Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/all en-GB Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two high-end tablet kings from the rival clans of Apple and Google are ready to fight to the death for your cash. Which will you choose? </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="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-nexus-9-vs-ipad-air-2.jpg?1418552958" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google versus Apple. Rivalries don&#39;t come much bigger than this.</p> <p>Well, technically, HTC versus Apple. But either way, it&#39;s Android&#39;s tablet poster boy squaring up to Apple&#39;s flagship tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>With specs galore and the latest versions of iOS and Android on offer, we&#39;ve got a real fight on our hands. So let&#39;s jump straight in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air 2 (£500) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />Another year, another iPad. But this one&nbsp;is a bit special. For the same &pound;400 as&nbsp;last year, you get the world&rsquo;s thinnest tablet that&rsquo;s also the world&rsquo;s best for use out in the sun. It even has a fingerprint scanner just like the iPhone 6. The correct response: Cor, blimey.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />At first glance, the iPad Air 2 may seem&nbsp;a bit too similar to last year&rsquo;s Air. But it&rsquo;s&nbsp;a big step forward in some ways. At 6.1mm it&rsquo;s incredibly slim &mdash; much skinnier than the Nexus 9. This and the relatively light 437g weight mean it&rsquo;s fairly portable despite being bigger than the Nexus thanks to its 9.7-inch display.&nbsp;</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t mind being outside either,&nbsp;as it has a fantastic anti-glare coating&nbsp;that all but banishes reflections. Just&nbsp;make sure you don&rsquo;t take it out in the&nbsp;rain &ndash; it loves the sun, but really hates&nbsp;the wet stuff.</p> <p>With its metal body, it&rsquo;s a bit snazzier and better-made than the Google tab;&nbsp;and while the Nexus&rsquo;s graphics brain sounds impressive, so is the iPad&rsquo;s&nbsp;A8X chipset. Devs have even got parts&nbsp;of Battlefield 4 working on the thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t mind paying an extra &pound;80 then the&nbsp;iPad is the full package.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★★</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Hero.JPG?1418552958" /> </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"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Triple-core Apple A8X CPU<br />8MP front camera,<br />1.2MP rear<br />240x169.5x6.1 mm<br />437g (Wi-Fi version)<br />444g (4G version)</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"> Google Nexus 9 (£320) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />The first new Nexus tablet since the 2013 Nexus 7 shakes things up with an iPad-shaped 4:3 screen, super-powered 192-core graphics chip and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It&rsquo;s also &pound;80 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, giving you some change to tool up with accessories.</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />The Nexus 9 isn&rsquo;t going to make jaws drop like an iPad Air 2 might. With a plastic rear and a thicker body, it&rsquo;s more ordinary-looking and feeling. The new, squatter aspect doesn&rsquo;t half make it great to use compared with earlier Androids, though &ndash; especially for sofa-based browsing. And the 8.9-inch screen offers exactly the same number of pixels as the iPad.</p> <p>Google seems to want to make Android a bit more iPad-like in its style, too. Lollipop shakes off many of Android&rsquo;s residual nerdy bits, and the smartly restrained colours of its interface would make Farrow &amp; Ball proud. Sadly, there are still many Android apps that aren&rsquo;t optimised for tablets, and one of Android&rsquo;s great advantages (removable storage) has been left out.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the hardcore crowd, the Tegra K1 brings oodles of power, but we struggled to find a real-world difference. They&rsquo;re both as fast and smooth as a freshly buttered otter.</p> <p>The design isn&rsquo;t as pristine, but it&rsquo;s the most convincing iPad-style Android alternative.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★☆</p> <p><b>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9 review</a></b></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="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14_0.jpg?1418552958" /> </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"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>8.9in 2048x1536 IPS LCD<br />Dual-core 2.5GHz<br />Nvidia Tegra K1<br />8MP front camera,&nbsp;1.6MP rear<br />228.2x153.7x7.9mm<br />425g (Wi-Fi version)<br />436g (4G version)</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"> 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 iPad Air 2 walks away victorious, and is the tablet we&#39;d recommend if you&#39;re sitting on the fence.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple&#39;s build quality is far superior, with a solid, deliciously thin metal body on offer, compared to the Nexus 9&#39;s plastic build.</p> <p>iOS tablets app remain on top too, with more dedicated slicker, prettier made-for-tablet apps residing on Apple&#39;s app store.</p> <p>If you&#39;re an Android fan of course then there&#39;s no competition however: the Nexus 9 will be the way to go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="424" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-in-hand_2.JPG?1418552958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature#comments Apple Google iPad Air 2 Nexus 9 Tablets Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:26:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455221 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Apple iPad Air 2 is the Tablet of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s second SkinnyTab does what the first one did, and triumphs over the tablet competition </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="And our winner is... the Apple iPad Air 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-tablet-apple-ipad-air-2.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tablets have been around for long enough now that the market has matured and fragmented.</p> <p>No longer are they all just 9.7in rectangles running iOS - they&#39;re 12in rectangles running Windows 8 and 8.3in rectangles running Android for less than &pound;130 and 10.5in rectangles with ridiculously sharp screens and 8in rectangles which can play proper PC games and... well, you get the idea.</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</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"> Winner: Apple iPad Air 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having been left behind in the race 
for smartphone superiority, Apple 
is determined not to let its tablet 
crown topple &ndash; and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a> is a pretty good way of holding it up. </p> <p>The adjectives are the same: slimmer, lighter and, er, screenier, but as usual, the Air 2 is greater than the sum of its extremely lightweight parts. </p> <p>New screen tech means it&rsquo;s less reflective and easier to eyeball, making it better for everything from reading to movie-watching and editing, plus the addition of TouchID saves you seconds, which can be 
saved up over time and used to 
reply to Android fanboys on the 
internet. Here&rsquo;s a sample response: 
the best has just got better.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-2.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Runner up: Asus Transformer Book T100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus had already nailed the Android-hybrid-tablet thing with its various Transformer devices - now it&#39;s done the same for Windows 8. The 10.1in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Transformer Book T100</a> comes with an excellent keyboard and more than enough power to run proper Windows software - all of which makes the dream of running full Photoshop on a tablet a reality. Its very reasonable price - it can be found for &pound;300 - is the icing on a tasty cake.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2917" height="2188" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-Transformer-Book-T100.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Runner up: Microsoft Surface Pro 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>Is it a tablet or is it a laptop? Truth is, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3</a> is both. But incredibly - and thankfully - it makes no compromise on either front. As a tablet, it&#39;s supremely powerful, with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and as much as 512GB of SSD storage. It runs full-fat Windows 8 software, has a big, attractive 12in screen and comes with a truly useful pen accessory. Oh, and it&#39;s a great laptop too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-3.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Runner up: Nvidia Shield Tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Shield</a> is the ultimate gaming tablet - an 8in monster that runs on Nvidia&#39;s own super-powerful Tegra K1 processor. Frankly, it destroys any Android game currently available, but that&#39;s hardly a problem as you&#39;ll be too busy streaming the latest titles to it straight from your gaming PC. With no lag. Very impressive.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield Tablet review</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="927" height="695" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nvidia-Shield-Tablet.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Runner up: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the very best Android tablets yet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a> is a real all-rounder. A stunning&nbsp;2560x1600&nbsp;screen that demands to be stared at is the headline feature, but the fact that it also has a slim, attractive build, great battery life, bags of software tricks and an excellent camera means the iPad&#39;s finally got a true rival.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review</a>&nbsp;</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="4500" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-10-5.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Runner up: Tesco Hudl 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Hudl 2 could be subtitled &#39;The cheap tablet that&#39;s actually really good&#39;. Because it is. It has a full HD screen with pin-sharp 273ppi display, fast quad-core processor, plenty of RAM and even that rarity in tablets, a microHDMI socket. And it&#39;s available for &pound;130. &pound;130! That&#39;s less than a cinema ticket these days. Incredible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/best-cheap-tablets-world-reviewed/feature">The best cheap tablets - reviewed</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">Click here to see all of the Stuff Gadget Award 2014 winners</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="Tesco Hudl 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tesco-Hudl.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Tablets Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:25:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454194 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android fans: Lollipop is the tasty update you&#039;ve been waiting for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A fresh lick of paint " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-5.0-lollipop-review-main.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we&#39;ve got a newer, tastier version of Google&#39;s OS in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most exciting updates in years - new levels of polish, new features and some catching up with iOS make it an essential download.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been swiping and nudging our way around Android 5.0 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. This is all you need to know - you want this on your phone or tablet asap.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh, peppy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clever notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> New battery saving mode </div> <div class="field-item even"> User profiles and guest mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some UI tweaks are confusing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bye bye lockscreen widgets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fresh new look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&#39;s new look is called Material Design, and we love it.</p> <p>Upgrading to Google&rsquo;s new aesthetic is a surefire way for any older Nexus or Motorola handsets to get their mojo back. For devices with custom skins, such as Sense UI and TouchWiz, the design tweaks from Google will make less of an impact but manufacturers may pick and choose from the new elements.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to Google&rsquo;s individual apps of late you&rsquo;ll have known what was coming. It&rsquo;s more colourful, with subtle shadows, and the &lsquo;stacked cards&rsquo; Overview carousel is slicker. This can now include Chrome tabs (if you want it to - it can get messy) as well as apps.</p> <p>The Roboto font has been tweaked to be curvier and wider, there&rsquo;s a lot of clean, white space now (dialler, app drawer) and the navigation buttons have been given a PlayStation controller-style, minimalist makeover.</p> <p>Our favourite addition is the new floating action button - in each app, Google picks what it thinks is the most useful shortcut and sticks in a colourful circular icon at the bottom. Compose email, keypad etc. It&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s obvious.</p> <p>Just one thing - the animations between apps, menus and screens are nice and &lsquo;fluid&rsquo; as intended but they can be a bit jumpy, a bit poppy, a bit distracting. Just as when we first saw iOS 7 we got a bit dizzy, so too Android 5.0 takes a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Everything you need to know about the Nexus 6&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Love dat floating action button " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-material-design.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1350" height="1200" title="Chrome tabs can be taken out of the Overview screen " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-overview.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can I get it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, Google&rsquo;s latest release is available out of the box on this year&rsquo;s Google tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> (which we&rsquo;ve tested here) and this year&rsquo;s Google phone, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6 </a>(which we&#39;ll hav a full review of very shortly). It&rsquo;s also already rolling out to older Nexus devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> and Nexus 10, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014) </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield tablet</a>.</p> <p>Samsung? HTC? LG? The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 </a>will be biting into Lollipop by Christmas and if you have a One (M7) or (M8), expect the update to Sense by February to hit the usual 90-day promise. Whatever smartphone or tablet you own, don&rsquo;t panic. This time, you shouldn&rsquo;t be left waiting too long.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarter notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&rsquo;s notification system is prettier, smarter and now even more useful. The first stage of the overhaul is that notifications now sit as white &lsquo;cards&rsquo; underneath the quick settings panel (which now includes a Cast Screen button for Chromecast users). So far, so standard.</p> <p>But Lollipop also uses the idea of &lsquo;banners&rsquo; really nicely. Notifications now drop in from the top of the screen so that you can carry on playing your game or watcing your movie in relative peace. This even includes phone calls which would typically have taken over the whole smartphone screen. These notification banners are actionable (open, delete, reply etc) as are the new lockscreen notifications, one area where we see Google catching up to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>This has been one bugbear around the Stuff office amongst iPhone users who have switched to Android - they&rsquo;re used to seeing messages on the lockscreen. Well, here they are in Android working nicely - you have to double tap the card, otherwise there would be too many accidents. Lockscreen widgets have been bumped in their place though and this might make a few power users angry.