Sony http://www.stuff.tv/sony/all en-GB Sony Xperia Z3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Sony&#039;s second flagship smartphone of 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An alleged photo of the Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-back.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony only introduced the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> this April, and it remains one of our favourite smartphones &ndash; but despite that it&#39;s not long for this world.</p> <p>Just as it did last year with the Xperia Z and Z1, the company is plotting to replace its flagship a mere six months later. And unsurprisingly, its successor at the top of the Sony smartphone tree will be called the Z3. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: If it ain&#039;t broke... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Judging from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">spy shots of the Xperia Z3</a>, it&rsquo;ll be a case of &ldquo;spot the difference&quot; between it and its predecessor the Z2. Like the Z2 (and the Z1 before it), the Z3 sports Sony&rsquo;s metal- and glass-heavy OmniBalance design.</p> <p>There do appear to be some minor differences, however. First and foremost, the Z3&rsquo;s sides are <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/24/sony-xperia-z3-another-pic/" target="_blank">a little curvier</a> &ndash; something which should please anyone (and there were plenty of us) who felt the Z2 was a little too angular and uncomfortable in the hand. Secondly, the shots don&rsquo;t appear to show a second speaker grille, suggesting Sony may have removed its stereo capabilities. That&rsquo;d obviously be quite a retrograde step, so we&rsquo;re hoping it&rsquo;s not the case.</p> <p>A big advantage of the OmniBalance design is that it&rsquo;s water- and dust-proof, so the Z3 will be capable of withstanding anything the weather can throw at it &ndash; as well as enabling you to make calls from the shower and watch Netflix in your Jacuzzi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-front.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="436" title="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-top.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-side.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen similarities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t expect an ultra-sharp 2K screen on the Xperia Z3. The rumour consensus seems to be that it&rsquo;ll have a 5.15in full HD (1920 x 1080) display &ndash; so pretty much the same as that on the Xperia Z2, which has a 5.2in effort. The Z2&#39;s display is gloriously lush and punchy, of course, so it&rsquo;s not really a huge problem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Z3 will apparently feature a similar screen to the Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1_2.png?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Few spec surprises </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to serial (and reliable) info-spreader <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, the Sony Xperia Z3 will be something of a powerhouse, albeit one without any major spec surprises. The Twitter account claims the phone will feature Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.4GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, plus Android KitKat 4.4.4.</p> <p>The FCC listing for the Z3 (more on that below) confirms that it will offer dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE. No surprises there either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: stop me if you&#039;ve heard this before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Are you sensing a pattern here? Like the design and screen, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s camera may be a holdover from the Z2: according to <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a> the rear shooter will sport the same 20.7MP Exmor R sensor and G lens. It&rsquo;s a setup also found on the Z1 and Z1 Compact, and a very good one at that. In fact, in the hands of a decent photographer the Z2 probably delivers better shots than any other smartphone. Expect 4K video to remain an option, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Sony Z2&#039;s camera is lovely, and it seems the Z3&#039;s will be the same" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera%20%281%29.png?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3X </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s custom in recent years is to release smaller and larger variants of its flagship phones, and that&rsquo;s likely to be the case with the Z3.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already seen a photo of what appears to be a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Z3 Compact</a> (likely with a 4.3in screen), while according to Chinese site Digi-wo the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news">Z3X phablet</a> will offer a 6.14in display with a 2560 x 1152 resolution, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 22MP camera and apparently the capability to have crazy photography accessories such as a full-size flash attached to it. But we&rsquo;re taking all that with a big pinch of salt and we advise you to do the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The Sony Z3 and Z3 Compact, apparently" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z3-z3-mini.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="771" height="578" title="The Sony Xperia Z3X complete with crazy photo accessories. Possibly" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony%20xperia%20z3x.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> September showing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In mid-July <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z3_gets_approved_by_the_fcc_for_the_us_market-news-9045.php" target="_blank">the FCC approved a Sony device codenamed &ldquo;D6603&rdquo;</a> for the US market &ndash; and going by the company&rsquo;s current naming convention, that translates to the Xperia Z3. That means the phone&rsquo;s communication features are finalised and suggests a launch can&rsquo;t be too far away.</p> <p>The annual IFA technology expo, which takes place in Berlin at the beginning of September, looks like a safe bet for a global launch for the Z3, but it&rsquo;s possible that Sony will hold its own separate event. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on developments.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:10:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443187 at http://www.stuff.tv PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky&#039;s internet streaming service lands on Sony&#039;s superconsole </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="They look good together" alt="PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/now-tv-ps4.jpg?1406197350" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky&#39;s Now TV streaming service will be available for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> owners from today.</p> <p>Now TV serves up a variety of packages for users to sink their eyes into. The Sky Movies Month Pass provides access to over 800 movies for &pound;9 a month following a 30 day free trial.</p> <p>Sports fans can also get in on the action with the &pound;10 a month Sky Sports Day Pass, which serves up live action from all Sky Sports channels.</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/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news#comments Games consoles Now TV PlayStation 4 Sky Sony Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:28:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443158 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Uncharted live-action film in 2016, the Steam Controller goes analog, and the official X-Men VR experience http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-uncharted-live-action-film-2016-steam-controller-goes-analog-and-official-x-men <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the news you might’ve missed in our morning roundup </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="Uncharted 3" alt="Uncharted 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted3.jpg?1406183581" /> </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"> Uncharted film slated for June 2016 release </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 is serious about turning the fantastic Uncharted action-adventure video game franchise into a live-action film, as evidenced by yesterday&rsquo;s news that it will be released in cinemas on 10 June 2016. That prime bit of summer real estate was vacated by the delay of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and comes despite the lack of an actor to play the role of Nathan Drake.</p> <p>Deadline reports that Sony is trying to wrangle Mark Wahlberg again after previous failed attempts. Frankly, we can&rsquo;t imagine hearing a voice other than Nolan North&rsquo;s coming out of a Drake, but the video game voice actor doesn&rsquo;t have the big-name star quality a movie studio probably seeks. The King of Kong director Seth Gordon is set to helm the flick.</p> <p>The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will launch in 2018 instead, putting a surprising four-year gap between sequels, but it won&rsquo;t be the next time we see the Spider-Man movie universe in action: Sinister Six, which spotlights the web-head&rsquo;s most notable villains, is set to debut on 11 November 2016.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/sony-spider-man-sinister-six-playstation-uncharted/">Deadline</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</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 Steam Controller adds an analog stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve aims to shake up the PC gaming market with its TV-centric Steam Machines initiative&mdash;and shake it up even further with the Steam Controller, which features large touch panels that dominate the face of the peripheral. But as potential buyers have bristled against its unconventional design, Valve has seemed willing to rethink the approach a bit with each revision.