iPhone 6 tariffs</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="596" height="447" title="O2" alt="Apple iPhone 6: the best deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/o2_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> EE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe height="100%" iframe="" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ax8tWG-0nL2rKXwzzT8kw9l7JLN0bg4e49MjZ1876l0/pubhtml?widget=true&amp;headers=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>The cheapest you can get an iPhone 6 on EE is a &pound;41 a month contract, which serves up 2GB of data and a one-off handset cost of &pound;100.</p> <p>If you want to opt for EE&#39;s even faster 4G speeds then there&#39;s the slightly more expensive 4GB data option, with the same handset price.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://shop.ee.co.uk/iphone/iphone-6" target="_blank">View the rest of EE&#39;s iPhone 6 tariffs</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="EE" alt="Apple iPhone 6: the best deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe height="100%" iframe="" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SzXbUUtdY-_jbdWLtZweQap2IeAMRaSvKtZrBPTTXrY/pubhtml?widget=true&amp;headers=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Three&#39;s known for its all-you-can-eat unlimited data plans, and the cheapest one it offers is &pound;46 a month for the 16GB iPhone 6, with a one-off cost of &pound;100 for the device itself.</p> <p>There&#39;s also the option to buy the iPhone 6 SIM-free, which works out cheaper in the long run. The cheapest Three contract for a 16GB iPhone 6 will cost &pound;1,011 in total (including the one-off device cost itself). If you buy an iPhone 6 <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/iphone" target="_blank">directly from Apple</a> for &pound;540 and take out Three&#39;s &pound;18 a month unlimited data contract for two years, that&#39;s a total cost of around &pound;970.</p> <p>Of course, you&#39;re splashing out more than &pound;500 in one go with the second option, so it&#39;s all about finding the best balance for you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prices will also go down as they always do, and if you&#39;re still running a 5s there&#39;s plenty of reasons to opt for that too, especially as we expect its contract prices to drop once the iPhone 6 is released.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.three.co.uk/iPhone/iPhone_6" target="_blank">View the rest of Three&#39;s iPhone 6 tariffs</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?</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="953" height="715" title="Three" alt="Apple iPhone 6: the best deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/three.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-iphone-6-best-deals/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-best-deals/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:21:23 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447703 at http://www.stuff.tv Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-unveils-its-first-low-cost-android-one-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget pure Android smartphones are spreading across the globe </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="675" height="506" title="Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones " alt="Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/A1-front1.0.jpg?1410829357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has revealed the first wave of its Android One devices at an event in India, kicking off its mission to spread affordable smartphones across the developing world.</p> <p>Manufacturers Spice, Karbonn and Micromax will spark off the first wave of handsets, all of which feature a 4.5in screen, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, along with microSD expandable 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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-unveils-its-first-low-cost-android-one-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-unveils-its-first-low-cost-android-one-phones/news#comments Android Google Smartphones Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:04:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447689 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why forcing Bono and pals on half a billion people isn’t music to our ears </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="u2" alt="Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-lead.jpg?1410780876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The end of an Apple event is often a curious thing. Having spent an hour or two offering a razor-sharp presentation of new Apple kit, Apple executives turn into someone&rsquo;s uncle at a wedding, geeking out over a band or act designed to appeal to people like them, but that nonplusses a significant chunk of Apple&rsquo;s audience (not least anyone under 30).</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"> <p>It might come across as a smidgeon ungrateful and curmudgeonly to complain about getting some music entirely for free, but Apple&rsquo;s actions strike me as being as tone deaf as a fan of U2&rsquo;s latest album, and for all kinds of reasons.