</p> <p>The last new notifications feature (and another bit of catching up) is Lollipop&rsquo;s new management of &lsquo;interruptions&rsquo; as they are wonderfully titled. This is a version of Do Not Disturb on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS</a> and Assist on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)</a>. Here, it allows the starring of contacts to let phone calls through, tweaking of the volumes of alerts, the whitelisting of apps to allow notifications onto the lockscreen. Everything can be personalised just so, apart from setting different &lsquo;bedtimes&rsquo; for different schedules. But now we&rsquo;re just being fussy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Notifications stack as white cards under quick settings " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-notifications.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="1200" title="Now calls from your boss are officially named interruptions " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-interruptions.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome tweaks to Google apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the new goodies that arrived with iOS 8, there are no new permanent fixtures on the stock Android app screen. There is absolutely no bloatware - you even have to download Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others yourself. It&#39;s an opt-in approch, and we like it. And Google makes the set-up and transfer of apps and wallpapers from other Androids easier than ever.</p> <p>As Google apps have been unshackled from Android update cycles, there&rsquo;s now plenty of consistency in the Material Design look of the software and also some new features to enjoy. Remember when Google forced Nexus users to keep all their messages in Hangouts? Now there&rsquo;s a Messenger app pre-installed to avoid being constantly &lsquo;online&rsquo; - although Hangouts still supports SMS if that&rsquo;s what you want.</p> <p>Gmail now has a two pane view on tablets - your inbox and the currently highlighted message. That sort of multi-tasking view is still rare, though, and we&rsquo;d like to see more apps taking advantage of this sort of thing. Calendar has a more colourful Agenda view with cards for each appointment. While the Google Camera app, which comes pre-installed, has had a redesign with new icons and a bigger area to press to start snapping or shooting. It all makes sense but some settings, such as the resolution of video, are now slower to get to.</p> <p>Google Now is still accessed by swiping right and is much the same as ever - nice to swipe through and occasionally brilliant - especially for frequent travellers. It also now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search e.g IMDb for movie queries. Also tied into Google Now is voice commands: now more Android phones will be able to respond to the &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; command when the screen is off. That means the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a> loses a little of its advantage over the Android crowd then, but it&rsquo;s still the only smartphone that lets you personalise the command.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Gmail&#039;s two pane view in landscape " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OV4JQo_ziQA4BriLYkYTW4ztMnv1-baQo5xPeOqOrDs.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="The Google Camera app is still simple and easy to use " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-camera-app.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street Smart Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 includes lots of behind-the-scenes changes that you won&rsquo;t be able to try out or show off, but that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re not important or useful.</p> <p>They include security with encryption that&#39;s turned on by default on new devices, and SELinux enforcing for all apps - this just means your phone is constantly checking that there&rsquo;s no malware lurking and doing damage.</p> <p>So what can you try out? Android Lollipop devices can remove pins or passcode patterns when they&rsquo;re in range of a secure Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, car or home speaker. We&rsquo;re not sure this is a feature for everyone (what if the mugger pinches both?) but we tried it with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly a cool feature. Trusted Face (aka Face Unlock, made-over) comes with warnings about people aping your face but now works quicker, using the camera even as you look at notifications on the lockscreen.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s not just your apps and messages you want to keep intact, there&rsquo;s your dignity to think of too. Android 5.0 adds a guest mode functionality that&rsquo;s seriously simple to use. In fact, it adds user profiles for the first time on smartphones too (it&rsquo;s already been around on tablets). You can add and switch between multiple users and the guest session via the icon at the top right of the notification pulldown. One user can also function as a kids mode quite easily.</p> <p>Smartphones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;do already have this feature with the bonus of a secret lockscreen pattern that jumps into guest mode, but it&rsquo;s a welcome addition for stock Android and with switching in a matter of seconds, it may actually get used.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Users and guest mode is accessed in the notifications pulldown " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-security.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="1200" title="Smartwatch nearby? Smart Lock means you won&#039;t need to unlock your phone" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-trusted-devices.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All Hail Project Volta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two sides to Google&rsquo;s efforts around battery life - one you&rsquo;ll notice and one you probably won&rsquo;t. The first is under-the-hood efficiency optimisations, to increase stamina as part of Project Volta. This includes apps conserving more battery, the OS doing more tracking and minimising wasteful, routine network tasks. What does that mean? Well, in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review"> Nexus 5</a> we&rsquo;ve been running Lollipop on, we have noticed a slight increase in the day-to-day battery life. It&rsquo;s not huge but for a phone like this which can struggle to last the day, Android 5.0 is worth the update for this alone.</p> <p>We say this alone - we mean this and the new battery saver mode. This has been around on Samsungs, LGs and HTCs for years and finally makes its way to pure Android. It can kick in automatically at 5 or 15%: orange bars appear top and bottom so you don&rsquo;t forget and Google claims it can stretch battery life by 90 minutes. In our testing, that&rsquo;s been about right on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>. As usual, it achieves this by reducing background data, vibrations and performance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review - the two day smartphone&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1920" title="Orange bars mean battery saver mode is on " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-battery-saver.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance Boost, In Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s every reason to be excited about all the boosts Google has made to the performance of Android 5.0, thanks to ART. Not familiar? This is the new default runtime, and while that won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, it essentially means that the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed. Apps and animations run at a much more fluid 60fps, and ART offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik.</p> <p>Other tweaks include an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations within their own processors.</p> <p>Impressive stuff, but with a few bits of lag still hanging around, we&#39;re not entirely blown away. Like Usain Bolt with a crazed fan clinging onto his ankles, it&rsquo;s lovely and fast but is bound to occasionally trip up.</p> <p>Lollipop also supports 64-bit processing, as found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> - this isn&rsquo;t so much something to get giddy about this year but could lead to apps and games which are more powerful and more efficient in future. Win win.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Teeny bit of lag around Lollipop" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/n4zE7SLBLzp1gR_qtJWLhvse_bk8NAR02-TFVxTRzlw.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some of the most interesting aspects of Lollipop are probably still to be seen - new features and compatibility for Android Wear, plus Android TV and Android Auto coming in 2015.</p> <p>But right now Android 5.0 really shows that Android updates have grown up.</p> <p>This OS will be on most popular Android phones and tablets very quickly indeed, and we hope everyone makes that teensy bit of effort to update. The new, fresh Material Design might not be as precise and delightful as iOS 8 but it&rsquo;s lively, it&rsquo;s colourful and it&rsquo;s easier and more fluid to navigate.</p> <p>There are plenty of features here that iPhone, Samsung and LG users have long enjoyed - from lockscreen notifications to battery saver mode to user profiles. But that these are now native is still cause for celebration.&nbsp;And all this on top of Google Now, Google Voice and an excellent (if still not iOS-beating) selection of apps and games in the Play Store.</p> <p>Fans of pure Android no longer have to choose between fast, clutter-free performance and really, really useful features, and that is a Very Good Thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qfUgUQ2We-mCzJDwvcMlHBB8WJAIbxwSwBSm5tUrHbk.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong - the same Google smarts together with a fresh design and incredibly useful new features</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:10:52 +0000 Sophie Charara 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv Tired of your iPad Air 2? Maybe the 12in iPad Air Plus will float your boat http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks of a faster, bigger Apple tablet make their way onto the web </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/newipad.jpeg?1417428661" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple could be planning a huge surprise for us, but keeping all that secrets behind closed doors seem to be too much of a task. First, there were <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-pro-could-cram-122in-screen-and-dual-speakers-body-no-thicker-iphone/news">rumours of a larger iPad Pro</a> becoming a reality, and now word of an iPad Air Plus is making the rounds.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An idea worth pursuing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But we think launching a new set of larger devices will do Apple some good, pushing it into areas other vendors have traditionally operated in. The instant success of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6l">iPhone 6 Plus</a> is an indication of the public&rsquo;s interest in owning larger screened mobile devices.</p> <p>Then again, if there&rsquo;s a range of larger iPads in the works, there&rsquo;s the possibility of Apple downsizing its MacBook Air offerings to just offer these larger slates with removable keyboards (that&rsquo;s not confirmed, or even hinted at &ndash; we&rsquo;re just toying with ideas here).</p> <p>And you probably won&rsquo;t have to wait as long for this device as you would for the purported iPad Pro (that one&rsquo;s believed to be going on sale <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news">sometime in Q2 next year</a>). The iPad Air Plus might rear its head as early as Q1 2015. Stay tuned &ndash; we&rsquo;ll bring you more information about the device as it comes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">For better or worse, Apple&#39;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_ipad_air_plus_details_make_the_rounds-news-10349.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs_0.jpg?1417428661" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news#comments Apple iOS iPhone & iPad Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:09:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454353 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Museum reimagines paintings as Minecraft maps, Jolla tying to fund 3.5G Tablet, and the new Star Wars trailer remade with Lego http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/fully-charged-museum-reimagines-paintings-minecraft-maps-jolla-tying-fund-35g-tablet-and-new-s <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the odd tech news bits and pieces you need to start the week off right </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="Tate Worlds" alt="Tate Worlds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-art-tate.jpg?1417501581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tate spins art into Minecraft maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No doubt aiming to better engage younger audiences in classic art - while undeniably creating some pretty amazing new artwork in the process - the Tate museum is converting eight classic works of art into playable <em>Minecraft</em> maps. That&rsquo;s thanks to a new initiative called Tate Worlds.</p> <p>And they&rsquo;re not just simple recreations of what&rsquo;s seen in the image: they&rsquo;re explorable worlds with areas inspired by the themes of the artwork or even their creation process. Tate worked with top <em>Minecraft</em> modders to design the maps, which look simply stunning in the trailer above. And the maps are totally <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft">free to download</a> and play in the current version of <em>Minecraft</em> on PC or Mac.</p> <p>Two maps are out now under the concept of &ldquo;Cities,&rdquo; based on Andre Derain&rsquo;s <em>The Pool of London</em> from 1906 and Christopher Gevinson&rsquo;s <em>Soul of the Soulless City</em> from 1920, respectively. The remaining maps are due out in 2015 with the themes &quot;Play,&quot; &quot;Destruction,&quot; and &quot;Fantasy.&quot;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft">Tate</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/29/tate-museum-reimagines-works-of-art-as-minecraft-maps/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OLsz1OZ9bpc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jolla Tablet 3.5G version possible </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Jolla Tablet has<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-tablet-reaches-crowd-funding-goal-two-hours/news"> taken Indiegogo by storm</a>, hitting its crowdfunding goal in two hours last month and thus far raising US$1.375 million (about &pound;881,000) as of this writing. But Jolla has larger ambitions, and if it can pull in quite a bit more money from backers, it&rsquo;ll add a 3.5G connectivity option for a US$30 (&pound;19) upgrade.</p> <p>Jolla says it&rsquo;ll need to reach US$2.5 million (&pound;1.6 million) before offering that choice, and with nine days left in the campaign, it&rsquo;ll take a pretty major surge to pull it off. The 3.5G (or HSDPA/3G+) option would be offered in Europe first, with an eye to expand its availability elsewhere.</p> <p>Luckily, more feasible stretch goals are in sight: if the campaign hits US$1.5 million (about &pound;960,000), the Tablet will support 128GB microSDHC cards (it currently supports 32GB ones), and if it reaches US$1.75 million (about &pound;1.12 million), split-screen support for apps will also be added.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jolla-tablet-world-s-first-crowdsourced-tablet#activity">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-tablet-reaches-crowd-funding-goal-two-hours/news">Jolla Tablet reaches crowdfunding goal in two hours</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla Tablet" alt="Jolla Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jolla-tablet.jpg?1417501581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Force Awakens trailer remade with Lego </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 was only a day after the first <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> trailer that intrepid YouTubers had recreated it, scene by scene, using Lego bricks. Of course, the connection between brands is already quite strong, thanks to the physical kits and the bestselling games based on them. But die-hards didn&#39;t wait around for the eventual official&nbsp;<em>Episode VII</em> collaboration.</p> <p>The most widely-spread thus far comes from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU">Snooperking</a>, with more than 1.9 million views as of this writing, and it&rsquo;s probably the most charmingly lo-fi of the bunch. But a couple other notable ones popped up around the same time, including the one above from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BKHhP8sUR8">FinalFeature</a> and another from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0tLOARV-jk">ZachFB Studios</a>. Check &lsquo;em all, pick a favorite, and share like crazy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6BKHhP8sUR8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Odeon’s latest Screen Unseen tonight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for something to do this evening and are up for anything, consider hitting up an Odeon cinema for its latest <a href="http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/odeon_screen_unseen/15594/">Screen Unseen</a> promotion. Drop &pound;5 on a blind ticket and you&rsquo;ll see an &ldquo;unmissable up-and-coming film&rdquo; tonight before its impending official release.