Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/all en-GB HTC Desire Eye http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The go-to phone for the sharpest selfies in existence </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="First - let me take a selfie" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/desire-eye-37_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people love selfies. Some people loathe selfies.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/crowdfunding/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Some people put cameras on sticks to get better selfies</a>.</p> <p>Whichever camp you&rsquo;re in, there&rsquo;s no denying that in a world where so many lives are micro-blogged into oblivion, selfies have become important. The HTC Desire Eye is one of the most obviously selfie-obsessed phones ever made.</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"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fast and capable cameras - on both sides </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very solid performance </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"> A bit large and boxy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as snazzy as an HTC One M8 </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"> Object of Desire </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just a few years ago, the Desire range was where you&rsquo;d find HTC&rsquo;s top phones. However, these days it&rsquo;s packed with mid-range mobiles with a slightly more fun, less fashion- and spec-obsessed feel to them.</p> <p>We see the lighter approach of the Desire range throughout the Desire Eye, but it&rsquo;s most obvious in the more basic design. While HTC&rsquo;s One phones are made of aluminium, the Desire Eye embraces plastic much in the way&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia phones do</a>.</p> <p>The smooth, soft, two-tone finish of the Desire Eye isn&rsquo;t out to make its mark the Eye out as a pocket-size status symbol, but it feels great and has a cheery disposition that&rsquo;s instantly likeable.</p> <p>Would we change anything? Sure. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of space above and below the screen and slimmer bezels would give the Desire a sleeker look, but we&rsquo;ve no serious complaints on looks. Even the front camera is about as low-key as the hardware allows.</p> <p><strong>Read More:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">&nbsp;LG 3G Review</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">&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="Pretty in polycarbonate" alt="HTC Desire Eye review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-2_1.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> The Eye desires a dunking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ll let you in on a little secret: in many respects the Desire Eye is a match for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One M8</a>. Just don&rsquo;t tell HTC we told you so.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even better in one respect, too. The Desire Eye is certified to IPx7, a water resistance standard that means the phone can be dunked in water to a depth of a metre and left there for 30 minutes with no ill effects. While we&rsquo;ve seen videos of the HTC One M8 being submerged without heading straight to the great Carphone Warehouse in the sky, it doesn&rsquo;t officially offer any water resistance.</p> <p>The best bit about the Desire Eye&rsquo;s waterproofing ability is that it doesn&rsquo;t need any extra flaps over the microUSB or headphone ports. It&rsquo;s the best kind of weatherproofing: the kind you can completely ignore.</p> <p>Not as taken with the blue shell of our review sample as we are? There&rsquo;s also a red/white version out there.&nbsp;</p> <p>The only thing to note is that while this is one of the friendliest-looking phones HTC makes, it&rsquo;s still fairly large thanks to its 5.2-inch screen. And despite being just 8.5mm it feels quite chunky compared to the latest, slimmest smartphones around.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news" target="_blank">HTC Butterfly 2 is the waterproof One (M8) you always wanted</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="Colours and shape to suit you " alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-30_1.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The SD Card and SIM card trays will keep your vitals safe - as long as you push them back in, of course" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-27.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="Despite being just 8.5mm it feels quite chunky compared to the latest, slimmest smartphones around" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-28_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Screen spec inspection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other than being just a smidge bigger (5.2in to 5in) the Desire Eye&rsquo;s display is very similar to that of the HTC One M8. It&rsquo;s sharp, and offers natural-looking rather than over saturated, super-vivid colours. That&rsquo;s definitely a good thing as far as we&rsquo;re concerned.</p> <p>Within a few short months, QHD resolution will probably be the normal resolution for phones of &pound;400 and above, but for now we&rsquo;re perfectly happy with the 1080p resolution offered here. 424ppi is plenty for now, thanks very much.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not quite perfect, though. The HTC Desire Eye doesn&rsquo;t have blacks anywhere near as deep as OLED phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 930</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, resulting in distinctly lower contrast. It&rsquo;s not just OLEDs it has to compete with, either &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;offers better blacks and better contrast, and it uses an LCD screen. It&rsquo;s no deal-breaker - contrast levels are similar on the much-loved One M8 - but black level aficionados might appreciate knowing.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S6 Preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Desire Eye&#039;s 5.2in screen is sharp and offers natural-looking rather than over saturated, super-vivid colours" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-11_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Seeing Sense </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 software is also shared with the HTC One M8 which means the Desire Eye runs Android 4.4.4 with HTC&rsquo;s custom Sense interface.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a neat interface that makes some interesting changes to stock Android. On the light and fluffy side, it makes your apps menu scroll vertically rather than horizontally &mdash; because everyone likes being contrarian once in a while &mdash; and directly under the spotlight sits BlinkFeed.</p> <p>This is a homescreen that offers a reel of the latest updates from Facebook, Twitter, your favourite websites &mdash; whatever you choose to put in. It&rsquo;s a handy extra, but in our experience it&rsquo;s a real love-it-or-hate-it thing, and HTC makes sure getting rid of it is easy enough.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve always liked Sense and it works well on the Desire Eye, but it does feel like it&rsquo;s now due a bit of a pep-up, especially in light of the Lollipop launch. Simplicity is the order of the day, and HTC&rsquo;s interface is now looking just a touch fussier than it might.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</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="Get a sense of your smartphone" alt="HTC Desire Eye " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-34_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire Eye Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4.4 with Sense UI</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in LCD with 1920x1080 resolution (424ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @ 2.3GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (expandable by up to 128GB with microSD)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP front with dual-LED flash, 13MP rear with dual-LED flash</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2400mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 152 x 74 x 8.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 154g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performing monkey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spec-wise the Desire Eye is well equipped. Its combination of a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM isn&rsquo;t boundary-pushing (the Snapdragon 801 is at the end of its days, about to be booted out by the Snapdragon 805 and even more advanced 64-bit chipsets) but that doesn&#39;t stop it from being a very powerful CPU for right now.</p> <p>Just check out its Geekbench 3 result: 3037 points puts it in the same league as the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3, and not too far behind the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>. Sure enough, gaming performance is great too. A 5.2-inch display and plenty of power is great news for gamers.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s another neat little gaming extra too, and it&rsquo;s not one you might spot at first glance. The HTC Desire Eye actually fits in a pair of BoomSound speakers, hidden behind tiny little slits above and below the screen.</p> <p>The voicing of these speakers seems to be a little more conservative than the HTC One M8&rsquo;s despite them being both tagged with the mighty BoomSound name &mdash; the sound seems a little less beefy &mdash; but they&rsquo;re still much better than average.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Geekbench score of 3037 points puts it in the same league as the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3" alt="HTC Desire Eye " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-6_1.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> I have an eye on you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By now you&rsquo;ve probably cottoned on to the fact that the Desire Eye is a lot more than the one trick pony some may have been expecting, but let&rsquo;s get onto the main event, the cameras.</p> <p>The HTC Desire Eye is the first camera we&rsquo;ve looked at to feature 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. Both have dual-LED flashes too, each LED using a different tone to avoid blowing out people&rsquo;s faces, much like Apple&rsquo;s TrueTone flash.</p> <p>Your first assumption might be that they&rsquo;re exactly the same, but they&rsquo;re subtly different. The front camera has a wider-angle lens with a narrower aperture. Look carefully at the lenses and you can actually see the difference in aperture size.</p> <p>While the rear 13-megapixel main sensor may seem like a downgrade from the UltraPixel one used in the HTC One M8, we&rsquo;re pretty happy with what you get here.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve used a few pretty sluggish camera phones recently, but the Desire Eye is quick. Focusing is snappy and shutter lag is virtually non-existent, making it feel like the camera is capturing a shot the exact moment you press the shutter button.</p> <p>This is also one of the few recent Android phones to offer a dedicated shutter button, something that&rsquo;s often left out these days. It&rsquo;s a bit stiff, but it&rsquo;s hugely useful and there&rsquo;s no obligation to use it if you find it a bit finicky.</p> <p>The software behind the Desire Eye&rsquo;s camera is much the same as the HTC One M8&rsquo;s, which means it looks cool, even though buries the HDR mode a little too deeply for considering it&rsquo;s such a useful day-to-day tool for mobile snappers.</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="While the rear 13-megapixel main sensor may seem like a downgrade from the UltraPixel one used in the HTC One M8, we’re pretty happy with what you get here - it&#039;s quick, for a start" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-26_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The software behind the Desire Eye’s camera is much the same as the HTC One M8’s, which means it looks cool" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-4_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Image quality is pretty good for the most part, though. Both the front and rear cameras use the same Sony IMX214 sensor seen in phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a>, and it&rsquo;s pretty comparable with the IMX135 sensor used in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>&nbsp;&mdash; more advanced in fact.</p> <p>In daylight your shots will have loads of detail, and we found day/dusk metering to be pretty good. Add this to the very good shooting speed and you have a camera that&rsquo;s bags of fun to use.</p> <p>The only obvious weak point is that for night shooting, the Desire Eye doesn&rsquo;t radically brighten-up images to make them clear. Truly dark scenes will remain more-or-less black unless you switch the flash on. It&rsquo;s a shame, but at least the two-tone flash provides more natural-looking results than a standard white-LED one.</p> <p>We also had some minor issues with the Desire Eye taking photos before it has really achieved focus, but this is a predictable result of being so desperate to be speedy, and can be solved by just taking a few more &lsquo;security&rsquo; shots.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphone-photography/feature" target="_blank">Beta Yourself: Smartphone Photography</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="4208" height="2368" title="In daylight your shots will have loads of detail, and we found day/dusk metering to be pretty good" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0100_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="4208" height="2368" title="Well that should just about do me for Christmas Day" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0063.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="4208" height="2368" title="We had some minor issues with the Desire Eye taking photos before it has really achieved focus" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0042_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Get ready for your close-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, around the front &mdash; how good are the Desire Eye&rsquo;s selfies? They&rsquo;re great, and the wide 20mm angle of the lens makes taking selfies of multiple people easy enough.</p> <p>Having a sensor as strong as the IMX214 on-board for selfies means it&rsquo;s not all about resolution without added detail &mdash; some higher res sensors hardly seem to actually get you much more detail than a bog-standard one. As long as you have a bit of light to work with, the Desire will render each hair, wrinkle and crease with depressing accuracy.</p> <p>If it all gets a bit much, though, there&rsquo;s a &lsquo;magic&rsquo; slider that smoothes-out those bits that might remind you too much of your own mortality.</p> <p>There are a few other selfie-specific modes too. Photo booth takes a quartet of shots which are then woven together in one nice, Facebook-able image, while Split Capture takes the output from the front and rear cameras and spews them out as a single image.</p> <p>There are improvements to be made in the HTC Desire Eye camera setup, but it&rsquo;s probably less problematic than the HTC One M8 in day-to-day use thanks to its more reliable metering and all-round greater detail capture. Plus you can really use the front camera to work out how dreadful you really look on those post-party mornings.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-gadget-gifts-ideas-photographers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Ideas: 15 gadget gifts for photographers</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="As long as you have a bit of light to work with, the Desire&#039;s front camera will render each hair, wrinkle and crease with depressing accuracy" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-32.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Juice me up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life is surprisingly good given the 2400mAh battery unit sounds pretty small. We&rsquo;ve been getting a solid day and a half from a charge, getting you that occasionally vital second-day buffer.</p> <p>To double check the Desire Eye&rsquo;s stamina we set it to play a looped video fully charged to see how long it&rsquo;d last. Sure enough, it soldiered on through twelve full hours of&nbsp;<em>Twilight</em>&nbsp;at 720p resolution &mdash; enough to turn anyone into a gibbering wreck.