</p> <p>First and perhaps most importantly, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/there-are-lessons-be-learned-celeb-iphone-pic-thefts-they-re-not-what-you-might-have-heard/fea">Apple recently had a bit of a problem with hacking</a>. This was very much in the news, given that a significant number of famous women suddenly found very personal photographs spreading around the internet. So what does Apple do? It adds an album to everyone&rsquo;s iTunes account, without telling them. Unsurprisingly, people wondered why they suddenly had a new U2 album when they&rsquo;d not ordered one and leapt to the entirely reasonable conclusion that their account had been hacked.</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="1000" height="750" title="The social media reaction was swift" alt="Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-hack.jpg?1410780876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Secondly, it&rsquo;s irritating to see a company such as Apple and a band such as U2 further devaluing media. Apple&rsquo;s race-to-the-bottom pricing in apps <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">has been particularly damaging to indie developers</a>, and we&rsquo;re seeing similar issues when it comes to music and film; mega rock stars flinging their album out for free is a punch in the face to less successful artists struggling to make ends meet, but who will nonetheless encounter expectations of &#39;free&#39; from consumers.</p> <p>The third issue, though, is how un-Apple this all feels. On the iPhone and iPad there are admittedly apps you can&rsquo;t get rid of, but they are mostly defaults pretty much every device has. I&rsquo;d happily hide the likes of Voice Memos if I could, but Apple in its infinite wisdom does not provide such an option.</p> <p>What Apple hasn&rsquo;t done until now is load your device with any additional garbage. Where competitors and carriers sometimes helpfully provided game demos and brand apps that cannot be deleted, any iPad and iPhone you bought was clean. Now, every iTunes account has the stain of U2. It&rsquo;s music spam that&rsquo;s unwelcome and injected into your account without consent.</p> <p>Fortunately, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news">it is possible to at least hide the album</a>, meaning it manages by a whisker to avoid becoming the Stocks app of your iTunes library, but it sets a worrying precedent for Apple. What will we be in for in a year&rsquo;s time? Will the Rolling Stones shamble on to the stage, only for you later to be forced into listening to their new single whenever you attempt to talk to Siri? Will Tim Cook introduce Chris Martin, only for your iPhone to delete your entire music catalogue and replace it with infinite Coldplay? Or will the iPhone 7 Home screen be overhauled entirely, replaced by a grinning Bono face that agrees to read your email, but only when you say you love U2 and attempt to sing the chorus of &#39;Pride (In The Name Of Love)&#39;?</p> <p>Please, Apple, stop this madness before it&rsquo;s too late. Even an ego as big as Bono&rsquo;s won&rsquo;t be able to cope with half a billion iOS users badly singing the chorus to one of his 1980s hits.</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="1000" height="750" alt="Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-free.jpg?1410780876" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature#comments Apple iPhone 6 iTunes Opinion Smartphones Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:32:51 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447344 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Alpha http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Android for main course, aluminium on the side in the Galaxy Alpha </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="Easier to hold than an S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alpha-700.jpg?1410954150" /> </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/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When everyone complains about a phone it sometimes seems like no-one&rsquo;s listening. But Samsung has clearly taken on-board the thousands of voices saying the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> feels, y&rsquo;know, a bit cheap.</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"> £515.00 </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> <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"> Loads of power - we mean, LOADS </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very good camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The feel of real metal </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"> Lower screen res reveals PenTile screen issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery life could be better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Quite pricey </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"> Meet Al </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has thrown off the shackles of its standard phones and come up with something truly revolutionary in the Galaxy Alpha.</p> <p>Not really.&nbsp;What it has done is to take a fairly familiar Samsung phone blueprint, get rid of the rubbish-looking chrome plastic around the sides and replace it with a band of honest-to-goodness metal.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s aluminium, with the same sort of anodised finish you see on the back of the iPhone 6. So rather nice. It gives the Galaxy Alpha the cool and hard feel that is largely behind why metal phones feel more expensive than plastic ones. We&rsquo;re simple creatures.