</p> <p>Last time, at the first-ever Screen Unseen event, the film ended up being the well-reviewed <em>Nightcrawler</em> starring Jake Gyllenhaal almost two weeks before its launch, so that&rsquo;s a pretty good omen. No clues on what tonight&rsquo;s flick will be, but it&rsquo;s airing in 95 cinemas across the UK, so it might be worth taking the risk if you&rsquo;re near one.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/odeon_screen_unseen/15594/">Odeon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-film-buffs/feature">Christmas Gift Guide: 12 gadgets and presents for film buffs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ALFizof7lQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/fully-charged-museum-reimagines-paintings-minecraft-maps-jolla-tying-fund-35g-tablet-and-new-s#comments Film and TV Gaming Jolla Lego Minecraft Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454330 at http://www.stuff.tv Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear http://www.stuff.tv/those-ugly-logos-back-your-phone-are-set-disappear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a victory for design, US “E-Label act” means they can be displayed in software instead </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="Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear" alt="Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-fcc-logo.jpg?1417139480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flip over your smartphone or tablet. See those logos on the back? The ones that spoil its handsome looks, but that you&rsquo;ve seen so many times you&rsquo;ve forgotten they&rsquo;re there?</p> <p>Those logos are, thankfully, set for the chop. From 1973 until now, FCC logos and regulatory compliance numbers have been required by US law, but a new act just passed by the US Senate has changed all that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-innovators-2014-design/feature">Stuff Innovators 2014: Design</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t put a label on me, man </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 simply, the <a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2583" target="_blank">E-Label Act</a> means that this information can be displayed in a device&rsquo;s software rather than on its physical hardware. It&rsquo;s a victory for aesthetics, but it&rsquo;ll also have a practical, cost-saving purpose, because manufacturers won&rsquo;t have to pay to print them.</p> <p>Sadly, the &ldquo;CE&rdquo; mark displayed on gadgets in the EU isn&rsquo;t going anywhere just yet. Boo and indeed hiss.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/your-future-gadgets-wont-have-those-strange-dumb-logos-1664051547" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fr3d/4730736800" target="_blank">Fred</a> on Flickr</em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/those-ugly-logos-back-your-phone-are-set-disappear/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:01:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454101 at http://www.stuff.tv Gorilla Glass 4 arrives to better protect your phone screen from direct drops http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corning’s latest formulation is said to survive 80% of 1m falls onto rough surfaces </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="Gorilla Glass 4" alt="Gorilla Glass 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gorilla-glass-4.jpg?1416533449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our phones take a lot of everyday wear and tear, but it&rsquo;s usually a hard fall - a drop from fumbled hands or off of a countertop - that warrants repair or replacement. But the new Gorilla Glass might alleviate that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 4 can safely weather those surprise impacts up to 80% of the time, and that it&rsquo;s twice as durable as competing strengthened glass brands. Device screens will still break, depending on the surface your phone hits and the distance of the drop, but at least this kind of aluminosilicate glass should make it a less common occurrence.</p> <p>Gorilla Glass 4 is already shipping to phone makers, and Corning expects devices bearing it to debut within the next three months.</p> <p>With ambitions of using sapphire-covered displays for major, mass-market devices still <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip">something of a pipe dream</a>, it&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how long Gorilla Glass and its ilk remain the standard for screen protection.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.corning.com/news_center/news_releases/2014/2014112001.aspx">Corning</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/20/7253397/corning-gorilla-glass-4-announced">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8ObyPq-OmO0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453612 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: It&#039;s still a great Android tablet, but the new, low price for the iPad Mini 2 makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 look rather pricey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A regular homescreen on the Tab S - Magazine is just a swipe away " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-main.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s taken Samsung a while, but there have been signs of late that it&#39;s finally cracked this whole tablet thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Just last week we proclaimed the Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>&nbsp;to be&nbsp;the best full-sized Android tablet on the planet. And now here comes the similarly specced 8.4in model out to repeat the trick.</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"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stonkingly good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Magazine UI has really come into its own </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to hold, solid build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iPad Mini 2 is now much cheaper </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some UI lag </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Play apps aren’t tablet optimised </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"> Slim and solid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sure, we like how the Tab S 8.4 is even skinnier than the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review"> TabPro</a> at a ludicrous 6.6mm thick. We also like how seriously light in the hand the 294g tab is - without feeling cheap or toy-like. And how it&rsquo;s still easier to hold one-handed than an iPad Mini thanks to the screen ratio.</p> <p>But what&rsquo;s really won us over is how sturdy the Tab S feels compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">last few batches of Samsung tablets</a> - and smartphones - we&rsquo;ve tested. OK, it&rsquo;ll flex very slightly if you really go at it but the plastic build is nice and solid. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the smooth, stable aluminium form of an iPad Mini but it&rsquo;s enough to really make a difference. Especially when you&rsquo;re paying &pound;320.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">The best-looking small tablet - iPad Mini with Retina display reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>In terms of looks, we&rsquo;re talking textbook Galaxy. Home button below the screen in portrait, in-between two brightly lit capacitive buttons. Fairly slim bezels. MicroSD card slot on the side. Samsung is still playing around with textures and trimmings, though - on our Dazzling White model there&rsquo;s a slightly slippy back panel and a faux-metal, rose gold band around the edge. It also comes in Titanium Bronze.</p> <p>The good news is that the fake stitching and faux leather have been banished to tablet design hell but, to be honest, Samsung needs to keep trying. It&rsquo;ll get there. For now, the Tab S is a skinny and sturdy slate that won&rsquo;t look cheap and nasty next to an iPad Mini.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dazzling white and rose gold looks better than it sounds " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-corner.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-rear.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microUSB.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microSD.png?1416416302" /> </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"> What are those clicky circles on the back? </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>Simple Clickers, silly.</p> <p>Now if you&rsquo;re not planning to attach any covers to your Tab S, you can ignore them. If you&rsquo;re interested in protecting your Samsung, however, these will keep it in place more securely than a magnetic cover. They only work with Tab S covers; any Bluetooth keyboards instead have slots to rest the slate in and don&rsquo;t make use of the circular click locks.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This screen&#039;s a stunner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What. A. Screen.</p> <p>If you thought the Tab S 10.5&rsquo;s display was tasty, get ready for a mesmerising staring session with the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>With a 2560x1600 resolution and at this size, it&rsquo;s sharper than the bigger Samsung tablet - a whopping 360ppi - and it&rsquo;s also a bright, punchy Super AMOLED panel.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the brightest small tablet we&rsquo;ve ever used, in fact, so a bit of sunlight won&rsquo;t stop you catching up on emails. And by sharp we meant insanely sharp, like the TabPro before it, with extra detail on hi-res images and in full HD videos to make your jaw drop. The fact that it&#39;s a Super AMOLED panel also means that deep blacks are seriously impressive. And if you like your colours vibrant, you won&#39;t be disappointed.</p> <p>All that and it&rsquo;s both taller and wider than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini with Retina display&rsquo;s</a> 7.9in screen in a very similar sized body. So is it better?</p> <p>After a lot of testing and squabbling, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a> just edges ahead. Why? The Tab S 8.4 might display beautifully inky blacks but whites in apps, movies or webpage backgrounds have a bit of a blue tinge to them and don&rsquo;t look as pure and crisp as on the iPad. We got the best out of it when we manually chose a Super AMOLED setting to get eye-popping homescreens and Papergarden magazines then switched to Basic for movies. The iPad looks gorgeous with no alien colours or skintones no matter what you throw at it. If you plan to use it mainly for movies or gaming rather than browsing the web, though, you can&rsquo;t get better than the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>Us? We use the internet too much.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 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="The Stuff Tab S edition looks tasty " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-summer-cycling.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-screen.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-1_0.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Magazine UI is now a killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three things raise Samsung&rsquo;s new UI, based on KitKat 4.4.2, above regular Android tablets: Magazine UI, Samsung freebies and Multi Window.</p> <p>The first means that two homescreens are given over to tiled widgets showing calendar info, Hancom Office docs, email, news streams from Flipboard and WatchON TV info. It&rsquo;s gorgeous, it&rsquo;s lively and, though Magazine UI isn&rsquo;t new - we&#39;ve seen it on a few other Samsung tabs - it&rsquo;s improving all the time,&nbsp;with a new briefing panel for calendar, bookmarks and alarms. You can&rsquo;t turn it off but it&rsquo;s easy to ignore.</p> <p>The Tab S series takes the concept of freebies to dizzy heights with Galaxy Gifts. 50GB of Dropbox for two years, free books via the Kindle app, a three-month Marvel Unlimited sub and plenty more. Non-essential Samsung apps are also (ironically) relegated to a Galaxy Essentials app too, so it&rsquo;s up to you what you download.</p> <p>Multi Window, which lets you view two apps splitscreen, is also present and correct, together with new tricks such as being able to swap the apps round and dragging and dropping text from one window to the other. This is a bit hit and miss but definitely a step in the right direction.</p> <p>Lastly, Papergarden is a nice treat too. It&rsquo;s an interactive magazine store populated by titles which have designed special Tab S editions to take advantage of the resolution and ratio, <em>Stuff</em> included.</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="Briefing on Magazine UI is simple and glanceable " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-magazine-briefing.png?1416416302" /> </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="Apps and freebies are neatly packaged into two areas " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-galaxy-gifts.png?1416416302" /> </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 Tab S 8.4 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 8.4in 2560x1600 (360ppi) Super AMOLED</p> <p>Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core, 1.3GHz quad-core)&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 3GB</p> <p>OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)</p> <p>Camera: 8MP rear with LED, 2.1MP front, 1080p video @30fps</p> <p>Storage: 16GB (+ microSD up to 128GB)</p> <p>Battery: 4900mAh&nbsp;</p> <p>Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 3G/4G</p> <p>Dimensions: 125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm</p> <p>Weight: 294g, 298g (LTE)</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"> Performance just short of perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As much as we like the feature-packed, grown-up looking version of Touchwiz, sadly it must be responsible for the occasional lag we experienced when using the Tab S 8.4. Because it can&rsquo;t be that beastly Exynos 5 Octa processor and 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s minor but up against flawless performance from the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini</a>, it shows. Open and close Chrome or the Gallery&nbsp;a couple of times&nbsp;or swipe between Magazine screens and homescreens and you&rsquo;ll see stutters.</p> <p>When taxed with <em>Asphalt 8</em> or less intensive games such as <em>Blek</em> though, the Tab S 8.4 is dreamy. Downloads are fast and 1080p video playback is smooth. With an AnTuTu score of 34,411 and that silicon, they should be too. It&rsquo;s not an Android niggle, it&rsquo;s a Samsung one.</p> <p>Still, storage is a bright spot. &pound;320 for a 16GB machine doesn&rsquo;t sound so bad when you can drop another &pound;80 on a 128GB microSD card if you really want locally stored media. A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">128GB iPad Mini with Retina display</a> costs &pound;560. Do the maths.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">The &pound;260 LG G Pad 8.3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All-Day 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>It might only have a slightly larger battery than that in the TabPro 8.4 - now 4900mAh as opposed to 4800mAh - but Samsung&rsquo;s doing something right because the Tab S&rsquo;s battery life is superb.</p> <p>In our week with the device, we tended to go a day and a half between charges and in our HD video rundown (half brightness, Wi-Fi and sync on) it managed just over 10 hours. Yet another reason the Tab S is so much nicer to live with than the TabPro - less charging.</p> <p>It charges quickly too and now as well as a regular power-saver mode, there&rsquo;s also Samsung&rsquo;s Ultra Power Saving mode. This kills most apps apart from calls, messages and emails and switches the screen to black and white. Less of a lifesaver than on the S5 but still nice when you hit 7%.&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="That bright colourful screen lasts longer than you might think " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-lockscren.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the fingerprint scanner any good? </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>Yes and no. Function-wise it&rsquo;s impressive, with multiple users able to assign digits to unlock their account (after selecting their name on the lockscreen), three fingers per user can be stored and payment for Samsung apps and PayPal is already integrated.