Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/all en-GB Football fans the winners as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brighton &amp; Hove Albion’s clever signal-sharing app gets Football League backing just in time for the new season </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The home of football. Well, according to Tom Wiggins" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brighton-and-hove-albion.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An app that aims to end the problem of bad phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country, including Loftus Road, home of newly promoted QPR.</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/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</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>An official tie-in with the Football League also means latest scores from around the grounds are supplied by Opta, plus there&rsquo;s the usual travel info and Twitter feeds.</p> <p>The iOS version of its previous incarnation &ndash; the Brighton-only <a href="http://Links: http://www.stuff.tv/how-brighton-hove-albion-s-digital-stadium-app-solved-problem-bad-signal-big-crowds/feature">Digital Stadium</a> &ndash; used Apple&rsquo;s Game API to communicate between phones, but the new version operates more like its Android sibling: it makes use of the iPhone&rsquo;s Multipeer Connectivity tech to send data over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct (aka AirDrop) or local networks, rather than having to rely on 3G signals or an internet connection, much like FireChat does to exchange messages with other nearby users.</p> <p>The Albion, the Seagulls-specific version of the app, is available now (and will even work at away games), along with Hornets Hive for Watford fans, Blues Hive for Brummies and the less imaginatively titled Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers apps for use at Loftus Road and the Trotters&rsquo; newly renamed Macron Stadium respectively.&nbsp;Middlesbrough&rsquo;s version of the app is scheduled for release later this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fancy checking the apps out in time for the new season? You can download the Android versions <a href="https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tribehive&amp;c=apps&amp;hl=en_GB">here</a> and the iOS versions <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tribehive/id829576364">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football video games ever</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="1200" height="900" title="The app is packed with options for football fans" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps.jpg?1406808634" /> </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="1000" height="900" title="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" alt="Poor old Cardiff" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps-2.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Smartphones Sport Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:09:56 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443745 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 things you need to know about Google's Project Tango http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street View is old hat these days - Project Tango devices will map the world around you in real-time. Allow us to explain... </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="How Project Tango will work - in the form of a lovely Stuff render" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-tango-main.jpg?1406796995" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If everything is going according to plan over at the Googleplex, app developers should soon be able to get their hands on the first tablets with Google&#39;s Project Tango tech inside.</p> <p>Tango allows a device to build up an accurate 3D&nbsp;model of its immediate surroundings, which Google says will be useful for everything from AR gaming to navigating large shopping centres. </p> <p>We imagine you&#39;ve got a few questions about that - so let us attempt to answer them for you.</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/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. What is Project Tango? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google isn&#39;t content with making software for phones that can merely capture 2D photos and videos. Nor does it just want to take stereoscopic 3D snaps.</p> <p>Instead,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>&nbsp;is a bid to equip every mobile device with a powerful suite of software and sensors that can capture a complete 3D picture of the world around it, in real-time.</p> <p>Why? So you can map your house, furniture and all, simply by walking around it. Bingo - no more measuring up before going shopping for a new wardrobe.&nbsp;Or so you can avoid getting lost next time you go to the hospital - you&#39;ll have instant access to a 3D plan of its labyrinthine corridors. Or so you can easily find the &#39;unhealthy snacks&#39; section in your local megamart. Or so can play amazing augmented reality games. Or so that the visually impaired can receive extra help in getting around.</p> <p>In fact, as with most Google projects, the ways in which Tango could prove useful are only limited by your imagination. After all, who&#39;d have guessed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jul/14/google-street-view-new-photography" target="_blank">Street View would prove such a hit with artists?</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="1600" height="900" title="Project Tango accurately maps your surroundings in 3D" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-heat-map-style.jpg?1406796995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Who&#039;s behind it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two key technology partners involved with Project Tango are Israeli imaging firm Mantis Vision and seasoned robotics engineers at Californian hiDOF.</p> <p>Inside Google, Project Tango is the work of the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) &ndash; which was formerly part of Motorola. That in turn is headed up by <a href="http://johnnylee.net/" target="_blank">Johnny Chung Lee</a>, who was once best known for his work developing Microsoft&#39;s Kinect. ATAP is also the group behind the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Project Ara</a> modular mobile phone experiment, so it&#39;s clearly <em>au fait</em> with boundary-pushing tech.</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="1400" height="900" title="The Project Tango phone specs" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-specs.jpg?1406796995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. How does the tech work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.mv4d.com/projecttango/" target="_blank">Mantis Vision&#39;s</a> MV4D technology currently sits at the heart of handheld 3D scanners and works by shining a grid pattern of invisible lights in front of a bank of two or more cameras to capture the topography of the world it sees &ndash; not entirely unlike what you see when putting in a Tiger Woods game.</p> <p><a href="http://hidof.com/2014/02/20/bringing-visual-slam-to-the-masses-project-tango-launches/" target="_blank">HiDOF</a>, meanwhile, specialises in software that can not only interpret the data that sort of sensor produces, but also combine it with GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope readings to produce an accurate map of your immediate surroundings in real-time. </p> <p>Doing all of this on an ARM-powered smartphone is described by the company as a &ldquo;daunting task&rdquo;.</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/Qe10ExwzCqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Can I get hold of Project Tango yet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the time of its announcement, Google said that there were 200 prototype phones going out to selected developers in the first instance, and that 4000 tablets costing US$1024 each would be available around about now. It&#39;s similar to the way in which Google Glass was launched. </p> <p>Astronauts have also been able to play around with Tango, because it&#39;s already been to space - as documented in the video above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project - mapping the human body</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/Vc5YyLl1Ksg" 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-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. What does the tablet look like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s a fairly standard 7in slate with a slight wedge at the back to accommodate the extra sensors. As far as we can tell, it has three cameras including the webcam. </p> <p>Inside, it has one of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-3d-depth-sensing-project-tango-tablet-development-kit-unveiled/news">Nvidia&#39;s so-far-untested Tegra K1</a> mobile processors with a beefy 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is at pains to point out that it&#39;s not a consumer device, but one is supposedly on the way. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/lg-will-release-consumer-version-google-s-3d-mapping-project-tango-tablet-2015">Made by LG, it is expected to arrive next year</a>.</p> <p>The phone that was sent out earlier in the year has been the subject of an <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Project+Tango+Teardown/23835" target="_blank">iFixit teardown</a>, so we know more about that. For instance we know that its depth-sensing array consists of an infrared projector, 4MP rear camera and front-facing fisheye view lens with 180-degree field of vision. Physically, it&#39;s a standard phone shape but rather chunky compared to the class of 2014. More like something from about 2010</p> <p>Presumably there&#39;ll be a consumer-focused phone released next year too - Tango makes more sense on a pocketable device after all - but there&#39;s no word yet on who might make it or what it might look like.