Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/xperia-z1/all en-GB Sony Xperia Z1: the 10 best apps to download first http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-10-apps-download-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are the perfect apps to make the most of Sony’s waterproof photo star of a smartphone </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 Z1: 10 apps to download right now" alt="Sony Xperia Z1: 10 apps to download right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony%20xperia%20z1.JPG?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just bought a Sony Xperia Z1? Lucky you &ndash; as our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">review</a> points out, it&rsquo;s a stonker of a smartphone with a fantastic camera and one of the most life-proof builds in mobile. Here are ten ideal apps (eight of them free) to get you started.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adobe Photoshop Express (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Photoshop on mobile may lack its desktop brother&rsquo;s ubiquity and do-it-all complexity, but it&rsquo;s still a fine image-editing app &ndash; and free to boot.</p> <p>Snaps taken with the Z1&rsquo;s camera can be cropped, straightened, rotated and flipped, and adjusted via slider for parameters like colour, contrast, clarity and tint. Alternatively, just tap the auto-fix button and the app will tweak everything using its own algorithms.</p> <p>There are also over 20 filters to apply, and the ability to share photos directly to all the usual social media suspects.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.psmobile" target="_blank">Download Adobe Photoshop Express</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adobe Photoshop Express (Free)" alt="Adobe Photoshop Express (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps-express.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Press (£1.93) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quite possibly Android&rsquo;s finest RSS reader, Press automatically pulls in stories from all your favourite websites, enabling you to swiftly browse through up-to-date headlines. It&rsquo;s a looker too, and because it&rsquo;s a paid app its clean layout isn&rsquo;t spoiled by unsightly ads.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twentyfivesquares.press" target="_blank">Download Press</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7rxks0xKues" 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"> Flickr (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Photo sharing service Flickr has been around for eons (in internet terms at least) and over the past couple of years flirted with fading into near-obscurity &ndash; but owner Yahoo! recently gave it a much-needed shot in the arm by handing every user a free terabyte of storage space.</p> <p>The mobile layout is much improved too, with a cleaner look and the ability to watch slideshows of your (or anyone else&rsquo;s) shots, or simply swipe through them.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yahoo.mobile.client.android.flickr" target="_blank">Download Flickr</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flickr (Free)" alt="Flickr (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flickr_0.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Super Stickman Golf 2 (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 simple but maddeningly addictive casual game in which you play increasingly outlandish holes of 2D golf. It&rsquo;s a little like Worms, a little like Angry Birds and not very much like actual golf (more fun, if you ask us).</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssg2" target="_blank">Download Super Stickman Golf 2</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VkiTNqJSn9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MapMyHike (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Z1 is tougher than 99 percent of its rivals &ndash; one of the few flagship smartphone models you could take out on a hike and not have to clad in some kind of watertight kevlar case.</p> <p>This app, from the makers of MapMyRun, is designed for hikers and thus tracks time, distance and elevation as you yomp through the wilderness. And because it plots accurate maps of your routes, it&rsquo;s a great way to remember the best ones for next time.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapmyhike.android2" target="_blank">Download MapMyHike</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MapMyHike (Free)" alt="MapMyHike (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mapmyhike.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Instagram (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instagram needs little introduction: it&rsquo;s the app that created a social network from square-format, artistically-filtered smartphone photographs (and now video clips). A great way to get more use out of the Z1&rsquo;s excellent camera, not least because your contacts&rsquo; shots will likely inspire you to try new things.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.android" target="_blank">Download Instagram</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Instagram (Free)" alt="Instagram (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/instagram.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nova Launcher Prime (£2.60) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 won&rsquo;t suit everybody, but if you want maximum scope to customise your Xperia Z1&rsquo;s home screen Nova Launcher is the app for you.</p> <p>It lets you create folders in the app drawer (woo!), create custom tabs to organise apps more effectively (double woo!), but its sexiest trait is that it gives you the ability to set actions and app startup to certain gestures. It also shows missed call, SMS and email counts on the home screen.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Nova Launcher Prime</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nova Launcher Prime (£2.60)" alt="Nova Launcher Prime (£2.60)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nova-launcher.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reddit is fun (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Reddit is one of the web&rsquo;s greatest repositories of interesting links, images, videos and memes &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not the easiest thing to view on your phone.