</p> <p>Case in point: a new image has surfaced from the latest Steam client beta that shows an analog stick added near the face buttons. Those large touch trackpads are still the biggest focus, but players (and developers) who seek a more traditional experience may well be able to have it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1238036&amp;p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1">Facepunch</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/23/valves-steam-controller-thumbstick/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature">EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle</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="585" title="Steam Controller" alt="Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller.png?1406183581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Oculus Rift tapped for X-Men VR experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of the excitement and geeky shenanigans of Comic-Con are starting up, and comic fans attending this year&rsquo;s show are sure to be inundated with cool things to see and do. Here&rsquo;s another: 20th Century Fox has created a VR experience based on the Cerebro computer helmet from the X-Men series, and you can try it out on the Oculus Rift at the show.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have to use the VR helmet to track down blue-skinned Mystique, all while sitting in Professor X&rsquo;s iconic wheelchair. It&rsquo;s only 90 seconds in length, but Fox is recording each attempt for attendees to share online thereafter. Let&rsquo;s hope it&rsquo;s a trial run that&rsquo;ll eventually lead to a full-blown Cerebro simulator when the Rift finally hits stores.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/x-men-vr-experience-coming-comic-con-125147219.html">Yahoo News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-vr-developers-working-own-motion-controllers/news">Oculus VR developers working on own motion controllers</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="621" title="X-Men" alt="X-Men" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculusrift-xmen.jpg?1406183581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/oculus/fully-charged-uncharted-live-action-film-2016-steam-controller-goes-analog-and-official-x-men#comments Film and TV Gaming Oculus Rift Sony Steam Box Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443115 at http://www.stuff.tv Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four top Androids. Four eye-caressing screens. We play spot the difference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="819" height="614" title="Come at me bro" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Which 2014 superphone should you buy? We&rsquo;re going to say something controversial now: all four of these devices are amazing.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re looking at four great phones from last year, tweaked, refined and enhanced almost beyond recognition. So there&rsquo;s no wrong choice. But that doesn&rsquo;t make your decision any easier.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the contenders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">1. Sony Xperia Z2 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>This latest Sony has a 5.2in screen, new camera tricks and Android KitKat. But is it enough?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/2-htc-one-m8">2. HTC One (M8)&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Previously crowned Stuff&rsquo;s No.1 smartphone, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s beautiful body and sleek Sense 6.0 experience make for a formidable opponent.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/3-samsung-galaxy-s5">3. Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>The Swiss Army knife of phones continues its mission to make all other gadgets obsolete, but is it the phone we want in our pocket?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/4-lg-g3" target="_blank">4. LG G3 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s number one smartphone brings super-thin bezels, a 2K screen and a laser-assisted camera to the fight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_GunMetal_1.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Sony Xperia Z2 - 5.2in of metal and glass loveliness" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_2.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Galaxy S5 is a typically feature-filled Samsung device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-white-front-back.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="604" height="453" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="Behold the G3 in all its pink wallpapered glory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_2_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises &ndash; on screen, sound, camera or battery life. The design is gallery-worthy, finished with rounded aluminium corners, an all-glass back and minimalist details. But your hands might not like it &ndash; both the S5, One M8 and G3 are easier to hold than this 163g block, and picking up the Z2 from a desk can be awkward.</p> <p>It has Live Colour LED tech for punchy but accurate hues, and clear-sounding stereo speakers on the front of the phone. Our only niggle? The front is seriously reflective. For a smartphone camera, the Z2 can take incredible photos with its 1/2.3in, 20.7MP sensor and speedy autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also flies in use: it shares the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor as the S5 and One M8, but the Sony&rsquo;s 3GB of RAM bests its rivals. Small apps in overlaid windows lag occasionally, but it&rsquo;s still a great use of that 5.2in screen, and the Android skin is mostly clutter-free.</p> <p>With a bigger screen, there&rsquo;s a bigger 3200mAh battery, and the Z2 reliably lasts the day - with Stamina mode to conserve juice when the screen&rsquo;s off.</p> <p>Overall, this is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice, capable of taking brilliant photos and playing cinephile video. It oozes quality but isn&rsquo;t the most practical choice. But if you have the time to show Sony some love, it will return it in large dollops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1889" height="1417" title="The Xperia Z2 makes almost no compromises" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />A gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design. Although the Z2&rsquo;s a heavy smartphone, this isn&rsquo;t the problem - the HTC weighs just as much. The issue is more that the Z2&rsquo;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&rsquo;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics count (we&rsquo;re hoping the Z2 Compact gets this right).</p> <p>Another smartphone best picked up and fondled before you decide, then. If its shape and minimalist design work for you, you can get back to appreciating everything the Sony does brilliantly. Such as being waterproof: with all the port flaps closed, the Z2 has the same IP55/IP58 water-resistance as the Z1. Plus, the headphone jack is now flap-free.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />In almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner. It displays fine detail better than both the S5 and the One M8, perfect for pressing your nose up against full HD movies. Viewing angles aren&rsquo;t the best but they&rsquo;re no longer a problem either.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always produce the best images &ndash; it can struggle to expose correctly in sunlight and it doesn&rsquo;t have the night vision of the HTC. But chances are, Sony owners won&rsquo;t mind digging into the comprehensive settings.</p> <p>Here it shines: faces come out well in low light, scenes look punchy and the background de-focus mode is mesmerising. Both 1080p and 4K footage are smooth thanks to SteadyShot stabilisation, though autofocus jumps around while filming and, with the Snapdragon heating up, the Z2 can abruptly stop shooting in the higher resolution.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Sony&rsquo;s treatment of KitKat verges on bloatware, with pushy media services ruining the fun. For instance, an upward swipe to access Google Now also shows Sony&rsquo;s What&rsquo;s New app: a feature guaranteed to have zero fans.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ultimate-setup-sony-xperia-z2/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="The Sony&#039;s ergonomics hold it back" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-main.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may go on about smartphone design a bit, but with the HTC it&rsquo;s justified. This is one of the best-looking and best-built phones ever, with 20% more metal than its predecessor the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and microSD storage now included. M8 owners will find themselves checking emails too much, just to show it off.</p> <p>The 5in, 441ppi screen is super-sharp and considerably bigger than the One&rsquo;s 4.7in display &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a clear winner but colours look natural, text is smooth and viewing angles are fantastic.</p> <p>Has HTC fixed the One&rsquo;s niggles? Battery life is slightly better, bringing it on a par with its rivals &ndash; you shouldn&rsquo;t need the Ultra Power Saving Mode to last the day. But the UltraPixel camera stays.&nbsp;</p> <p>This might disappoint those looking to shoot serious images and footage, but for most, the low-light prowess and focusing tricks are good enough. Nothing else needed tweaking &ndash; in use, it&rsquo;s as fluid as we expect from an HTC and the feature set gets new tricks here and there, such as the ability to swipe straight into BlinkFeed even when the phone is off.</p> <p>It might not have the bragging rights of a 20.7MP camera, a removable battery or a heart-rate sensor, but for us, the extras on the S5 and Z2 simply don&rsquo;t compare to the pure gadget joy you get with the HTC One M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8 looks every bit as nice as its predecessor" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_3.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 10/10</strong><br />Some will prefer the old One&rsquo;s iconic design but this is just as tasty. The bevelled edges catch the light where the S5&rsquo;s metal-look edges look cheap. While the G3 looks as metal as the M8, it can&rsquo;t match its premium weighty feel in the hands.If you want those machined lines, choose the Metal Grey variant.