</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 Tango tablet that&#039;s available to developers..." alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/projecttango-tablet_0.jpg?1406796995" /> </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="...and the prototype Tango phone that was sent out" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-phone.jpg?1406796995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Do I want to get hold of it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, probably not. </p> <p>Early kits are really for testing the device APIs and starting work on apps which will make use of Project Tango&#39;s new abilities. </p> <p>In the future, almost certainly. </p> <p>There are a few obvious uses for Tango mooted already &ndash; alternate reality (AR) gaming and 3D scanning are popular everyday activities &ndash; but like Street View and Maps, it&#39;s only once Tango is out there that we&#39;ll really get a feeling for the difference it can make.</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="AR gaming will be one of Tango&#039;s main features" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-ar-gaming.jpg?1406796995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. If it all sounds strangely familiar… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s been working on something similar to Project Tango for a while now, but on a much bigger scale than smartphone processors. The reason its much-vaunted <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">self-driving cars </a>work is because they can see everything that&#39;s happening around them, building on-the-fly topographical maps to avoid collisions and potholes.</p> <p>Much of the same tech has gone into Tango and indeed some of the same people have worked across both projects. Yes, we&#39;re fairly envious of their CVs.</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="Tango uses some of the same mapping tech as Google&#039;s driverless cars" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-in-car.jpg?1406796995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. What&#039;s Google after? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Creative Commons inventor <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim" target="_blank">Larry Lessig made the case in a TED speech</a> that it&#39;s easy to forget how different the world is today thanks to Google&#39;s desire to know everything. </p> <p>For instance, while many people consider some tasks &ndash; notably political reform &ndash; to be impossible, they have no problem accepting the likelihood of a single company photographing every square foot of almost every single road in the world and stitching them together to create a single image service. Which, on the face of it, should be a far harder project.&nbsp;</p> <p>The unforeseen benefits of Google&#39;s mapping odyssey include everything from being able to visit holiday destinations before booking them, to enabling home delivery in places where post offices and street names don&#39;t exist.&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Tango works - and we&#39;ve no reason to suspect it won&#39;t - it could prove every bit as revolutionary as Maps or Street View. It just might take a while for its true genius to become clear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Everything you need to know about Android L, Google&#39;s next mobile operating system</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/44vppay5UDc" 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/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature#comments Google Project Tango Smartphones Tablets Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:21:50 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443648 at http://www.stuff.tv 5.7in LG G Vista launching in US this week http://www.stuff.tv/lg/57in-lg-g-vista-launching-us-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s essentially a bigger, less powerful LG G3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5.7in LG G Vista launching in US this week" alt="5.7in LG G Vista launching in US this week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-vista-main.jpg?1406733014" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG and US carrier Verizon are about to launch an all-new phablet, if reports are accurate.</p> <p>Droid-Life has photos of the LG G Vista, a 5.7in Android phone that it says will launch exclusively through Verizon on Thursday 31st July. It resembles a G3 &ndash; one of the very best smartphones currently on the market &ndash; but is obviously a little bit larger.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swing out Vista </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s also far less high-end than the G3. The report claims its display resolution is 1280 x 720, a far cry from the G3&rsquo;s 2K screen, and that it features a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with laser auto focus and 8GB of expandable storage.</p> <p>Will the G Vista make the journey across the Atlantic, given that Verizon doesn&rsquo;t operate as a phone carrier in the UK? Maybe not, but don&rsquo;t be too surprised if an almost identical smartphone with a different name does appear in the next few weeks.</p> <p>Droid-Life says the G Vista will cost US$499 (&pound;295) off-contract or $99 (&pound;60) on a two-year contract.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/29/here-is-verizons-lg-g-vista-and-its-real-specs-arrives-thursday/" target="_blank">Droid-Life</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> LG Smartphones Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:09:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443670 at http://www.stuff.tv The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-will-come-24-carat-gold-or-platinum/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But don&#039;t worry: Jony Ive hasn&#039;t lost his marbles – we&#039;re talking about a third-party luxury &quot;upgrade&quot; </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="426" title="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" alt="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphonebrikk.jpg?1406711592" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a> hasn&#39;t even been announced yet, but US-based luxury accessory maker <a href="http://www.brikk.com/" target="_blank">Brikk</a> has made the highly anticipated smartphone available for pre-order in a trio of extravagant finishes: pink gold; 24ct gold; and platinum.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A preview of what&#039;s coming? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Going by Brikk&rsquo;s images, they believe the iPhone 6 will match up to speculation about its design and screen size.</p> <p>But of course, luxury comes at a hefty price: be prepared to fork out from US$4,495 (&pound;2,655) for the plated versions, while the plated diamond logo models cost US$8,395 (&pound;4,960). For now, a US$500 (&pound;295) deposit gets you in line for the pimped-out model.</p> <p>For those of you who feel a real 24ct gold iPhone is a bit OTT, rumours indicate that there could be a gold-coloured version of the device, just like its iPhone 5s predecessor. And of course, that one won&rsquo;t cost you an absolute arm and a leg like the Lux iPhone 6 range. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news">Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.brikk.com/" target="_blank">Brikk</a> via <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2014/07/29/the-iphone-6-isnt-official-but-a-24-carat-gold-iphone-6-is/" target="_blank">Forbes</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/photos-gold-iphone-6-2014-7/#.U9hJbcfEaRc" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" alt="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone1.jpg?1406711592" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-will-come-24-carat-gold-or-platinum/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:13:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443635 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC reportedly planning One (M8) for Windows Phone, while Microsoft plots two more handsets http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s platform seems ready to come out swinging this autumn </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8.jpg?1406657286" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a couple of reports, both HTC and Microsoft have intriguing plans for their Windows Phone handset efforts - particularly the former, which may be bringing its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">flagship Android phone</a> (pictured) to the platform.</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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news#comments HTC Microsoft One (M8) Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:08:07 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443570 at http://www.stuff.tv Case Remote brings smartphone convenience to your DSLR http://www.stuff.tv/case-remote-brings-smartphone-convenience-your-dslr/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heathen new-wave photographers finally get the attention they deserve </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="Case remote brings smartphone convenience to your DSLR" alt="Case remote brings smartphone convenience to your DSLR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smartphone%20case.jpg?1406627459" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Case Remote is a new smart wireless controller for DSLR cameras: attach it to yours and it connects remotely to your Android or iOS smartphone. From then on, you&#39;ll be able to take photos and change settings on your camera via an app on your phone.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Insta-share photos now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-e4ce04aa-8092-6802-7ac9-ab0e276e78fa">People are also more used to having near-instant gratification with your pictures. Snap! There it goes on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. DSLR cameras generally required to be plugged into a computer manually, but with Case Remote you can transmit photos taken on your DSLR straight to the companion smartphone for speedy sharing.