</p> <p>Getting this out of a 2400mAh battery is seriously impressive. HTC has clearly put some work into optimisation to get this kind of longevity.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of little tech wingdings, either. The Desire Eye has NFC, 4G, aptX and fast battery charging tech. It really doesn&rsquo;t miss out on much compared to the HTC One M8, apart from an IR blaster.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature" target="_blank">18 ways you&#39;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire Eye 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 HTC Desire Eye is the sort of phone that might initially make you groan. A phone based around selfies? You must be joking.</p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s turned out to be one of this year&rsquo;s pleasant surprises, performing well in just about every respect with the selfie skills there to provide a bit of attention grabbing pizzazz.</p> <p>Were it not for the current crop of absolutely beltingly brilliant phones that are now available for similar or less (we&rsquo;re looking at you,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>) the Desire Eye would be getting the full five stars. As it is, we&rsquo;re looking at a very capable, very likeable four starrer that should be promoted to first choice by those who really love a selfie.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Desire Eye verdict" alt="HTC Desire Eye verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-23.jpg?1418914077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Whether a selfie-addict or not, the Desire Eye is a capable, likeable all-rounder</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"> Hands on with the HTC Desire Eye </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"> All hail the selfie phone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review#comments Android Desire Eye HTC Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:45:25 +0000 Emily P Burt 1449774 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 9 things you didn’t know about Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/promoted-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get clued up on the ultimate mobile operating system with these nuggets of Android knowledge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lollipop_2.jpg?1418897988" /> </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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/promoted-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-android/feature#comments Android Apps and Games LG Promotion Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:19:49 +0000 Marc McLaren 1455656 at http://www.stuff.tv BlackBerry Classic launches in States with UK shipments starting in mid-January http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-classic-launches-states-uk-shipments-starting-mid-january/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company’s return-to-form smartphone starts making its way to consumers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BlackBerry Classic" alt="BlackBerry Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blackberry-classic-official.png?1418848860" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-classic-due-out-17-december-349-pre-orders-available-now/news">As promised</a>, BlackBerry launched its Classic handset today, which blends the company&rsquo;s iconic design philosophy with upgraded internals. It&rsquo;s shipping in North America, and now we know when to expect it in the UK.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BlackBerry Classic aims to recapture the spirit of the company&rsquo;s past core devices before it haphazardly tried to reinvent itself, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard with navigation keys along with a 3.5in 720x720 display and a hearty 2515mAh battery.</p> <p>It arrives with BlackBerry 10 installed, which helps provide some levels of functionality that the old-school BlackBerry phones could never offer - like BlackBerry Assistant voice control, and the ability to download and run Android apps via the Amazon Appstore.</p> <p>And vitally, it&rsquo;ll fit in both one hand and one pocket, unlike <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-passport/review">BlackBerry&rsquo;s gargantuan Passport</a>. But the company isn&#39;t done <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-bringing-photoshop-and-more-chromebooks-blackberry-big-odd-phones-and-moto">exploring non-traditional handset designs</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/12/meet-blackberry-classic/">BlackBerry</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-classic-due-out-17-december-349-pre-orders-available-now/news">BlackBerry Classic due out 17 December at &pound;349, with pre-orders available 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/60uh2ccU_S0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-classic-launches-states-uk-shipments-starting-mid-january/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-classic-launches-states-uk-shipments-starting-mid-january/news#comments BlackBerry Smartphones Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:41:01 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455616 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung chips could be destined for the Apple Watch and iPhone 7 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller, more powerful processors could grace the insides of Apple&#039;s next generation of devices </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="1861" height="1396" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-s1.jpg?1418399989" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kim Ki-nam isn&#39;t a name you&#39;re likely to be familiar with. He&#39;s in charge of Samsung&#39;s semiconductor business, and he&#39;s recently confirmed that its 14-nanometre chips have begun production. But should you care about that?</p> <p>Yes. Yes you should. If you&#39;ve got a remote interest in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-7/review" target="_blank">iPhone 7 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>, at least.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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 chip itself is said to use 35% less power than existing 20nm equivalents, while taking up 15% less space, and offering a 20% increase in power to boot.</p> <p>That power efficiency, coupled with its space saving benefits (resulting in room for a larger battery) should hopefully squeeze out as much standby time as possible.</p> <p>The 14nm chip could also be the basis for the iPhone 7&#39;s shiny new A9 processor, although we doubt that any of the chips currently being manufactured are destined for anywhere other than the Apple Watch for the time being. The iPhone 7 isn&#39;t expected to launch till Spring 2015, whereas the Apple Watch&#39;s release date &nbsp;windows of early 2015 demands all the chips Samsung can churn out.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more updates, as and when we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://english.etnews.com/electronics/2969056_1303.html" target="_blank">Korea IT News</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-begins-14-nm-contract-chip-production/" target="_blank">ZDNet</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="1101" height="826" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-chip.jpg?1418399989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-a9.jpg?1418399989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news#comments Apple iPhone 7 Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:59:50 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455213 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 3 brings 64-bit processing power to lower-end phones http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regulatory listing for next 5.25in smartphone reveals modest update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-grand-3-leak.png?1418435355" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo">recently admitted</a>&nbsp;that its smartphone line has gotten too large, something arguably borne out by the lesser-known Galaxy Grand. But this lower-end device will still apparently see a solid upgrade in its next incarnation.</p> <p>Details of the Galaxy Grand 3 have emerged thanks to an approved filing with Chinese regulatory body TENAA, and they show that the device has a 64-bit processor within: the quad-core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 410.</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/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:49:25 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455147 at http://www.stuff.tv Android fan alert: You can buy the OnePlus One right now, no invite required http://www.stuff.tv/one/android-fan-alert-you-can-buy-oneplus-one-right-now-no-invite-required/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But hurry up - the offer&#039;s only on the table while supplies last </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="655" height="491" title="Take Santa&#039;s job into your own hands" alt="Android fan alert: You can buy the OnePlus One right now, no invite required" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/one-plus-one-gift.jpg?1418220688" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you missed the first round of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a> invites as well as the Black Friday sale which let non-invitees snap up a One smartphone, then you&#39;ve now got another chance.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/one/android-fan-alert-you-can-buy-oneplus-one-right-now-no-invite-required/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/one/android-fan-alert-you-can-buy-oneplus-one-right-now-no-invite-required/news#comments One OnePlus Smartphones Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:11:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455059 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) Hima http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What does the future hold for HTC&#039;s next flagship? We&#039;ve rounded up all the latest news and rumours about the M8&#039;s successor </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 (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" alt="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m9-concept-01.jpg?1418398068" /> </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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </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 our favourite phones &ndash; shortlisted for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-smartphone-year/feature" target="_blank">smartphone of the year</a> in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014</a>, no less.</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"> It won&#039;t be called the HTC One (M9) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Twitter tipster <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/540405152767700992" target="_blank">@upleaks</a>, the next HTC flagship rejoices in the name &quot;HTC Hima&quot;. That could be a codename, of course &ndash; though @upleaks also claims that an affordable <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/540408804857221121" target="_blank">&quot;Hima Ace&quot;</a> variant is in the works; suggesting that it may indeed be the final product name. To be fair, &quot;HTC One (M9)&quot; doesn&#39;t exactly trip off the tongue.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;ll likely have a 2K screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC looks set to follow in the footsteps of 2014&#39;s flagship phones, including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, both of which packed 2K screens. According to a report in <a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.in/htc-tipped-launch-one-m9-rival-iphone-6-release-date-specification-613474" target="_blank">IB Times</a>, the Hima will sport a 5.2in, 2560 x 1440 screen, delivering 564 ppi. That report&#39;s a little suspect&nbsp;&ndash; it suggests that a <a href="https://twitter.com/htc_concepts" target="_blank">fan concept designer</a> is actually an HTC employee &ndash; but it does seem to be&nbsp;backed up by prolific leaker <a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/htc-one-2015-photos-facade-103258/" target="_blank">nowhereelse.fr</a>, who has published snaps of a 5.2in display that&#39;s purportedly going to grace the next HTC flagship.</p> <p>@upleaks disputes this, though, claiming that the Hima will arrive with a 5in 1080p display. The fact that nowhereelse.fr has provided photo evidence seems to point conclusively to the rumoured 5.2in, 2K display, though.</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="HTC One (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" alt="HTC One (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M9-Hima-2015-screen.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="HTC One (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" alt="HTC One (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M9-Hima-2015-VS.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s got flagship specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As you&#39;d expect, it being a flagship and all. IB Times claims that it&#39;ll pack 3GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, and a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor; online publication <a href="http://news.mydrivers.com/1/342/342909.htm" target="_blank">MyDrivers</a> backs up that spec sheet, with the addition of a 3,500mAh battery. Dual BoomSound speakers, a fixture on the HTC One line, are set to appear on the One (M9) &ndash; possibly, according to MyDrivers, boosted with the addition of Bose technology. Although @upleaks can&#39;t confirm an HTC-Bose team-up, they do suggest that the Hima could feature <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/541116737677033472" target="_blank">SRS sound enhancement</a>.</p> <p>@upleaks, meanwhile, reports that the HTC Hima will feature a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM and a 2,840mAh battery, adding that the phone will support Cat.6 LTE. Either of those spec sheets would make for a powerful phone. Naturally, it&#39;s expected to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop &ndash; skinned with HTC Sense 7; though <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/541072725695926274" target="_blank">@upleaks</a> also points to evidence suggesting that a Windows Phone variant is in the works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate Setup: HTC One (M8)</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/AwKAE5p85tY" 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"> HTC could be ditching UltraPixel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC looks set to abandon its foray into UltraPixel cameras &ndash; which used sensors with a smaller number of larger pixels for (allegedly) improved low-light performance. @upleaks expects the HTC Hima to arrive with a 20.7MP rear camera, while MyDrivers points to a 16MP camera with optical image stabiliation.</p> <p>Round the front, @upleaks claims that the Hima will feature either a 13MP camera &ndash; or a 4MP UltraPixel snapper; so it seems that HTC may not be ready to abandon the UltraPixel experiment just yet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" alt="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m9-concept-02.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M9) is expected to launch at Mobile World Congress in March 2015, according to MyDrivers. We&#39;ll be on the ground reporting from the event and will bring you all the info as we get it.</p> <p>In the meantime, keep checking back to this page for all the latest news - we&#39;ll be updating it regularly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> HTC One (M9) Hima preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review#comments HTC One (M9) Smartphones Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:07:34 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454990 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Nexus phone is bigger, but is it actually better? </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="Look familiar?" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-1-small.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You could call Google&rsquo;s Nexus devices trojan horses to show off the latest version of Android, but if they are, they&rsquo;re pretty darn obvious ones: even Google would be happy to admit the Nexus 6 is mostly here to let Android 5.0 Lollipop strut its stuff.