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />The HTC might have the smallest screen here at 5in but it beats the mighty Sony on contrast and off-axis viewing. Compared to the original One, the palette leans to the green side&hellip; but only nerds will notice that.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 8/10</strong><br />More than a gimmick, the Duo camera lets you change the focus of pics after you&rsquo;ve taken them; and unlike on the Samsung and Sony, you don&rsquo;t need to select a mode before taking the shot. You can 3D-ify pics with Dimension Plus.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 10/10</strong><br />Still our Android skin of choice, Sense 6 will win over even fans of stock Android. BlinkFeed now keeps tabs on your interests and you can track steps, distance and calories automatically without a tracker.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="The M8&#039;s UltraPixel camera divides opinion" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main-2_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Galaxy smartphones are known for going big. Big screens, big specs, big tricks and, of course, big sales. But the small stuff can be just as exciting and the S5&rsquo;s only halfway there.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s still enamoured by its Galaxy design DNA: lightweight, durable and now waterproof &ndash; it makes a lot of sense. But with a big handprint, &lsquo;modern glam&rsquo; back panel and poor size-to-screen ratio, it&rsquo;s still not beautiful.</p> <p>Features rule, with a swappable battery, microSD storage, the ability to run two apps side by side and even a heart-rate sensor round the back. It&rsquo;s not 2K but the 5.1in Super AMOLED screen is the best we&rsquo;ve seen on a Samsung phone. Plus there&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc 16MP snapper with fast autofocus and 4K video &ndash; just in case you thought Samsung had gone soft on specs.</p> <p>That TouchWiz lag is almost gone for good &ndash; a few stutters using its My Magazine Flipboard app were all we could force &ndash; and battery life is on the longer-lasting end of the Androids That Last A Day spectrum.</p> <p>If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design, inside and out, seriously. There&rsquo;s more work to do but it&rsquo;s a mighty close call and Samsung fans won&rsquo;t be disappointed here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5&#039;s looks are its only real flaw" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 8/10</strong><br />This is a big, wide phone but the new textured polycarbonate makes it nice and grippy. It&rsquo;s a mere 15g heavier than the S4 and is also more solidly built. We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; but a redesign is long overdue.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />One advantage the S5 has over its rivals is how easy its screen is to read outdoors. When watching small-screen flicks, blacks look incredibly inky &ndash; but the HTC and Sony bring out more detail and there is a slight blue tinge.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 9/10</strong><br />Zooming in on landscape shots? Use the S5. Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Reach for the HTC or Sony. Elsewhere, the HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used and we like the simplified camera app.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Still a little overwhelming, the latest version of TouchWiz sees Samsung trying to edit its gazillions of features. There are cool additions such as S Health and Smart Switch, which imports iOS data if you&rsquo;re switching from an iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Then S5&#039;s camera is a cracker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-galaxy-s5-review-main.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. LG G3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3 had its work cut out for it when it launched. Not only did it have to face the toughest smartphone competition ever, but it had to surpass its excellent predecessor, the G2, which reigned supreme at the top of Stuff&#39;s best smartphone list until the M8 came along.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG was more than up to the task. The G3 surpasses the G2 in almost every way. For starters, it&#39;s got a 2K display that&#39;s almost sharp enough to cut your eyes on. Sorry if you&#39;re squeamish.</p> <p>While the G2&#39;s 13MP camera remains, LG has thrown in laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video. And it now matches the Samsung with a removable battery and microSD slot.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t have the booming dual front-facing speakers on the One M8, but its rear 1W speaker is no slouch, and can almost match its HTC rival for loudness, if not bass.</p> <p>While it lacks the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2&#39;s waterproof powers, its build is much improved, with a plastic, brushed-metal-look finish that will fool your eyes, if not your fingers.</p> <p>LG&#39;s redesigned its UI too, opting for less eye-searing colours and a more muted, subtle look.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="The G3 in the background appears smaller, because it is further away" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE DETAIL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s faux brushed-metal finish is barely discernible from the real metal rear of the HTC One (M8), and it easily beats the S5 for classiness. Pick it up, though, and its weight (or lack of it) can&#39;t fool your fingers. So it&#39;s no M8, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s not handsome in its own way.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10 </strong><br />The G3 stands out from the crowd, with a 2560 x 1600 2K screen. That&#39;s an insane 538 ppi, though you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness in normal use. Look closely enough however, and it does throw up more details than its rivals. Its colours are excellent too - even more realistic than those on the M8 - although brightness, black levels and contrast let it down somewhat. Overall though, it&#39;s one of the best screens our eyes have had the pleasure of ogling.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s 13MP camera is, put simply, fantastic. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, and nearly a master of every one. Well-lit shots are packed with crisp detail, and it even beats the light-guzzling M8 in most murky conditions. Its advanced optical image stabilisation, coupled with its laser-assisted autofocus, help keep subjects in focus - and at lightning-quick speeds, too.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />LG has thankfully gone down the same fat-trimming path as Samsung. While its UI still isn&#39;t as minimalist as the Z2&#39;s, the garish icons are gone, replaced with flat, pastel-coloured icons.</p> <p>Much of the bloatware is gone too, and LG&#39;s done its best to simplify things. The camera app for example, has had almost every little-used feature eliminated, and its bare controls now make for a much more pleasant experience.</p> <p>LG&#39;s new Smart Notice is less useful. It&#39;s essentially a Google Now clone, and we can&#39;t see any benefit it offers over Google&#39;s own well-established offering.&nbsp;Smart Clean is more useful, prompting you to clean up and delete apps to save memory.</p> <p>Finally, LG&#39;s excellent Knock Code feature negates the need for any fancy fingerprint scanners. Sorry, Samsung. It lets you tap out a pattern on the G3&#39;s screen (even when it&#39;s off),and with over 80,000 combinations, and a higher reliability than fingerprint scanning, LG&#39;s hit on a winner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate setup: LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All the colours of the (LG) rainbow" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_3.JPG?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 doesn&#39;t have the exquisite build of the HTC One M8, nor does it have the extra sensors of the S5. But that doesn&#39;t matter.</p> <p>Instead, it brings a complete package. For one thing, it has an excellent screen that, despite being larger than its rivals, doesn&#39;t increase the size of the G3 itself, thanks to LG&#39;s bezel-trimming magic.</p> <p>Its camera is superb and adaptable, and its build, although not metal, both looks and feels good. A removable battery and microSD storage are the cherries on top of an already very tasty cake.</p> <p>The S5 points to a flashy future, the Z2 a controlled one, and the One M8 continues to push design boundaries. But it&rsquo;s the way LG has packaged everything so carefully that makes this the nicest phone to live with.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG does it again" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The final scores </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 (from &pound;520)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Beautiful and brilliant, the One M8 is as pleasant to use as it is to hold</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 (from &pound;530)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Packing in tech features and waterproofing is great, but Samsung needs to focus on design details</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 (from &pound;600)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Classy and clever with talent in spades, if the Z2 were easier to live with it&rsquo;d be unstoppable</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 (from &pound;407) </a></strong>★★★★★<br />LG followed its 2013 Smartphone of the Year by keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartphone season isn&rsquo;t over. Not by a long shot. The new king of the spec sheets is the &pound;230&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news">OnePlus One</a>, with the 2K&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7</a>&nbsp;not far behind.&nbsp;Both 5.5in phones offer most of what the HTC, Samsung and Sony have, for a lot less money. Paying more isn&rsquo;t the only way.</p> <p>Each of the phones here is a refinement of sorts. If you&rsquo;re waiting for more of a leap, both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl">HTC One M8 Prime</a>&nbsp;have already been rumoured to launch with 2K screens. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, meanwhile, should be announced at the IFA trade show in September and may even have a flexible display.</p> <p>And then of course there&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;- coming to an Apple Store near you this autumn. Want even more radical?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google&rsquo;s Project Ara</a>&nbsp;should bring us modular smartphones in early 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everyhting we think we know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Quietly biding its time" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render%20%281%29.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone supertest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Android G3 Galaxy S5 HTC LG One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:51:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438613 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015, see LG’s rollable screen manhandled, and Sony's offshore gallery promotes high-zoom cameras http://www.stuff.tv/lg/fully-charged-battlefield-hardline-delayed-2015-see-lg-s-rollable-screen-manhandled-and-japan-pla <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dodge the usual mid-week slump—our quick-hit news roundup will perk you up </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="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/battlefield-hardline-screen.jpg?1406097181" /> </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"> Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&mdash;the time when many of the big autumn video game release dates inevitably shift into the following year because teams need more time, or the competition looks too fierce. Electronic Arts says it&rsquo;s the former with Battlefield Hardline, the cops-and-robbers spinoff of the shooter series that will now launch in 2015 instead of this October.</p> <p>In a blog post on the matter, Karl Magnus Troedsson of Battlefield series creator DICE&mdash;which is working in tandem with new lead developer Visceral Games&mdash;says that the delay will allow the teams to implement new ideas pulled from the community following the recent multiplayer beta test, as well as flesh out the single-player story content and focus on online stability.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only big EA game to slide down the calendar, but luckily, the slip isn&rsquo;t nearly as severe with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The BioWare-developed role-playing epic will now launch on 21 November in Europe, about six weeks after the previously set date.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blogs.battlefield.com/2014/07/bfh-will-launch-2015/">Battlefield Blog</a>, <a href="http://www.dragonage.com/#!/en_US/news/dragon-age-inquisition-update">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review">Battlefield Hardline: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ex1GlZS-t7c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch LG’s 18in rollable OLED screen folded 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>Just a couple weeks back, we heard about LG&rsquo;s amazing super-flexible display&mdash;an 18in OLED screen running at 1200 x 810 that can be rolled into a tube with a diameter of 3cm. Now you can see the screen getting rolled in this rather dark, but still effective clip. Now it&rsquo;s real!</p> <p>As commenters have so helpfully pointed out, the display has some stuck pixels around the edges, but consider that this is prototype, not-consumer-ready tech. It&rsquo;ll only get more reliable and surely much crisper as it&rsquo;s developed further before we can actually get anywhere near it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxbHpXE4VM0">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/22/lgs-rollable-tvs-are-very-flexible/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lgs-super-flexible-display-could-pave-way-rollable-tvs/news">LG&rsquo;s super-flexible display could pave the way for rollable TVs</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/AxbHpXE4VM0" 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"> Hearthstone single-player expansion adventure released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blizzard has been hooking players with its Warcraft franchise in various incarnations for two decades now, and free-to-play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has been the most surprising entry to date&mdash;but no less effective in entrancing fans, as evidenced by widely-viewed Twitch streams of the PC, Mac, and iPad favorite.</p> <p>Now the multiplayer-centric card-battler is taking its first steps into single-player adventuring with the just-released Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The initial segment is free to all players through early September, while the four additional parts are sold for 700 in-game gold or US$6.99 apiece, with discounted bundles for those who want it all. More than 30 new cards are included across the campaign, which will unlock in parts in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-games-destroying-your-social-life/feature">The 10 best games for destroying your social life</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/5SDJgW3A_sw" 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"> Sony’s offshore gallery uses ‘Where’s Wally?’ to promote cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 what it claims to be the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s first offshore gallery,&rdquo; Sony yesterday offered a public show of its latest cameras&#39; high-zoom prowess by challenging passers-by in Southwark Park to spot the iconic Wally of &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Wally?&rdquo; fame in the artwork propped up in the lake.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s HX400V bridge camera&mdash;with its 50x optical zoom&mdash;was the main star of the show, although the company&rsquo;s HX60V camera with a 30x optical zoom is very formidable for a compact. In fact, we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">gave it five stars</a> back in May.</p> <p>The first person to spot Wally in each piece (contributed by &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Wally?&rdquo; creator Martin Handford) from the shore 20m out won both the artwork and camera. Not a bad prize for a little stroll in the park, no?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news">Sony&rsquo;s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy&rsquo;s dream camera</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="800" title="Sony&#039;s HX400V" alt="Sony&#039;s HX400V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-offshore-gallery.jpg?1406097181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/lg/fully-charged-battlefield-hardline-delayed-2015-see-lg-s-rollable-screen-manhandled-and-japan-pla#comments Cameras Gaming LG Sony TVs Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442992 at http://www.stuff.tv If this 22MP Sony Xperia Z3X is real, we'll eat our smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s leaked phablet has a dream spec sheet, but is it too good to be true? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="771" height="578" title="Yes. Really." alt="If this 22MP Sony Xperia Zx3 is real, we&#039;ll eat our smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z3x.jpg?1406022132" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Renders of a Sony Xperia Z Ultra successor have leaked online, and it&#39;s a spec fiend&#39;s dream. Assuming it&#39;s real, that is.</p> <p>The Xperia Z3X, as it will reportedly be called, has a gigantic 22MP sensor on its rear, at least according to the source on Chinese site digi-wo.</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/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news#comments Smartphones Sony Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:39:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442933 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 will look like the Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s apparently only making a handful of changes to its next smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" alt="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3.jpg?1405331288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Judging from a set of&nbsp;leaked images posted on Chinese site <a href="http://www.digi-wo.com/thread-19759-1-1.html">Digi-wo</a>, Sony isn&rsquo;t being very creative when it comes to the design for its upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attention to details </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 alleged snaps picture the Xperia Z3 from all angles, showing that the smartphone could possibly have curved sides instead of the flat design seen on the Z2. If it&rsquo;s true, this could be a game changer for those of you who like the specs of the Z2 but have been complaining of its uncomfortable hold. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The other aesthetic alteration appears to be the relocation of the speaker grille, which has been shifted slightly to the left end of the handset.</p> <p>But the unit seems to be missing a secondary speaker &ndash; suggesting that it may not have stereo speakers like the Z2. Then again, the device could still be in the works and the feature could be added in the final design.</p> <p>Otherwise, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s appearance is almost identical to the Z2. But the rumour should be taken with a pinch of salt, since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">another set of leaked pictures by Digi-wo</a> show the Sony Xperia Z3 with a distinctive appearance.</p> <p>For now, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s a mystery, and we&rsquo;re hoping Sony surprises us when it actually launches the smartphone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Brothers in arms: is this the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact?</a></strong></p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_images_of_sony_xperia_z3_surface_looks_very_similar_to_z2-news-9013.