</p> <p dir="ltr">It appeals to smartphone camera sensibilities in another way too: the app offers a live view of what the DSLR is showing, with an interface more familiar to modern smartphone users. Many DSLR photographers wouldn&#39;t be caught dead using their camera&#39;s screen to frame shots, preferring the old-school purity of an optical viewfinder, but Case Remote&#39;s setup means you could mount a DSLR on a tripod and remotely view and take photos from nearby.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/case-remote-free-your-camera-free-your-idea" target="_blank">IndieGogo campaign</a> has received so much support that Case Remote&#39;s makers have started a follow-up campaign. This second campaign is for an upgraded version of Case Remote, despite backers of the earlier campaign for the older version not yet receiving their products. On the bright side, the makers are shipping the new Case Remote to the older backers at no additional cost.</p> <p dir="ltr">Otherwise, the campaign looks rather low-risk and they&rsquo;ve claimed that mass production is almost complete. Currently, the Case Remote is going for US$79 (&pound;47) plus an additional US$20 (&pound;12) for shipping outside China.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://1 - http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/28/case-remote/">Techcrunch</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best system cameras 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-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/hr0VkQJnG2I" 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/case-remote-brings-smartphone-convenience-your-dslr/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Smartphones Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:48:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443541 at http://www.stuff.tv iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ichanged-my-mind-iphone-6-could-be-first-apple-product-have-nfc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaked iPhone 6 internals point to a future where NFC mobile payments will rule the roost </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="967" height="725" title="Aww" alt="iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nfc-apple.jpg?1406545123" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a> could mark the end of Apple&#39;s shunning of NFC.</p> <p>A reportedly genuine iPhone 6 internal logic board has leaked on French site Nowehereelse.fr, and the source which supplied the photos claims that the iPhone 6 will be the first iDevice with NFC capabilities.</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>The lack of chips means that we can&#39;t confirm what processor the iPhone 6 will be packing inside it at launch, and it also means that we&#39;ve only got the source&#39;s word to go on, with regards to NFC inclusion.</p> <p>Still, there have been signs pointing to Apple embracing the wireless technology. Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/20/nfc-mobile-payments/" target="_blank">analysts predicted</a> that Apple was looking to incorporate NFC into its next generation of iPhones, and a <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_14065440379256&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;libId=58a3864c-0d0d-43e2-9f7d-177609a52319&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F01%2F16%2Fibeacon-mobile-payments%2F&amp;v=1&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fappft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%26Sect2%3DHITOFF%26d%3DPG01%26p%3D1%26u%3D%252Fnetahtml%252FPTO%252Fsrchnum.html%26r%3D1%26f%3DG%26l%3D50%26s1%3D%252220140019367%2522.PGNR.%26OS%3DDN%2F20140019367%26RS%3DDN%2F20140019367&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F05%2F20%2Fnfc-mobile-payments%2F&amp;title=Apple%20Investigating%20iBeacon-Assisted%20Mobile%20Payment%20Methods%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=Patent%20application%20number%2020140019367" target="_blank">patent application</a> outlining a virtual NFC wallet stored on a phone supports this prediction.</p> <p>Apple has also reportedly begun to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/garydallen/2014/05/10/apple-point-of-sale-upgrade-signals-better-security-nfc-access/" target="_blank">upgrade its retail point-of-sale systems</a> to support NFC, so this latest rumour seems plausible.</p> <p>If Apple does choose to adopt NFC then it could pave the way for a widespread mobile payment revolution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently, wireless mobile phone payment points in the UK are scarce at best, but with a giant power like Apple adopting the tech and pushing contactless payments, the future for NFC payments looks very bright indeed.</p> <p>Now all we need is an app to link our Oyster cards and work passes into a Passbook-like NFC hub app, and we&#39;ll be very happy gadgeteers indeed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: specs, price, release date - everything we think we know</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://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/26/alleged-iphone-6-logic-board-claimed-to-include-80211ac-wi-fi-nfc-chip" target="_blank">Nowwhereelse</a>.fr via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/26/alleged-iphone-6-logic-board-claimed-to-include-80211ac-wi-fi-nfc-chip" target="_blank">AppleInsider</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="793" height="595" title="Check out those pins" alt="iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-pcb.jpg?1406545123" /> </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="400" height="210" title="Screws line up. It&#039;s a perfect science." alt="iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-pcb-2.jpg?1406545123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ichanged-my-mind-iphone-6-could-be-first-apple-product-have-nfc/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ichanged-my-mind-iphone-6-could-be-first-apple-product-have-nfc/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:54:39 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443436 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Sony&#039;s second flagship smartphone of 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An alleged photo of the Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-back.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony only introduced the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> this April, and it remains one of our favourite smartphones &ndash; but despite that it&#39;s not long for this world.</p> <p>Just as it did last year with the Xperia Z and Z1, the company is plotting to replace its flagship a mere six months later. And unsurprisingly, its successor at the top of the Sony smartphone tree will be called the Z3. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: If it ain&#039;t broke... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Judging from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">spy shots of the Xperia Z3</a>, it&rsquo;ll be a case of &ldquo;spot the difference&quot; between it and its predecessor the Z2. Like the Z2 (and the Z1 before it), the Z3 sports Sony&rsquo;s metal- and glass-heavy OmniBalance design.</p> <p>There do appear to be some minor differences, however. First and foremost, the Z3&rsquo;s sides are <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/24/sony-xperia-z3-another-pic/" target="_blank">a little curvier</a> &ndash; something which should please anyone (and there were plenty of us) who felt the Z2 was a little too angular and uncomfortable in the hand. Secondly, the shots don&rsquo;t appear to show a second speaker grille, suggesting Sony may have removed its stereo capabilities. That&rsquo;d obviously be quite a retrograde step, so we&rsquo;re hoping it&rsquo;s not the case.</p> <p>A big advantage of the OmniBalance design is that it&rsquo;s water- and dust-proof, so the Z3 will be capable of withstanding anything the weather can throw at it &ndash; as well as enabling you to make calls from the shower and watch Netflix in your Jacuzzi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-front.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="436" title="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-top.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-side.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 similarities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t expect an ultra-sharp 2K screen on the Xperia Z3. The rumour consensus seems to be that it&rsquo;ll have a 5.15in full HD (1920 x 1080) display &ndash; so pretty much the same as that on the Xperia Z2, which has a 5.2in effort. The Z2&#39;s display is gloriously lush and punchy, of course, so it&rsquo;s not really a huge problem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Z3 will apparently feature a similar screen to the Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1_2.png?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Few spec surprises </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to serial (and reliable) info-spreader <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, the Sony Xperia Z3 will be something of a powerhouse, albeit one without any major spec surprises. The Twitter account claims the phone will feature Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.4GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, plus Android KitKat 4.4.4.