</p> <p>We might be nitpicking but it&rsquo;s just not very elegant to use. You have to swipe a finger over the Tab S&rsquo; home button which is tricky to get right unless it&rsquo;s flat on the desk and doesn&rsquo;t work everytime. Using your thumb as you hold the tablet in two hands helps, but overall we still prefer Apple&rsquo;s press-to-scan style of fingerprint recognition. For now, we&rsquo;ll use Samsung&rsquo;s for payments only - it&rsquo;s slightly more hassle than the security is worth for unlocking.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Capable Cameras - If You Need Them </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 goes without saying that Samsung has stuck a pair of decent cameras on the Tab S 8.4. Well, we wish it went without saying so we didn&rsquo;t have to look like a berk testing the rear 8MP camera, but hey, some people use tablet cameras.</p> <p>It fares better in daylight - at times getting close to matching smartphone cameras with rich colours and good exposure. Things get fuzzy at night, but essentially the rear snapper can step in when your smartphone&rsquo;s sleeping. There&rsquo;s an LED flash on the back too and the 2.1MP front camera handles Skype calls nicely. &nbsp;&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="Not quite as embarrassing as taking snaps with a 10in tab " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-camera-1.png?1416416302" /> </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="LED flash i.e. permission to get this out in the club " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-rear-build.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an incredible tablet with almost no flaws. Superb screen, unique features, a battery that doesn&rsquo;t need charging every night&hellip; really, there&#39;s very little that&#39;s missing here.</p> <p>So does it beat the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini with Retina display</a>? Well, it&rsquo;s lighter, easier to hold one-handed, has a bigger screen, offers more storage for less money and comes with tons of freebies.</p> <p>But for us the&nbsp;iPad Mini&nbsp;stays on top by a whisker for its unrivalled tablet design, absolutely flawless performance and wider selection of optimised tablet apps. Sure, the Tab S 8.4 is smaller than most Android tablets and both the Magazine UI and Papergarden help but the App Store is where you&rsquo;ll find the best apps for (slightly) bigger screens.&nbsp;</p> <p>Against other Android tabs, though, it&#39;s a winner. OK, so if a cheap price is your main requirement then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">LG G Pad 8.3</a> have you covered. But if what you&#39;re really after is the very best Android tab on the planet, well then that&rsquo;s now made by Samsung. In both sizes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">These are the Top Ten tablets on the planet&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s almost nothing to disappoint here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-8.4-review-portrait-verdict.png?1416416302" /> </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="SuperAM-OOOH-LED" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-colour.png?1416416302" /> </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"> UPDATE: Apple throws an iPad Mini 2-shaped spanner in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>All of the above represents how we felt about&nbsp;</strong><strong>the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</strong><strong>when we first reviewed it back in August 2014, but Apple&#39;s now shifted the whole small tablet arena by dropping the price of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;to just &pound;240. We still like Samsung&#39;s tab a great deal but there&#39;s no denying that it now looks mighty pricey by comparison and we&#39;ve had to drop it from 5 stars to 4 stars as a result.</strong></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;re still set on a small Android tablet the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 could well be the one for you, but do make sure you also check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This light, bright Super AMOLED star is one of the best small Android tabs out there</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: &quot;An incredible tablet&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review#comments Android Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Samsung Tablets Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:11:46 +0000 Sophie Charara 1443659 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new 8in tablet is wordy by name, nerdy by nature. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s been on a bezel-killing rampage and we love the new look " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3-tablet-front.png?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Big phone, small phone. Big tablet, small tablet. Sony&#39;s Xperia line-up is now all about choice. And if its only rival was its big brother - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Z2 Tablet</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;this impressive small tab would win hands down.</p> <p>Slim, light, waterproof, well-specced and without the odd bezel-heavy build of its predecessor, it just makes more sense.</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"> £330.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Neat little movie tab </div> <div class="field-item even"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expandable storage </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"> You can get an iPad Mini 2 for £240 </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not all Android apps are optimised </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony pushes some services </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"> Be gone bezels </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 era of Stuff being at odds with Sony&#39;s OmniBalance design is over.</p> <p>We&#39;ve always appreciated the care, attention and craftsmanship that&#39;s gone into building Xperia smartphones and tablets. But there&#39;s also been a part of us that thinks mobile devices, designed to be held in the hand, need to be practical and human-friendly as well as beautiful.</p> <p>The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is just that - much easier to pick up, hold one-handed and generally get on with than actually say out loud. It&#39;s like the 7.9in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a> in that you&#39;ll use it in portrait mode most of the time. Though you can get one hand around, it makes more sense to rest it in your palms, thumbs easily darting around the 8in touchscreen.</p> <p>The all-metal frame is gone, replaced with curved sides, a matte back and tempered glass on the front. It&#39;s as ludicrously skinny as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Xperia Z2 Tablet </a>at 6.4mm but in this smaller, supremely portable size, it works. On the larger tablet it meant that the tab flexed worryingly in the middle and wasn&#39;t very satisfying to hold. Here it helps the handbag/big pocket-friendly dimensions.</p> <p>Because it doesn&#39;t look like a scaled-down<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review"> Z2 Tablet.</a> The huge bezels all around that slate have gone, transforming it somewhat and if anything this looks like Sony&#39;s take on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>. At 270g - nearly 30g less than the still-plasticky Samsung - it&#39;s a great move for Xperia tablets.</p> <p>True, the Tab S fits a bigger 8.4in screen in a curvier, similar sized body but anyone who would consider one should also take a look at the other.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tablet Compact gets PS4 Remote Play too " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-dualshock-4.png?1417568301" /> </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="Familiar Sony flaps mean one thing - waterproofing " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-ports-1.png?1417568301" /> </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="Xperia by numbers - the prominent power button is present and correct " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-power-button.png?1417568301" /> </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"> Still waterproof </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>With the same IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance ratings as its smartphone siblings, the Z3 Tablet Compact also makes a great cooking or even bath time companion. The Galaxy S5 might be waterproof but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a> sure isn&#39;t.</p> <p>If you&#39;re planning to dunk it (in up to 1.5m of water for half an hour) just make sure all those flaps covering ports like the microUSB are closed. Or floods of your tears will soon be joining all that water.</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"> 2K isn&#039;t everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike Samsung with its super sharp <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">2560x1600 Tab S 8.4 </a>and Apple with its Retina display-rocking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">2048x1536 iPad Mini</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">,</a> Sony is sticking at Full HD. In fact, none of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia range is bowing to pixel pressure with 2K resolutions. And this is still a superb screen.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet was a monster movie tablet, in part thanks to Sony&#39;s TV tech such as Triluminous for mobile and - to a lesser extent - X-Reality for mobile which pumps up contrast and saturation. The Z3 Tablet Compact is just as capable at displaying pure whites, deep blacks and punchy but realistic colours. Samsung keeps its edge for deep blacks thanks to its use of SuperAMOLED tech but this screen is just as brilliant as we&#39;ve seen on past Xperias and if you&rsquo;re watching a 1080p movie, it&rsquo;s the Sony we&rsquo;d pick.</p> <p>It&#39;s bright, holding up well in direct sunlight, and viewing angles are decent too. Still, we recommend having a play with the colour temperature sliders, as with the Xperia Z3, the Tablet Compact&rsquo;s whites can look a bit pink off-axis.</p> <p>And the resolution of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung</a> does have its advantages. Reading Stuff.tv on the Z3 Tablet Compact and zooming out on a full screen of text in an epic review shows that, while we agree 2K can be overkill, sometimes extra pixels can help. For hi-res images, the Samsung looks noticeably crisper too.</p> <p>It might not be futureproof but for now, the Z3 Tablet Compact shouldn&#39;t be ashamed of its pixel count. Especially when it means a better battery life than its closest rival.</p> <p>Plugging in a tablet that you forgot to power off just seems so much more unfair. So it&rsquo;s great that for one thing, the Z3 Tablet Compact&rsquo;s standby is excellent. You can forget about it for two days and find the battery has only dropped by 10%. Its own calculations reckon 35% will last seven days on standby.&nbsp;</p> <p>And in use it makes good on its promise to outlast 2K tabs. In our HD video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) it lasted a stellar 13 hours 20 minutes, that&rsquo;s over three hours longer than the (admittedly brighter) <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4</a> and also the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini 2</a> or 3. Sony itself claims up to 15 hours of video playback so you might be able to eke out a little longer too.</p> <p>A few more hours might not sound as impressive as the Z3&rsquo;s two day battery life but in real life, this means getting an extra one or two commutes out of the Tablet Compact on one charge and that&rsquo;s before resorting to its excellent Stamina battery-saving modes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A set of stunning screens from Sony - with the Z3 " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-with-phone.png?1417568301" /> </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="Bright and vivid even in direct sunlight " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-umbrellas.png?1417568301" /> </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 Z3 Tablet Compact tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 8in&nbsp;IPS LCD with&nbsp;1920 x 1200 resolution (283ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>: 8.1MP rear with 1080p video, 2.3MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD-expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G (with nanoSIM), NFC</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 4500mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 213 x 124 x 6.4mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 270g</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"> Fast and powerful with capable cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stamina isn&#39;t the only area where the Z3 Tablet Compact excels. In fact, it&rsquo;s hard to fault all-round.</p> <p>Everything is fast and fluid, from multi-tasking to downloads to gaming, and its quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor performs nicely in the benchmarks, too. It scores 43098 on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTU</a> (above the Galaxy S5) and 2668 on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a>. Very respectable.</p> <p>Both the 8.1MP rear camera and 2.3MP front cam shoot clear, bright video and stills, as you&rsquo;d expect, though the snappers aren&rsquo;t as fast or as sharp as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3&rsquo;s</a> At this small and light size the Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t too silly if your smartphone battery has gone kaput. There&rsquo;s also lots of modes to play with including Vine built into the camera app and blogger-friendly live to YouTube streaming.</p> <p>The well disguised stereo speakers on the front of the tablet sound crisp and loud too - nothing to trouble the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a> for on-the-fly tunes but certainly an improvement on most phones and tablets including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Mild Case of iPad App Envy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still, the Z3 Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t really competing on components. The iPad&rsquo;s superior selection of optimised apps together with the gorgeous, still unrivalled, design and build is what has set it apart for years.</p> <p>Here, the Play Store has made progress with big names cleaning up once-embarrassing Android tablet apps but the issue hasn&#39;t gone away and there&rsquo;s not a huge amount Sony itself can do. There are still lots of developers who are content to produce a single Android version of an app that&#39;s then simply scaled to fit the screen with often ugly results, and plenty more that prioritise iOS development, leaving Android users with a frustratingly long wait for optimisation and new features.</p> <p>Samsung offers tons of freebies and subscriptions with its Tab S tablets, which is one way of distracting users from shiny new iPad apps. The fact remains that if you aren&rsquo;t bound to Android in your choice of tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">&pound;240 iPad Mini 2</a> is better value than both the Samsung and the Sony thanks, in part, to better apps and games.</p> <p>The one feature that the iPad Mini will never offer is PS4 game streaming. It&rsquo;s an interesting move but not quite flawless enough.</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="4000" height="3000" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review - iPad Mini apps" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review - iPad Mini apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-apps_0.png?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony&#039;s curated apps aren&#039;t enough " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-whats-new_0.png?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The only tablet that can play PS4 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the same in-home game streaming tech found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PS Vita,&nbsp;</a>and the Z3 Tablet Compact makes a tidy set-up with Sony&#39;s mount accessory and a DualShock 4 controller (a DualShock 3 will also work). </p> <p>On a local network the Z3 Tablet Compact connects without issue and connecting your controller is a doddle. It looks really nice, too, even on the Standard Video Quality setting. </p> <p>You&#39;re obviously not getting the PS4&#39;s 1080p native resolution, but because of the relatively small and capable screen it looks sharp and pretty detailed.</p> <p>There is lag, though. There&rsquo;s just half a second of delay, and for certain types of games it will be unnoticeable or at least insignificant enough to ignore.