</p> <p>This app aims to change all that, and largely succeeds. The UI is much more phone-friendly than the browser layout, making subreddits pain-free to browse, and you can sync it all up with your Reddit account. And despite being in beta, it&rsquo;s largely stable and glitch-free.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andrewshu.android.reddit" target="_blank">Download Reddit Is Fun</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Reddit is fun (Free)" alt="Reddit is fun (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reddit-is-fun.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> VSCO Cam (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 longtime iOS favourite that has now made its way to Android, VSCO is a neat and very stylish alternative to Photoshop or Snapseed.</p> <p>It allows for fine-tuned editing thanks to its arsenal of slider-adjusted tools, and its filters are a little more restrained than those of most rivals apps.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Download VSCO Cam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/355YBCwcQAY" 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-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 picked Netflix as our final app because it suits the Z1 well: not only does the smartphone have one of the best screens in the business, its waterproofing means you can sit in the bath and watch Breaking Bad.</p> <p>While the app is free, a Netflix subscription is required to use it &ndash; but at &pound;5.99 a month it&rsquo;s a steal for the amount of movies and TV shows it gives you access to.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient" target="_blank">Download Netflix</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">25 fantastic free Android games</a></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="Netflix (Free)" alt="Netflix (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix_2.jpg?1394634738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sony Xperia Z1: 10 apps you need </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"> Make the most of your waterproof phone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Android games Sony Xperia Z1 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:08:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431656 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sony Xperia Z1 is more powerful and more waterproof than the Xperia Z it follows, but is it worth the upgrade? </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 Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_7943.JPG?1397233252" /> </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/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&rsquo;s second flagship of 2013 &ndash; third if you count the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news" target="_blank">Z Ultra gigantophone</a> &ndash; is waterproof to 1.5m, making it ideal for a trip to the beach or a soak in the tub. Of course its predecessor, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z</a>, was similarly waterproof (although to just 1m), so what else is new?</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"> £480.00 </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"> One of the quickest Android phones on the planet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproofing </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"> Narrow viewing angles </div> <div class="field-item even"> Camera could be better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still not especially ergonomic </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"> Design and build: businesslike in all conditions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An impressive slab of tech, the Z1 is all sleek glass and rounded aluminium corners. It looks more business accessory than rugged gadget, but it is in fact waterproof. To enable this, all the ports are hidden behind flaps that sit flush to the edges of the phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s great for keeping the water out, but annoyingly fiddly when you have to pick open one of the small doors with your fingernails to charge it every night. Nail-biters will need to find a suitable tool to have any hope of penetrating its defences.</p> <p>At 170g, it&rsquo;s also pretty heavy and its flat, square shape isn&rsquo;t the most natural fit for a human palm. But the power and volume rocker are well positioned in the middle of the right-hand edge of the phone, and the handy notifications LED sits just at the top edge of the screen.</p> <p>UPDATE: the Z1 a bit on the big side for you? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Check out the Xperia Z1 Compact</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_7953.JPG?1397233252" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_7958.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Camera: not as perfect as ex-specs-ted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ah yes, the camera: this big- sensored 1/2.3in, f2 snapper (straight out of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx50/review" target="_blank">Sony HX50</a>, our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">No.1 compact camera</a>) is capable of taking beautiful shots with bags of detail to zoom in on or lovely out-of-focus backgrounds. Sadly when it comes to low-light skills, it often falls further down the pack.</p> <p>As on the Z, the Superior Auto mode (which shoots 16:9 by default) is superb and very fast at switching between scenes (for example landscape and macro). There are manual settings if you&rsquo;d prefer to tweak things yourself, plus Timeshift Burst, which takes 60 snaps in a row. And whichever option you choose, the Z1 is a fine everyday snapper. It&rsquo;s not the best 100% of the time &ndash; shots are detailed but colours can look washed out in direct sunlight, zooming in and out is juddery and it struggles to match the the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> for low-light shots.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12105242916/in/set-72157640083230104/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>The story is better for video, with smooth 1080p footage and Sony&rsquo;s neat Social Live feature, which live-streams footage straight to Facebook: probably one to warn your friends about first.