</p> <p>Google doesn&rsquo;t actually make the thing, either. Motorola does, and you&rsquo;ll see plenty of Motorola DNA flowing through the phone&rsquo;s little circuit board veins.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </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"> (for 32GB version; 64GB is £550) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive overall performance </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong stereo speakers </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"> Camera a little sluggish </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too large for some and a bit awkward in the hand </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a value king like the Nexus 5 </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"> Aerobicise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It&rsquo;s like the thing is a cookie jar you&rsquo;re not meant to be able to reach.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re starting with what seems like a pretty trivial point, but when something trivial crops up about 576 times a day, it starts becoming important. Make sure you&rsquo;re prepared for this issue, as it can get annoying &mdash;&nbsp;especially as it could have been solved by moving the soft keys about a bit.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 looks and feels a bit like a two-hander version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (2014)</a>&nbsp;we loved so much recently. Aside from the whole thumb gymnastics involved, that&rsquo;s a good thing.</p> <p>Its back is plastic and fixed in place, but feels as though it&rsquo;s part of a very rigid shell rather than the slightly flimsy back covers you get in Samsung phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>. The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas.</p> <p>The look isn&rsquo;t quite catwalk-ready &mdash;&nbsp;there&rsquo;s a bit of variance in the seam between the plastic and aluminium rear parts, the Nexus logo on the rear is pretty huge and the ring-style flash is a bit &lsquo;loud&rsquo; compared with the demure Nexus 5 &mdash;&nbsp;but then the Nexus team has never been all about style.</p> <p>Still, as long as you don&rsquo;t mind the sheer size of the Nexus 6 we&rsquo;re pretty confident most of you will like the design well enough. The curvy back offers a comfy in-hand grip and front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front.</p> <p>The hardcore crowd won&rsquo;t appreciate that, as with the other Nexus phones and tablets, the Nexus 6 doesn&rsquo;t let you add to the memory. You get a decent 32GB (64GB available, but not as widely) built-in, but the only slot on the phone is for the nano SIM. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</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="Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It’s like the thing is a cookie jar you’re not meant to be able to reach." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-20_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-2_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="Front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-15_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Cinematic kicks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is naturally going to limit how many movies you can fit on the Nexus 6, but it&rsquo;ll still store a bunch, and the other elements &mdash;&nbsp;those stereo speakers and the giant OLED screen &mdash;&nbsp;make up for it.</p> <p>Having two separate speakers is no guarantee of good sound quality, but the Nexus 6 is pretty solid. Top volume is unusually loud, and there&rsquo;s the hint of extra warmth and mid-range body that&rsquo;s still a luxury in the mobile phone world. We still prefer the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;sound, but the Nexus goes louder. Of course, sticking to headphones is still the best way to get good sound.</p> <p>Even more important, of course, is the screen. The Nexus 6 has a massive 5.96in display even larger than those of mobile giants such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. There is a reason why this phone is so huge.</p> <p>While its specs will look pretty normal in just a few months, for now they&rsquo;re dead impressive. The Nexus 6 has a 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED screen, using the same resolution as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;but with tech a bit closer to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>&rsquo;s.</p> <p>It comes with great benefits, and one unfortunate trip-up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What? Twilight isn&#039;t that bad!" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-3_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First, the good bits: the Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that&rsquo;d make 99 per cent of &pound;2000 TVs whimper with jealousy. We&#39;ve spent a good while watching Netflix on the phone, and it&rsquo;s a great experience. Such a large screen matched with OLED image skills is a great combo.</p> <p>We also welcome the extra resolution. It&rsquo;s not just about screen size either. OLEDs such as the Nexus 6&rsquo;s tend to look less sharp than direct LCD alternatives because of the way their pixels are laid out, but here there are easily enough to go around to make everything appear super-sharp.</p> <p>QHD resolution may not make your 1080p movies look even better, but for things such as games and the Nexus 6 interface, it&rsquo;s great.</p> <p>So, what&rsquo;s wrong? Well, as with so many OLED phones the colours are rather over the top. Reds are a bit too red, greens aren&rsquo;t all that subtle. It&rsquo;s the red you&rsquo;ll notice the most &mdash;&nbsp;especially if you&rsquo;re coming from a phone with very good colour accuracy - the Nexus 5 or an iPhone, for example.</p> <p>Whether this matters or not is a personal thing. Unlike the rival Galaxy Note 4 there&rsquo;s no way to tone down the colours, so you have to get used to it. We found that when watching movies, the amazing contrast makes up for the candy-coated colours, but it was initially distracting.</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 Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that’d make 99 per cent of £2000 TVs whimper with jealousy" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-13_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> Google Nexus 6 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.96in AMOLED with 2560x1440 (493ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 @ 2.7GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB or 64GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear with OIS and dual-LED ring flash, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 3220mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 159 x 83 x 10.1mm
</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 184g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s Android 5.0 all about, anyway? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As standard, the interface makes the issue pretty obvious, though. The Nexus 6 is the first phone to be released with Android 5.0 L, and it&rsquo;s pretty bold and colourful itself.</p> <p>Google has tried to strip out as much ugly signposting of features as it can, pushing it a bit closer to the non-geeky style of iOS. One of the most obvious spots to see this in action is the soft key area.</p> <p>Gone are the buttons that are meant to actually represent functions visually, replaced with a triangle, circle and square. Those completely new to Android may have to fiddle with the Nexus 6 a bit to understand it, but Android looks more minimalist than ever, and we like it a lot.</p> <p>There are some extra features too. Perhaps the best is home screen notifications. You can see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly. It can save you quite a lot of time, although those worried about security can turn these off.</p> <p>Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked. There&rsquo;s more swooshy inertia, with a clear attempt to make it feel a bit more physical or tangible. The cold, clinical and efficient style of previous Android versions has been swapped for something a bit more&hellip; human. Yes, that sounds ridiculous but start flicking around Android 5.0 and you&rsquo;ll understand.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll get used to it in about five minutes, but it does actually make the Nexus 6 feel a tiny bit less peppy than a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.4. We didn&rsquo;t experience much lag, but Android seems to be moving away from an obsession with performance, caring that bit more about &lsquo;feel&rsquo;. Android has gone all touchy-feely on us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop 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="You can now see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-21_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-5_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paranoid Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s another little issue, too. There&rsquo;s a bit of controversy around the Nexus 6 because it&rsquo;s one of the first Android devices to ship with full encryption. All your data is encoded for security, meaning that if you use a passcode there&rsquo;s no way to get access to it without that code &mdash; it can&rsquo;t be pulled off the storage directly by digital CSI types. This was always an option within Android, but it seemed to us that just about no-one used it.</p> <p>Encryption apparently slows down performance a bit, and you&rsquo;ll be able to find nerdy benchmarks online showing you exactly how much. However, we didn&rsquo;t notice any of the sort of annoying slow-down we saw in the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus 6 is still quick.</p> <p>It has the specs to match the top phones of the moment, so that&rsquo;s no more than we&rsquo;d expect. The Nexus 6 uses the Snapdragon 805 CPU, the same Qualcomm chipset used in the Galaxy Note 4. It&rsquo;s a quad-core 2.7GHz processor, and here it has 3GB of RAM to exploit. This hardware earned the Nexus 6 a great score of 3283 points in our Geekbench 3 test, which is &mdash; reassuringly enough &mdash;&nbsp;pretty similar to the Note 4.</p> <p>All this power doesn&rsquo;t feel like overkill either, as running games at the native QHD resolution requires an awful lot of juice. At least, if you&rsquo;re rendering fancy 3D graphics rather than match-three sprites of sweeties.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re slightly disappointed with the Nexus 6&rsquo;s battery life, though. A big, expensive phone feels these days like it should offer tip-top stamina, and we&rsquo;ve been spoilt recently by the Note 4, which does just that. Here the stamina is just OK, rather than great.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Nexus 6 for a while now, and each day we seem to be skirting around the 15 percent mark by bed time. And that&rsquo;s without any long game-playing sessions.</p> <p>Use the phone a lot and it&rsquo;s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day.</p> <p>As we were concerned that the great big OLED display may have just led to us watching video and browsing a lot more than it might usually &mdash;&nbsp;and sure enough this is one of the big draws of the Nexus 6 &mdash;&nbsp;we put it to a more objective test. When left to play a looped 720p MP4 video without doing any other stuff in the background, the battery lasts for almost dead on 10 hours.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s fine, but notably a good few hours off what phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are capable of. &nbsp;They&rsquo;ll get into the early teens.</p> <p>So, why does the Nexus 6 lag behind a bit? It doesn&rsquo;t offset its larger screen with a larger battery, its 3220mAh being the same size as the Note 4&rsquo;s, and vanilla Android doesn&rsquo;t seem to put as much emphasis on saving battery as other custom skins, although there is a now native battery saver mode, which can help you eek out those last drops of juice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 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="Use the phone a lot and it’s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-23_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Camera on trial </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Nexus 6 camera isn&rsquo;t quite up there with the very best either. It offers pretty great hardware but is let down by less-than-perfect software.</p> <p>The phone has a 13MP main camera with optical image stabilisation and an attention-grabbing dual-LED &lsquo;ring&rsquo; style flash. Resolution is lower than the Note 4 or Sony Xperia Z3 at 13MP, but having OIS could easily make up for this.</p> <p>Sure enough, with a bit of know-how, patience and steady hands you can get some cracking shots out of the phone, but in our book the experience you get doesn&rsquo;t quite sit right in a &pound;500-plus phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little slow, both to focus and to take shots. And the HDR mode&rsquo;s processing seems to take quite a while too by current standards. Just a few too many times it had us shouting &ldquo;stay still, just two more seconds&rdquo; at our subject, where the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 would have already let us move on with a few more shots in the memory bank.</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="4160" height="3120" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141204_190356.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_143757.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_125842.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve also found that the Nexus 6&rsquo;s metering isn&rsquo;t too great either. This is the system that judges how bright a photo needs to be to deal with lighting conditions. And too often the spot metering &mdash;&nbsp;where the phone uses your focus point as the main guide &mdash;&nbsp;leads to areas seriously under or overexposed. This means you often need to apply some know-how in order to get the shot you want.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;re all for people getting a bit more savvy about how to use a camera, in the Nexus 6 it&rsquo;s a result of the phone&rsquo;s own brains just not being smart enough.</p> <p>Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we&rsquo;re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn&rsquo;t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day. It makes us understand why Motorola swaps it out in phones such as the Moto X.</p> <p>Fingers crossed the Nexus 6 will, just like the Nexus 5 before it, get an update that tightens-up camera performance. But it&rsquo;s not all bad. Learn to work with its quirks and you can get some top-notch shots from the phone, with noise levels keeping fairly reasonable even in low-light conditions, thanks in part to OIS.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically brighten-up low-light scenes, though, showing a slight lack of intelligence in the processing once again compared to some rivals. For all its hardware features, this is not a great low-light camera. Can the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 do better? Yes.</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="Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we’re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn’t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-12_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to be convinced by the &lsquo;ring&rsquo; flash on the back too. In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they&rsquo;re about an inch apart here, they&rsquo;re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away. And in that case, they&rsquo;ll probably blow it out anyway.</p> <p>For the video fans out there, the Nexus 6 captures up to 4K video from the rear camera, and 1080p footage from the front 2MP one. Just as the main camera can&rsquo;t really keep up with the other big boys, the phone&rsquo;s selfies don&rsquo;t lead the pack either. The bog-standard 2MP sensor gets quite noisy with indoors lighting, although it does at least make your shots nice and bright.</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="In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they’re about an inch apart here, they’re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusw-6-11_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any sides with that? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Things like the just-ok battery life and camera performance may make you pause before buying a Nexus 6. But is there anything else to worry about?</p> <p>There are a few little missing extras you might want to keep in mind. While it has 4G and NFC, there&rsquo;s no IR blaster on the Nexus 6. That means no universal remote-style action, and both the LG G3 and Note 4 offer this little extra.</p> <p>Aside from the points mentioned earlier &mdash;&nbsp;no SD card, no access to the insides &mdash;&nbsp;that&rsquo;s about it, though. The Nexus 6 is even water resistant, making those bathtime Netflix sessions a little less nerve-racking than before - although we&rsquo;ll admit to having been too afraid to give it a proper dunking yet.</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-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"> Google Nexus 6 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 Nexus 6 is a bit of a curious upgrade to the Nexus 5 in that it doesn&rsquo;t replicate many of the core values that made last year&rsquo;s Nexus such a hit in our book. It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically undercut the competition on cost, and its hand-stretching size will be simply too much for some, especially when Android 5.0 doesn&rsquo;t do anything in particular to really make use of such a large display.</p> <p>Unless we missed a memo about super-size phones being on every child&rsquo;s Christmas list, it just doesn&rsquo;t seem like the everyman device the Nexus 5 was.</p> <p>However, in most other respects it&rsquo;s a winner. The super-sharp display may value vividness over realism, but it&rsquo;s a cracking canvas for media, which is only bolstered by the good front speakers. Android 5.0 Lollipop isn&rsquo;t too shabby either, especially if you hate the overloaded style of so many non-Nexus Androids.</p> <p>So overall it&rsquo;s not the must-buy its predecessor once was, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean its not the smartphone for you. Just make sure you&rsquo;re aware of its foibles before taking the plunge.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones available right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 6 review verdict" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-10_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not an everyman classic like the Nexus 5, but the Nexus 6 is one of the best super-big screen phones in the world</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"> Google Nexus 6 review: bigger and better? </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"> The Android flagship gets a size boost – we give our verdict </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Android Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434725 at http://www.stuff.tv Bargain alert: Snap up cheap Phones4u gear at auction http://www.stuff.tv/bargain-alert-snap-cheap-phones4u-gear-auction/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fancy saving a few quid in the run up to Christmas? Of course you do </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="650" height="488" title="Bargain alert: Snap up cheap Phones4u gear at auction" alt="Bargain alert: Snap up cheap Phones4u gear at auction" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sale.jpg?1418154246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember when Phones4u went bust? While it was unlucky, it could now result in you saving a bit of cash ahead of the gift-giving season.</p> <p>When the retail giant went under, it still had plenty of stock left over. Stock which its administrator, PricewaterhouseCoopers, is putting up for auction.</p> <p>Each week (beginning on Friday evenings and ending on Tuesday afternoons), headphones, smartwatches, speakers and cases will go under the hammer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bargain-alert-snap-cheap-phones4u-gear-auction/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bargain-alert-snap-cheap-phones4u-gear-auction/news#comments Geek accessories Smartphones Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:18:26 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1454991 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S6 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 08/12/14: The Galaxy S6&#039;s specs have leaked. Yes. All of them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-g-s5_1.jpg?1418035020" /> </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>We&rsquo;re big fans of Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. We even awarded it a full five stars in our review. But that&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s perfect, and it&rsquo;s certainly not the best smartphone around &ndash; in fact the S5 sits a fair old way down the chart when it comes to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">our best-rated mobiles</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Very metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 world keeps wondering when Samsung will ditch polycarbonate (that&rsquo;s &ldquo;plastic&rdquo; to you and us) and join the likes of Apple, Sony and HTC in delivering a flagship phone with a slinky metal or glass body &ndash; and yet the company doesn&rsquo;t seem to take the hint.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with plastic smartphones per se. Nokia&rsquo;s higher-end Lumia Windows Phones are plastic and quite glorious, as are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a> and new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye</a>, but the Galaxy S range has always fallen a little short of expected standards. That could and should change with the Galaxy S6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Metal at last: Samsung Galaxy Alpha ditches the plastic</a></strong></p> <p>Some sources have hinted at a &ldquo;more premium build&rdquo; for the S6, with Samsung going for an aluminium build, or even using super-advanced material graphene (which the company has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-speeds-production-graphene-wonder-material/news">found a way to manufacture in greater quantities</a> than previously). While the latter would be a bold, memorable move, it&rsquo;d probably push the S6&rsquo;s manufacturing costs a little too high, and to be honest at this point we&rsquo;d be happy with metal rather than another year of uninspiring plastic.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also expect to see some measure of dust and waterproofing. The S5 is sealed against the elements, and its successor is sure to follow. It might even kick things up a notch so you can take it even deeper &lsquo;neath the waves: bumping the spec to IP68 from the S5&rsquo;s IP67 rating would mean you could completely immerse the phone for a prolonged period of time without water getting inside. No more desperate bags of rice and crossed fingers if your phone tumbles into the bath or the bog.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" alt="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The render above is a concept created by 3g.co.uk. It&#39;s just one example of what the Galaxy S6 could look like, but for now, we&#39;re limited to speculation and guesswork. Until the rumour mill delivers more, that is.</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/1ZDN-qLFV4g" 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-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"> Screen: time for 2K? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a very solid screen: 5.1in; 1080p resolution; AMOLED technology. We like its lush, vibrant colours a lot &ndash; but we very much doubt Samsung will stick with it for the S6.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s great Korean rival LG has already launched a phone with a 2K screen (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3</a>&rsquo;s display has a grand total of 2560 x 1440 pixels), you see, and Samsung loves to be seen to be outdoing &ndash; or at least matching &ndash; its compatriot. We think the chances of a 2K screen making its way into the S6 are very high indeed, especially as the Note 4&#39;s 2K screen proves that Samsung&#39;s got the capability to churn them out.</p> <p>The screen will probably get a slight size bump too, but maybe not too much. It wouldn&#39;t want to compete with its Note 4 brother, after all.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d personally be more than happy with 2K and 5.2in &ndash; going any bigger risks making the phone too big for the hands of normal folks and going sharper strikes us as pixel overkill on a screen this size, especially as more pixels require more power and put more strain on the battery.</p> <p><strong>Update 05/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>According to <a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/12/01/exclusive-next-galaxy-s-flagship-to-be-called-galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edge-variant-coming-too/" target="_blank">Sam Mobile</a>&#39;s sources, Samsung will also release a Galaxy S6 Edge variant which will have - you guessed it - a curved screen, fashioned after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note Edge</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This wouldn&#39;t be the craziest thing in the world given that Samsung has already shown it can produce such a device, but given the higher price of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank"> Note Edge</a>, we don&#39;t expect the curved screen variant will be pushed as the main product. If it even exists at all that is.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14: </strong>The Galaxy S6&#39;s specs have leaked online, courtesy of an AnTuTu benchmark spotted by Chinese site cnmo. According to the leak, the S6 will land with a 5.5in, 2560 x 1440 screen. While the resolution was expected, the size bump up to 5.5 inches is rather drastic, given that the current Note 4&#39;s screen is only slightly larger at 5.7 inches.</p> <p>This suggests that the Note 5 could hit the 6in mark, following in the footsteps of devices like the Nexus 6, but we&#39;ll have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 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="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" alt="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-g-s5-screen_0.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Curved screen? Sure, why not </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Note 4 Edge</a> (pictured above) has a curved screen, with the right of the display bending around past the edge of the device.</p> <p>It&#39;s not that unusual to entertain the possibility of Samsung blessing the Galaxy S6 with a similar screen.</p> <p>The chief Note Edge designer Kim Na-su himself recently stated that &quot;a change in the platform can bring about a variety of new considerations [and] a curved screen is a big solution for overcoming those challenges&quot;.</p> <p>Jerry Kang, a<a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141106001109" target="_blank"> senior analyst at IHD</a> has previously stated that the Galaxy S6 will have a dual-edged screen which curves on both sides.&nbsp;</p> <p>Add all of the above together, and curved screen in the next Samsung flagship could be a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-02_1.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power: Quad-core, you know the score </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many are predicting that the Galaxy S6 will come with a new Qualcomm chipset &ndash; either the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Both are quad-core, 64-bit and more powerful on paper than any smartphone processor at the time of writing, and we&rsquo;d be pretty happy to see either of them on the S6 (they seem likely to require more power than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801, however, which could put extra strain on the battery life &ndash; see below for more on that), especially if they were paired with at least 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>Samsung has form in launching its flagship phones with octo-core Exynos chipsets too, albeit not in the UK. While eight cores might sound twice as powerful as four, in reality it doesn&rsquo;t quite work like that: in benchmarks, the Exynos-equipped S5 only performs marginally better than the Snapdragon 801-equipped S5. We think Samsung can stick to a quad-core Snapdragon 808 or 810 and still offer the performance a phone like the S6 will require.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll talk about storage here too. If it goes down the removeable backplate design route, Samsung is likely to support expandable storage via microSD, and thus the built-in storage doesn&rsquo;t need to be huge &ndash; let&rsquo;s say 32GB. If, however, the phone is has a metal unibody design and memory isn&rsquo;t user-increasable, we&rsquo;d like to see 64GB and maybe even 128GB as an option, just to keep pace with the Apple iPhone 6. And Samsung does like to be seen to be trying to keep up with Apple.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks show off what could be the S6&#39;s final specs. Power-wise, we&#39;re looking at a 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and, of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>Samsung traditionally also launches a variant with a Qualcomm processor, which is expected to be the 64-bit Snapdragon 810.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" alt="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-snapdragon_0.jpg?1418035020" /> </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="379" height="600" title="Tasty specs" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s6-antutu-benchmark.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: Bigger and better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery that matches up to the majority of its Android rivals by lasting around a day in normal use conditions (but not all: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> lasts at least half a day longer), and it holds an advantage over most too in that it&rsquo;s user replaceable. If Samsung decides to go with a seamless metal body that could change, and if it does we&rsquo;d like to see better battery life, either owing to a larger battery capacity or increased efficiency.</p> <p>The LG G3 has a 5.5in 2K screen and markedly longer battery life than the 5.1in, 1080p Galaxy S5, so it&rsquo;s certainly possible for Samsung to improve its power efficiency. Much of this will depend on the processor it chooses for the S6, and if that&rsquo;s the Snapdragon 808 or 810, neither seems likely to offer lower energy use than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 805. So it could well be that a larger battery is required.</p> <p>Of course, Samsung may want to retain its user replaceable battery selling point, in which case it&rsquo;ll probably hint that those looking for more battery life could simply buy a second battery to carry around with them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" alt="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery_1.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Camera: Better in low light, please </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Were we betting types, we&rsquo;d put a significant wedge on the S6&rsquo;s camera outstripping the S5&rsquo;s when it comes to megapixel count. The S5 has a 16MP sensor, and we&rsquo;d be surprised if the S6 doesn&rsquo;t take things above 20MP.</p> <p>But megapixels alone don&rsquo;t make a good photo, and we&rsquo;d much rather see some measures taken to boost performance in low light conditions: larger megapixels (Apple&rsquo;s favoured method), optical image stabilisation, a wider aperture, or a combination of those. Optical image stabilisation is a distinct possibility, we&rsquo;d say, as Samsung has already used it in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not personally much inclined to take selfies, but we hear a lot of &ldquo;the young people&rdquo; are, and Samsung may well attempt to entice them to the S6 with a higher resolution front-facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye manages to squeeze a 13MP snapper on its front side, and while we wouldn&rsquo;t expect (or want) Samsung to go to those lengths, we wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see something in the 7 or 8MP range.