</p> <p>But competitive multiplayer and games that require precision could be rather frustrating if played through the tablet. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of stutter to fast movement at times, too - especially when there&rsquo;s a particularly large amount of onscreen action.</p> <p>Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities of Remote Play is the ability to play PS4 games when away from home, but you need a seriously solid data connection for that. Think of it more as an at-home&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4912" height="3264" title="Connect a DualShock and link to your PS4 and you&#039;ve got next-gen gaming on the go" alt="Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia%20Z3%20Compact%20Renote%20Play.JPG?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The back of the Tablet Compact is lovely to stroke " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-rear_0.png?1417568301" /> </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="Nvidia&#039;s Shield weeps quietly in the corner " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black.jpg?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the perfect tablet for gamers? </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>In some ways it&rsquo;s mighty impressive that PS4 Remote Play works and is usable at all on the Tablet Compact, but I&rsquo;d see this as something I would use very rarely - those times that I absolutely had to play something and for whatever reason absolutely couldn&rsquo;t use the telly.</p> <p>I was mighty excited about Remote Play on the Z3 Tablet Compact but having now used it a fair bit I don&#39;t think it&#39;s reason alone to buy this tablet over a rival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 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>Convincing people they need an Android tablet - let alone a premium one - is no easy task.</p> <p>But the Z3 Tablet Compact is a lovely thing. It&#39;s a slim, light and reliable couch or commute companion. The screen looks brilliant despite being &quot;only&quot; Full HD. The waterproofing may sway people away from choosing an iPad Mini.</p> <p>That &pound;330 price is seriously steep, especially in light of the cheaper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini 2.</a> But it puts the Sony on a level with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and despite the fact that these two are so similar (both portable, both expandable, both running KitKat) the waterproofing and extra battery life just swing it for us.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a close call but if Samsung&#39;s software puts you off a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a> or your gamer eyes light up at the mention of PS4 Remote Play on a tidy Sony tab, this 8in Xperia might be the right tablet for you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The ten best tablets - tested and rated by Stuff&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>As portable as it is powerful, the Z3 Tablet Compact proves Sony tabs can be easy to live with&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review#comments Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:54 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446068 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia&#039;s new Android slate packs a reversible USB connector and its Z Launcher app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" alt="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-n1-tablet-02.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia has taken the wraps off its first post-Microsoft device, the Nokia N1 Android tablet, at the Slush 2014 conference.</p> <p>The N1&#39;s 7.9in, 2048x1536 screen is surrounded by an aluminium unibody frame with micro-drilled speaker holes; it looks not dissimilar to the iPad Mini and shares the Apple devices screen resolution.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the most notable thing about the N1 is its USB port - in a consumer first, it has one of the new reversible &#39;Type C&#39; ports. The new standard is intended to replace both the existing full USB and MicroUSB in one fell swoop, and comes in at roughly the same size as Apple&#39;s Lightning connector.</p> <p>Naturally, you also get the usual connectivity options; 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0. Disappointingly, though, there&#39;s no microSD slot to expand on the N1&#39;s 32GB internal storage.</p> <p>Inside, the N1 packs a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor along wth 2GB RAM; a PowerVR G6430 GPU provides graphical grunt, while a 5300mAh battery keeps things ticking over for up to 9 hours at a time, according to Nokia.&nbsp;Round the back, there&#39;s an 8MP camera, while a front-facing 5MP snapper handles selfies and video calls in 1080p.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Nokia N1 will land in China first, after the Chinese New Year on 19th Feburary; it will then roll out to Russia and European markets. We&#39;ll have more news, including an exact release date and pricing info, as it comes in.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 150 brilliant present ideas</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N1 Android tablet" alt="Nokia N1 Android tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news#comments Android Microsoft N1 Nokia Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:54 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453443 at http://www.stuff.tv 9 things you need to know about Google's Project Tango http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Project Tango devices will map the world around you in real-time. Allow us to explain... UPDATE 14/11/14: The tablet is now listed on the Google Play Store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How Project Tango will work - in the form of a lovely Stuff render" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-tango-main.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If everything is going according to plan over at the Googleplex, app developers should soon be able to get their hands on the first tablets with Google&#39;s Project Tango tech inside.</p> <p>Tango allows a device to build up an accurate 3D&nbsp;model of its immediate surroundings, which Google says will be useful for everything from AR gaming to navigating large shopping centres. </p> <p>We imagine you&#39;ve got a few questions about that - so let us attempt to answer them for you.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. What is Project Tango? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google isn&#39;t content with making software for phones that can merely capture 2D photos and videos. Nor does it just want to take stereoscopic 3D snaps.</p> <p>Instead,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/#project" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>&nbsp;is a bid to equip every mobile device with a powerful suite of software and sensors that can capture a complete 3D picture of the world around it, in real-time.</p> <p>Why? So you can map your house, furniture and all, simply by walking around it. Bingo - no more measuring up before going shopping for a new wardrobe.&nbsp;Or so you can avoid getting lost next time you go to the hospital - you&#39;ll have instant access to a 3D plan of its labyrinthine corridors. Or so you can easily find the &#39;unhealthy snacks&#39; section in your local megamart. Or so can play amazing augmented reality games. Or so that the visually impaired can receive extra help in getting around.</p> <p>In fact, as with most Google projects, the ways in which Tango could prove useful are only limited by your imagination. After all, who&#39;d have guessed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jul/14/google-street-view-new-photography" target="_blank">Street View would prove such a hit with artists?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Project Tango accurately maps your surroundings in 3D" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-heat-map-style.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Who&#039;s behind it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two key technology partners involved with Project Tango are Israeli imaging firm Mantis Vision and seasoned robotics engineers at Californian hiDOF.</p> <p>Inside Google, Project Tango is the work of the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) &ndash; which was formerly part of Motorola. That in turn is headed up by <a href="http://johnnylee.net/" target="_blank">Johnny Chung Lee</a>, who was once best known for his work developing Microsoft&#39;s Kinect. ATAP is also the group behind the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Project Ara</a> modular mobile phone experiment, so it&#39;s clearly <em>au fait</em> with boundary-pushing tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="The Project Tango phone specs" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-specs.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. How does the tech work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.mv4d.com/projecttango/" target="_blank">Mantis Vision&#39;s</a> MV4D technology currently sits at the heart of handheld 3D scanners and works by shining a grid pattern of invisible lights in front of a bank of two or more cameras to capture the topography of the world it sees &ndash; not entirely unlike what you see when putting in a Tiger Woods game.</p> <p><a href="http://hidof.com/2014/02/20/bringing-visual-slam-to-the-masses-project-tango-launches/" target="_blank">HiDOF</a>, meanwhile, specialises in software that can not only interpret the data that sort of sensor produces, but also combine it with GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope readings to produce an accurate map of your immediate surroundings in real-time. </p> <p>Doing all of this on an ARM-powered smartphone is described by the company as a &ldquo;daunting task&rdquo;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qe10ExwzCqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Can I get hold of Project Tango yet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the time of its announcement, Google said that there were 200 prototype phones going out to selected developers in the first instance, and that 4000 tablets costing US$1024 each would be available around about now. It&#39;s similar to the way in which Google Glass was launched. </p> <p>Astronauts have also been able to play around with Tango, because it&#39;s already been to space - as documented in the video above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project - mapping the human body</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Vc5YyLl1Ksg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. What does the tablet look like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a fairly standard 7in slate with a slight wedge at the back to accommodate the extra sensors. As far as we can tell, it has three cameras including the webcam. </p> <p>Inside, it has one of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-3d-depth-sensing-project-tango-tablet-development-kit-unveiled/news">Nvidia&#39;s so-far-untested Tegra K1</a> mobile processors with a beefy 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.&nbsp;</p> <p>Google is at pains to point out that it&#39;s not a consumer device, but one is supposedly on the way. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/lg-will-release-consumer-version-google-s-3d-mapping-project-tango-tablet-2015">Made by LG, it is expected to arrive next year</a>.</p> <p>The phone that was sent out earlier in the year has been the subject of an <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Project+Tango+Teardown/23835" target="_blank">iFixit teardown</a>, so we know more about that. For instance we know that its depth-sensing array consists of an infrared projector, 4MP rear camera and front-facing fisheye view lens with 180-degree field of vision. Physically, it&#39;s a standard phone shape but rather chunky compared to the class of 2014. More like something from about 2010</p> <p>Presumably there&#39;ll be a consumer-focused phone released next year too - Tango makes more sense on a pocketable device after all - but there&#39;s no word yet on who might make it or what it might look like.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tango tablet that&#039;s available to developers..." alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/projecttango-tablet_0.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...and the prototype Tango phone that was sent out" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-phone.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Do I want to get hold of it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Right now, probably not. </p> <p>Early kits are really for testing the device APIs and starting work on apps which will make use of Project Tango&#39;s new abilities. </p> <p>In the future, almost certainly. </p> <p>There are a few obvious uses for Tango mooted already &ndash; alternate reality (AR) gaming and 3D scanning are popular everyday activities &ndash; but like Street View and Maps, it&#39;s only once Tango is out there that we&#39;ll really get a feeling for the difference it can make.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="AR gaming will be one of Tango&#039;s main features" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-ar-gaming.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. If it all sounds strangely familiar… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s been working on something similar to Project Tango for a while now, but on a much bigger scale than smartphone processors. The reason its much-vaunted <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">self-driving cars </a>work is because they can see everything that&#39;s happening around them, building on-the-fly topographical maps to avoid collisions and potholes.</p> <p>Much of the same tech has gone into Tango and indeed some of the same people have worked across both projects. Yes, we&#39;re fairly envious of their CVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Tango uses some of the same mapping tech as Google&#039;s driverless cars" alt="What is Google Project Tango" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-in-car.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. What&#039;s Google after? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Creative Commons inventor <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim" target="_blank">Larry Lessig made the case in a TED speech</a> that it&#39;s easy to forget how different the world is today thanks to Google&#39;s desire to know everything. </p> <p>For instance, while many people consider some tasks &ndash; notably political reform &ndash; to be impossible, they have no problem accepting the likelihood of a single company photographing every square foot of almost every single road in the world and stitching them together to create a single image service. Which, on the face of it, should be a far harder project.&nbsp;</p> <p>The unforeseen benefits of Google&#39;s mapping odyssey include everything from being able to visit holiday destinations before booking them, to enabling home delivery in places where post offices and street names don&#39;t exist.&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Tango works - and we&#39;ve no reason to suspect it won&#39;t - it could prove every bit as revolutionary as Maps or Street View. It just might take a while for its true genius to become clear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/44vppay5UDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> 9. Has it popped up at the Play Store? (Spoiler: Yes it has) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 looks like Project Tango isn&#39;t too far off release, because it has <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Project_Tango_Tablet_Development_Kit_Black?id=project_tango_tablet_black" target="_blank">appeared at the Google Play Store</a>, albeit in a development kit form.</p> <p>The tablet is available in either black or white and, as promised, is priced at US$1,024 (&pound;655). However, it&#39;s not yet available to order in the US (expect that to change soon) and if you view the page from the UK it says it isn&#39;t available in the country at all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Everything you need to know about Android L, Google&#39;s next mobile operating system</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Project Tango listing at Google Play" alt="The Project Tango listing at Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-tango-play-store.jpg?1415975924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> All you need to know about Google&#039;s Project Tango </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"> No1: It&#039;s amazing... </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature#comments Google Project Tango Smartphones Tablets Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:21:50 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443648 at http://www.stuff.tv Report claims the alleged "iPad Pro" will be rolled out later than expected http://www.stuff.tv/apple/report-claims-alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sources say the tablet will not see daylight until Q2 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Report claims the alleged &quot;iPad Pro&quot; will be rolled out later than expected " alt="Report claims the alleged &quot;iPad Pro&quot; will be rolled out later than expected " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipro.jpeg?1415959890" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been holding off purchasing an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2">iPad Air 2 </a>or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-mini-3-0">iPad mini 3</a> just because you&rsquo;re hoping the rumours of an iPad Pro&nbsp;turn into reality, you might be waiting a while.