</p> <p>The FCC listing for the Z3 (more on that below) confirms that it will offer dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE. No surprises there either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: stop me if you&#039;ve heard this before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Are you sensing a pattern here? Like the design and screen, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s camera may be a holdover from the Z2: according to <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a> the rear shooter will sport the same 20.7MP Exmor R sensor and G lens. It&rsquo;s a setup also found on the Z1 and Z1 Compact, and a very good one at that. In fact, in the hands of a decent photographer the Z2 probably delivers better shots than any other smartphone. Expect 4K video to remain an option, 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="567" height="425" title="The Sony Z2&#039;s camera is lovely, and it seems the Z3&#039;s will be the same" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera%20%281%29.png?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3X </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s custom in recent years is to release smaller and larger variants of its flagship phones, and that&rsquo;s likely to be the case with the Z3.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already seen a photo of what appears to be a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Z3 Compact</a> (likely with a 4.3in screen), while according to Chinese site Digi-wo the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news">Z3X phablet</a> will offer a 6.14in display with a 2560 x 1152 resolution, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 22MP camera and apparently the capability to have crazy photography accessories such as a full-size flash attached to it. But we&rsquo;re taking all that with a big pinch of salt and we advise you to do the same.</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="The Sony Z3 and Z3 Compact, apparently" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z3-z3-mini.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="771" height="578" title="The Sony Xperia Z3X complete with crazy photo accessories. Possibly" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony%20xperia%20z3x.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> September showing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 mid-July <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z3_gets_approved_by_the_fcc_for_the_us_market-news-9045.php" target="_blank">the FCC approved a Sony device codenamed &ldquo;D6603&rdquo;</a> for the US market &ndash; and going by the company&rsquo;s current naming convention, that translates to the Xperia Z3. That means the phone&rsquo;s communication features are finalised and suggests a launch can&rsquo;t be too far away.</p> <p>The annual IFA technology expo, which takes place in Berlin at the beginning of September, looks like a safe bet for a global launch for the Z3, but it&rsquo;s possible that Sony will hold its own separate event. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on developments.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten 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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:10:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443187 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Gear VR headset could let you switch between virtual and reality http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-gear-vr-headset-could-let-you-switch-between-virtual-and-reality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A source has leaked some essential information about the forthcoming partnership between Oculus and Samsung </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="Samsung’s Gear VR headset could let you switch between virtual and reality" alt="Samsung’s Gear VR headset could let you switch between virtual and reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gearvr.jpg?1406285199" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has partnered with Oculus VR for a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-and-oculus-collaborating-phone-centric-vr-headset/news">phone-centric VR headset</a> named Gear VR, but we already knew that. What&rsquo;s new is that this device will most likely feature capabilities that include letting you switch between virtual reality and, er, real reality.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Irresistible 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>SamMobile also says the headset will feature a back button that doubles up as a pass-through switch (read: lets you flicker between virtual and reality) and a touchpad on its surface because you won&rsquo;t be able to access them on your mounted smartphone.</p> <p>Other leaks have led us to believe the Gear VR will come with some sort of movie viewing option, in addition allowing the wearer to view any panoramic pictures taken with its companion device. It seems that upon installation the VR software will automatically download the &ldquo;VR Panorama&rdquo; and &ldquo;VR Cinema&rdquo; apps. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, it might also allow you to speak commands to your device and if you&rsquo;ve remained in your fake world for more than an hour, it nudges you with a reminder &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t want you getting too lost in your own version of <em>Total Recall</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news">Leaked: Samsung&#39;s VR headset picture spotted online</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/24/samsungs-vr-software-leak-shows-initial-apps-ability-to-switch-between-virtual-and-real-reality/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>, image: <a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/07/24/exclusive-samsung-gear-vr-setup-walkthrough-first-look-at-gear-vr-manager/" target="_blank">SamMobile</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung’s Gear VR headset to let you switch between virtual and reality" alt="Samsung’s Gear VR headset to let you switch between virtual and reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsing.jpg?1406285199" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/samsung-s-gear-vr-headset-could-let-you-switch-between-virtual-and-reality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gear VR Oculus Samsung Smartphones Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:44:28 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443258 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple to release four different iPhone 6 models? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-might-surprise-us-not-two-four-iphone-6-units/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The freedom to choose – or just a headache when you have to decide on one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" alt="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/g6.jpeg?1406201534" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just when we thought having a choice between two <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> models was going to mean making a touch decision, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">XtremeGuard </a>drops a hint that there might actually be more. Four, to be precise.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> History may repeat itself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Apple does make these four models, there could be a differentiation in its marketing strategy. With the iPhone 5s and the 5c, the former was pitched at a high-end premium market while the latter was for a mid-tier segment. The same could apply for the iPhone 6 and 6c.</p> <p>If rumour has it right, the iPhones may also boast <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news">an </a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news">almost indestructible glass screen</a> and arrive alongside <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news">a new NFC-enabled mobile wallet service</a>. You can read all the speculation about it in one place: our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 preview</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/47in-iphone-6-screen-subjected-sandpaper-fares-better-iphone-5s/news">iPhone 6 screen subjected to sandpaper torture, fares better than the iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/iphone_6_renders_show_up_in_screen_protector_listing-news-9118.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>; image: <a href="http://www.xtremeguard.com/Apple-Screen-Protectors-s/107.htm#.U9CLy8fEaRe" target="_blank">XtremeGuard</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="428" title="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" alt="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/phonesi.jpg?1406201534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-might-surprise-us-not-two-four-iphone-6-units/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iOS iPhone 6 Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:55 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443160 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It seems Cupertino may have finally found a use for NFC: turning its next phone into a payment platform </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="717" height="538" title="Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6" alt="Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render_4.jpg?1406197222" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a report by The Information, Apple may launch a mobile wallet service alongside its next iPhone this autumn.</p> <p>The service would essentially turn the iPhone 6 (or whatever it&rsquo;s called) into a portable payments platform: you could use it to pay for a bus ride or a pint of lager through touch-to-pay technology.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NFC: Now For Certain? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 apparently also said it intends to cut the mobile networks out of any payments programme in order to retain control of it, and that it may use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for the touchless payment technology &ndash; although Near Field Communication is probably a stronger possibility.