</p> <p>As far as design experiments go, it&rsquo;s a pretty successful one. The edges are quite severe and sharp (but bevelled), rather like the iPhone 5S, but as the 4.7in Galaxy Alpha isn&rsquo;t too large, handling it is dead easy.</p> <p>Get over the nice feel of that band of metal and things come back down to earth. The back plate is still a flimsy piece of plastic as is the inner frame. The band of metal is just that &ndash; a thin border that sits around the phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the most coherent phone design we&rsquo;ve ever seen either. A bit like the Nokia Lumia 930, the mix of metal and plastic means it doesn&rsquo;t have the design purity of the most jaw-dropping phones. The Alpha is Samsung doing pretty, not gallery-worthy.</p> <p>You also lose out on water resistance while gaining the extra bit of metal. Where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a> has treated ports and a rubber seal on the inside of its back cover so you can dunk it in water, the Alpha is not designed to withstand apple-bobbing. It&rsquo;s a bummer, and shows that Samsung hasn&rsquo;t really put its all into the phone. It&rsquo;s just er, testing the waters.</p> <p>That said, waterproofing is the only hardware extra we really missed. You still get a fingerprint scanner under the Home button, and a heart rate sensor on the back. We&rsquo;d probably trade away both to have a phone you can use in the bath, though.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tested&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="1600" height="900" title="Samsung finally gave us a metal band .. no, not the head banging type " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-4.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Flimsy " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-11.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Remind you of iAnything? " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-6.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> OLED Balloon </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 some compromises in the Galaxy Alpha&rsquo;s screen too. It&rsquo;s a 4.7in display &ndash; smaller than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> but a perfectly good size if you&rsquo;re after a slightly smaller phone.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s not as great is the resolution. The Galaxy Alpha has a 720p screen when most phones at the price have 1080p ones. Shop around online and you can even get an LG G3 for not much more &ndash; and that phone has an even higher-res 2K screen.</p> <p>In the Alpha, the limits of a 720p screen are quite obvious if you go looking for them, more so than an LCD screen. Why? It&rsquo;s all down to the kind of display the phone uses. It&rsquo;s a Super AMOLED display, one that uses a PenTile subpixel arrangement. Without getting too techy, this uses a pixel array that makes areas of block white look a little fuzzy, and text a bit less sharp. As a result the Galaxy Alpha looks a fair bit less sharp than even the &pound;100 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">4.5in Moto G</a>.</p> <p>Top brightness isn&rsquo;t quite at the same level as the Galaxy S5. While you can see the Alpha display in bright sunlight, it&rsquo;s not as clear as the S5.</p> <p>It still looks very good, though, and the Alpha offers you loads of control over how vivid the colours are. Fresh out of the box they&rsquo;re a bit too lively &ndash; many people love them like this &ndash; but switch the screen to &lsquo;basic&rsquo; and you get a similar sort of colour accuracy the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> is capable of. Like your colours truly overblown? That&rsquo;s an option too. Like other OLED screens, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha also gets you incredibly deep blacks, perfect blacks in fact, and contrast is top-notch. Just a shame about that resolution, then.</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="1600" height="900" title="Reads well outdoors but it&#039;s no S5 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-cf.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha 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>: 4.7in LCD Super AMOLED (1280X720)<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4.4<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: Exynos 5 Octa 5430 1.8GHz processor<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth</strong>: 4.0<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: None<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: Li-Polymer 1860mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 132.4 X 65.5 X 6.7mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 115g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: all the fours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Again, there are a few little cuts compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>, but the software is very similar. You get Android 4.4.4 at launch, and Samsung&rsquo;s latest custom Android interface.</p> <p>In the last year, Samsung has done a lot to try and make its Android UI a bit more streamlined, a bit less like juggling a bag of features that keeps on spilling over. And it&rsquo;s mostly successful. The basics are clean and simple, and it doesn&rsquo;t waggle all of its extra bits in your face.</p> <p>However, there&rsquo;s plenty under the surface, and that does mean the Settings menu is absolutely gargantuan. It looks nothing like the regular Android menu and newbies may get phased.