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same screen tech as the Retina iMac? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 fact that Apple most recently used a large-format 27-inch oxide TFT panel on its iMac with Retina 5K display suggests that such a technology on any of its future devices is a possibility.</p> <p>Kuo&rsquo;s also got a proven track record when it comes to speculations about Apple devices &ndash; he <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/ming-chi-kuo/" target="_blank">correctly identified that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come in 128GB variants </a>and pretty much <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/ming-chi-kuo-nailed-apples-iphone-release-2013-9?IR=T&amp;" target="_blank">nailed all the major details of the iPhone 5s</a> before its launch. As such, we think there&rsquo;s some truth to the claim above.</p> <p>The iPad Pro&rsquo;s also predicted to land with stereo speakers and the same slimness as an iPhone 6, and with a stellar feature leak build-up, we can&rsquo;t wait to know more about its other features in the coming months.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-planning-129in-ipad-early-2015-release/news">Apple planning 12.9in iPad for early 2015 release&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/11/12/apples-rumored-129-inch-ipad-pro-pushed-back-to-q2-2015-current-models-to-see-steep-sales-decline?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">Apple Insider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/report-claims-alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/report-claims-alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected/news#comments Apple iOS iPad Tablets Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:10:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453178 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the Nexus tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The tupperware of tablets " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-9-21.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an Android contender to rival an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a>, this is it. The Nexus 9 has the same screen shape, the same resolution and &ndash;&nbsp;like the Apple tablet &ndash;&nbsp;launches with the very best its platform has to offer.</p> <p>You get the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, bags of power and a super-sharp display: all for &pound;80 less than an iPad Air 2. It&rsquo;s sure to lure thousands away from the Apple Store.</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"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price for 16GB version. Also available with 32GB (£400) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful CPU </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and new Android software </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"> Screen has some small issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Android 5.0 still needs some tweaks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Only available in 16GB and 32GB versions </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tupperware of tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s plenty of praise to come for the Nexus 9, but it&rsquo;s not a tablet that sets out to wow you with its hardware design. Like the good old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>, it&rsquo;s more practical than luxurious.</p> <p>The back is plastic, and has the sort of minimalist design a swedish furniture maker might come up with. Good-looking? Sure, but it doesn&rsquo;t give the hard, expensive impression of the iPad Air 2, or offer the jaw-dropping thin-n-lightness of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>You get the feeling Google cares a little more about what happens when you switch the screen on than what it feels like.</p> <p>That we can be so blasé about a tablet this thin and light tells you about how far we&#39;ve come, though. The Nexus 9 is 7.9mm thick and weighs just 425g in its Wi-Fi only incarnation.&nbsp;It <em>is</em> thin and it <em>is</em> light, it just doesn&rsquo;t showcase it in the same way the 6.1mm-thick iPad Air 2 does.</p> <p>That slight lack of initial impact is quickly forgotten when you start using the Nexus 9, though. The 4:3 aspect is so much better suited to an 8in-plus tablet than the widescreen styles that used to be the Android norm.</p> <p>Switch between this and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-10/review">Nexus 10</a> and the older tablet just seems a bit, well, silly. It&rsquo;s not just about the looks either, but how its weighting sits in your mitt. The Nexus 9 feels right, and is <em>just about</em> light enough to use one-handed while reading an article on the train on the way to work.</p> <p>In short, the Nexus 9 makes it pretty obvious why 10in widescreen tablets were never all that popular.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No wows in the hardware design " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Processor -</strong>&nbsp;64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 @ 2.5GHz, Kepler GPU</p> <p><strong>RAM -</strong>&nbsp;2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen -</strong>&nbsp;8.9in IPS LCD with 2048x1536 resolution (281ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras -</strong>&nbsp;8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.6MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage -</strong>&nbsp;16/32GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity -</strong>&nbsp;Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 6700mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions -</strong>&nbsp;228 x 154 x 7.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 425g (436g with 3G/4G)</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"> Build me up, break me down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus might lack some of the gloss of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> but build quality is more than reasonable. The plastic (in black, white or sandy beige) flexes a little in parts, and the volume controls feel a bit, well, naff. But the front is Gorilla Glass 3 and the band of metal around the sides gives you some confidence that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a> &ndash; this tablet&rsquo;s maker &ndash;&nbsp;hasn&rsquo;t scrimped entirely on the essentials.</p> <p>The size, the shape, the handling: we have no serious complaints. However, Google has deliberately limited you in one quite annoying way. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</p> <p>Of course, iPads have never had memory card slots, either - but the iPad Air 2 is available in 64GB and 128GB versions if you&#39;re the type that values on-board storage. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, maxes out at 32GB.</p> <p>Casual users may well get by with the standard 16GB, but with only 10GB of it actually available to use once you factor in the OS, it&rsquo;s soon gone if you load up a few games and movies. You can obviously bolster this with cloud storage from Google Drive or Dropbox, but it&#39;s not really the same thing. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you.</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="Working the upsell angle " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-6.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> LCD starlet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 9 screen just begs for games and films, too. It offers oodles of pixels, 2048 x 1536 to be exact (just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>), and it&rsquo;s enough to make everything on the 8.9in screen look as sharp as any rival.</p> <p>Get your eyeball up to the display and you can see a teeny bit of fizziness, but we&rsquo;re calling it: this resolution is enough.</p> <p>Just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> before it, the Nexus 9 uses an IPS LCD screen, the same tech found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>. The strong colour reproduction melded with the high resolution, bright backlight and very immediate image give the display plenty of pop.</p> <p>However, purists will notice a few little issues. First, this is an LCD and its black levels aren&rsquo;t close to what you get from an OLED tablet such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also some pretty clear leakage from the backlight, particularly clear at the top of the Nexus 9. It exhibits as a tiny strip of brightness at the top of the screen. You should get used to it, but those with display OCD may find it distracting. It is fairly minor, but is another little negative to jot down if you&rsquo;re after the ultimate Android tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This resolution is enough " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-3.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> What flavour is that Lollipop? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So far, so ordinary: we&rsquo;ve seen better screen performance from both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S</a> tablets. It&rsquo;s the software the Nexus 9 is really here to show off.</p> <p>This is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the version the rest of the Android-using world is going to be clamouring after for weeks or, more likely, months. So what&rsquo;s it all about?</p> <p>Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new look. It appears and feels familiar, but everything has been given a subtle facelift. The soft keys are new. The apps menu now looks like a series of white pages and you double-swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings toggles and screen brightness.</p> <p>The lock screen is new, too, giving you notifications without having to take the tablet out of sleep mode. Very handy and about time. These are all things that we&rsquo;ve seen before in other custom interfaces. It&rsquo;s mostly just a neat, simple, quite cute UI &ndash;&nbsp;not a revolution.</p> <p>Google has also reworked a bunch of the standard Android apps in the Nexus 9&rsquo;s Android 5.0. Gmail, the Contacts book, Calendar and even the Play Store have all been given a spring clean.</p> <p>But speaking of apps, it&#39;s also worth noting that many still aren&#39;t optimised for larger Android screens. Developers seem happy to produce different versions of their apps for iPhone and iPad, but many seem content to release just one for Android, which is then simply blown-up to fit tablet screens. That can have some ugly results.</p> <p>But Lollipop is pretty elsewhere, with a colour palette that now has that extra hint of pastel to it. And everything moves with that extra bit of pep. Google seems to want the Nexus 9 to be something that would slide gracefully into an IKEA show home in its software as well as its hardware design.</p> <p>Is it flat-out better than what you get with the Google Now interface available for just about any Android device these days? Maybe, but not by a huge margin.</p> <p>What really matters is the stuff in the background &ndash;&nbsp;those turning cogs you can&rsquo;t see on the surface. Android 5.0 now supports 64-bit processors and is better primed for connections to other devices than ever before. Our guess is that this means deeper integration with Android Wear watches, co-operation that we don&rsquo;t even know about yet. For now, it means you can take up where you left off with media and apps in Lollipop goodies.</p> <p>A lot of that promise is about the future, not right now. For example, while the Tegra K1 CPU used in the Nexus 9 is 64-bit, there&rsquo;s nothing that specifically makes use of that more advanced architecture at present.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not noticeably faster than previous top Android tablets, either. There&rsquo;s the odd hint of lag here and there, undoubtedly because Android 5.0 Lollipop is a baby chick still brushing off those remaining bits of eggshell.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll soon be improved in an update before too long, and it&rsquo;s hardly bad at present anyway. Just the occasional stutter, and some apps not loading as fast as we&rsquo;d like, especially given Android 5.0 uses a special ART runtime that&rsquo;s meant to speed this whole process up. We&rsquo;ll have a full review of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> up on Stuff.tv very soon.</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="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-20.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-17.jpg?1417398769" /> </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" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-16.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The numbers of the beast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hardware-wise, the Nexus 9 is one of the most powerful Android devices ever made.</p> <p>Its Tegra K1 CPU is a dual-core 2.5GHz chipset &ndash; it may have just two cores, but they don&rsquo;t half pack a punch. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, it scores roughly the same points per core as you get out of all of the Nexus 7&rsquo;s four cores. For the spec-heads out there, it scores 1970 points per core, 3332 total in Geekbench 3.</p> <p>However, the real meat of the K1 processor is in the graphics side. It uses a Kepler DX1, which has 192 cores &ndash; sounds ridiculous and it sorta is.&nbsp;</p> <p>We thought all this power might end up being squirted into oblivion, but there are already some games that make terrific use of it. For example, <em>Dead Trigger 2</em> offers a special graphics mode not available on other devices that adds gorgeous water effects, the kind you&rsquo;d only normally see in console or PC games. Yes, that does mean the game is now jammed full of puddles, but they aren&rsquo;t half pretty.</p> <p>These optimisations are already in place because this isn&rsquo;t the first time a Tegra K1 has been jammed into an Android device: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet</a> has one, too (a slightly different version). Nvidia went as far as to bring over classics such as <em>Portal</em> and <em>Half-life 2</em> to the Shield Tablet, but they don&rsquo;t seem to be available for the Nexus 9 yet.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they will be at some point, though. If only for show-off points.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sounds ridiculous and it sorta is " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-game.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> Front-loaded Bieber blasters </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>Another nice little extra for gamers is the Nexus 9&rsquo;s front facing speakers. They&rsquo;re not too obvious, and sit to the extreme ends of each side of the tablet (when held in landscape).</p> <p>This sort of setup is top-notch in terms of positioning. You get that immersive stereo effect and they&rsquo;re virtually impossible to block to the extent that the sound becomes muffled. Even if you put a finger over each port, the sound isn&rsquo;t choked. We managed to ruin the sound by squishing a palm against each outlet, but you do have to try pretty hard.</p> <p>The Nexus 9&rsquo;s actual sound quality is a bit more of a mixed affair.</p> <p>With music in particular, the Nexus 9 can sound a bit strained, the mids unnatural. And treble lacks finesse and the clarity of some rivals. These are similar, or the same, BoomSound speakers used in phones like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">)</a>. But what is great in a phone doesn&#39;t seem quite so hot in this larger tablet.</p> <p>Still, sound quality remains better than average. It&rsquo;s just slightly disappointing that HTC hasn&rsquo;t done for tablet audio what it did for phones in the HTC One. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>&nbsp;actually offers greater volume, more power and greater clarity, even though its speakers are in the &#39;wrong&#39; place.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Milli-amped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life is pretty good. Off a full charge we got just under 12 hours of video playback from the Nexus 9, with the screen set to middling brightness &ndash;&nbsp;which is actually probably a bit brighter than you&rsquo;d use indoors. In normal everyday use it&#39;ll last a few days.