</p> <p>Despite NFC becoming a standard feature on most higher-end smartphones, Apple has steered clear of using the technology thus far &ndash; but a proper mobile wallet service could change all that. NFC provides an instant, fuss-free connection between two gadgets, while Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are far more fiddly. One advantage they have, however, is that they&rsquo;re on older iPhone models, which could mean the payment system isn&rsquo;t restricted to the next generation of iPhones.</p> <p>As we say, it&rsquo;s just a rumour for now &ndash; but an interesting one all the same. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted. In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest Apple smartphone rumours in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 preview</a>.</p> <p>[<a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Apple-Mobile-Wallet-Talks-Heat-Up" target="_blank">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/24/5932507/apple-mobile-wallet" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature">Ditch your wallet now: NFC mobile payments explained</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:19:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443164 at http://www.stuff.tv How to ruin the best looking phone in the world - Step 1: PINK http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The One (M8) can be yours in a retina-searing colour. If you like </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="850" height="638" title="My eyes. The goggles do nothing." alt="How to ruin the best looking phone in the world - Step 1: PINK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8-pink.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> is one of the most beautiful, well-crafted pieces of tech we&#39;ve ever had the pleasure of holding in our hands. But even a solid aluminium build can&#39;t save it from its brand new pink paint job.</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>Gadgeteers looking for a less standard colour (but who don&#39;t want to look like they&#39;re holding a slab of candy floss) might instead prefer to snap up the Red version of the One (M8) instead, which will be exclusively available on O2 from 7 August.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <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="850" height="638" title="Better" alt="How to ruin the best looking phone in the world - Step 1: PINK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-red.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No. Just no. </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443163 at http://www.stuff.tv The Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s next low-end Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/lumia-530-microsoft-s-next-low-end-windows-phone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After Nokia’s Android-based X line was axed, another cheap WinPho appears </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 530" alt="Nokia Lumia 530" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-lumia530.jpg?1406141987" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Microsoft <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-">killed the Android-powered Nokia X</a> phone series last week, it vowed to fill the lower end of the market with cheap Windows Phones. The Lumia 530 looks like a solid first step in doing so.</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>And selfie fans: sorry to say, but there&rsquo;s no front-facing camera here&mdash;only the 5MP shooter on the back. All told, the specs are by and large in line with what we&rsquo;d expect for the price range. Both the 520 and 630 impressed for their price levels, and it&rsquo;s likely the 530 will do quite the same.</p> <p>Microsoft says to expect the Lumia 530 to start rolling out worldwide in August, and an array of colourful Shell and Flip Shell backings will naturally be available to accessorize it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://conversations.nokia.com/2014/07/23/lumia-530/">Nokia Conversations</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/T663YbyHzDY" 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/microsoft/lumia-530-microsoft-s-next-low-end-windows-phone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/lumia-530-microsoft-s-next-low-end-windows-phone/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:59:08 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443073 at http://www.stuff.tv Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four top Androids. Four eye-caressing screens. We play spot the difference </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="819" height="614" title="Come at me bro" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Which 2014 superphone should you buy? We&rsquo;re going to say something controversial now: all four of these devices are amazing.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re looking at four great phones from last year, tweaked, refined and enhanced almost beyond recognition. So there&rsquo;s no wrong choice. But that doesn&rsquo;t make your decision any easier.</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"> Meet the contenders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">1. Sony Xperia Z2 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>This latest Sony has a 5.2in screen, new camera tricks and Android KitKat. But is it enough?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/2-htc-one-m8">2. HTC One (M8)&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Previously crowned Stuff&rsquo;s No.1 smartphone, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s beautiful body and sleek Sense 6.0 experience make for a formidable opponent.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/3-samsung-galaxy-s5">3. Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>The Swiss Army knife of phones continues its mission to make all other gadgets obsolete, but is it the phone we want in our pocket?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/4-lg-g3" target="_blank">4. LG G3 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s number one smartphone brings super-thin bezels, a 2K screen and a laser-assisted camera to the fight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_GunMetal_1.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Sony Xperia Z2 - 5.2in of metal and glass loveliness" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_2.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Galaxy S5 is a typically feature-filled Samsung device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-white-front-back.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="604" height="453" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="Behold the G3 in all its pink wallpapered glory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises &ndash; on screen, sound, camera or battery life. The design is gallery-worthy, finished with rounded aluminium corners, an all-glass back and minimalist details. But your hands might not like it &ndash; both the S5, One M8 and G3 are easier to hold than this 163g block, and picking up the Z2 from a desk can be awkward.</p> <p>It has Live Colour LED tech for punchy but accurate hues, and clear-sounding stereo speakers on the front of the phone. Our only niggle? The front is seriously reflective. For a smartphone camera, the Z2 can take incredible photos with its 1/2.3in, 20.7MP sensor and speedy autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also flies in use: it shares the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor as the S5 and One M8, but the Sony&rsquo;s 3GB of RAM bests its rivals. Small apps in overlaid windows lag occasionally, but it&rsquo;s still a great use of that 5.2in screen, and the Android skin is mostly clutter-free.</p> <p>With a bigger screen, there&rsquo;s a bigger 3200mAh battery, and the Z2 reliably lasts the day - with Stamina mode to conserve juice when the screen&rsquo;s off.</p> <p>Overall, this is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice, capable of taking brilliant photos and playing cinephile video. It oozes quality but isn&rsquo;t the most practical choice. But if you have the time to show Sony some love, it will return it in large dollops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 - the full 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="1889" height="1417" title="The Xperia Z2 makes almost no compromises" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />A gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design. Although the Z2&rsquo;s a heavy smartphone, this isn&rsquo;t the problem - the HTC weighs just as much. The issue is more that the Z2&rsquo;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&rsquo;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics count (we&rsquo;re hoping the Z2 Compact gets this right).</p> <p>Another smartphone best picked up and fondled before you decide, then. If its shape and minimalist design work for you, you can get back to appreciating everything the Sony does brilliantly. Such as being waterproof: with all the port flaps closed, the Z2 has the same IP55/IP58 water-resistance as the Z1. Plus, the headphone jack is now flap-free.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />In almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner. It displays fine detail better than both the S5 and the One M8, perfect for pressing your nose up against full HD movies. Viewing angles aren&rsquo;t the best but they&rsquo;re no longer a problem either.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always produce the best images &ndash; it can struggle to expose correctly in sunlight and it doesn&rsquo;t have the night vision of the HTC. But chances are, Sony owners won&rsquo;t mind digging into the comprehensive settings.</p> <p>Here it shines: faces come out well in low light, scenes look punchy and the background de-focus mode is mesmerising. Both 1080p and 4K footage are smooth thanks to SteadyShot stabilisation, though autofocus jumps around while filming and, with the Snapdragon heating up, the Z2 can abruptly stop shooting in the higher resolution.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Sony&rsquo;s treatment of KitKat verges on bloatware, with pushy media services ruining the fun. For instance, an upward swipe to access Google Now also shows Sony&rsquo;s What&rsquo;s New app: a feature guaranteed to have zero fans.