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks point to a massive 20MP rear-facing camera, bringing the S6 up to the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, in terms of megapixels at least. Higher numbers aren&#39;t the final word when it comes to image quality however, but given the high standard of Samsung&#39;s past smartphone cameras, we&#39;ve got high hopes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" alt="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-camera_0.jpg?1418035020" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Release date: No hanging about </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Mobile World Congress 2015 running from 2nd-5th March, we&rsquo;d expect Samsung to make its big Galaxy S6 reveal around that time (March/April is the period when Samsung traditionally unveils its flagship Galaxy S devices). Price-wise, we&rsquo;d expect it to be on a par with previous Galaxy S models - so don&rsquo;t expect it to be cheap and don&rsquo;t expect it to be vastly pricier than the &pound;579 the S5 cost at launch.</p> <p>As is traditional in Android circles, we also expect to see many a leak about the S6 between now and its likely launch date. So keep an eye on Stuff.tv for all the news as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones you can buy 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"> Samsung Galaxy S6 preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review#comments Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:35:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450479 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android fans: Lollipop is the tasty update you&#039;ve been waiting for </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="A fresh lick of paint " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-5.0-lollipop-review-main.png?1418398068" /> </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>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we&#39;ve got a newer, tastier version of Google&#39;s OS in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most exciting updates in years - new levels of polish, new features and some catching up with iOS make it an essential download.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been swiping and nudging our way around Android 5.0 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. This is all you need to know - you want this on your phone or tablet asap.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Fresh, peppy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clever notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> New battery saving mode </div> <div class="field-item even"> User profiles and guest mode </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"> Some UI tweaks are confusing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bye bye lockscreen widgets </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"> A fresh new look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&#39;s new look is called Material Design, and we love it.</p> <p>Upgrading to Google&rsquo;s new aesthetic is a surefire way for any older Nexus or Motorola handsets to get their mojo back. For devices with custom skins, such as Sense UI and TouchWiz, the design tweaks from Google will make less of an impact but manufacturers may pick and choose from the new elements.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to Google&rsquo;s individual apps of late you&rsquo;ll have known what was coming. It&rsquo;s more colourful, with subtle shadows, and the &lsquo;stacked cards&rsquo; Overview carousel is slicker. This can now include Chrome tabs (if you want it to - it can get messy) as well as apps.</p> <p>The Roboto font has been tweaked to be curvier and wider, there&rsquo;s a lot of clean, white space now (dialler, app drawer) and the navigation buttons have been given a PlayStation controller-style, minimalist makeover.</p> <p>Our favourite addition is the new floating action button - in each app, Google picks what it thinks is the most useful shortcut and sticks in a colourful circular icon at the bottom. Compose email, keypad etc. It&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s obvious.</p> <p>Just one thing - the animations between apps, menus and screens are nice and &lsquo;fluid&rsquo; as intended but they can be a bit jumpy, a bit poppy, a bit distracting. Just as when we first saw iOS 7 we got a bit dizzy, so too Android 5.0 takes a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Everything you need to know about the Nexus 6&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="1350" height="1200" title="Love dat floating action button " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-material-design.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="1350" height="1200" title="Chrome tabs can be taken out of the Overview screen " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-overview.jpg?1418398068" /> </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"> When can I get it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, Google&rsquo;s latest release is available out of the box on this year&rsquo;s Google tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> (which we&rsquo;ve tested here) and this year&rsquo;s Google phone, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6 </a>(which we&#39;ll hav a full review of very shortly). It&rsquo;s also already rolling out to older Nexus devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> and Nexus 10, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014) </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield tablet</a>.</p> <p>Samsung? HTC? LG? The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 </a>will be biting into Lollipop by Christmas and if you have a One (M7) or (M8), expect the update to Sense by February to hit the usual 90-day promise. Whatever smartphone or tablet you own, don&rsquo;t panic. This time, you shouldn&rsquo;t be left waiting too long.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarter notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&rsquo;s notification system is prettier, smarter and now even more useful. The first stage of the overhaul is that notifications now sit as white &lsquo;cards&rsquo; underneath the quick settings panel (which now includes a Cast Screen button for Chromecast users). So far, so standard.</p> <p>But Lollipop also uses the idea of &lsquo;banners&rsquo; really nicely. Notifications now drop in from the top of the screen so that you can carry on playing your game or watcing your movie in relative peace. This even includes phone calls which would typically have taken over the whole smartphone screen. These notification banners are actionable (open, delete, reply etc) as are the new lockscreen notifications, one area where we see Google catching up to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>This has been one bugbear around the Stuff office amongst iPhone users who have switched to Android - they&rsquo;re used to seeing messages on the lockscreen. Well, here they are in Android working nicely - you have to double tap the card, otherwise there would be too many accidents. Lockscreen widgets have been bumped in their place though and this might make a few power users angry.</p> <p>The last new notifications feature (and another bit of catching up) is Lollipop&rsquo;s new management of &lsquo;interruptions&rsquo; as they are wonderfully titled. This is a version of Do Not Disturb on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS</a> and Assist on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)</a>. Here, it allows the starring of contacts to let phone calls through, tweaking of the volumes of alerts, the whitelisting of apps to allow notifications onto the lockscreen. Everything can be personalised just so, apart from setting different &lsquo;bedtimes&rsquo; for different schedules. But now we&rsquo;re just being fussy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Notifications stack as white cards under quick settings " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-notifications.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="675" height="1200" title="Now calls from your boss are officially named interruptions " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-interruptions.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Welcome tweaks to Google apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the new goodies that arrived with iOS 8, there are no new permanent fixtures on the stock Android app screen. There is absolutely no bloatware - you even have to download Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others yourself. It&#39;s an opt-in approch, and we like it. And Google makes the set-up and transfer of apps and wallpapers from other Androids easier than ever.</p> <p>As Google apps have been unshackled from Android update cycles, there&rsquo;s now plenty of consistency in the Material Design look of the software and also some new features to enjoy. Remember when Google forced Nexus users to keep all their messages in Hangouts? Now there&rsquo;s a Messenger app pre-installed to avoid being constantly &lsquo;online&rsquo; - although Hangouts still supports SMS if that&rsquo;s what you want.</p> <p>Gmail now has a two pane view on tablets - your inbox and the currently highlighted message. That sort of multi-tasking view is still rare, though, and we&rsquo;d like to see more apps taking advantage of this sort of thing. Calendar has a more colourful Agenda view with cards for each appointment. While the Google Camera app, which comes pre-installed, has had a redesign with new icons and a bigger area to press to start snapping or shooting. It all makes sense but some settings, such as the resolution of video, are now slower to get to.</p> <p>Google Now is still accessed by swiping right and is much the same as ever - nice to swipe through and occasionally brilliant - especially for frequent travellers. It also now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search e.g IMDb for movie queries. Also tied into Google Now is voice commands: now more Android phones will be able to respond to the &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; command when the screen is off. That means the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a> loses a little of its advantage over the Android crowd then, but it&rsquo;s still the only smartphone that lets you personalise the command.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Gmail&#039;s two pane view in landscape " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OV4JQo_ziQA4BriLYkYTW4ztMnv1-baQo5xPeOqOrDs.png?1418398068" /> </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="675" title="The Google Camera app is still simple and easy to use " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-camera-app.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Street Smart Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 includes lots of behind-the-scenes changes that you won&rsquo;t be able to try out or show off, but that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re not important or useful.</p> <p>They include security with encryption that&#39;s turned on by default on new devices, and SELinux enforcing for all apps - this just means your phone is constantly checking that there&rsquo;s no malware lurking and doing damage.</p> <p>So what can you try out? Android Lollipop devices can remove pins or passcode patterns when they&rsquo;re in range of a secure Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, car or home speaker. We&rsquo;re not sure this is a feature for everyone (what if the mugger pinches both?) but we tried it with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly a cool feature. Trusted Face (aka Face Unlock, made-over) comes with warnings about people aping your face but now works quicker, using the camera even as you look at notifications on the lockscreen.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s not just your apps and messages you want to keep intact, there&rsquo;s your dignity to think of too. Android 5.0 adds a guest mode functionality that&rsquo;s seriously simple to use. In fact, it adds user profiles for the first time on smartphones too (it&rsquo;s already been around on tablets). You can add and switch between multiple users and the guest session via the icon at the top right of the notification pulldown. One user can also function as a kids mode quite easily.</p> <p>Smartphones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;do already have this feature with the bonus of a secret lockscreen pattern that jumps into guest mode, but it&rsquo;s a welcome addition for stock Android and with switching in a matter of seconds, it may actually get used.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Users and guest mode is accessed in the notifications pulldown " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-security.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="675" height="1200" title="Smartwatch nearby? Smart Lock means you won&#039;t need to unlock your phone" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-trusted-devices.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> All Hail Project Volta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two sides to Google&rsquo;s efforts around battery life - one you&rsquo;ll notice and one you probably won&rsquo;t. The first is under-the-hood efficiency optimisations, to increase stamina as part of Project Volta. This includes apps conserving more battery, the OS doing more tracking and minimising wasteful, routine network tasks. What does that mean? Well, in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review"> Nexus 5</a> we&rsquo;ve been running Lollipop on, we have noticed a slight increase in the day-to-day battery life. It&rsquo;s not huge but for a phone like this which can struggle to last the day, Android 5.0 is worth the update for this alone.</p> <p>We say this alone - we mean this and the new battery saver mode. This has been around on Samsungs, LGs and HTCs for years and finally makes its way to pure Android. It can kick in automatically at 5 or 15%: orange bars appear top and bottom so you don&rsquo;t forget and Google claims it can stretch battery life by 90 minutes. In our testing, that&rsquo;s been about right on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>. As usual, it achieves this by reducing background data, vibrations and performance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review - the two day smartphone&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="2160" height="1920" title="Orange bars mean battery saver mode is on " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-battery-saver.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance Boost, In Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s every reason to be excited about all the boosts Google has made to the performance of Android 5.0, thanks to ART. Not familiar? This is the new default runtime, and while that won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, it essentially means that the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed. Apps and animations run at a much more fluid 60fps, and ART offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik.</p> <p>Other tweaks include an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations within their own processors.</p> <p>Impressive stuff, but with a few bits of lag still hanging around, we&#39;re not entirely blown away. Like Usain Bolt with a crazed fan clinging onto his ankles, it&rsquo;s lovely and fast but is bound to occasionally trip up.</p> <p>Lollipop also supports 64-bit processing, as found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> - this isn&rsquo;t so much something to get giddy about this year but could lead to apps and games which are more powerful and more efficient in future. Win win.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Teeny bit of lag around Lollipop" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/n4zE7SLBLzp1gR_qtJWLhvse_bk8NAR02-TFVxTRzlw.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop 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>Some of the most interesting aspects of Lollipop are probably still to be seen - new features and compatibility for Android Wear, plus Android TV and Android Auto coming in 2015.</p> <p>But right now Android 5.0 really shows that Android updates have grown up.</p> <p>This OS will be on most popular Android phones and tablets very quickly indeed, and we hope everyone makes that teensy bit of effort to update. The new, fresh Material Design might not be as precise and delightful as iOS 8 but it&rsquo;s lively, it&rsquo;s colourful and it&rsquo;s easier and more fluid to navigate.