</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 Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_7949.JPG?1397233252" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF4754.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OS - Less is more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like HTC, Sony&rsquo;s cloaked Android in a grown-up, cohesive skin, while keeping the core Jelly Bean experience. It&rsquo;s also ditched some of the bloatware, if not all of it. Still, the likes of its Unlimited and Walkman services are comprehensive, well designed and close to rivalling Apple&rsquo;s iTunes ecosystem.</p> <p>The Smart Connect app is handy for keeping track of which headsets and accessories you&rsquo;re hooked up to. Small apps, too, are a cut above the usual &ndash; you can choose either from existing ones such as Active Clip, Browser and Calendar or you can make your own widgets run on top of what you&rsquo;re viewing, putting that big ol&rsquo; 5in screen to full use.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s still lots to ignore, though, as Sony feels the need to develop and pile on tonnes of its own apps. Turns out the Xperia Lounge is really not worth spending time in.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 25 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF4751.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Screen: X-Reality check </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 X-Reality tech can make pics look more vibrant on your phone than they do anywhere else. The Z&rsquo;s struggles with viewing angles persist, though &ndash; lay it flat on a table with a bright wallpaper and watch in horror as the colours fade out.&nbsp;</p> <p>Otherwise it&rsquo;s bright and sharp &ndash; that 441ppi 1080p screen rendering web pages in crisp detail and really making video shine. And as long as you&rsquo;re not watching films with friends, you shouldn&rsquo;t find its narrow viewing sweet spot too much of a 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="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF4757.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery life: it’s got stamina if you need it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a (non-removable) 3000mAh battery you&rsquo;d expect the Z1 to last quite a while, though with the power and the screen it&rsquo;s packing, it needs all the help it can get. In our video rundown test with Wi-Fi on, no power saving options, a SIM inserted and X-Reality turned on the Z1 lasted 7.5 hours.</p> <p>In average daily use it gets a full day, overnight and until lunchtime the next. If you need longer, Sony&rsquo;s &lsquo;Stamina&rsquo; mode will increase this figure dramatically by automatically switching off Wi-Fi and mobile data when the phone is in standby. It&rsquo;ll mean you won&rsquo;t receive notifications but, especially overnight, it&rsquo;s a simple way to stop your battery going flat and getting the Z1 to easily last a couple of days.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: Z for zippy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/qualcomms-new-snapdragon-800-chip-brings-4k-video-smartphones/news" target="_blank">Qualcomm&rsquo;s 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chip</a> and 2GB of RAM, this should be one fast phone, and the benchmarks agree: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> puts it at a staggering 34,697. Compare that to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2&rsquo;s</a> score of 34,191, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4&rsquo;s</a> 24,280 and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z&rsquo;s</a> 20,582 and you start to get an idea of its pace.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark27&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">GFX Bench</a> (formerly GLBenchmark 2.7) pins it at 5929 frames at 52fps for the onscreen Egypt HD test, smashing the Galaxy S4&rsquo;s 4591@41fps and the HTC One&rsquo;s 3573@32fps.</p> <p>On the storage front, theres a very welcome microSD slot, letting you add up 64GB of storage to its standard 16GB internal offering.</p> <p>Our only concern with the Z1 is that when tested to the limits, downloading, filming or gaming, it gets very hot &ndash; no slowdown, no lag, just the slight worry it&rsquo;s about to combust in the hands. Still, that hasn&#39;t happened yet and at least it&rsquo;ll keep your mitts warm in the winter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">The 25 best free games for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF4750.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A beautiful slab of smartphone, the Xperia Z1 improves on the great start made by the Xperia Z. It&rsquo;s great-looking, fast and has a lovely screen - if you ignore the narrow viewing angles.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s light skinning of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean works well (an update to 4.4 Kit Kat is rumoured to be coming in early February), with some useful own-brand apps such as Video Unlimited, although you can certainly bin a couple of others. We love a smartphone that&rsquo;s designed to resist the punishment of everyday use, and while it&rsquo;s not the most rugged of phones, the 1.5m waterproofing is the sort of feature that we&rsquo;d like to see more manufacturers adding as standard.</p> <p>So the Z1 is a decent step up from the Z that irons out the kinks of its predecessor and makes us feel that Sony is really starting to come into its own. So much so that the Z1 could just be a footnote in Sony&rsquo;s quest for smartphone greatness. We look forward to seeing what Sony comes up with next.</p> <p>UPDATE: the Z1&#39;s successor is now leaking all over the place. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Check out our Xperia Z2 (aka Sirius) Preview</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-10-apps-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The first 10 apps you should download for your Xperia Z</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review"><strong>Sony Xperia Z2 review&nbsp;</strong></a></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 Xperia Z1 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_7947.