</p> <p>Samsung packs a bunch of extra apps into the Alpha too. Some of these have been around for years, like the S Planner calendar, but others like S Health are needed to make use of the phone&rsquo;s actual hardware. S Health is where you monitor your heart rate using the sensor on the back, and it&rsquo;s also the app that tracks your steps each day &ndash; if you want the Alpha to act as a fitness tracker. Samsung has a habit of making things less simple than they could be, and there are plenty of ways to clean the phone up if you don&rsquo;t get on with these apps. Some can be uninstalled, but you can also hide those you can&rsquo;t.</p> <p>You get 32GB storage as standard, which is greater than most of the Galaxy S5s in the UK, so app storage space isn&rsquo;t much of an issue.</p> <p>Unlike some other Samsung devices we&rsquo;ve tested in the last year or so, the Galaxy Alpha doesn&rsquo;t suffer from any major performance stuttering. This seems more likely to be down to Samsung tightening-up its software rather than improvements in hardware, but the engine running here is very, very fast too.</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="1600" height="900" title="S Health, S Planner, it&#039;s all here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-8.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Wiggle my joystick, luv </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Performance is the one area the Alpha just doesn&rsquo;t compromise.&nbsp;</p> <p>It uses a Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa-core processor, which has four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 ones. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark it scores an extremely impressive 3086 points &ndash; even more than the 2800-odd points you might get from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. For a phone with &lsquo;only&rsquo; a 720p screen, this is masses of power.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gaming performance is excellent, and you get the extra little graphical flashy bits in top-end games like Dead Trigger 2 that were missing when we used the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a>. It&rsquo;s a surprise powerhouse, and has 2GB RAM too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those gaming skills do make us wish the internal speaker was a little better, though. Sound quality and top volume are pretty impressive for a phone this thin &ndash; although the sound is a little harsh at top volume &ndash; but the output is very much mono, and it&rsquo;s too easy to block the speaker when you&rsquo;re doing a bit of landscape gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is one benefit to a bottom-firing speaker, though. It means the back of the Alpha doesn&rsquo;t vibrate like a nightclub subwoofer when the volume&rsquo;s turned up as it does in the Galaxy S5 and the S5 Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p>We did also notice that the Galaxy Alpha seems to suffer from the old problem of some metal-coated phones &ndash; signal issues. It&rsquo;s decent enough in normal use, but if you cover too much of the phone&rsquo;s sides your signal level will drop like a stone. It never totally killed the signal, but is a sign that the plastic inlays in the metal frame haven&rsquo;t been implemented quite well enough.&nbsp;</p> <p>See the little white bits in the metal surround? These are usually used to improve signal for things like Wi-FI and mobile signal when the sides of a phone are largely metal. Aside from this, though, actual call quality is perfectly fine. You just need to be a bit careful about how you handle the Galaxy Alpha at times.</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="1600" height="900" title="A few signal issues here and there " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-5.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="No S5 style vibrations with this speaker " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/s5-alpha-4.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Speedy Snapper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Alpha camera sits somewhere between the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review"> Galaxy S5</a> and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review"> S5 Mini</a> in terms of image quality. But it certainly has the shooting performance we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Samsung&rsquo;s top-end phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>Focusing and shooting speed are excellent. In daylight you can shoot 2-3 photos a second without even using one of the burst shot modes. Samsung really is a master in this field, and it makes taking photos with your phone so much fun &ndash; not to mention making action shots easier to catch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Camera resolution is a bit worse than the S5 &ndash; the Alpha has a 12-megapixel sensor instead of a 16-megapixel one. However, you can still get loads of detail out of the Alpha and we&rsquo;re pretty impressed by its shooting consistency. It&rsquo;s simply dead easy to get good shots out of this little camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>HDRs are fast to take and super-effective, and as long as lighting is decent, colour accuracy is good. Non-flash night or indoors shots do start looking a little undersaturated, but they do in most phones. It&rsquo;s good enough to replace a basic compact camera, in other words. Like the S5, shooting gets a fair bit slower in low lighting thanks to the way the low-light Picture Stabilisation mode works, but even that&rsquo;s not too bad.