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="436" title="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" alt="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsmaren.jpg?1405331288" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Smartphones Sony Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:47:07 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442038 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony PJ530 http://www.stuff.tv/sony-pj530/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If video really matters, the Sony PJ530&#039;s box of tricks will put a spell on you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PJ530 review" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-PJ530-Main.JPG?1405525187" /> </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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The continued existence of camcorders puzzles many people. Only last week we were told by a shop assistant in a major consumer electronics chain store that there was &quot;no point buying a camcorder&quot; unless you were looking for professional gear. We asked if they sold many camcorders at the moment, having perused their quite extensive range of camcorder stock. The answer was &quot;No.&quot;</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> </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"> Massive zoom </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb, super-smooth video </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightweight </div> <div class="field-item even"> Genuinely useful Built-in projector </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good range of connections </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No internal memory </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rival gadgets are closing in </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"> What&#039;s it got? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 PJ530 is very well specced and featured. It does 1080p video at 50fps, it has a massive 30x optical zoom that goes to 60x without breaking up, uses an eye-boggling image stabilisation system that moves the lens within the body, plus a projector for reviewing footage when you don&#39;t have access to a TV.</p> <p>There&#39;s more. On the hand strap there&#39;s a little USB &quot;tail&quot; which makes it easy to plug into a computer or a charger. Unfortunately there isn&#39;t any onboard storage - instead everything is recorded to microSD or Memory Stick Micro card.</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"> Solid as a rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 stabilisation on the PJ530 is incredible to watch - from either side of the lens.</p> <p>If you look into the lens and wobble the camera you&#39;ll notice that the lens stays pointing in the same direction, moving independently of the main camcorder body. This nullifies minor shakes as well as big jerking movements. You&#39;ll notice it most if you need to record while you&#39;re running, or perhaps shooting through the window of a moving vehicle.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-make-film-stuffs-pro-tips-movie-making/feature" target="_blank">How to make a short film - 11 pro tips for movie-making</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 PJ530&#039;s lens moves independently of the body to counter shakes and wobbles" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05239.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 350x zoom. Really? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll also be thankful of the image stabilisation when you start stretching out the zoom to its full range. The two combine to make it perfectly feasible to record incredibly distant objects or scenes without a tripod. The intelligence of the image stabilisation comes into play when you start panning and tracking fast-moving objects in the distance. Many rivals fall at this hurdle, correcting their image stabilisation in a series of painfully visible jerks, but the PJ530 remains calm and unflustered, seemingly locked onto its target.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth pushing up beyond the 30x optical zoom to the &quot;extended&quot; 60x zoom limit if you need to, even if it&#39;s only momentarily. You do lose some quality but often it&#39;s better to take that hit rather than trying to mess around with the footage in an editing app. Delve into the menus and you can active the 350x digital zoom, which sounds preposterous but is actually worth trying out.</p> <p>All of this makes the PJ530 well suited to capturing sports and live events, wildlife and various other remarkable sights and scenes you might stumble upon during your travels.</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 push all the way up to 350x digital zoom if you dare" alt="Sony PJ530 zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05237.JPG?1405525187" /> </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="To be sure of quality images you can stick to the 60x zoom limit" alt="Sony PJ630 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05240.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sony PJ530 video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In good light, such as outdoors during the day, the video quality is excellent. Detail is sharp, colors are bright and movement is recorded smoothly and realistically. The continuous autofocus stays alert during panning and zooming, and the silent, motorised zoom control allows for gradual or rapid changes to the framing of your shots.</p> <p>Indoors or at dusk the frame rate is likely to fall back to 25fps, and the limits of the small 3.1mm sensor are highlighted with increased noise as the ISO setting is raised automatically. Even so it&#39;s perfectly usable in this kind of environment.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix 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="This USB plug tucks neatly into the hand strap and is always available when you need to power up or offload some video" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05244.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Ins, outs and Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power users will appreciate the sockets hiding beneath the flaps. There&#39;s an HDMI output next to the input for the projector, and if you&#39;re keen to hear exactly what sound the PJ350 is picking up you can plug in a pair of headphones via the 3.5mm output. If you&#39;d rather record your soundtrack from something other than the built-in 5.1 surround sound microphone set-up you can hook up a microphone or line-level source to the 3.5mm input. By default the audio recording level is set to Auto, which does a good job of adjusting the incoming volume on the fly but it can be switched to manual.</p> <p>On top you&#39;ll see another little hatch. Open this up to reveal a multi-accessory interface that makes it possible to attach one of a number of extras, including higher quality microphones and lights. There&#39;s Wi-Fi too, which works well enough for transferring movies and stills to a smartphone, or using your phone as a remote control. If you download Sony&#39;s PlayMemories software you can do wireless transfers to computers too, but unless you have no available USB slots it&#39;s much quicker and easier to plug in physically.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition 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 PJ530&#039;s connection options allow you to step up to serious shooting levels" alt="Sony PJ530 connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05242.JPG?1405525187" /> </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="Higher quality microphones and video lamps can be attached to the accessory port" alt="Sony PJ530 accessory port" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05243.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sony PJ530 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>If you feel the projector is a gimmick too far, by all means take a look at similarly-specced alternatives in the Sony range. But you might actually be surprised at how useful a built-in projector is for sharing the day&#39;s adventures with family and friends.</p> <p>Regardless, we haven&#39;t tested a better camcorder at this price with or without it, so if you want the ability to capture excellent footage in all sorts of environments, with a colossal zoom into the bargain, you just have to check out the PJ530.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Camcorders 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="PJ530: a great all-round camcorder" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05235.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Connectivity </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"> design </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"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When quality footage matters, you&#39;ll be glad you splashed out on the superb PJ530</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PJ530 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony-pj530/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony-pj530/review#comments Camcorders PJ530 Projectors Sony Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:55:09 +0000 Tony Horgan 1439992 at http://www.stuff.tv 3 of the best PS4 headsets http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality headgear is essential for the full gaming experience. How else to boss around your team-mates in the midst of battle? </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="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-main-01.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;re isolated in hostile territory, almost out of ammo and badly wounded. As the enemy approaches your position, a squadmate&#39;s voice crackles over your cheapo headset: &quot;I&#39;ll cover you. Run to your pssszzchZZZZCXXHzz and I&#39;ll bzzZZZzrrgh. Got that? Hello? Hello?&quot;</p> <p>Too late - you&#39;re dead.</p> <p>But it needn&#39;t be that way. Invest in a decent gaming headset and you&#39;ll benefit from crystal-clear in-game music and effects and the ability to speak to your mates without having to guess what they&#39;re saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tritton Kama </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 isn&rsquo;t the cheapest PS4 headset out there, but it&rsquo;s close, and nicer than the budget alternatives we&rsquo;ve tried. It&rsquo;s dead simple, too: plug the short cable directly into the bottom of your DualShock 4 then change the &lsquo;output to headphones&rsquo; option in the settings menu to &lsquo;all audio&rsquo; and you&rsquo;re golden.