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not a massive upgrade over the original Z, but Sony fans will still find a lot to love about this waterproof slab of glass</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof, powerful and so very nearly the best phone out there </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF4751_0.JPG?1397233252" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425764 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 mind-blowing features that prove phones are getting smarter than ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The killer apps and capabilities of five of the best Android and Windows Phone 8 phones in the world right now </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="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" alt="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Brilliant%20features%20of%20smartphones.JPG?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It's not just Apple that can innovate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here are the most inspired and useful features of five of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">10 best smartphones</a>&nbsp;in the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> LG G2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2 garnered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/lg-g2-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">rave reviews</a> from Stuff HQ for its smart bits and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">how it measured up</a> against a couple of the phones mentioned here. We loved how easily it chomps through tasks, its whole-day-and-then-some battery life and its bleedingly sharp screen, but what sneaked into our hearts was a simple feature you’d think smartphone developers would have thought of long ago - KnockOn.</p> <p dir="ltr">This ingeniously simple feature allows users to tap twice on the G2’s screen to wake it up or knock it out. Since the G2’s design resulted in the power button being shifted to the back, KnockOn is more of a necessity than a creative move. We’re not fussy about details, as long as new useful ways of doing things are the end result of inconvenience.</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="940" height="705" title="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G2.JPG?1378980696" /> </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"> LG G2 killer feature </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>What a feat(ure): KnockOn knocks it out of the park with its intuitiveness, but be sure to clear a space on the home screen to make it a smooth slide into la la land. Plus, you never have to fiddle with the power button again (except when you want to switch the phone off proper).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The One brought a ton of new features to the Android community including a beautiful body, a refreshed home page and Harry Potter-esque photos in the form of Zoe shots. It brought a much needed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature" target="_blank">breath of style</a> to the dowdy Android pack and also gave us the new UltraPixel camera, choosing to increase sensor size over megapixel count.</p> <p dir="ltr">And with that unconventional move, HTC proved that less is, sometimes, more with better-lit low light shots and a restless gallery of photos to mix things up via Zoe shots. While the Zoe may be an interesting feature, it’s still more of a novelty than a go-to given the memory it snuffles up with each click. Impressive concepts but HTC still needs to tweak them to make them useful in the long run.</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="HTC One" alt="HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One killer feature </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>What a feat(ure): Amongst its innovative offerings, BlinkFeed is the most practical of them. For information-guzzlers, the fresh feed is a godsend, snatching up the latest goss’ from your chosen sources to piece together in an unending scroll of brainfood. Saves us the inconvenience of opening one app at a time to feed our eyes. With its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-mini/review-0" target="_blank">Mini-me</a>&nbsp;outed and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/59in-htc-one-max-phablet-spotted-press-shot/news" target="_blank">a larger version</a>&nbsp;spotted in the wild, you’ll find that One size fits all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 925 is one of the finest beasts in the Nokia stable (that is, until they trot the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a> out). We could <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">wax lyrical about its hi-tech innards</a>, but we’re sure you’ve had enough of stats.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a Windows phone, it’s tough to go up against the iOS and Android big boys in terms of downloadable apps. But there’s one area in which Android phones have failed us time and again, and that is...the camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">For some reason, Android phone cameras just ain’t bringing it with their inaccurate colour replication, loss of detail and demand of completely steady hands. They do try to compensate with loads of camera features, but they’re not fooling us much. The Lumia 925’s 8.7MP PureView eye sees all clearly and gives the iPhone 5 a run for its money with its image stabilisation system.</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="Nokia Lumia 925" alt="Nokia Lumia 925" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20Lumia%20925.png?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 killer feature </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 dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): With Smart Cam, you can apply the camera effects (best shot, object removal, action shot or motion focus) post-capture instead of being made to commit beforehand. How are our fickle minds supposed to know which mode the shot will look best in? Users can even bump their skills up a notch manually with the Nokia Pro Cam app.