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Alpha is also equipped with a single-LED flash and a front camera for those selfie moments. And the range of extra modes is much the same as the S5. So you get background-blurring Selective Focus and loads of smart burst modes. You can even shoot video in Ultra HD resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - with 20.7MP camera - hands on impressions&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="1600" height="900" title="It focuses and shoots very quickly " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-camera-2.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Handy LED flash " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-camrea.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Selfie cam present and correct " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-selfie.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Short on Stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One bit that has been chopped down a bit in the Alpha is the battery. Its 1,860mAh unit is actually a fair bit smaller than even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Galaxy S5 Mini,</a> which has a 2100mAh battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given quite how small the battery is, the Galaxy Alpha&rsquo;s stamina is respectable, but it&rsquo;s not as good as Samsung&rsquo;s best. We got 10 hours of 720p MP4 video from a charge where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">S5 Mini</a> lasted for 11 hours 54 minutes. The phone&rsquo;s processor is efficient, but it&rsquo;s not a miracle worker.&nbsp;</p> <p>In general use, we found that the Galaxy Alpha comfortably lasts the day with charge to spare, but you really do have to cut your use significantly to get anywhere near two days, or even a full day and a half. We have a feeling Samsung may have sacrificed the battery size a bit to get the design of the phone exactly as it wanted. But just think, you&rsquo;ll probably care more about stamina three months 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="1600" height="900" title="Just a 1860mAh battery in a £500 phone? " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-344.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha 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>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact</a>, the Alpha also gets you absolutely loads of power for a smaller phone, and a very accomplished camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>A few elements could really be improved, though. Battery life is fine but better in several of Samsung&rsquo;s other phones, the Alpha is not waterproof and it needs to keep an eye on aerial performance if it wants to avoid an &ldquo;Antennagate&quot; style scandal in the Galaxy S6.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a neat experiment in Samsung&rsquo;s phone designs that tells us a lot about the way its mobiles are probably headed. Less plastic that&rsquo;s meant to look like metal and more of the real stuff is a good thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones you can buy - including the Samsung Galaxy S5&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="1600" height="900" title="A design experiment gone right " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-front-22.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A smaller phone with zero compromise power but battery life could be better. And where&rsquo;s the waterproofing?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;A smaller phone with zero compromise power&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review#comments Android Galaxy Alpha Samsung Smartphones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:29:05 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447448 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hear that? That&#039;s the sound of metal clashing against metal </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="CLASH" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/m8-vs-iphone6.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Death to false metal. It was the mission statement of slightly embarrassing 1980s heavy metal band Manowar, and it could easily be the tagline to either the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>. If their respective marketing departments lost their minds.</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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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"> Build: Let the sparks fly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aluminium: it&rsquo;s what all the most expensive-feeling phones are made of, and it&rsquo;s what both the HTC One M8 and iPhone 6 offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>They&rsquo;re both curvy, both beautiful and both are very hard to criticise on this front. We think they are a delight to hold and use.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, if you&rsquo;re used to a smaller phone you may well get on with the iPhone 6 better. It&rsquo;s 2.5mm thinner, a whopping 12.2mm shorter and 3.6mm less wide than the One M8.