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re not getting the same build and sound quality of the other two here, but you&rsquo;re not paying for it either &ndash; and for &pound;20 the Kama is actually very impressive. Plus, it will work with your PS Vita too, if you have one.</p> <p>Sound effects and voices come through clearly and there&rsquo;s plenty of weight for the big bangs of <em>Battlefield 4</em>. There&rsquo;s a little digital fuzz in the background of your voice, but it&rsquo;s low enough that it won&#39;t prevent your commands and swears from being broadcast clearly to your friends and enemies.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>The perfect solution for l33ts on a tight budget</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.dabs.com/products/tritton-kama-stereo-gaming-headset-for-ps4-and-ps-vita---black-9CT4.html?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&amp;utm_content=Q200&amp;utm_campaign=Computing%20-%20PC%20Peripherals%20-%20Headsets%20and%20Headphones" target="_blank">Buy the Tritton Kama here for &pound;20</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="Tritton Kama" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-tritton-kama.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s own PS4 headset has a dinky USB dongle for total wirelessness, a lovely design, invisible mics in the earcups, virtual 7.1 surround sound and a dedicated app for custom sound profiles. It&#39;s also versatile, working with PS4, PS3 and PS Vita - the only set here to work across all 3 of Sony&#39;s current gaming platforms.</p> <p>So far, so good - but in use it&#39;s not quite perfect. Firstly, the virtual surround sound isn&rsquo;t that good. You get a decent sense of audio coming from around you but it messes around too much and makes everything feel unnatural. The custom profiles are a waste, too &ndash; the standard &lsquo;flat&rsquo; setting is best.</p> <p>Still, while the sound might be a touch disappointing you&rsquo;re still left with probably the best-looking gaming headphones ever made, at a decent price.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★✩ </strong></p> <p><strong>Great looks, comfort and stereo sound, but the special features aren&rsquo;t very special</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Wireless-Stereo-Headset/dp/B00I8S4E1C" target="_blank">Buy the Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 here for &pound;72</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="Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-sony-wireless-stereo-headset.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Turtle Beach PX4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turtle Beach takes this sort of thing seriously, and the PX4 is a pretty serious bit of kit. It&rsquo;s got a whole little processing unit that needs to be connected to your PS4 via optical. It then handles Dolby Digital signals and sends them wirelessly to the headset in proper surround sound. It works with Xbox 360 as well as PS4 and PS3 - but not Vita, mind.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to hear a pair of headphones that truly recreate a 5.1 home cinema experience, and the PX4 doesn&rsquo;t buck the trend. But it&rsquo;s not far off, and you do get an extra level of immersion in game worlds, while more accurate placement of effects such as footsteps can give you a competitive edge.</p> <p>You do still need to use a cable between the headset and controller, which is a slight shame, but for crisp, dynamic sound that won&rsquo;t wake the neighbours, the PX4 is currently hard to beat.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>An impressive headset for hardcore gamers</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/610627-turtle-beach-earforce-px4-ps3-4-xbox-360-gaming-headset-tbs-3276-02?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=products&amp;gclid=CNX8wvuYuL8CFQsEwwodBykAqg" target="_blank">Buy the Turtle Beach PX4 here for &pound;100</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Turtle Beach PX4" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-turtle-beach-px4.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature#comments Gaming Geek accessories PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:11:23 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441535 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia C3: a phone designed specifically for selfies http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-c3-phone-designed-specifically-selfies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A front camera equipped with LED flash and wide angle lens helps you embrace the narcissism </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia C3: a phone designed specifically for selfies" alt="Sony Xperia C3: a phone designed specifically for selfies" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-c3-white.jpg?1404870422" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-gina-smartphone-s-front-flash-makes-it-ultimate-selfie-taker/news">rumoured</a>, Sony today announced a brand new smartphone aimed squarely at the selfie generation.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s also geared towards selfies on the software front, with several apps on board like Portrait Retouch (pretty self-explanatory), Eye Beam (change the pattern of your eye reflection) and AR Effect (make yourself look like a pirate or clown by adding virtual costumes).</p> <p>The Xperia C3 also has an 8MP main camera with Exmor RS sensor and SteadyShot image stabilisation, and on the spec front it boasts a 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 5.5in HD screen. It also feature dual SIM technology, allowing you to run two numbers from a single handset.</p> <p>The phone will be available globally from August, starting with China. Pricing is yet to confirmed.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/sony-boosts-selfie-trend-with-the-launch-of-xperia-c3-the-worlds-best-selfie-smartphone/">Sony</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YToio7g6hAw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Xperia C3&#039;s front-facing LED is pretty much unique" alt="The Xperia C3&#039;s front-facing LED is pretty much unique" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-c3-closeup.jpg?1404870422" /> </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 Xperia C3 offers dual SIM tech and a 5.5in screen" alt="The Xperia C3 offers dual SIM tech and a 5.5in screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-c3-lifestyle.jpg?1404870422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sony/sony-xperia-c3-phone-designed-specifically-selfies/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smartphones Sony Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:05:46 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441393 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Gina smartphone’s front flash makes it the ultimate selfie taker http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-gina-smartphone-s-front-flash-makes-it-ultimate-selfie-taker/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This as-yet unannounced phone may be unveiled tomorrow and get a global launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Gina smartphone’s front flash makes it the ultimate selfie taker" alt="Sony Gina smartphone’s front flash makes it the ultimate selfie taker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-gina-leak-1.jpg?1404786788" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Has Sony designed the ultimate phone for selfies? Leaked photos of an as yet unnamed handset suggest it may well have.</p> <p>The smartphone, thought to be codenamed &ldquo;Gina&rdquo;, can be seen to possess an LED flash on the front, meaning it can illuminate shots taken with the front camera just as most phones can with their main rear camera.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Duck face and cover </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 that detail, very little is known about the Gina, but rumours suggest it may be announced alongside the Sony Xperia Mini (or &ldquo;Z2a&rdquo;) at an event in Taiwan tomorrow &ndash; and that it&rsquo;ll be released worldwide.</p> <p>All we can say for now is wait and see what tomorrow brings. And start perfecting your trout pouts and duck faces, because if you love a #selfie your next new phone may well be revealed imminently.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/upcoming-selfie-centered-sony-smartphone-44324/">G For Games</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aside from the front LED, little abot this phone is clear from the leaked shots" alt="Aside from the front LED, little abot this phone is clear from the leaked shots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-gina-leak-2.jpg?1404786788" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Smartphones Sony Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:38:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441293 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony SRS-X3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-srs-x3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boom goes Sony’s dynamite portable speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony SRS-X3 review" alt="Sony SRS-X3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-SRS-X3-2.jpg?1404778558" /> </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/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re out in the sun or hiding in a tent, every scenario can be improved with music.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of portable speakers around, but Sony hopes to get your attention with its 2014 offerings, the pick of which is this SRS-X3.</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"> £100.00 </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"> Neat, portable design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good range of features </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Punchy, weighty sound </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"> Could be more rugged </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bass can be too much </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"> Distinctive lines </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 SRS-X3 has what Sony calls its &lsquo;Distinctive Outline&rsquo; design. That&rsquo;s a fluffy way of saying it&rsquo;s a rather nice box.