</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"> Sony Xperia Z1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Though we do have doubts about the camera performance of Android devices, Sony Mobile’s latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/ifa-2013/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> might reassure us. With its 20.7MP snapper, 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor and an f/2.0, 27mm equivalent lens, it should make short work of its competitors.</p> <p dir="ltr">Put the hardware aside, and you’ll find more reasons to be impressed with its camera software features. Some, like the Timeshift Burst and its ability to capture 60 consecutive frames, is not the newest kid on the block (think Samsung Galaxy S4) but it adds more functionality to the 20.7MP camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Z1 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Film a video, and broadcast it onto your Facebook page immediately with Social Live. Every other app is centred around the Z1’s snapper, from Info Eye that uses Amazon to recognise books to Vivino which sneakily tells you what wine you are drinking and lets you pass off as a wine connoisseur. AR Effect adds a dinosaur to the mix, mostly to entertain your kids but the novelty will wear off after a few shots.</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="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z1.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 killer feature </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 dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): Sony Mobile is no lightweight when it comes to imaging functions for its Android smartphones. Its impressive hardware and just as innovative software that works in tandem with the 20.7MP shooter will get nods of approval from shutterbugs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Two years ago, Samsung raised a few eyebrows with the first Galaxy Note. Tech pundits had doubts over its gargantuan (by that year’s standard) 5.3in display. While most people are more concerned with how ridiculous you’ll look (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/7-ways-look-good-using-phablet/feature-0" target="_blank">we have the solution for that</a>), one feature was uncharacteristically left out of the limelight - the stylus.</p> <p dir="ltr">The S Pen triggered a revival of the smartphone stylus, once a necessary tool to interact with the resistive touchscreens of antique devices. Yet, the Samsung stylus has done more than that, introducing Air View, which shows a preview of an image or e-mail when the S Pen hovers over them, on the Galaxy Note 2.</p> <p dir="ltr">Last week, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> revealed a new feature for the S Pen, dubbed Air Command, that reveals a ring with five commands - Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Action Memo, in particular, is a nifty little tool that makes handwriting interact naturally with the phone’s features. Scribbling a phone number will trigger a call, while an address will let you look it up on the map when Action Memo is activated.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Note%203.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 killer feature </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 dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): The pen is mightier than the sword. And Samsung's S Pen stylus is mightier than the pen. Particularly as it'll now let you play with the awesome Pen Window. You simply draw an oblong on-screen and are presented with options as to what you'd like to fill it with, including YouTube videos, calendar and the eternally useful calculator. The apps then ready and willing to do you bidding.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature#comments Android G2 Galaxy Note 3 HTC LG Lumia 925 Nokia One Samsung Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Xperia Z1 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:11:38 +0000 Will Findlater 1426565 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Sony Xperia Z1 – packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-sony-xperia-z1-packed-brim-cutting-edge-tech/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With its higher-end camera, powerful guts and a stunning full HD display, Sony&#039;s Xperia Z1 is much more than just a refreshed Xperia Z </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="Hands-on video review: Sony Xperia Z1 – packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech" alt="Hands-on video review: Sony Xperia Z1 – packed to the brim with cutting-edge tec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-07%20at%2011.17.19.png?1378606642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2654626526001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2654626526001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-sony-xperia-z1-packed-brim-cutting-edge-tech/video#comments IFA 2013 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:16:12 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1426339 at http://www.stuff.tv Video preview: Sony Xperia Z1 – powerful, waterproof and a beefed up camera http://www.stuff.tv/sony/video-preview-sony-xperia-z1-powerful-waterproof-and-beefed-camera/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Calling all shutterbugs: Sony&#039;s focusing its efforts on smartphone photography in a big way this year and it starts with the waterproof 20.7MP-toting Xperia Z1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-05%20at%2014.24.52.png?1378460700" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2650468242001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2650468242001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/video-preview-sony-xperia-z1-powerful-waterproof-and-beefed-camera/video#comments IFA 2013 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:23:52 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1426245 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Sony Xperia Z1 - more of the same, but a whole lot better http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony refreshes its flagship smartphone – and we&#039;ve got our paws on it </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 Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-01.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony's taken the wraps off its new flagship smartphone the Xperia Z1 – but is this just a refreshed Xperia Z, or something more?