</p> <p>There are plenty of features here that iPhone, Samsung and LG users have long enjoyed - from lockscreen notifications to battery saver mode to user profiles. But that these are now native is still cause for celebration.&nbsp;And all this on top of Google Now, Google Voice and an excellent (if still not iOS-beating) selection of apps and games in the Play Store.</p> <p>Fans of pure Android no longer have to choose between fast, clutter-free performance and really, really useful features, and that is a Very Good Thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&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="1280" height="800" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qfUgUQ2We-mCzJDwvcMlHBB8WJAIbxwSwBSm5tUrHbk.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong - the same Google smarts together with a fresh design and incredibly useful new features</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"> Android 5.0 Lollipop review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:10:52 +0000 Sophie Charara 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv Reported HTC flagship phone specs leak: Is Hima the One (M8)’s successor? http://www.stuff.tv/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the next great Android phone? The would-be M9 sports big enhancements </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_0.jpg?1417768381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring is about when we&rsquo;d expect HTC to launch the follow-up to the excellent HTC One (M8), and thanks to reliable leaker @upleaks, we have an updated idea now of what to expect.</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/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454700 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazing smartphone-combining magnets, the Terminator Genisys trailer, and stream the PlayStation Experience expo http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One day left before the weekend - power up with our morning news digest </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="Nanoport" alt="Nanoport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nanoport-magnets.jpg?1417764781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magnets connect smartphones in body and mind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in January, Nano Magnetics first showed off the concept of these amazing Nanoport magnets, which are able to connect multiple smartphones and share data and power between them. Effectively, it makes them act as a single device; link two or three smartphones with these magnets and you&rsquo;ve got a makeshift tablet.</p> <p>But according to SlashGear, when CES rolls around again in a few short weeks, Nano will be ready to demonstrate a functional prototype, and the company has a development kit ready to try and entice manufacturers to buy into this fresh tech.</p> <p>Will this actually work with devices we already have or would want to buy? And furthermore, how likely is it that anyone will have more than one supported smartphone available? Questions linger, certainly, but at least in this early stage, it&rsquo;s a very cool-looking trick, and we&rsquo;re excited to hopefully see a lot more at CES 2015 next month.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/nanoport-magnets-turn-your-smartphones-into-a-tablet-04358416/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first Terminator Genisys trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As promised yesterday, the first full-length trailer for <em>Terminator Genisys</em> has debuted ahead of next July&rsquo;s release, and expectedly, fan reactions are incredibly mixed. On one hand, it&rsquo;s a lively trailer with some clear callbacks to the first two beloved series entries.</p> <p>On the other hand, it&rsquo;s remixing well-known material and not necessarily for the better, and the some of the (surely unfinished) effects don&rsquo;t look anywhere near ready to be shown like this. It&rsquo;s too early to make any real judgment calls, of course, but there&rsquo;s a lot of potential here for <em>Genisys</em> to go very right or very wrong. With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-free-new-gen-upgrade-destiny-apple-increasing-icloud-security-alerts-and-netflix">two sequels already dated</a>, we hope it&rsquo;s the former.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSuc">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/09/05/the-terminator/#.VID75YvzczJ">Why I love&hellip; The Terminator</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/62E4FJTwSuc" 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-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"> Stream PlayStation Experience all weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 first-ever PlayStation Experience expo takes place this weekend in Las Vegas - conveniently timed with the console brand&rsquo;s 20th anniversary, of course - but if you&rsquo;re not flying in to check out the spectacle in person, you can simply load up Twitch to catch quite a bit of the action.</p> <p>The streaming video service will be running panels, presentations, and more all day on Saturday and Sunday on the <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/playstation">official PlayStation channel</a>, including Saturday morning&rsquo;s keynote, which is sure to include announcements of some sort. You&#39;ll also find demos for the fabulous-looking <em>No Man&rsquo;s Sky</em> (pictured) later in the day and a Sony Worldwide Studios town hall discussion on Sunday, among other highlights on the full schedule.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/04/playstation-experience-panel-and-livestream-schedules/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news">Sony announces PlayStation Experience expo in Las Vegas</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="675" title="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky.png?1417764781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Marvel film actors confirmed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hot on the heels of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-sinclair-zx-spectrum-now-plug-and-play-console-jared-leto-and-will-smith-dc-s-s">DC&rsquo;s big film cast announcement</a> are a couple of Marvel Comics actor confirmations. Neither is a huge surprise, however, as both had been rumoured for some time. As speculated, Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed portray Doctor Strange in the self-titled film, which is due out on 4 November 2016. Surely he&rsquo;ll bring some gravitas to the brilliant and complicated lead.</p> <p>And then the <em>Deadpool</em> movie, also coming in 2016 and spun off from the very bad <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em>, will again play the role of the masked antihero. Of course, some stellar <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead">CG test footage</a> leaked a few months back that got fans excited for the premise; we&rsquo;ll see if the full-length live-action film can come anywhere close to that.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://marvel.com/news/movies/23754/benedict_cumberbatch_to_play_doctor_strange">Marvel</a>, <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/ryan-reynolds-is-still-playing-deadpool.html">Vulture</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/avengers-infinity-war-two-parter-leads-marvel-s-latest-round-film-announcements/news">Avengers: Infinity War two-parter leads Marvel&rsquo;s latest round of comic book film adaptations</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/LoXGsv9nsNs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream#comments Film and TV PlayStation Smartphones Sony Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454697 at http://www.stuff.tv ‏YotaPhone 2 http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/yotaphone-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ‏A great phone for reading obsessives with awful commutes, but it’s not for everyone </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="‏YotaPhone 2 review: it&#039;s one two-faced son of a..." alt="‏YotaPhone 2 review: it&#039;s one two-faced son of a..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yota-11.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mobile phones are greedy, murderous little things.</p> <p>First they killed the home phone, then the MP3 player. Now they&rsquo;re taking little knife swipes at cameras, slicing a little deeper every month. The YotaPhone 2 explores a new avenue for the little gadget gremlins to exploit: by being an ebook reader as well as a phone.</p> <p>Like the first YotaPhone announced back in 2011, the YotaPhone 2 has two screens. There&rsquo;s a fairly normal colour one on the front and an E Ink one on the back.</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"> £550.00 </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">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ‏E Ink screen great for reading </div> <div class="field-item even"> ‏Super smooth glassy back </div> <div class="field-item odd"> ‏Good performance from front display </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"> ‏Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> ‏E Ink screen feels awkward to use </div> <div class="field-item odd"> ‏Poor camera at the price </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"> Smoother than silk </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 rear E Ink display lives under a curved piece of textured Gorilla Glass 3 that makes the YotaPhone 2 one of the smoothest phones you&rsquo;ll ever lay a finger on. It&rsquo;s truly silk-like.</p> <p>It also means you need to keep any wild gesticulations at bay with the thing in your hand, as you may end up flinging it through your TV. High-friction it is not.</p> <p>With toughened Gorilla Glass on the front and on the back, it&rsquo;s primed to avoid war wounds from your pocket, but the sides look and feel a lot more conventional. They&rsquo;re plastic reinforced with fibre - whether it&rsquo;s the stuff you get in carbon fiber or the stuff in Weetabix, it feels like plastic. But it should act as a bumper and doesn&rsquo;t detract from the otherwise incredibly smooth feel.</p> <p>Step back from the YotaPhone 2 and we can&rsquo;t help but decide it&rsquo;s not quite beautiful. Like seeing the face of a GI Joe jammed on to a Ken doll, it&rsquo;s provocative, but a bit jarring. And the phone&rsquo;s super-curvy silhouette isn&rsquo;t really on-trend in this era of 99.7% screen phones.</p> <p>Still, it&rsquo;s different, and we like that.</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 E Ink screen is smooth as extra smooth butter" alt="The E Ink screen is smooth as extra smooth butter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-13.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Rocking the monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YotaPhone is keen to big-up a sort of interplay between the front and rear screens, and sure enough you can flip between them pretty easily by just turning the YotaPhone 2 over. When using one, the other locks.</p> <p>However, you don&rsquo;t just run standard Android over on the rear screen, but rather a custom YotaPhone interface that offers a set of customisable homescreens into which you can plug &lsquo;native&rsquo; widgets.</p> <p>Crucially, one of these pages can be an e-reader; YotaPhone has made its own. Other bits and bobs you can put on there include a clock, weather widget, RSS reader and music playback controls. There are even basic games such as Sudoku, chess, checkers and <em>2048</em> (one of the many games &#39;inspired by&#39; the brilliant&nbsp;<em>Threes!</em>).</p> <p>What you need to do to justify a YotaPhone 2 is to be able to come up with solutions where this screen will actually come in useful. It&rsquo;s a personal thing, but after a week&rsquo;s use I came up with two.</p> <p>First, reading when you can&rsquo;t be bothered to carry a Kindle (yes, or a Kobo etc.). Next, making the YotaPhone 2 into a sort of desk buddy, offering the weather and time and a few basic notifications. We&rsquo;ll have to forget for a minute that a Poundland clock can take on many of the same tasks.</p> <p>It seems a shame YotaPhone hasn&rsquo;t included an IR blaster, as a universal remote control is one possible use for the style of the rear display. It would let the phone mimic the signals sent by your home cinema remotes. But maybe we&rsquo;ll get that in the YotaPhone 3 in 2017 or whenever (when remote controls have ceased to exist).</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 monochrome screen offers native apps like this calculator" alt="The monochrome screen offers native apps like this calculator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-9.jpg?1417629596" /> </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"> YotaPhone 2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;Front: 5in, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED. Rear: 4.7in E Ink</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;Quad-core Snapdragon 800 @&nbsp;2.3GHz&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong> 2GB</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong> Android 4.4</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> 8MP rear with flash, 2.1MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage:</strong> 32GB (non expandable)</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 2500mAh</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 8.9mm thick</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 143g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The power of grey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from offering a non-glare display, the real benefit of the tech of the rear screen is that it doesn&#39;t consume power to just display something, only to change what&rsquo;s on there. An E Ink display is made up of black and white (well, white-ish) microcapsules that are raised and lowered to form the image. Moving them uses power. Them just&hellip; existing doesn&rsquo;t.</p> <p>However, we don&rsquo;t recommend expecting the E Ink screen to do anything much more involved than that. Like a standard ebook reader, the display is very slow to respond, it&#39;s monochrome and it doesn&rsquo;t have the contrast of the front screen.</p> <p>These are limitations innate to the E Ink tech, although we did notice that our YotaPhone 2 seemed to suffer from screen residue quite badly. This is where bits of black from a previous screen hang on like breadcrumbs. They&rsquo;re solved by a full flash refresh, but when reading these only happen every 10 pages. It can be distracting if you&rsquo;re not used to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Android circa 1927 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to see what the rear display is like doing more involved stuff? The YotaPhone 2 lets you do whatever you want on it. Using a mirroring mode, you can use full Android on the rear display. Play games, watch videos - they&rsquo;ll all look totally rubbish, but you&rsquo;re free to do as you please.</p> <p>It might not be a good idea to use mirroring for GPS navigation, though.</p> <p>Perhaps the E Ink screen of the YotaPhone 2 is something you need to use for a couple of months to really appreciate. But after using the phone for a week, the initial awkwardness hasn&rsquo;t worn off. Tying E Ink to a traditional phone only serves to highlight how slow the tech is. This is why advanced Kindle features such as the web browser have been &lsquo;experimental&rsquo; for almost a decade: they&rsquo;re still a bit rubbish to use.</p> <p>Even YotaPhone&rsquo;s dramatically pared-back custom UI feels that bit too sluggish - just unlocking the screen is a chore. So whatever uses you decide on for the rear screen had better be good ones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="E Ink may have its benefits, but the rear screen is sllllooooowwwww" alt="E Ink may have its benefits, but the rear screen is sllllooooowwwww" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-12.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Main screen: Like that moment in Alice in Wonderland when… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Around the front, the YotaPhone 2 is a lot more normal. You get a 5-inch 1080p display using AMOLED tech reasonably similar to that seen in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5.</p> <p>While QHD phones like the LG G3 are already here and the resolution is going to become the high-end norm in 2015, this is a pretty nice screen. It&rsquo;s large without giving your hand a workout, and gets you the incredible black depth that only OLEDs can muster. In a darkened room, a dark scene in a horror film would look a bit grey and washed out on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>. Not so here.