&nbsp;</p> <p>While their screen sizes aren&rsquo;t worlds apart - 4.7in to 5in - the iPhone 6 is a significantly smaller phone. Why? Part of it is because the HTC One M8 doesn&rsquo;t really try to be all that thin, and part is because of the lovely stereo front-facing speakers you get on HTC&rsquo;s phone. They significantly increase the phone&rsquo;s footprint.&nbsp;</p> <p>These BoomSound twins provide much beefier sound than most phone speakers including &ndash; we expect &ndash; the iPhone 6. There&rsquo;s more to sound than just volume, and it&rsquo;s these extra bits: tone, a bit of bass and power, that the BoomSound brothers provide.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Winner: <em>Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 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="690" height="517" title="Bringing sexy back" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/m8-vs-iphone-6-1.jpg?1410528414" /> </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="872" height="654" title="Looks positively bulletproof" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/m8-vs-iphone6-back.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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: 1080p vs Retina HD - cutting through the noise </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 jacked up the size of its iPhones this year &ndash; you can pick between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. In a year or two Tim Cook will probably wryly refer to the 4-inch days like an old, slightly embarrassing holiday romance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, bigger screens are better for just about everything apart from fitting in your pocket, and as we&rsquo;ve already seen, the iPhone 6 is about as slim as a 4.7-inch phone is going to get.</p> <p>Size has changed, but some other factors stay more-or-less the same as last year. The iPhone 6 still uses an IPS LCD panel, and from what we&#39;ve seen so far it still looks lovely.&nbsp;</p> <p>The HTC One M8 has a slightly larger 5-inch LCD screen. Its panel type is SLCD3 rather than IPS, but the technologies are so similar in their effects you could mistake them for twins. Overall, the M8&#39;s screen is a cracker, with great viewing angles, colours and (for an LCD) contrast.</p> <p>Where the two differ a bit is in resolution. While Apple calls the new iPhone 6 resolution Retina HD, this is &ndash; as the more cynical among you may have guessed &ndash; marketing nonsense.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 has a pixel density of 326ppi &ndash; the exact same density as the iPhone 5S. It does this by using a rather weird-sounding 1334 x 750 pixel resolution. You don&rsquo;t see those everyday.&nbsp;</p> <p>We soon will.&nbsp;</p> <p>HTC&rsquo;s One M8 has a much higher resolution 1080p screen that offers greater pixel density of 441ppi, despite having a significantly larger screen. To those with eagle eyes or a case of tech pedantry, this difference may be quite obvious. But you will need to get your eyes pretty close to the glass to notice it.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a difference in the glass these phone use. The HTC One M8 has good old Gorilla Glass 3 &ndash; used here, there and everywhere these days &ndash; while the iPhone 6 has &lsquo;ion-strengthened&rsquo; glass.&nbsp;</p> <p>This could in theory mean it&rsquo;s Gorilla Glass 3 with an ultra-thin layer of Sapphire on top, But you&rsquo;d need to get Tim Cook extremely drunk, or have incriminating pictures of Phil Schiller, to wring it out of them. Hopefully a teardown will tell us the truth soon.</p> <p>It&#39;s tough to make a call on this without having spent an extended period with the new iPhone, but for now we&#39;re going to say that the bigger size and higher resolution of the M8 gives it the edge.</p> <p><strong>Winner: <em>HTC One M8</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="850" height="637" title="What&#039;s your size?" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_6_1.jpg?1410528414" /> </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="Luscious screen" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_6.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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: Pixel frugal or pixel poor </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 and HTC are big believers in the idea that cameras aren&rsquo;t about megapixels.</p> <p>So while rival flagships from Samsung, Sony and LG have 12, 16 or even 20MP cameras, the iPhone 6 sticks with just an 8MP sensor - exactly the same size as that on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4S.</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say that it hasn&#39;t been improved. Each individual pixel is now bigger, which should result in more detailed photos in good light, plus it should also be able to focus faster as it uses in-sensor phase detection, much like the Samsung Galaxy S5.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPhone 6 also has image stabilisation - software-based rather than the physical kind on the 6 Plus or LG G3 - which should improve low-light photography, and it&nbsp;can also now record super slow-motion video at 240fps in addition to capturing standard 1080p footage.