</p> <p>The speaker has a rectangular, er, boxy shape with sloped edges. This is supposed to improve sound quality by reducing diffraction. The mix of materials is also meant to help: rubbery plastic on the top and sides, hard plastic for all edges, and metal for the front and back grilles.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</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="It&#039;s a box, but a fairly pretty box" alt="Sony SRS-X3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-SRS-X3-4.jpg?1404778558" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Controlled and connected </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a small box there&rsquo;s quite a lot going on. The battery lasts around seven hours, which is fairly typical. Inputs are via 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth 2.1. The top surface features NFC for easy pairing, as well as a load of buttons: power, volume, pairing, audio in, and answer. Yes, there&rsquo;s a microphone in case you feel the need to share your phone calls with the nice people in the park.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a &lsquo;Sound Mode&rsquo; button. Press this for a wider soundstage. Unlike most equaliser settings, this isn&rsquo;t a waste of time: you definitely get a greater sense of space.</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 use the line-in socket if you don&#039;t want to play music via Bluetooth" alt="Sony SRS-X3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-SRS-X3-3.jpg?1404778558" /> </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="There&#039;s a mic and call button if you want to go hands-free with your Bluetooth speaker. No? Us neither." alt="Sony SRS-X3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-SRS-X3-5.jpg?1404778558" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Passive aggressive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Under the surface there are two passive radiators &ndash; one at the front, the other at the back. This is nice for those looking for a bit of bass, because most portable speakers only have one, if any at all. There are also two 34mm drivers, each driven by a 10W amplifier.</p> <p>The sound is lively and punchy, and while the rather pronounced bass might offend those looking for a truly neutral balance, it adds weight without overwhelming the rest of the frequency range.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a nice sense of scale in that your tunes don&rsquo;t sound like they&rsquo;re coming from a beer can, and there&rsquo;s a good level of control &ndash; at least until you bump the volume up to really silly levels. No need for that, though &ndash; the SRS-X3 is plenty loud enough before you get to that stage.</p> <p>For best results, use it in more open spaces. It&rsquo;s more at home in a garden than the coffee table of a small room, where the bass gets a bit overbearing, forcing the midrange to take a back seat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/history-s-greatest-loudspeaker-back-business/feature" target="_blank">History&#39;s greatest loudspeaker is back in business</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There are black and white versions if the red is a bit shouty for you" alt="Sony SRS-X3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-SRS-X3-7.jpg?1404778558" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> In or out? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A foldable carry case suggests you take the SRS-X3 wherever you go, and at 850g it&rsquo;s certainly within the boundaries of reasonable portability. The build quality is strong, but the paintjob on the metal grilles does chip fairly easily. Factor in the lack of waterproofing, and it&rsquo;s clear this isn&rsquo;t meant for rugged outings. Better stick to picnics (unless your picnics are truly hardcore).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony SRS-X3 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 Sony SRS-X3 is handsome enough that you won&rsquo;t look silly with it, feature-packed enough that your portable music needs are more than catered for, and sweet-sounding enough to entertain just about anywhere.</p> <p>A more rugged design would make it even more adventure-proof, but for all but the most wild of outings this is an excellent musical partner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Music Systems 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="Sony SRS-X3 review verdict" alt="Sony SRS-X3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-SRS-X3-1.jpg?1404778558" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> sound </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"> design </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"> features </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-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> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-srs-x3/review#comments Bluetooth Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Sony SRS-X3 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:55:22 +0000 Tom Parsons 1440907 at http://www.stuff.tv Brothers in arms: is this the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact? http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s next-gen flagship warriors have been spotted in the wild. </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 sneak peek at Sony&#039;s upcoming flagships. " alt="Brothers in arms: is this the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z3-z3-mini.jpg?1404274768" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pictures of what appears to be a Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact have leaked online, sporting the same &#39;OmniBalance&#39; design we&#39;ve come to expect from Sony&#39;s rectangular glass-clad flagships.</p> <p>The photos, courtesy of Chinese site Digi-Wo, show off a larger device which it believes is the Xperia Z3. It&#39;s said to pack in a Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor and we expect spec fiends will be keeping their fingers crossed for the latter, more powerful version of Qualcomm&#39;s processors.</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/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news#comments Smartphones Sony Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:47:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440653 at http://www.stuff.tv Nissan's virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo 6 to Goodwood http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo goes from pixels to prototype </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="960" height="720" title="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" alt="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/10440928_728459453858888_7600276423787732334_n.jpg?1403890333" /> </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/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What an awesome render! </strong><br />Hold on a second. This isn&rsquo;t just digital fantasy, this is a genuine concept car, carbon fibre and all, unveiled yesterday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>But wasn&#39;t this made for Gran Turismo 6?</strong><br />Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital and Nissan&#39;s London design studio in Paddington originally planned this futuristic incarnation of the Nissan GT-R for the PS-3 racer GT6, but they just couldn&#39;t resist bringing it to life.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So do I even need to go to car shows any more?</strong><br />Good question. The <a href="http://www.gran-turismo.com/us/products/gt6/vgt/">Vision Gran Turismo</a> project is all about road-testing concept desgins with the public before car makers spend big bucks on bending steel and casting carbon fibre. If Nissan&#39;s Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turino makes it into production, expect to see other marques following suit.</p> <p>Soon, every new vehicle might make its digital debut long before the Geneva or LA circuses. (Remember that Nissan has already used Polyphony Digital to create all of the displays on the current generation GT-R).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2_NklC2Wnx8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="720" title="Much more painful to crash in real life" alt="Much more painful to crash in real life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10444719_728459787192188_8352688709924347092_n_0.jpg?1403890333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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><strong>When can I stack it?</strong><br />Gran Turismo 6 owners will be able to find out exactly how easy the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is to roll when it becomes available to download next month. It should sport a hybrid drivetrain that will boost performance figures to epic levels. If you want to get some revision in, take the current GT-R for a test ride. This current 542bhp monster can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds and industry insiders believe that could drop to an unbelievable 2.0 seconds or less should it employ the services of some electric motors.