</p> <p>However, YotaPhone hasn&rsquo;t tamed the screen colours. Like other OLED phones, including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (2014)</a>, the display is quite oversaturated, giving it a larger-than-life appearance. It&rsquo;s not terribly distorting, but does mean that when you take photos off the phone and put them on a computer, they&rsquo;re likely to look a little glummer than you remember.</p> <p>Samsung now offers different screen modes for display snobs like us, but you have to put up with the over-saturated style here. Still, we won&rsquo;t complain too much about a screen with more pop than <em>Now That&rsquo;s What I Call Music 88</em>.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;d expect of a &pound;550 phone, there&rsquo;s an Auto brightness setting, and the screen copes pretty well with dark rooms and bright days alike, although the backlight is often a bit sluggish to change setting.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (2014) 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 front AMOLED screen is rich and bright" alt="The front AMOLED screen is rich and bright" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-pur.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: Weird Fred on the back, Norm on the front </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all the new bits YotaPhone plugs into the YotaPhone 2&rsquo;s rear screen, the front is very much standard. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with virtually no customisations beyond those needed to get the rear screen working.</p> <p>As a phone with a completely unusual rear end and a totally vanilla front, the YotaPhone 2 does seem like a split-personality device. There&rsquo;s not a great deal of design consistency between these two faces, meaning you really need to inject some of your own customisations before it feels like home.</p> <p>However, aside from this using vanilla Android was a great choice. Performance is snappy, the stock interface is fairly good-looking and YotaPhone says it&rsquo;s looking at upgrading to Android 5.0 L &ldquo;as soon as we can&rdquo;.</p> <p>None of the top-end games we tried had any issues either. While Dr Jeckyl on the back is a bit of a doddering old geriatric in-use, Mr Hyde on the front is quick and smooth as you like.</p> <p>This is despite the YotaPhone 2 not having a really up-to-date processor: it uses the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, first seen in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> more than a year ago. We&rsquo;re two mini-generations on from this CPU now, but the changes in raw power haven&rsquo;t been all that dramatic.</p> <p>In the Geekbench 3 test, the YotaPhone 2 scores around 2750 points where the Snapdragon 805 is around the 3200 mark. There have been plenty of other optimisations, but in-use the Snapdragon 800 doesn&rsquo;t feel as if it&rsquo;s left too far in the past.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re also glad that the YotaPhone 2 hasn&rsquo;t been packed with too many &lsquo;bonus&rsquo; apps - just Google&rsquo;s suite and a few Yota basics - because your memory is capped. You get a decent 32GB storage, but there&rsquo;s no memory card slot to let you add to this. For those who want to keep loads of movies or music on their phone, this may be a deal-breaker. But for the rest of us, 32GB will do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-1.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life: E Ink killed the video star </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other phones at the price offer much better battery performance for media, though. We got nine hours of video playback off a charge where the Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 are well into double figures. The 2500mAh offers respectable capacity, but we imagine YotaPhone was limited by needing to fit in both front and rear screens.</p> <p>In general use, stamina will depend on how much you make use of the rear display. If it zaps 80% of those times in the day when you turn the phone on just to check the time, it&rsquo;ll last for longer than you&rsquo;re used to.</p> <p>If not, you&rsquo;ll probably get a day and a bit&rsquo;s use out of the YotaPhone 2. Our issue was that many of the times when we check our phone are for things like WhatsApp messages that are much better served by the front display.</p> <p>So ultimately, while performance may be great for the right person, raw battery stamina isn&rsquo;t as good as that of the competition.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Camera: Not a speed shooter </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 camera falls behind the pack too. It uses an 8-megapixel sensor with an LED flash when the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 are on 16 and 20.7 megapixels a piece. Resolution isn&rsquo;t everything, but does end up being a decent indicator of how much focus YotaPhone has put on the camera side of things.</p> <p>What we noticed most was how slow it is. Snapping HDR photos seems to take an age, close-up focusing is slow and unreliable and shot-to-shot speeds aren&rsquo;t great.</p> <p>This is a low-mid-range performing camera in a phone with an unmistakeable high-end price. A lot of our shots ended up mis-focused too, where in a &pound;500-plus phone we at least expect something that can keep up with the pace of how we shoot when on the go.</p> <p>Metering is a bit all-over-the-place too. It&rsquo;s quite slow to adjust and we ended up with more under- or over-exposed photos than even ones. Part of this can be blamed on the Snapdragon 800 CPU, which uses a less advanced image signal processor than the Snapdragon 801 and 805, but most of it is still the YotaPhone&rsquo;s fault. We&rsquo;ve seen plenty of higher-performance Snapdragon 800 phones than this.</p> <p>With the right conditions and a bit of patience, you can get some good shots. But the phone doesn&rsquo;t help you much in this regard.</p> <p>As with other bits of the main system you get the bog-standard Android camera app. It&rsquo;s one of the weaker parts of the system, unfortunately (it&rsquo;s the one bit of Android the Motorola Moto X replaces for a reason). You can always use a third-party alternative, although there are deeper problems to solve in the camera&rsquo;s implementation. Fingers crossed an update will improve performance.</p> <p>Elsewhere there aren&rsquo;t too many bits traded away for the sake of the rear display. You get 4G, NFC, and most other connectivity extras.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 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 camera is a major disappointment for such a pricy phone" alt="The camera is a major disappointment for such a pricy phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-25.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> YotaPhone 2 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How much do you care about reading? This is one of the key questions when deciding whether the YotaPhone 2 is &lsquo;worth it&rsquo; or just too expensive.</p> <p>These days, when you can buy an LG G3 SIM-free for as little as &pound;300 and a Samsung Galaxy S5 for less than &pound;400 if you shop around, it&rsquo;s quite difficult to justify the cost of the YotaPhone 2.</p> <p>The company has had a good stab at creating an interface that works on an E Ink display, but when used in such close quarters with the far more responsive screen on the front, it never stops feeling a bit awkward. When doggedly sticking to E Ink tech, perhaps that&rsquo;s not a problem YotaPhone can solve, but that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less of an issue for us people with &pound;500 ready to spend on a phone.</p> <p>This is the right phone for some people, just perhaps not all that many at this price point.</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="1200" height="900" title="The YotaPhone 2 is interesting, but not for everyone" alt="The YotaPhone 2 is interesting, but not for everyone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yota-8.jpg?1417629596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </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>One of this year&rsquo;s most interesting phones, but a high price and awkward style limit its mainstream appeal</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/yotaphone-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/yotaphone-2/review#comments Smartphones Yotaphone Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:59:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454574 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note Edge http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s edgy new design makes curves work in new and interesting ways </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-edge-3.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;Guys, we&rsquo;ve got to do something,&rdquo; begins Samsung boss Jong-Kyun Shin in the totally fictional smoke-filled board meeting we&rsquo;ve made up just now.</p> <p>&ldquo;People are bored of smartphones. They say they&rsquo;re all the same, that we don&rsquo;t innovate anymore. And our arch rivals at LG are higher up the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff Smartphones Top 10</a> for heaven&rsquo;s sake! That cannot stand. We need something new and exciting. We need a device befitting of the glorious Samsung Galaxy name!&rdquo;</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"> £700.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curve has genuine value </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Feature-packed and powerful </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"> Very expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery life isn&#039;t great </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A very wide mobile </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"> Edgy by name, more curvy by nature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some suggest that the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a test run, a demo of the sort of designs we&rsquo;ll see in other top Samsung phones of 2015 if it proves successful.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has a curved glass screen. Most of the display is completely flat, completely normal, but the last inch of the right edge curves around to almost 90 degrees. Curves are everywhere in tech - concave TVs are all the rage and even phones such as the Galaxy Round and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex</a> have gone with interestingly bent displays.</p> <p>This is one of the most severe curves ever seen in a screen, but in not spanning across the whole display, it gives the Galaxy Note Edge a chance of being more than just an attention-grabbing gimmick.</p> <p>The crucial question is: is the curve useful?</p> <p>The answer: sort of.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Most of the display is completely flat, completely normal, but the last inch of the right edge curves around to almost 90 degrees" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-8.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Caress the curve </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 most respects the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is quite a lot like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>. It&rsquo;s a large phone with a large screen, and it offers power user features such as a digitiser stylus.</p> <p>The curve doesn&rsquo;t make the Note Edge better for games, or drawing, or anything like that. However, it does help you deal with the practical issues that come with a phone that really fills palms and pockets.</p> <p>The default display of the curve is a list of app shortcuts, the kind you&rsquo;d normally see at the bottom of the display of any other Android homescreen. As it&#39;s so big, reaching to the opposite end of the screen with a thumb is a right pain, but thumbing the icons laid along the curvy side is easy. That your thumb already faces the right direction is what validates the bend. At least in part.</p> <p>It also makes the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge absurdly right-hander-centric, though. If you naturally hold a phone in your left hand, there seems virtually no benefit to the curve&rsquo;s spot on the phone.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll cover more on what the curve can do software-wise in a bit, but how&rsquo;s the design otherwise?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The default display of the curve is a list of app shortcuts, the kind you’d normally see at the bottom of the display of any other Android homescreen" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-2.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A big boy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note Edge takes its core style from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>. A band of aluminium runs around the sides while the back is a thin plate of leather-effect plastic. Many people complain about the plastic feel of Samsung&rsquo;s phone rears, but moaning about it at this stage seems a bit pointless. It&rsquo;s the way Samsung rolls, at least for now, and it is somewhat offset by having the metal sides and an almost entirely glass front.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s impressive technical precision to the curve too. It&rsquo;s incredibly smooth, and the actual display swoops around with the top glass layer as if they&rsquo;re the same entity. Whether you agree with the curve or not, you can&rsquo;t help but conclude Samsung has aced its execution from an engineering perspective.</p> <p>While the curve provides some practical benefits as well as being as eye-catching as Ziggy Stardust walking around Tescos, the design also has its downside - the Note Edge is an extremely wide phone. At 82.4mm wide it&rsquo;s almost a half-centimetre wider than the already-massive Note 4.</p> <p>Full-size adult man-hands will find this phone a handful and trying to type on one single-handed is a nightmare of &ldquo;I&rsquo;m in a maths exam and am also naked&rdquo; proportions. This is a phone to use with two hands, or at least one hand and a pen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Many people complain about the plastic feel of Samsung’s phone rears, but moaning about it at this stage seems a bit pointless" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-10.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="This is a pretty chunky phone my modern standards" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-19.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="At 82.4mm wide it’s almost a half-centimetre wider than the already-massive Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-20.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Writing on the touchscreen </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Note 4, the Note Edge uses an S Pen stylus that slots into the bottom of the phone. And, as ever, it&rsquo;s great if you&rsquo;re into that kind of thing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s fully pressure sensitive, getting you the sort of stylus experience on offer in a graphics tablet, rather than the kind of capacitive pen you can buy in PoundLand these days. The phone can be fully operated with the pen, and pretty great optical character recognition means you can handwrite your text messages and emails rather than tapping away on the keyboard.</p> <p>The extra bits of stylus-led interface in the Note Edge are pretty similar to what you get in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>, and even <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>. An Air Command menu pops up when the pen is removed, giving you shortcuts to make notes on the screen, scribble down memos or use the pen to screen grab parts of what&rsquo;s being displayed.</p> <p>We found the S Pen far more useful for precision browsing, the odd bit of handwriting and idle drawing, though. Samsung tries hard to justify the pen, but it&rsquo;s the basics we find it helps out with the most.</p> <p>Samsung has tried a bit too hard in some other ways, 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="1200" height="900" title="Like the Note 4, the Note Edge uses an S Pen stylus that slots into the bottom of the phone" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-11.