</p> <p>The HTC One M8 is even more extreme in its pixel hatred, bringing a mere 4-megapixel sensor to the smartphone party. It likes to call its megapixels UltraPixels, but all that really means is that the sensor pixels are a bit bigger than those of most mobile phones. If a giant DSLR uses megapixels, they&rsquo;re good enough for the HTC One M8. </p> <p>It doesn&#39;t do this just on a whim, though - the idea being that a lesser number of bigger pixels will result in better low-light photography, at the expense of being able to blow your pictures up big. And it works, with the M8&#39;s low-light performance beating that of almost any other phone.</p> <p>It also has a rather unusual trick up its sleeve: it uses two sensors and two lenses to help produce photos with a 3D element and ones with blurred backgrounds &ndash; making your photos look as though they&rsquo;ve been taken with a much fancier camera and a much fancier lens.&nbsp;It doesn&rsquo;t always work, but with a bit of luck it can really pep up your portraits.&nbsp;</p> <p>So both cameras have their special skills, but ultimately, the verdict&#39;s out on this round until we&#39;ve really put the iPhone&#39;s camera through its paces.</p> <p><strong>Winner: <em>Draw</em></strong></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="567" height="425" title="Double vision" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_6.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-06_1.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power and storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One M8 is an excellent performer among Androids. It has a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU with 2GB of RAM and we&#39;ve never known it to be fazed whether by high-end games, multi-tasking or full HD video.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just look at the numbers and it seems like it should cream the iPhone 6, which has a dual-core CPU. It&rsquo;s not quite that simple, though.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPhone 6&rsquo;s new Apple A8 processor is a few steps more advanced than the Snapdragon 801. First, it&rsquo;s 64-bit where the Snapdragon is fundamentally a 32-bit processor.&nbsp;</p> <p>The way it&rsquo;s made is also more advanced. Where the 801 uses a 28nm process, the iPhone 6 is a 20nm CPU. And, yes, the lower the number the better.&nbsp;</p> <p>Without wanting to dig too deep, this means the transistors that make up the processor are 20 nanometers in size in the iPhone. And smaller transistors make a processor more efficient.&nbsp;</p> <p>Comparing an iPhone with an Android is never going to be 100% fair, though, as their power is used in different ways. For now, we&#39;ll settle for saying that we expect the iPhone to at least match the M8.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course the other type of power is that which you get from a battery, and the M8 excels here too. We generally get a full day&#39;s use from it - and trust us, we&#39;re the kind of people who really do put a phone through its paces. Plus, it has a superb battery-saving mode which can eke hours more out of a mere few percent.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to say how the iPhone 6 will fare, but Apple itself only claims 10hrs of talk time (HTC reckons 20hrs for the M8), so we&#39;d be very suprised if it ends up topping its rival on this front.</p> <p>Finally, the M8 also has one other thing the iPhone 6 lacks: a microSD slot. No iPhone has ever offered one of these, and there are no signs that&rsquo;s going to change any time soon.</p> <p>However, you can get a 128GB iPhone 6, which will store enough cat photos and episodes of&nbsp;<em>Dawson&rsquo;s Creek</em>&nbsp;to fill a month&rsquo;s worth of miserable, lonely evenings. Of course, you&rsquo;ll probably have to sell your kidneys and most of your family to afford a 128GB iPhone 6, but that&rsquo;ll just key you into Dawson&rsquo;s angst all the more.</p> <p>Stepping back into the real world, a 128GB iPhone 6 will cost you &pound;700. That&rsquo;s a &pound;260 upgrade, while a 128GB microSD card costs about &pound;70-80.</p> <p><strong>Winner: <em>HTC One (M8)</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A8, m8" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/a8_0.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: The classic battle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iOS or Android? It&rsquo;s a question we&rsquo;ve ben dealing with for the better part of a decade now.&nbsp;</p> <p>The HTC One M8 uses Android 4.4 with HTC Sense on top while the iPhone 6 has iOS 8. The big news for iOS 8 is that it massively increases support for mobile payments, now that NFC is included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (and eventually the Apple Watch).</p> <p>What&#39;s more, if you also have a Mac running the new OS X Yosemite (still in beta right now, but due to be released next month), you&#39;ll get access to extra tricks via Yosemite&#39;s new Continuity feature, such as being able to start an email on your laptop and seamlessly finish it on your iPhone.</p> <p>Other features new to iOS 8 include the Health app, which will integrate the data from all of your fitness-tracking gadgets, the ability to run 3rd-party keyboards, improved notifications, extra gaming potential and improvements to iCloud. Frankly, there&#39;s too much new stuff to really go into it all here, so check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview</a> for the full deal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The HTC One M8 runs a customised version of Android 4.4, called HTC Sense. And as the One M8 already has NFC, it has the same mobile payments potential as the iPhone 6. Android just hasn&rsquo;t got its act together in the same way as Apple.