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s next for digital concepts? </strong><br />Gran Turismo turned 15 last year and to celebrate, its creator Kazunori Yamauchi asked automotive design studios around the globe to come up with exclusive creations. Volkswagen unveiled the 500bhp <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/virtual-reality-volkswagen-unleashes-gran-turismo-inspired-golf-gti-roadster/news" target="_blank">Golf GTI Roadster</a> last week and AMG dropped the stunning AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept late last year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="633" title="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" alt="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nissan-concept-2020-vision-gran-turismo-02.jpg?1403890333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/nissan-reveals-concept-2020-vision-gran-turismo" target="_blank">Autocar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/virtual-reality-volkswagen-unleashes-gran-turismo-inspired-golf-gti-roadster/news" target="_blank">Volkswagen unleashes ludicrous Gran Turismo-inspired Golf GTI Roadster</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> http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news#comments Cars Console games Gran Turismo 6 Hot Stuff Nissan PlayStation 4 Sony Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:45:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439365 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony A6000 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a6000/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new system camera may be tiny – but it packs a big photographic punch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s new system camera may be tiny – but it packs a big photographic punch" alt="Sony&#039;s new system camera may be tiny – but it packs a big photographic punch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-a6000-wall.jpg?1404121095" /> </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>The A6000 is Sony&rsquo;s new mid-range compact system camera, a 24.3MP E mount model that replaces the NEX-7 and slots underneath the full-frame A7 series. But its spec and capabilities put it into a bracket that doesn&rsquo;t feel so much mid-range as just-a-little-bit-less-than-top-of-the-range (sorry). Read on to find out why.</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (body only) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Incredibly fast, accurate autofocus </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tiny, lightweight and sturdy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, clear electronic viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive still and video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No in-body image stabilisation </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Small and sturdy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 A6000 may not be one of Sony&rsquo;s top tier E system cameras but it&rsquo;s still a beautifully made product: not only is it metal-bodied and sturdy as you could hope for something in its price range, it&rsquo;s also surprisingly compact and lightweight considering the inclusion of an APS-C sensor (more on that below). While the camera may be small, its large grip means it doesn&rsquo;t feel awkward or unsteady in the hand.</p> <p>The dimensions and weight in our spec box below do not take into account whichever lens you&rsquo;ve mounted on the camera, but the two we used (a Zeiss 16-70mm zoom and Zeiss 35mm prime) both felt fine and well balanced on the camera. Any E mount lens from Sony or third-party manufacturers will fit, and you can also use A mount DSLR system lenses with autofocus via a &pound;200 adapter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: Why you need a prime lens, and how to buy one</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="Not quite pocket-sized, but the A6000 is tiny for an APS-C camera" alt="Not quite pocket-sized, but the A6000 is tiny for an APS-C camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-hand.jpg?1404121095" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Photo and video quality: Super stuff </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 A6000 comes with a superb Exmor CMOS sensor: it&rsquo;s APS-C in terms of its physical size (so as large as the sensor on most full-size DSLRs) and boasts a resolution of 24.3MP.&nbsp; As we often stress in our camera reviews, more megapixels doesn&rsquo;t mean necessarily mean better performance &ndash; but in this case the images we took boast a level of crisp detail and rich, vivid colour you don&rsquo;t often see in system cameras this size.</p> <p>Because the sensor is physically large the A6000 performs very well in low light conditions, even when you don&rsquo;t pop up the tiny built-in flash. The camera&rsquo;s new BIONZ X image processing engine helps too, doing a fine job of reducing noise where it appears as well as offering a huge ISO range of 100-25600. With a reasonably fast lens attached, you can snap away in very murky conditions and still end the evening with plenty of usably sharp photos.</p> <p>Speaking of lenses, we should point out that the images we&rsquo;ve posted here were taken with Sony&rsquo;s Zeiss Vario-Tesser 16-70mm f/4 zoom and Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 prime lenses, which are priced at &pound;840 and &pound;700 respectively. Both, in other words, are significantly pricier than the A6000 body itself. Cheaper E mount lenses may not perform quite as well (you can buy it in a kit with the Vario-Tessar for &pound;1,300, with a 16-50mm power zoom lens for &pound;670, or with 16-50mm and 55-210mm zooms for &pound;880).</p> <p>On the video front, the A6000 is able to capture 1080p at 50, 25 or 24fps in either AVCHD or MP4 format. We found the video quality to be excellent and the stereo sound to be clear, even without an external microphone. It&rsquo;s not quite up to the stellar standards of the full-frame Sony A7R, but then the A6000 costs &pound;1,000 less&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R 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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-5_0.jpg?1404121095" /> </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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-8.jpg?1404121095" /> </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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-9.jpg?1404121095" /> </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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-3.jpg?1404121095" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Usability: View to a thrill </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 OLED electronic viewfinders are consistently fantastic, and that&rsquo;s the case here: clamp your eye to the EVF and you&rsquo;re rewarded with a large, bright and pin-sharp image that damn near fools you into thinking you&rsquo;re looking through an optical viewfinder. This, of course, is arguably better than optical, because it can overlay more information on screen and show you a preview of exactly how your shot is going to turn out. If you prefer, you can compose shots using the 3in tilting screen, which works well enough.</p> <p>The physical controls are small out of necessity, but the mode and adjustment dials are pleasingly chunky, and we didn&rsquo;t have any issues with changing settings on the fly using these and the other buttons.</p> <p>One thing we have to highlight is the incredible speed and accuracy of the A6000&rsquo;s autofocus. The A7R felt a little quicker to get a lock, but at this point we&rsquo;re talking milliseconds difference, so perhaps we&rsquo;re just subconsciouly assuming the A7R&rsquo;s hefty price tag makes it the speedier. The A6000 has 179 phase-detection focus points and 25 contrast-detection focus points, and between them they allow the camera to focus almost as soon as you start to press the shutter button. We&rsquo;d say it&rsquo;s faster than any DSLR we&rsquo;ve used.</p> <p>Unlike a lot of system cameras, there&rsquo;s no optical image stabilisation inside the A6000&rsquo;s body. We didn&rsquo;t find it a problem in our few weeks with the camera, as most of Sony&rsquo;s E-mount lenses are either equipped with stabilisation or fast enough to not need it. But if you&rsquo;re using slower, non-stabilised lenses you could notice some blurrier results when shooting handheld.</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 A6000&#039;s control layout works well, despite the tiny button sizes" alt="The A6000&#039;s control layout works well, despite the tiny button sizes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-wall-rear.jpg?1404121095" /> </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 screen tilts both up and down (but not left or right)" alt="The screen tilts both up and down (but not left or right)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-screen.jpg?1404121095" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A6000 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sensor: 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS</p> <p>Max ISO: 25600</p> <p>Video format: MP4 and AVCHD, 1080p at 60/50, 25 or 24fps</p> <p>Screen: 3in 921,600-dot LCD</p> <p>Electronic viewfinder: 1,440,000-dot touch sensitive OLED</p> <p>Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, micro USB, micro HDMI</p> <p>Dimensions: 120 x 66.9 x 45.1mm</p> <p>Weight: 344g</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"> Connectivity: NFC and Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 an increasing number of new cameras, Wi-Fi and NFC come included here. Tap your NFC-equipped smartphone or tablet on the side of the A6000 and you can transfer photos wirelessly, as well as use Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app to remotely trigger the camera shutter and change some basic settings. Honestly, we can&rsquo;t see many users taking advantage of this feature &ndash; it&rsquo;s a bit fiddly and transferring images using a cable is far quicker &ndash; but it works a little more reliably here than we&rsquo;ve seen on other cameras.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A6000 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>Sony has really nailed the concept of a compact system camera with its recent launches: something small enough to carry around almost everywhere you go but with power and features that rival &ndash; and in many instances outstrip &ndash; what you&rsquo;d get from a much bulkier DSLR. The A6000 is essentially a DSLR with an (excellent) electronic viewfinder and faster autofocus &ndash; but manages to deliver all that in a product half the size of most DSLRs. It&rsquo;s not cheap (at least not once you factor in a lens or two) but it&rsquo;s a user-friendly tool capable of producing truly excellent stills and videos.</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="Sony A6000: it&#039;s not flaky and we really like it" alt="Sony A6000: it&#039;s not flaky and we really like it" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-windowsill.jpg?1404121095" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A superb mid-ranger that puts the &ldquo;compact&rdquo; into compact system camera</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> A6000 Sony System Cameras Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440008 at http://www.stuff.tv