</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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> Spot the difference </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Z1's an evolution rather than a revolution. The Xperia design language hasn't been overhauled with the Z1 – in fact, the exterior is pretty much identical to the Xperia Z. That means the same glass build, in the same black, white and purple finishes, with a chunky power button tucked around the side.&nbsp;</p> <p>The less visible features have been upgraded, though, with the water- and dust-proofing bumped up to IP55 and IP58 protection. Unlike its waterproof rival, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the Xperia Z1 retains the Z's plasticky flaps to protect its precious ports.</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="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-02.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 gets social with the Z1&#039;s camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera is where Sony's made the most improvements to the Z1. Gone is the Xperia Z's 13.1MP snapper, replaced with a 20.7MP 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor and an f/2.0, 27mm equivalent lens.</p> <p>Camera apps run within the main camera app; the most interesting is Social Live, which lets you livestream video to your Facebook page – effectively turning every Z1 user into an outside broadcast unit for citizen journalists. Info Eye is similar to Google Goggles, using Amazon for book recognition, Vivino for recognising bottles of wine - which appeared to work surprisingly well - and Tripadvisor for looking up ill-informed complaints about hotels.&nbsp;</p> <p>A Timeshift Burst feature lets you snap 60 frames in a row and pick out the best shot – like the Galaxy S4's camera, it constantly buffers 30 frames in advance, so it shoots from just before you press the shutter. The more frivolous AR Effect, meanwhile, lets you liven up your pics and video by inserting a cartoon dinosaur.</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 Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-03.jpg?1378466289" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-04.jpg?1378466289" /> </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 Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-06.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-05.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Under the hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Z1's had a spec boost over the Z – it packs a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, along with 2GB of RAM.&nbsp;</p> <p>The juice is supplied by a 3000mAh battery, which should keep the Z1 ticking over nicely – although as always, you'll have to wait for our full review to find out how it fares in the real world.</p> <p>Internal storage is a little scanty at just 16GB, although a microSD card slot allows for up to 64GB of additional storage to be added. The Z1's by-now-standard NFC means you can link it up to loads of other Sony gizmos – including, presumably, the PS4 (although Sony wouldn't confirm this).</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 Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-08.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A 1080p screen – colour us unsurprised </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Z1 packs the by-now-standard 5in 1080p display, with Sony adding the same Triluminos and X-Reality tech used in new Bravia TVs – which, it claims, increases the colour gamut. At first glance, it's plenty bright and colourful enough to render images and video – though a proper assessment will have to wait until we can see it side by side with rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.</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 Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-09.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Extras and 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's bundling the Z1 with 60 days of free Music Unlimited, 6 free movie downloads on Video Unlimited – one of which has to be Elysium, which frankly is no bad thing – and 10 games.</p> <p>Although it's not a comprehensive overhaul of Sony's flagship phone, the Xperia Z1 does offer several incremental improvements – as always, we'll be digging deeper into the performance and battery life in our full review, so stay tuned.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-hands-on-07.jpg?1378466289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sony Xperia Z1 hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our hands on the smartphone formerly known as Honami </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature#comments IFA 2013 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:48:45 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426127 at http://www.stuff.tv The 'Honami' is real: Sony's 20MP Xperia Z1 superphone launches at IFA 2013 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/sony-xperia-z1-launches-ifa-2013/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The long-rumoured smartphone is official – it&#039;s the Xperia Z1, and it&#039;s got an incredible spec list </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 Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z1-01a.jpg?1378311141" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013">IFA</a> tech show in Berlin.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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"> That 20MP camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z1's camera features a whopping 1/2.3in 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, with f/2.0 aperture – alongside a host of new camera apps.</p> <p>They include Social Live, which lets you livestream video to your Facebook page, along with the Google Goggles-a-like Info Eye. Timeshift Burst lets you snap 60 frames in a row, buffering 30 frames in advance so that you can pick shots from before you even pressed the shutter. A more playful AR Effect app lets you add augmented reality images and characters to your pics and video.</p> <p>Sony's PlayMemories Online app has also been tweaked, adding a new All Sync feature that allows you to auto-upload all of your pics, Dropbox-style – without any cap on storage.