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ultimate-setup-sony-xperia-z2/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="The Sony&#039;s ergonomics hold it back" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-main.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may go on about smartphone design a bit, but with the HTC it&rsquo;s justified. This is one of the best-looking and best-built phones ever, with 20% more metal than its predecessor the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and microSD storage now included. M8 owners will find themselves checking emails too much, just to show it off.</p> <p>The 5in, 441ppi screen is super-sharp and considerably bigger than the One&rsquo;s 4.7in display &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a clear winner but colours look natural, text is smooth and viewing angles are fantastic.</p> <p>Has HTC fixed the One&rsquo;s niggles? Battery life is slightly better, bringing it on a par with its rivals &ndash; you shouldn&rsquo;t need the Ultra Power Saving Mode to last the day. But the UltraPixel camera stays.&nbsp;</p> <p>This might disappoint those looking to shoot serious images and footage, but for most, the low-light prowess and focusing tricks are good enough. Nothing else needed tweaking &ndash; in use, it&rsquo;s as fluid as we expect from an HTC and the feature set gets new tricks here and there, such as the ability to swipe straight into BlinkFeed even when the phone is off.</p> <p>It might not have the bragging rights of a 20.7MP camera, a removable battery or a heart-rate sensor, but for us, the extras on the S5 and Z2 simply don&rsquo;t compare to the pure gadget joy you get with the HTC One M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8 looks every bit as nice as its predecessor" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_3.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 10/10</strong><br />Some will prefer the old One&rsquo;s iconic design but this is just as tasty. The bevelled edges catch the light where the S5&rsquo;s metal-look edges look cheap. While the G3 looks as metal as the M8, it can&rsquo;t match its premium weighty feel in the hands.If you want those machined lines, choose the Metal Grey variant.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />The HTC might have the smallest screen here at 5in but it beats the mighty Sony on contrast and off-axis viewing. Compared to the original One, the palette leans to the green side&hellip; but only nerds will notice that.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 8/10</strong><br />More than a gimmick, the Duo camera lets you change the focus of pics after you&rsquo;ve taken them; and unlike on the Samsung and Sony, you don&rsquo;t need to select a mode before taking the shot. You can 3D-ify pics with Dimension Plus.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 10/10</strong><br />Still our Android skin of choice, Sense 6 will win over even fans of stock Android. BlinkFeed now keeps tabs on your interests and you can track steps, distance and calories automatically without a tracker.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="The M8&#039;s UltraPixel camera divides opinion" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main-2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Galaxy smartphones are known for going big. Big screens, big specs, big tricks and, of course, big sales. But the small stuff can be just as exciting and the S5&rsquo;s only halfway there.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s still enamoured by its Galaxy design DNA: lightweight, durable and now waterproof &ndash; it makes a lot of sense. But with a big handprint, &lsquo;modern glam&rsquo; back panel and poor size-to-screen ratio, it&rsquo;s still not beautiful.</p> <p>Features rule, with a swappable battery, microSD storage, the ability to run two apps side by side and even a heart-rate sensor round the back. It&rsquo;s not 2K but the 5.1in Super AMOLED screen is the best we&rsquo;ve seen on a Samsung phone. Plus there&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc 16MP snapper with fast autofocus and 4K video &ndash; just in case you thought Samsung had gone soft on specs.</p> <p>That TouchWiz lag is almost gone for good &ndash; a few stutters using its My Magazine Flipboard app were all we could force &ndash; and battery life is on the longer-lasting end of the Androids That Last A Day spectrum.</p> <p>If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design, inside and out, seriously. There&rsquo;s more work to do but it&rsquo;s a mighty close call and Samsung fans won&rsquo;t be disappointed here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5&#039;s looks are its only real flaw" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 8/10</strong><br />This is a big, wide phone but the new textured polycarbonate makes it nice and grippy. It&rsquo;s a mere 15g heavier than the S4 and is also more solidly built. We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; but a redesign is long overdue.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />One advantage the S5 has over its rivals is how easy its screen is to read outdoors. When watching small-screen flicks, blacks look incredibly inky &ndash; but the HTC and Sony bring out more detail and there is a slight blue tinge.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 9/10</strong><br />Zooming in on landscape shots? Use the S5. Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Reach for the HTC or Sony. Elsewhere, the HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used and we like the simplified camera app.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Still a little overwhelming, the latest version of TouchWiz sees Samsung trying to edit its gazillions of features. There are cool additions such as S Health and Smart Switch, which imports iOS data if you&rsquo;re switching from an iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S5</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="Then S5&#039;s camera is a cracker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-galaxy-s5-review-main.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. LG G3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G3 had its work cut out for it when it launched. Not only did it have to face the toughest smartphone competition ever, but it had to surpass its excellent predecessor, the G2, which reigned supreme at the top of Stuff&#39;s best smartphone list until the M8 came along.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG was more than up to the task. The G3 surpasses the G2 in almost every way. For starters, it&#39;s got a 2K display that&#39;s almost sharp enough to cut your eyes on. Sorry if you&#39;re squeamish.</p> <p>While the G2&#39;s 13MP camera remains, LG has thrown in laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video. And it now matches the Samsung with a removable battery and microSD slot.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t have the booming dual front-facing speakers on the One M8, but its rear 1W speaker is no slouch, and can almost match its HTC rival for loudness, if not bass.</p> <p>While it lacks the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2&#39;s waterproof powers, its build is much improved, with a plastic, brushed-metal-look finish that will fool your eyes, if not your fingers.</p> <p>LG&#39;s redesigned its UI too, opting for less eye-searing colours and a more muted, subtle look.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 - the full 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="940" height="705" title="The G3 in the background appears smaller, because it is further away" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE DETAIL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s faux brushed-metal finish is barely discernible from the real metal rear of the HTC One (M8), and it easily beats the S5 for classiness. Pick it up, though, and its weight (or lack of it) can&#39;t fool your fingers. So it&#39;s no M8, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s not handsome in its own way.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10 </strong><br />The G3 stands out from the crowd, with a 2560 x 1600 2K screen. That&#39;s an insane 538 ppi, though you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness in normal use. Look closely enough however, and it does throw up more details than its rivals. Its colours are excellent too - even more realistic than those on the M8 - although brightness, black levels and contrast let it down somewhat. Overall though, it&#39;s one of the best screens our eyes have had the pleasure of ogling.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s 13MP camera is, put simply, fantastic. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, and nearly a master of every one. Well-lit shots are packed with crisp detail, and it even beats the light-guzzling M8 in most murky conditions. Its advanced optical image stabilisation, coupled with its laser-assisted autofocus, help keep subjects in focus - and at lightning-quick speeds, too.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />LG has thankfully gone down the same fat-trimming path as Samsung. While its UI still isn&#39;t as minimalist as the Z2&#39;s, the garish icons are gone, replaced with flat, pastel-coloured icons.</p> <p>Much of the bloatware is gone too, and LG&#39;s done its best to simplify things. The camera app for example, has had almost every little-used feature eliminated, and its bare controls now make for a much more pleasant experience.</p> <p>LG&#39;s new Smart Notice is less useful. It&#39;s essentially a Google Now clone, and we can&#39;t see any benefit it offers over Google&#39;s own well-established offering.&nbsp;Smart Clean is more useful, prompting you to clean up and delete apps to save memory.