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The phone can be fully operated with the pen, and pretty great optical character recognition means you can handwrite your text messages and emails rather than tapping away on the keyboard" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-14.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="An Air Command menu pops up when the pen is removed, giving you shortcuts to make notes on the screen, scribble down memos or use the pen to screen grab parts of what’s being displayed" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/air-command.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> OCD multi-tasking </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 takes multi-tasking to the next level by letting you open loads of apps as floating widget windows, by dragging down from the top-left of the screen.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s a bit too easy to do this accidentally and end up with a screen littered with little app icons representing the multi-tasking screens you&rsquo;ve binned. We&rsquo;re sure some people will appreciate the Note Edge&rsquo;s multi-tasking, but it won&rsquo;t be most. It still feels that little bit awkward and bolted-on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Multi-tasking is great, but it’s a bit too easy to do this accidentally and end up with a screen littered with little app icons representing the multi-tasking screens you’ve binned" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-33.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Bright and bendy screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no lack of screen space, though. The Galaxy Note Edge is about as large as it could be without risking being called a tablet by anyone and everyone.</p> <p>You get a 5.6-inch screen, 0.1 inches smaller than the Note 4, but the comparison isn&rsquo;t a direct one as the shapes of these displays are slightly different. Thanks to the Note Edge&rsquo;s curvy bit, its screen is squatter, leaving the main flat bit of the display to offer the widescreen aspect we&rsquo;re used to.</p> <p>Display quality is, as has become the norm for Samsung, top notch. You get a Super AMOLED display of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels offering a blisteringly sharp 524ppi density.</p> <p>Fresh out of the box, the Note Edge&rsquo;s colours are far too saturated, typical of an over-keen AMOLED screen. But if you don&rsquo;t like your colours Toxic Crusader-style, there are options in the Settings menu for you to tone them down.</p> <p>As is the norm with OLED screens, contrast and black levels are fantastic.</p> <p>The curvy part of the screen doesn&rsquo;t really become a distraction when you&rsquo;re watching films or playing games either, as a lot of the time it&rsquo;ll revert to being mostly black when running third-party apps, with just a hint of the curvature perceptible.</p> <p>A bit like a notifications bar, you can summon the &lsquo;full&rsquo; curve display by swiping at it, bringing up your Note Edge&rsquo;s panels. These are the interface elements specific to the curved part.</p> <p>As well as the standard apps shortcuts panel, there are ones for music playback, notifications and weather, stock tickers, health trackers and even games. Naff games, mind. You can choose which to use, and flick through them with a swoosh of your thumb.</p> <p>At present most panels are Samsung-made, but Yahoo is also on-board. If we see plenty more Samsung phones start to use the screen curve, you can expect loads of other developers to join up and make panels. If the Note Edge ends up being it, the lone curvy phone, getting all that many more people involved seems unlikely. Only time will tell on that one.</p> <p>We do think there are a few steps to go before the implementation of the curve is perfect. Don&rsquo;t get us wrong: for a new design, the Note Edge&rsquo;s curvy bit feels incredibly well-implemented. However, it does leave the TouchWiz home screens looking a little busy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/smartphone-supertest-late-2014-apple-iphone-6-vs-sony-xperia-z3-vs-lg-g3-vs-motorola-moto-x-vs" target="_blank">Smartphone Supertest:&nbsp;iPhone 6 vs Xperia Z3 vs G3 vs Moto X vs Galaxy Alpha</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 curvy part of the screen doesn’t really become a distraction when you’re watching films or playing games either, as a lot of the time it’ll revert to being mostly black when running third-party apps, with just a hint of the curvature perceptible" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-32.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="A bit like a notifications bar, you can summon the ‘full’ curve display by swiping at it, bringing up your Note Edge’s panels. These are the interface elements specific to the curved part" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-16.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="At present most panels are Samsung-made, but Yahoo is also on-board" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-17.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="As well as the standard apps shortcuts panel, there are ones for music playback, notifications and weather, stock tickers, health trackers and even games" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-34.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Wizzy performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other than the extra bits given over to the screen curve and the S Pen, TouchWiz still largely looks the same as it did on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>. A few bits such as the multi-tasking menu have been tweaked, but the same design is in place.</p> <p>Despite the Note Edge&rsquo;s obvious early adopter appeal, Samsung has also held back installing too many apps on the phone. This isn&rsquo;t the TouchWiz of the bad old days - instead there are just a few extras, such as S Note, S Health and Smart Remote. The latter uses the IR blaster on the top of the phone so you can use your phone to control your home entertainment gear.</p> <p>General performance is very good, which you&rsquo;d obviously expect given the Note Edge&rsquo;s top-tier specs.</p> <p>It has 3GB of RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, the same used by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>. This is a 32-bit chipset while we&rsquo;re on the eve of a 64-bit sea change, but by current standards it&rsquo;s still incredibly powerful. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark we scored 3310 points &mdash; a healthy chunk more than the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;d hope, the Note Edge has no trouble with high-end games, cutting through 3D titles with ease.</p> <p>One of the great things about the phone is that while it&rsquo;s an oddball, there&rsquo;s no real compromise elsewhere. Apart from it being quite wide and, well, the cost of the thing. As with so many early adopter gadgets, it&rsquo;s damnably expensive.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z4 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="General performance is very good, which you’d obviously expect given the Note Edge’s top-tier specs" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-1.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Edgy snapper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note Edge camera is much the same as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4&rsquo;s</a>. You get a 16-megapixel sensor with image stabilisation, and it&rsquo;s really rather good.</p> <p>Sharpness, daylight shooting speed and the punchiness of photos are all great. Exposure metering is good too, making it dead easy to get decent photos out of this phone.</p> <p>As is common among higher-end Samsung phones, the Note Edge has a ridiculously effective HDR mode that can be used as a pretty good cure-all for any photo issues. Dull-looking foreground? Sunset not &lsquo;popping&rsquo; enough? Just switch HDR on, it&rsquo;s given a top-billing spot in the camera app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note Edge camera is much the same as the Note 4’s. You get a 16-megapixel sensor with image stabilisation, and it’s really rather good." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-12.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="As is common among higher-end Samsung phones, the Note Edge has a ridiculously effective HDR mode that can be used as a pretty good cure-all for any photo issues" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-35.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HDR photos can look a little larger-than-life, but when the results often look fantastic regardless, what&rsquo;s the harm? It can occasionally push pics a little too far into unbelievable territory, but the Note Edge avoids the &lsquo;halo&rsquo; effect of lesser HDR modes.</p> <p>Thanks to OIS low-light shots aren&rsquo;t too noisy either, although they are still significantly slower-to-take than with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a>. Despite stabilisation, you have to stay still for a second or two. Still, that&rsquo;s not bad for night shots.</p> <p>There are just two elements of the Note Edge&rsquo;s photographic performance that we&rsquo;re not thrilled about, and they have more to do with the app than the actual camera quality.</p> <p>First, Samsung has desperately tried to involve the edge in the photo-taking process by always putting the shutter button on it, but this doesn&rsquo;t always work. When shooting landscape photos, it&rsquo;s just that bit too hard to reach. We&rsquo;d much rather just use a conventional &lsquo;on-screen&rsquo; shutter button.</p> <p>The preview image when shooting is also weirdly very soft in certain conditions, making it tricky to know whether your images are properly in focus or not. As the focusing is fairly reliable, you just need to have a little faith. But it&rsquo;d be nice to see the phone&rsquo;s camera make better use of the Note Edge&rsquo;s fantastically sharp screen a bit more.</p> <p>On the other hand, the front camera has a 3.7-megapixel sensor, and from our tests it seems be be better than a lot of the &ldquo;me too&rdquo; advanced 5-megapixel front cameras out there. Its photos are bright even with indoors lighting, noise isn&rsquo;t too bad and good contrast brings a good degree of &lsquo;pop&rsquo; to your shots. Nice work, Samsung.</p> <p>And just as the company has started cutting back on the number of apps it preinstalls on its phone, the number of camera modes shown off is sensible too. As standard there&rsquo;s Selective Focus, Panorama and Rear-Cam selfie. The rest of the extras can be downloaded and added from the camera app&rsquo;s settings. Samsung no longer tries to bury you with the things, which is also nice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</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="5312" height="2988" title="HDR photos can look a little larger-than-life, but when the results often look fantastic regardless, what’s the harm?" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141126_111241.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="5312" height="2988" title="Thanks to OIS low-light shots aren’t too noisy either, although they are still significantly slower-to-take than with the Sony Xperia Z3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141123_161459.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="5312" height="2988" title="Mmm, tasty detail" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141124_160116.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Running out of juice </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 lots of core respects, the Note Edge matches the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Note 4</a>, and that&rsquo;s a very good thing. However, battery life is one of the big disappointments of the phone.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using it for more than a week now and each day we virtually drain the thing by bed time. We haven&rsquo;t been streaming video for hours a day or playing games for long stretches. The Note Edge&rsquo;s lovely big screen does invite you to browse more than normal, but it&rsquo;s clear that battery performance is simply not nearly as good as it is with the Note 4 or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>.</p> <p>Battery size may have something to do with this, but it doesn&rsquo;t seem to explain the whole story. It has a 3000mAh battery while the Note 4 has a 3220mAh one. However, 3000mAh should be enough to get the phone lasting longer than we&rsquo;re seeing here. This makes us wonder if the OLED screen used here is perhaps a bit less efficient than the ones seen in other Samsung phones, with its flexibility/bendability being its lead characteristic, rather than efficiency. Buy hey, we&rsquo;re just guessing at this point.</p> <p>That battery life is our one lasting gripe of the phone tells you that Samsung has done a really good job here, though. It hasn&rsquo;t proved a curved screen is utterly essential, but it has its uses and certainly feels far less of a &lsquo;because we can&rsquo; gimmick than the Galaxy Round.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Everyhing we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S6</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="Towards the end of a normal day you&#039;ll be nervously searching for you charger" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-18.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Inspecting what’s under the carpet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s left?&nbsp;Well, this is of course a 4G phone, and all the bells and whistles of other top Samsung phones are present and correct.</p> <p>The Note Edge offers a heart rate sensor on the back and the fingerprint scanner on the front. Useful, but neither is worth basing your entire buying decision on - we actually found using a third-party app and the camera/flash combo a quicker way to tell heart rate on some occasions.</p> <p>But the Note Edge&#39;s speaker is actually pretty good. Or, at least, very loud. Its tone offers none of the nice ear-cuddling warmth of the HTC One M8&rsquo;s BoomSound speakers, but it is at least louder, so if you simply want everyone in a room to be able to hear a tune it&#39;ll do the job admirably.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note Edge offers a heart rate sensor on the back and the fingerprint scanner on the front. Useful, but neither is worth basing your entire buying decision on - we actually found using a third-party app and the camera/flash combo a quicker way to tell heart rate on some occasions." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-22.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 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>Deeply silly or the next must-have innovation in tech? The Galaxy Note Edge is sure to polarise. But in person, the phone is actually a far more reasonable, practical device.</p> <p>While the curved screen adds to the phone&rsquo;s width, it does make a number of one-handed tasks easier. You don&rsquo;t miss out on any extra features as a result of the curve, either. That probably explains why the phone is quite so terrifyingly expensive at launch. &pound;700 is a lot to pay for any phone, even an &lsquo;innovative&rsquo; one.</p> <p>High price pushes the Note Edge into a niche, but that was always where it belonged. Even if curved screens become common in 2015, this is the trailblazer. We&rsquo;ve had a lot of fun using the Note Edge, with our only serious regret for the thing being that it just doesn&rsquo;t last quite long enough off a charge to match-up with Samsung&rsquo;s more ordinary phones.</p> <p>Should you buy it? Probably only if you&rsquo;re determined to be first and most innovative in your gadget selection. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean you shouldn&rsquo;t still admire its boundary bending ways.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Phones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review verdict" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-edge-2_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>Distinctive but not crazy, the Note Edge is next-gen design that works - with caveats</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Edge of Tomorrow? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our hands around Samsung&#039;s curved phablet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review#comments Galaxy Note Edge Phablets Samsung Smartphones Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:17:08 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446431 at http://www.stuff.tv