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a real power user you might be disappointed to find that hot-swapping is off the table. In fact, swapping of any kind seems unlikely -&nbsp;battery isn&#39;t just non-removable, it&#39;s glued in place behind a back cover you can&rsquo;t rip off.</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="Milli-amped up" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-5.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Papp-a-razzie </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 cameras are a slight weak point. On the back of the Nexus 9 sits an 8MP camera while the front uses a rather unusual 1.6MP sensor.</p> <p>Walk around a major city and you&rsquo;re sure to see loads of tourists taking loads of pictures with their tablet &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature">probably iPads</a>. But HTC and Google still seem to be working under the assumption tablet cameras aren&rsquo;t too important.</p> <p>We&#39;d wouldn&#39;t necesarily argue with that, but if you are a tablet snapper you&#39;ll likely find that your greatest annoyance isn&rsquo;t image quality but autofocus speed. It feels sluggish, not the sort of camera to whip out to capture your dog as it bounds across a park, flinging 360 degree drool. You&rsquo;d probably end up with a photo of some grass. Maybe a tree if you&rsquo;re lucky.&nbsp;The Nexus 9 is also prone to overexposing just about every cloud in the sky, too.</p> <p>Approach the camera with patience and you can get some reasonable results with pretty decent colour saturation, but&nbsp;we&#39;d recommend sticking to your phone camera unless you simply must let absolutely everyone see that you&rsquo;re rocking the new Nexus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad as a camera is fine, and here&#39;s why</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="Autofocus is slow " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-12.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Google Nexus 9 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 9 shows where Android tablets of the future should be headed &mdash; a little less geek locked in their bedroom, a bit more &lsquo;ordinary person&rsquo; relaxing in the lounge. However, it also has the raw power underneath to satisfy enthusiasts so it&rsquo;ll come up with the hardcore goods once more devs gets their heads around its 64-bit Kepler engine.</p> <p>But there are still some niggling flaws -&nbsp;the build isn&rsquo;t up there with the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>, storage is limited and at this early stage Lollipop is just a little stuttery.</p> <p>Our other lingering regret is that the Nexus 9 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> show that the Google Nexus line isn&rsquo;t the bargain-hunter&rsquo;s paradise it used to be.&nbsp;Good value overall? Sure, but perhaps the real bargain right now is the &pound;240 iPad Mini 2. Now there&#39;s a turn up for the books.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>Power, stamina and that great Nexus simplicity, but Google&#39;s new tab isn&#39;t flawless</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 review: &quot;Sets the bar for future Android tablets&quot; </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 first lick of the Lollipop with the latest Nexus tablet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review#comments Android Google HTC Nexus 9 Tablets Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:51:53 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452479 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra details leak http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can open, beans everywhere: Next-gen Xperia line-up revealed </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 Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra details leak" alt="Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra details leak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z3-family.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony may make waterproof phones, but it can&#39;t seem to stop the leaks; details of its upcoming Xperia Z4 line-up have flooded onto the internet.</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"> Xperia Z4 gets Qi charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 tipster claims that the Sony Xperia Z4 will ditch the magnetic charging port found on the Xperia Z3, in favour of Qi wireless charging support; it&#39;s also expected to lose the microUSB port flaps that are currently used to ensure water resistance. Not to worry, though; the Z4 will reportedly still come with the same IP68 water and dust resistance as its predecessor.</p> <p>Previous leaks have revealed the&nbsp;Sony Xperia Z4&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news" target="_blank">purported spec sheet</a>; the phone will reportedly feature a 5.5in QHD display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with a 2.8 GHz octa-core CPU and 4GB RAM, along with a 20.7MP camera sensor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The next Xperia tablet will reportedly drop at the same time as the Xperia Z4; it&#39;s expected to pack a 10.1in Quad-HD display, though Android Origin&#39;s source claims that Sony is also testing a 3840x2160 panel. The Xperia Z4 Tablet&#39;s specs will closely match those of its smartphone counterpart, reports the source; a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Round the back, it&#39;s expected to pack a 13MP camera, while it&#39;ll also sport an 8MP camera for selfies and video calls. Design-wise, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is said to ape the look of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with thin bezels and stereo speakers.</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-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both of Sony&#39;s Xperia variants are reportedly getting an upgrade, too; the Xperia Z4 Ultra will apparently cram a Quad-HD &ndash; or possibly even 4K &ndash; display into the same 6.4in screen size as the Xperia Z Ultra. The Z4 Compact, meanwhile, is rumoured to pack a 4.6in screen, with 1080p resolution.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be keeping our ear to the ground for further news on Sony&#39;s next flagship smartphone; stay tuned!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidorigin.com/sony-xperia-z4-tablet-compact-ultra-exclusive-leak/" target="_blank">Android Origin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The Top 10 smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news#comments Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z4 Xperia Z4 Compact Xperia Z4 Tablet Xperia Z4 Ultra Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:40:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 1452973 at http://www.stuff.tv 35 best free apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got a Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3 or any other Android device? Then you need to download these 35 free apps </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="35 free apps for Android" alt="35 free apps for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/25-free-apps-for-android-main-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yay! Free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff. And there&#39;s plenty of it on Android, with more than 927,000 free apps available in the Google Play store right now. We know, because we counted.*</p> <p>But a word of warning - much of it is rubbish: a frustrating mix of non-official rip-offs, shonkily designed bedroom projects and, in the worst cases, plain old arrgghh-this-doesn&#39;t-even-work-at-all duds.</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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. GOOGLE TRANSLATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve seen a few clever translation apps in our time, but recently Google Translate has crushed them all. It now offers (sometimes clunky, word-for-word) translations of over 70 languages with input via text, handwritten words or symbols, spoken words or even text recognition via the camera. It can then give you the translation in the form of text or speak it for you.</p> <p>The core app can do all this with a data connection, and language packs can be downloaded for free so you can use it abroad without the need for Wi-Fi or the fear of roaming data charges.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate" target="_blank">Download Google Translate here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Translate" alt="30 free apps for Android Google Translate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-translate-free-android-apps-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. NASA App </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&#39;t the best looking app in the world, but it&#39;s full of geek-level info and media from the NASA archive, along with news and updates on what&#39;s going on up there and back at base. Maybe one day they&#39;ll get a slick front end for it all, but for now this raggle-taggle collection of links, pictures, videos and news feeds has plenty to keep space cadets informed and entertained.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa" target="_blank">Download NASA App here</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="NASA app" alt="30 free apps for Android NASA app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nasa-app-25-free-apps-for-android-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. TWICKETS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twickets is a way to buy or sell spare tickets to gigs or events, but what makes it special is the rule that tickets can only change hands for their face value or less. That means the profiteering touts stay away and genuine fans get to recyle spares in good faith - great if one of your mates has dropped out and left you in the lurch, or you need an extra seat at short notice.</p> <p>You can browse what&#39;s available or offer tickets via the app and finalise the deal via Twitter (hence the name).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.twickets.droid" target="_blank">Download Twickets here</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="Twickets" alt="30 free apps for Android Twickets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-twickets-001.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Audible for Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long journey? Tired eyes? Audio books! A bit like radio shows that you actually want to listen to, a bit like podcasts before all the funny people stopped doing them, a bit like books being read to you (OK, mostly the latter), audio books are a treat to be savoured.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Audible app is a gateway to its own audio book service, drawing you in with free tasters of some of its best sellers. It&#39;s worth downloading even if it&#39;s only for those free nibbles.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application" target="_blank">Download Audible here</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="Audible For Android" alt="30 free apps for Android Audible For Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-audible-for-android-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Navfree </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve got Google Maps already and that&#39;s lovely. However, that relies on a data connection, which isn&#39;t always available even in your home nation and will sting you with ludicrous charges abroad. Navfree is based on an open-source map database and provides mapping and voice-guided sat-nav for no cash at all.</p> <p>You can load it with paid extras if you like, but it&#39;s fine as it is. Download the local variant for any country you&#39;re visiting before you leave and you&#39;ll always have a map and a sat-nav tool at your hip.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL" target="_blank">Download Navfree here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature">7 of the best apps for the LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Navfree" alt="30 free apps for Android Navfree" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-navfree-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 6. Airbnb </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hotels are great when other people are paying, or if&nbsp;you have pots of cash to waste,&nbsp;but otherwise they&#39;re rarely situated where you want them. Airbnb is one of the stars of the so-called shareconomy, an accommodation network built around normal people offering up their unused rooms for a little bit of extra cash.</p> <p>The result? You&#39;ll be able to find somewhere to stay right in the heart of the city, up a mountain or even down a river, often for a very decent price. Just spend a minute browsing the amazing pads on offer and you&#39;ll be hooked.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android" target="_blank">Download Airbnb here</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="Airbnb" alt="30 free apps for Android Airbnb" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-airbnb-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Any.do To-do list &amp; task list </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re all busy. Busy creating Stuff To Do lists and sticking them in our bags, on the front door, in our back pockets and tapping them into note apps on our phones. Any.do is the best way to keep on top of all those loose ends, thanks to its cloud syncing and sharing skills. You can have it running as a live widget on your homescreen and also separate your tasks into different folders.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo" target="_blank">Download Any.do here</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="Any.Do" alt="30 free apps for Android Any.Do" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-any-do-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Comics </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 access to over 45,000 comics from DC, Marvel, Image Comics, IDW and Disney, the Comics app is the place to go for all things graphically novel. You get quite a few freebies to get you started, with more free titles released each week. Paid-for comics will typically set you back between &pound;0.69 and &pound;2.49. The app really comes alive on larger devices, where you can pore over the panels in a more leisurely manner than on a phone.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics" target="_blank">Download Comics here</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="Comics" alt="30 free apps for Android Comics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-comics-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 9. Zoopla Property Search </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;t necessarily find everything in your chosen area, but Zoopla (which incorporated Findaproperty.com in 2012) has a huge amount of properties for sale, and even if it&#39;s just used as a jumping off point it can give you a good idea of what&#39;s available and the prices involved. The app itself could be easier to use, but it does the basics of allowing you to search on specific area, property type, number of bedrooms and add keywords, then browse photos and link up with the agent.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zoopla.activity" target="_blank">Download Zoopla Property Search here</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="Zoopla Property Search" alt="30 free apps for Android Zoopla Property Search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-zoopla-mobile-001_0.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 10. Cocktail Flow - Drink recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 best feature of this cocktail recipe book is the way you can tell it what odds and ends you&#39;ve got lurking in the cupboard under the sink, and then ask it to suggest palatable ways to mix them up. It also comes with a library of popular cocktails, with additional packs that can be downloaded for a small fee.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.distinction.cflow" target="_blank">Download Cocktail Flow - Drink Recipes here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games available for Android right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cocktail Flow" alt="30 free apps for Android Cocktail Flow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cocktail-flow-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 11. Money Tracker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Easily our favourite app for keeping a handle on incomings and outgoings, Money Tracker strikes a sensible balance between simplicity and features. As well as the basic sums, it lets you create your own folders and categories, so you can see where it all goes each month, and more easily define where you might be able to make savings in future. Did you really spend that much on coffee this week? Maybe you should invest in a flask this weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prometheusapps.moneytracker" target="_blank">Download Money Tracker here</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="Money Tracker" alt="30 free apps for Android Money Tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-money-tracker-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Hangouts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Hey! Who wants brunch at Choochies today?