</p> <p>Finally, LG&#39;s excellent Knock Code feature negates the need for any fancy fingerprint scanners. Sorry, Samsung. It lets you tap out a pattern on the G3&#39;s screen (even when it&#39;s off),and with over 80,000 combinations, and a higher reliability than fingerprint scanning, LG&#39;s hit on a winner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate setup: LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All the colours of the (LG) rainbow" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_3.JPG?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 doesn&#39;t have the exquisite build of the HTC One M8, nor does it have the extra sensors of the S5. But that doesn&#39;t matter.</p> <p>Instead, it brings a complete package. For one thing, it has an excellent screen that, despite being larger than its rivals, doesn&#39;t increase the size of the G3 itself, thanks to LG&#39;s bezel-trimming magic.</p> <p>Its camera is superb and adaptable, and its build, although not metal, both looks and feels good. A removable battery and microSD storage are the cherries on top of an already very tasty cake.</p> <p>The S5 points to a flashy future, the Z2 a controlled one, and the One M8 continues to push design boundaries. But it&rsquo;s the way LG has packaged everything so carefully that makes this the nicest phone to live with.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG does it again" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The final scores </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 (from &pound;520)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Beautiful and brilliant, the One M8 is as pleasant to use as it is to hold</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 (from &pound;530)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Packing in tech features and waterproofing is great, but Samsung needs to focus on design details</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 (from &pound;600)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Classy and clever with talent in spades, if the Z2 were easier to live with it&rsquo;d be unstoppable</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 (from &pound;407) </a></strong>★★★★★<br />LG followed its 2013 Smartphone of the Year by keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more</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-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartphone season isn&rsquo;t over. Not by a long shot. The new king of the spec sheets is the &pound;230&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news">OnePlus One</a>, with the 2K&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7</a>&nbsp;not far behind.&nbsp;Both 5.5in phones offer most of what the HTC, Samsung and Sony have, for a lot less money. Paying more isn&rsquo;t the only way.</p> <p>Each of the phones here is a refinement of sorts. If you&rsquo;re waiting for more of a leap, both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl">HTC One M8 Prime</a>&nbsp;have already been rumoured to launch with 2K screens. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, meanwhile, should be announced at the IFA trade show in September and may even have a flexible display.</p> <p>And then of course there&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;- coming to an Apple Store near you this autumn. Want even more radical?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google&rsquo;s Project Ara</a>&nbsp;should bring us modular smartphones in early 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everyhting we think we know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Quietly biding its time" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render%20%281%29.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone supertest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Android G3 Galaxy S5 HTC LG One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:51:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438613 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo Find 7 http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 specs for less than £400. Yep, seriously. </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="Looks plain enough but boy is there silicon inside " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Oppo-Find-7-review-clock-screen.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oppo&rsquo;s Find 7 is a true spec warrior to worry even the mighty <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>.</p> <p>It has a 5.5in, 2K screen, Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM. It also has a 13MP camera that shoots 4K video. So, on specs alone, it matches or beats the best smartphones money can buy - yet its &pound;380 price is closer to that of a mid-range handset.</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"> £380.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 480 euros </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"> Awesome price for that resolution </div> <div class="field-item even"> Plenty of power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Capable camera </div> <div class="field-item even"> Customisable OS and gestures </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"> The OnePlus One is cheaper </div> <div class="field-item even"> Disappointing battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Out-of-date Android OS </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gets a bit heavy </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"> Welcome to the 2K Screen Club </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Find 7&rsquo;s headline feature is its 5.5in, 2560 x 1440 screen. It&rsquo;s only the second 2K display we&rsquo;ve clapped eyes on, with the other being the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, and unsurprisingly it dominates the front of the Oppo.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s incredibly detailed - 528ppi, in fact - and it shows. Get your pupils up close, lashes on the glass, and you&rsquo;ll notice sharper text on pages with tiny fonts and an extra crispness to hi-res images. Enjoy these moments, because while it&rsquo;s a gorgeous screen in many ways, it&rsquo;s not flawless.</p> <p>Blacks are nice and inky and colours are vivid and accurate; the G3&rsquo;s palette is slightly cooler. But contrast isn&rsquo;t the strongest (a drawback shared by the LG) and on low brightness or off-axis viewing in particular, it just doesn&rsquo;t pop. The G3 also manages to pick up extra bits of detail when watching full HD movies. It&rsquo;s fairly bright, on a par with the G3, though not as bright as a Galaxy S5, so in direct sunlight it can suffer.</p> <p>We should also point out that neither this nor the G3 will make you gasp as soon as you fire it up. Useful though they are, the extra pixels don&rsquo;t make as much of a difference as the jump from 720p to 1080p did. Still, we&rsquo;re being picky.</p> <p>While this isn&rsquo;t quite as good as the best 2K screen on the planet, it&rsquo;s a close call.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 is the best smartphone on the planet. Read the review.&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Crispy text and icon edges " alt="Oppo Find 7 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-review-main-icons.png?1406286026" /> </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="2K but not the best " alt="Oppo Find 7 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-screen.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Pixels Need Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The downside of the Oppo&rsquo;s super-sharp screen is that battery life takes a hit. The Oppo can be wiped out in four hours when you&rsquo;ve used it intensively (and constantly) to watch movies, play games and take photos. In our HD video rundown (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) it lasted a slightly more respectable 5hrs 20.</p> <p>Remember everyone on the internet worrying that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3&rsquo;s battery</a> doesn&rsquo;t quite match that of the G2? The Oppo shows how well LG did with it. Streaming Netflix on our commute, the Find 7&rsquo;s 3000mAh battery dropped 18% in half an hour - that&rsquo;s versus the G3&rsquo;s much less worrying 8%.</p> <p>Oppo&rsquo;s tried to help in two ways - use the VOOC fast-charging cable supplied in the box and the Oppo will rejuice by 75% in 30 minutes. In reality, you can get back up to full charge in not much longer. The battery unit is also swappable, so you can carry a spare if that&rsquo;s practical.</p> <p>Add in the lower price and although the battery life is a bit of a shame, it&rsquo;s a flaw we can just about live with.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">The &pound;230 OnePlus One that&#39;s almost identical to the Oppo</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="That 25% won&#039;t last as long as you&#039;d hope " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-find-7-review-battery-icon.png?1406286026" /> </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"> Oppo Find 7 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Absurdly Powerful </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Find 7 is every bit as powerful as the specs suggest.</p> <p>Day-to-day we experienced no major hiccups and any slight lag was down to Oppo&rsquo;s ColorOS - more on that later. Browsing over 4G is nice and nippy and it&rsquo;s compatible with LTE on all UK networks, unlike its rival the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One</a>. Games run super smooth and though it heats up a little when gaming, taking photos for a long time or running benchmarks, performance is always top-notch.</p> <p>Those benchmarks are pretty insane, too. On AnTuTu, it beats the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">S5</a> and HTC One (M8) with a blistering 38,178 and shoots up the Geekbench 3 charts too with a score of 3021. By comparison, the G3 manages 2649.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also worth mentioning here that the Find 7 comes with 32GB of storage plus the option to expand by up to 128GB via microSD. That makes it even better value next to the 16GB flagships.