</p> <p>Available in the standard Xperia hues of black, white and purple, the Xperia Z1 will hit shelves in September, although exact pricing and release date info have yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for the latest news – and check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature">hands-on review</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-02a.jpg?1378311141" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-03a.jpg?1378311141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ifa-2013/sony-xperia-z1-launches-ifa-2013/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/sony-xperia-z1-launches-ifa-2013/news#comments IFA 2013 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:45:07 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426180 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Honami superphone could be called the Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-honami-could-be-called-xperia-z1/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaked press shots reveal Sony&#039;s latest slab of Android – and its 20.7MP, 4K camera </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 Z1 Honami" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Honami" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z1-honami.jpg?1378226335" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony's rumoured Honami superphone just got a name – and a face.</p> <p>According to Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/DooMLoRD_XDA/status/369407912055025664">@doomlord_xda</a> – a longtime user of the XDA-Developers forum who's leaked Sony Xperia details in the past – the Honami could be called the Xperia Z1. However, previous rumours have suggested that it'll be called the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/20mp-sony-xperia-i1-eyes-nokia-lumia-1020-and-galaxy-s4-zoom/news">Xperia i1 Honami</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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"> Specs appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The phone's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/will-sony-xperia-honami-shoot-4k-video/news">reported spec list</a> includes a 5in, 1080p display, 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD) and a 3000mAh battery, plus the by-now-standard Xperia NFC connectivity and water and dust resistance.</p> <p>But the standout feature of the Honami is its 20.7 MP camera with Xenon and LED flash – reportedly capable of shooting 4K video. Not surprising, given that Sony is pushing 4K video in a big way, with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature">media streamer, 4K TVs</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sony-ps4-vs-xbox-one-4k-war-begins/feature">PS4</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/DooMLoRD_XDA/status/369407912055025664">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.eprice.com.cn/mobile/talk/4800/4515370/1">ePrice</a> via <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_honami_press_shot_leaks_to_be_called_xperia_z1-news-6614.php">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="362" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Honami" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Honami" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z1-honami-01.jpg?1378226335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/honami/sony-honami-could-be-called-xperia-z1/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-honami-could-be-called-xperia-z1/news#comments Honami Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:48:58 +0000 Stephen Graves 1425724 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 vs iPhone 5 vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-htc-one-and-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does LG’s new flagship have what it takes to tempt people away from its main Android and iOS peers? </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="LG G2 and HTC One" alt="LG G2 and HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has just unveiled the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/watch-out-galaxy-s4-lg-g2-official-and-it-packs-one-hell-punch/news">G2</a>, its new flagship Android phone and a concerted attempt by the Korean company to enter the smartphone big leagues.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G2 is the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, here clocked at 2.26GHz. It’s teamed up with 2GB of RAM. That sounds like an awful lot of processing power.</p> <p>The only phone here that matches it on paper is the Sony Xperia Z1, which also packs the Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a proprietary dual-core 1.3GHz A6 chip and 1GB of RAM, and the HTC One rocks a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz and 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also sports 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 600, but it’s clocked slightly higher than the One at 1.9GHz. All, on paper, lag behind the LG G2.</p> <p>In practice, the G2 wipes the floor with the above opposition (with the exception of the Xperia Z1, which we haven't tested yet but expect to run it very close). In our review, it garnered an AnTuTu benchmark score of almost 34,191, while the HTC One managed "only" 25,651. It's the most powerful phone we've used to date, and more than beefy enough to handle anything you throw at it.</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="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G2 has a 5.2in 1920 x 1080 (423ppi) screen that runs almost edge-to-edge on the front face; despite its giant dimensions, this means you can still hold the phone (reasonably) comfortably in one hand. It uses IPS LCD tech and offers better brightness (if not sharpness) than the HTC One’s 4.7in 1920 x 1080 LCD. It also has wide viewing angles (not hugely important for a phone but nice all the same) and deep, inky blacks.</p> <p>The Samsung S4’s 5in Super AMOLED matches G2 for resolution, while the iPhone 5’s 4in LCD Retina display features 1136 x 640 pixels, putting it at the bottom of this particular pile.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1's LCD offers the same 1920 x 1080 resolution in a 5in size, so it's slightly sharper than the G2. We have yet to test it out fully, so can't say with certainty which offers the better colour reproduction and contrast. Sony has crammed new picture-enhancing technologies (Triluminous Display and X-Reality) into the Z1, however, which may give it the edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Build 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>The G2’s outer body is mostly constructed from plastic, but unlike the S4 doesn’t have a removeable backplate, so it’s less creaky than Samsung’s phone. It’s sleek too, thanks to the only physical buttons being the rear-mounted power and volume keys.