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s one key added feature in HTC Sense, and it&rsquo;s called BlinkFeed. This is a neat home screen page that gives you a stream of updates from your favourite online sources &ndash; including websites and social networks.</p> <p>Which is better? This is a very tough one to call. iOS 8 is a bit more streamlined, and iOS still offers a better selection of games, and apps for creative types. However, HTC Sense is one of our favourite custom Android interfaces and Android on the whole is still a far more open, customisable platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s close, but Google needs to release Android L to really pull ahead of Apple at this point.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Winner: <em>iPhone 6</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Very handy" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-08_0.jpg?1410528414" /> </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="BlinkFeed ftw" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2_4.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 iPhone 6 looks like being Apple&#39;s best iPhone yet, having had the size upgrade it so desperately needed while also gaining more power, a few new camera skills and a feature-packed new OS. It&#39;s still one of the best looking of all phones, it has more storage than before (if you have deep pockets) and the choice on the App Store remains unrivalled.</p> <p>On the other hand, the HTC One M8 has been one of our favourite phones for half a year now, and with good reason. Physically it&#39;s a thing of beauty, performance-wise it purrs along like a high-end sportscar and its battery is one of the best. The microSD memory slot and cheaper price will appeal to some too, and on spec alone its full HD screen also beats that on the iPhone.</p> <p>Can we choose between them at this stage? Not really. It&#39;s just too close to call.</p> <p>What we can say is that we&#39;ll be reviewing the&nbsp;iPhone 6 very soon, and as soon as we&#39;ve done so we&#39;ll give you a definitve judgement.</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> <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="The pre-review winner" alt="iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: the weigh in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-04.jpg?1410528414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature#comments Apple HTC iPhone 6 One (M8) Smartphones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:32:52 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447335 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"> And the fact that the company’s next event is called “Double Exposure” suggests the rumours might be true </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?1410518111" /> </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>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?1410518111" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:06:24 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447428 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily charging http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More details on Apple&#039;s clever timepiece emerge after its launch </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="424" title="Swanky" alt="Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily chargin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch-1.JPG?1410443396" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Days after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a> was <em>finally </em>revealed, some new information has shed some light on its inner workings.</p> <p>Apple was very tight-lipped when it came to battery life at the launch. As in, it didn&#39;t mention it at all. But that hasn&#39;t stopped the rumour mill from churning out some information.</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"> Skin detection </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 second slice of Apple Watch info to emerge post-launch is how it will secure NFC-powered Pay transactions.</p> <p>Cult of Mac has reported that the Watch requires a pin code to authorise Apple Pay. Once you wear it, sensors on its rear in contact with your skin can detect that it&#39;s being worn.</p> <p>Once it&#39;s taken off, a password will once again be required to activate Pay when it&#39;s worn again.</p> <p>This is a security measure to prevent a thief from stealing the Watch and going on a contactless payment spending spree.&nbsp;</p> <p>A precise release date beyond &#39;2015&#39; has yet to be revealed, so stay tuned for more information, as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/10/codered-apple-watch-battery-life-charge-nightly/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/295024/apple-watch-anti-theft/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</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="731" height="548" title="Business at the back" alt="Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily chargin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-rear-2.jpg?1410443396" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news#comments Apple Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:43:05 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447320 at http://www.stuff.tv