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 reviewed&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="Browsing, games - everything is fast " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-stufftv.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Tall &#039;n&#039; Titanium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At this price, the Oppo was never going to match the LG G3&rsquo;s gorgeous, light and almost bezel-less design. But we don&rsquo;t care, because this is a superbly built smartphone in its own right.</p> <p>The combination of its titanium-aluminium frame and removable (if slightly slippy) carbon-fibre back cover with a diagonal pin-stripe pattern means it feels premium, albeit while looking a little safe. It&rsquo;s fairly weighty at 173g and feels sturdy, with none of the flimsiness of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. Plus it&rsquo;s easy to hold in one palm despite its 5.5in size. A pulsing &lsquo;Skyline&rsquo; notification light below the screen is a nice touch too, a stylish alternative to the blinking LED dot.</p> <p>Sure, the bezels make it look both taller than most and a bit retro. The capacitive buttons are too dim, which is a pain. And overall the thinner, lighter <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus</a> with its changeable covers does feel like the cooler, more characterful device.</p> <p>But the Find 7 has a solid, understated design and it&rsquo;s a lot easier to actually get one in your hands.</p> <p>One more thing that might annoy: call quality is fine but the speaker volume is a little low, making it tricky to hear what the person on the other end is saying. How big of a problem that is depends on how much you use your phone as a&hellip; phone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-find-7a/review">The Find 7a tested, Oppo&#39;s &quot;other&quot; flagship&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="It&#039;s not flashy but it is made out of top-notch materials " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-rear-camera.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s tall - or wide depending on how you look at it " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-side-screen.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The rear speaker is nothing to shout about " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-speaker.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Specced-up 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>A 13MP Sony sensor, 5MP front-facer and 4K video will be music to any phone photographer&rsquo;s ears.</p> <p>Essentially, there are better smartphone snappers out there - the LG G3 and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a>, for starters - but the Oppo&rsquo;s definitely better than most sub-&pound;400 phones.</p> <p>Autofocus is fast enough without being the fastest we&rsquo;ve used, in lower light it does an admirable job of capturing faces well thanks to its f2 lens and there&rsquo;s a handy dual LED flash under the lens.</p> <p>The shots it takes aren&rsquo;t as detailed or clear as the very, very best, but noise is kept to a minimum and in daylight it really impresses - pics are crisp with accurate rather than fake-looking colours and the HDR mode is great if you prefer a little more oomph.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also capable of taking 8160x6120 images (yep, that&rsquo;s 50MP) by stitching together ten burst shots. We were wary of this at first but it&rsquo;s easy to do - you just hold the shutter down - and can produce usable, hi-res shots. Do be prepared for mammoth file sizes though.</p> <p>The front-facer is also a cut above the usual, so if you want sharper selfies, you&rsquo;re in luck. Both full HD and 4K video are smooth and detailed too, with steady autofocus. And there are lots of scene modes, GIF modes and shooting options (including RAW) to play around with. It might not be quite as intuitive as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One&rsquo;s</a> swipe-to-switch-modes feature, but the Oppo&rsquo;s is an easy-to-navigate camera app that gets results.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony&#39;s Xperia Z2 takes stunning smartphone snaps&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="Quick access to HDR mode and er.. beautify " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-camera-app.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="We prefer the swipe to switch scene feature on the OnePlus " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-camera-app-2.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Gesture-friendly ColorOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Find 7a, this Oppo is dressed in ColorOS - a highly customisable, gesture-friendly Android skin that skimps only on phablet-centric features.</p> <p>ColorOS is based on Android 4.3, which is a bit of a shame, but it&rsquo;s a dream for power users and tinkerers. You can customise your own gestures, with almost every basic action available via a swipe of your choosing or a shape drawn onscreen. You can also choose themes to customise homescreens, lockscreens, fonts and icons; one of them even gives it a relatively stock Android look and feel.</p> <p>Some of the basics have international quirks that you&rsquo;ll have to get used to - for instance, nav buttons such as &lsquo;connect&rsquo; and &lsquo;cancel&rsquo; are often switched round so the &lsquo;back&rsquo; option is on the right. And the pre-installed keyboard might say &lsquo;input contents&rsquo; in an empty message. But chances are you&rsquo;ll swap the keyboard out anyway.</p> <p>Now flagships have grown to G3-proportions, it&rsquo;s tempting to forget that at this size this is a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Galaxy Note 3</a> rival. ColorOS itself doesn&rsquo;t push the big screen factor - there&rsquo;s no split screen feature or floating windows as you&rsquo;d get on a Samsung. There&rsquo;s also no stylus or handwriting recognition, so if you want a screen this large purely for its mini-tablet capabilities, the Find 7 might not be for you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Samsung&#39;s Galaxy Note 3, the true phablet</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="Regular app screens, not so regular gestures " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-app-screen.png?1406286026" /> </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="Step away from the Superman theme " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-review-themes.png?1406286026" /> </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="Bop between open apps with no lag " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-open-apps.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Best switch the keyboard " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-Find-7-review-sms.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is buying a Chinese superphone too risky? </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>Buying an Oppo is a bit of a gamble, right? Not really.</p> <p>Of course you have to find the cash upfront - no contract deals here. But there is at least a European site selling the Find 7, unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One,</a> which for now can only be purchased via a mysterious invite.</p> <p>Updates are a bit of a concern: there&rsquo;s no word on KitKat or Android L for the Find 7 yet and ColorOS is based on the slightly out-of-date Android 4.3. But on the other hand the Find 7 is Oppo&rsquo;s flagship and with the Find 7a and N1 also on the market (the latter running the CyanogenMod OS), it seems the company is committed to catering for Android geeks.</p> <p>Both companies offer warranties - one year for<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review"> OnePlus</a>, two for Oppo. We can&rsquo;t vouch for support at this stage, but Oppo&rsquo;s been in the game selling Blu-ray players and the like for years. Basically there&rsquo;s no reason to be a gadget wimp.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Oppo Find 7 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>Ultimately, the Find 7 more than outperforms its price tag and at times comes close to greatness. It might not be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One-cheap</a>, but it&rsquo;s a darn sight cheaper than most flagships.</p> <p>That said, it&rsquo;s not quite as perfectly packaged as the superphone set. The more expensive handsets offer more carefully crafted designs, more carefully refined Android skins and have more capable cameras. The Oppo&rsquo;s battery life is a bit of a concern too, unless you&rsquo;re happy to carry a spare.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to buy a smartphone outright though, the Oppo opens up your choice from the usual Android suspects. The 32GB model is a good &pound;100 cheaper than any 16GB flagship from Sony, HTC, Samsung or LG, is better specced than most and comes with some really nice features that you won&rsquo;t find elsewhere.</p> <p>Pixel-packed and powerful, the Find 7 deserves a spot on any respectable smartphone shortlist.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top Ten Smartphones in the World&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="If you can live with the quirks, the Oppo is well worth checking out " alt="Oppo Find 7 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-review-lockscreen.png?1406286026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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-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"> 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 dir="ltr">A 2K screen for a mid-range price? If you can live with its quirks the Find 7 is well worth checking out </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oppo Find 7 review: &quot;Pixel-packed and powerful&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review#comments Find 7 Oppo Smartphones Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:01:39 +0000 Sophie Charara 1434495 at http://www.stuff.tv