</p> <p>The metal-bodied iPhone 5 and HTC One are a level above the G2. The One in particular, with its beautifully machined, seamless unibody, feels like a phone apart in this group. The Sony Xperia Z1 is also a sleeker, more sophisticated-looking handset than the G2 and comes with the added bonus of waterproofing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has equipped the G2 with a 13MP camera and optical image stabilisation (OIS) to combat the blurriness that can occur when taking photos with unsteady hands. It’s the only phone here to offer OIS, but the feature is available on certain Nokia Lumia models (like the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">1020</a>).</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1 features a 20.7MP sensor, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13MP sensor, the iPhone 5’s snapper offers 8MP and the HTC One musters 4MP. Of course, the One’s sensor has an “UltraPixel” design that cuts down the number of pixels in order to make each individual pixel larger and more effective in low light. So it’s not really helpful to merely compare megapixel counts when discussing which camera is best. There’s also the quality of the lens, colour reproduction and contrast to consider. The iPhone 5, for instance, is widely regarded as better for photos than the Galaxy S4 despite its smaller number of megapixels.</p> <p>In testing the G2's snapper proves as impressive as it looks on paper. It's particularly adept in low light, even with the flash turned off, delivering far sharper shots than the Samsung S4. The colours pop more too.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 seems most likely to prove a formidable opponent when it comes to camera quality (although the G2 still holds the optical stabilisation card). We'll update this article once we've given it a proper review.</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 Xperia Z1 camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-camera_0.jpg?1378743300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 comes with a giant non-removeable 3,000mAh battery that combines snugly with the Snapdragon 800’s power-saving capabilities to deliver a lot of use: we got 19 hours of normal level use out of it before it dropped to five percent battery, which is pretty immense. You won't get similar longevity from the iPhone 5, HTC One or Galaxy S4.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a 1,440mAh battery, the HTC One 2,300mAh and the Samsung Galaxy S4 2,600mAh. The S4 is the only model here with a user-swappable battery, however, so you’re able to carry a spare around with you in case of power running low.</p> <p>What we are interested to see is how the Sony Z1 matches up. It also sports a Snapdragon 800 and 3,000mAh battery (and a slightly smaller screen) so in theory it should last about as long.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2 battery screen" alt="LG G2 battery screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-battery_0.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> User interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G2 runs on the Android 4.2.2 operating system, over which is layered LG’s own UI software. While the Snapdragon 800 keeps everything fast and lag-free, and LG has dropped in a few unique tricks of its own design (the ability to turn on the screen by knocking on it twice, a restricted-access “Guest Mode” for when you’re handing the phone to kids or friends), we can’t help but feel we’d much rather have Google’s stock Nexus Android interface.</p> <p>The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 also use their respective manufacturers’ own UIs, but the former two are available with the stock edition of Android too. Perhaps LG, which enjoys a good working relationship with Google, will go down the same route a few months from launch?</p> <p>The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 (soon to be updated to iOS 7), which offers a much tighter, slicker and friendlier user experience than any of the manufacturer-tweaked versions of Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2 guest mode" alt="LG G2 guest mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-guest-mode_0.jpg?1378743300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G2 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of non-expandable storage. The Sony Z1 comes in 16GB only. All the other models offer up to 64GB built-in – the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options, the HTC One in 32GB and 64GB and the Samsung S4 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Samsung S4 and Sony Z1 also feature a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB of additional space.</p> <p>There’s no IR port on the G2, something you’ll find on both the One and S4. But it does sport a 24-bit, 192kHz DAC, which can mean better audio quality through headphones (you’ll need to have compatible files on the phone, naturally).</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="iPhone 5" alt="iPhone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 has impressive hardware, and on paper is the equal or better to all of these other flagship devices when it comes to almost all specs, storage excepted.</p> <p>In the flesh we've found it to be the best smartphone currently on the market, and you can read exactly why we think that in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">full review</a>. We have yet to give the Sony Xperia Z1 a full review, though, so it's entirely possible that it could knock the G2 off its perch when it goes on sale.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2 and competitors" alt="LG G2 and competitors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-competitors.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-htc-one-and-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple G2 Galaxy S4 HTC iPhone 5 LG One Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:15:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425396 at http://www.stuff.tv