&quot; &quot;Count me in! I&#39;ve got tickets to the Nicks game, wanna come too?&quot; Etc. Alternatively you can use Hangouts to message friends via text, video and emoticon-style &quot;emojis&quot; in a more realistic manner. &quot;Train cancelled again&quot;, or &quot;Dad, get on the video call so you can show me how to fix the boiler&quot;. That sort of thing. Woah! Hangouts rocks!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk" target="_blank">Download Hangouts here</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="Hangouts" alt="30 free apps for Android Hangouts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-hangouts-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 13. Duolingo: Learn languages 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>Google Translate may be great, but the long-term aim should be to learn to speak all those languages yourself. Duolingo does an amazing job of making this fun, with a format that&#39;s a bit like a pub quiz machine. It currently supports Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English, and if you &quot;play&quot; it regularly you&#39;ll definitely pick up at least some competence in your chosen language. With more intensive use you can give yourself a week&#39;s crash course before a trip abroad.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo" target="_blank">Download Duolingo: Learn Languages Free here</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="Duolingo Learn Languages Free" alt="30 free apps for Android Duolingo Learn Languages Free" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-duolingo-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 14. Houzz Interior Design Ideas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one is all about inspiration. As you would hope from an app about design, Houzz itself is neat, logically laid out, smart and pretty in all the right places, making it the perfect distraction as you recline on your Eames lounge chair, feet up on the ottoman, contemplating the witty juxtaposition of that chandelier in your bedsit.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.houzz.app" target="_blank">Download Houzz Interior Design Ideas here</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="Houzz Interior Design Ideas" alt="30 free apps for Android Houzz Interior Design Ideas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-houzz-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 15. FxGuru: Movie FX Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This slightly gimmicky special effects app is nonetheless very clever, verging on useful. It comes with a batch of free effects (the kind of things you&#39;d see in a disaster movie) with additional packs as in-app purchases.</p> <p>You point your phone or tablet at a scene (say, your office, the street or your garden), and then the app records a short video clip with a destructive missile attack or perhaps a hovering UFO superimposed over the live action. Motion tracking allows you to pan as you film, too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.picadelic.fxguru" target="_blank">Download FxGuru: Movie FX Director here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </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="FXGuru: Movie FX Director" alt="30 free apps for Android FXGuru: Movie FX Director" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-fxguru-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-15"><div class="field field-type-number-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"> 16. BBC Cbeebies Playtime </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 lot of free apps for children are beset by confusing prompts for in-app purchases that can seriously hamper the fun. CBeebies Playtime is an ad-free lucky dip of educational games and activities for pre-school children, based on some of the channel&#39;s biggest shows and characters, including Mr Tumble, Tree Fu Tom, The Octanauts and real-life actual people such as Andy and Nina.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.bbc.cbeebiesplaytime" target="_blank">Download BBC CBeebies Playtime here</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="BBC CBeebies Playtime" alt="30 free apps for Android BBC CBeebies Playtime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cbeebies-playtime-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 17. SoundCloud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SoundCloud is great because it&#39;s not just the same old music rehashed in a new, futile money-making shell. It does hold a lot of full-length commercial tracks but it&#39;s the unique user-generated music that makes it special. That means DJ mixes, remixes, cover versions, live recordings and recitals, snippets, sounds and spoken word contibutions. If you want to listen beyond the sphere of Spotify, cock your ear this way.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundcloud.android" target="_blank">Download SoundCloud here</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="Soundcloud" alt="30 free apps for Android Soundcloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-soundcloud-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 18. Met office weather application </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All UK weather forecasts are based on information and predictions from the Met Office, so why not get your forecast from the horse&#39;s mouth? This app doesn&#39;t go in for swanky visuals but does give it to you straight, with timeline breakdowns of the changing skies plus map-based predictions of advancing weather systems. If you&#39;re less of a weather geek, try the BBC Weather app for a prettier presentation of much the same stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.gov.metoffice.android" target="_blank">Download Met Office Weather Application here</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="Met office weather application" alt="30 free apps for Android Met office weather application" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-met-office-weather-app-001.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 19. VLC For Android Beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wouldn&#39;t it be lovely if there was one video format to rule them all, like MP3 is to music? Well, dream on... Until that day you&#39;ll be thankful for VLC, which aims to play every video format you&#39;ll ever encounter. If you like to source your movies from varied locations you&#39;ll find this one of the most useful apps on your phone or tablet. It&#39;s ad-free and doesn&#39;t try to harvest all your personal data either, which makes a nice change.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc.betav7neon" target="_blank">Download VLC For Android Beta here</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="VLC" alt="30 free apps for Android VLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vlc_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 20. Dropbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Android moves closer to home computer territory, syncing photos, music and work documents is increasingly important. As a free service, Dropbox offers 2GB of pleasingly simple online storage which is automatically synced whenever you log in from any of your devices &ndash; very useful for occassional file transfers, semi-permanent documents and shared folders. The Android app is nothing fancy but it doesn&#39;t need to be, getting the job done without fuss.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android" target="_blank">Download Dropbox here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature">25 unbelievably good free Windows Phone games</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="Dropbox" alt="30 free apps for Android Dropbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-dropbox-001.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-20"><div class="field field-type-number-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"> 21. Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re putting yourself through a fitness grind alone, this virtual back-patter will help spur you on. It tracks all your runs, walks and rides, then does the maths to tell you (and the entire world via social media) how many calories you&#39;ve burnt, how far you&#39;ve gone and generally how heroic you&#39;ve been over the past week or so. The in-app purchase model keeps it all nice and tidy too, so even in the basic free format it&#39;s a very neat app to use.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnesskeeper.runkeeper.pro" target="_blank">Download Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk here</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="Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" alt="30 free apps for Android Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-runkeeper-gps-track-run-walk-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 22. WiFi File Transfer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s liberal management of the Play store leads to some strange situations, such as the presence of six apps with exactly the same name. Here we&#39;re referring to the one developed by smarterDroid. We find it the easiest way to move files wirelessly to and from a computer and an Android device on an ad-hoc basis. The free version has a file size limit of 5MB, but you can buy the full, unlimited version for &pound;0.88.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififiletransfer" target="_blank">Download WiFi File Transfer here</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="WiFi File Transfer" alt="30 free apps for Android WiFi File Transfer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-wifi-file-transfer-001_0.jpg?1415848702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 23. Peppa&#039;s Paintbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 don&#39;t review childen&#39;s cartoons, but if we did, Peppa Pig would get five stars because it&#39;s consistently brilliant in its own little way, full of practical education wrapped up in addictively snappy episodes. Like the CBeebies app, this porcine painting app has no hidden agenda so your kids can paint away without being tripped up or led astray by ads, links or in-app purchases. Madame Gazelle would certainly approve.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.peppapig.paintbox" target="_blank">Download Peppa&#39;s Paintbox here</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="Peppa&#039;s Paintbox" alt="30 free apps for Android Peppas Paintbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-peppas-paintbox.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 24. TuneIn Radio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take a break from the endless banality of UK radio and tune in to a different point of view or musical selection. So long as you have a half-decent data connection, this app will tickle your ears with audio streams from all over the world, browsable by location, genre or what&#39;s trending. It also works as an on-demand podcast player. It&#39;s brilliant for in-car entertainment, so long as you have a data contract that can take the strain.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player" target="_blank">Download TuneIn Radio here</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="TuneIn Radio" alt="30 free apps for Android TuneIn Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-tunein-radio-001_0.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 25. Vine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the best ways to get your fix of LOLs is to flick your way through Vine&#39;s stream of micro-movies. The quality is always going to vary, but the way the app delivers them is beautifully quick and simple. Just check out your feed or do a search (say, #skatefails), then enjoy a string of LOLable 4-second loops. Maybe even upload a few of your own.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.vine.android" target="_blank">Download Vine here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 30 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vine" alt="30 free apps for Android Vine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vine-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-25"><div class="field field-type-number-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"> 26. Pocket </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 absolutely indispensable app, Pocket lets you save webpages for offline reading. It&#39;s super-easy to use, installing a shortcut into your mobile browser so you can send articles over to it with a click; extensions for desktop browsers are also available, so if something catches your eye at work you can whisk it over to the app for reading on the commute home.</p> <p>Once in the app you can easily share articles with other people or to social media and it&#39;ll even strip out ads from the articles if you want it to. Frankly, we can&#39;t imagine life without it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Pocket here</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="900" height="1200" title="Pocket" alt="30 free apps for Android Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-pocket-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 27. Feedly </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the demise of Google Reader, the world needed an alternative RSS reader - and Feedly fits the bill nicely.</p> <p>It does pretty much everything you&#39;d want an RSS reader to do, presenting the latest stories from your favourite media outlets and blogs in an attractive, easily browsable list. You&#39;ll find every site you might ever be interested in - yes, Stuff.tv is in there - plus it integrates neatly with the likes of Pocket and Evernote and sharing stories to social media is but a matter of a click.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devhd.feedly&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Feedly here</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="900" height="1200" title="Feedly" alt="30 free apps for Android Feedly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-feedly-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 28. Flipboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 basic idea behind Flipboard is that turns your social media feeds into a constantly updating magazine, displaying the latest updates from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and many more in a lovely grid-based design. But there&#39;s a lot more to it than that, with the ability to add content from specific RSS feeds or just by subject making it a truly personalised digital mag.</p> <p>It&#39;s ridiculously simple to use and works so well that Samsung used it to power its My Magazine app for its latest smartphones. High praise indeed.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Flipboard here</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="900" height="1200" title="Flipboard" alt="30 free apps for Android Flipboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-flipboard-001.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 29. LokLok </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here&#39;s an interesting idea: an editable lockscreen that you use to share pictures and notes with your friends. Confused? So were we to start with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Basically, you set a picture as your lockscreen then scribble on top of it. Whatever you draw or write will then appear on top of the lockscreens of all those in your LokLok group.&nbsp;</p> <p>The app is (presumably) intended to be used for swiftly sharing notes and pics between people, without them even having to unlock their phone. But of course we used it to share juvenile scrawlings with each other. Ahem.</p> <p>It&#39;s currently in beta, so expect a few bugs, but hopefully they&#39;ll be ironed out soon.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loklok" target="_blank">Download LokLok here</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="LokLok" alt="30 free apps for Android LokLok" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LokLok01.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 30. RouteShoot Video and GPS app </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a blend of GoPro, Strava and Google Streetview, RouteShoot lets healthy types create map-based videos of their latest adventures then share them for route guidance, improving technique or simply entertainment.</p> <p>You&#39;ll need a smartphone mount to get the most out of it - certainly if you plan to use it on your bike - but once that&#39;s sorted it&#39;ll use your phone&#39;s camera to shoot footage of your latest off-road excursion, linking it with a map of where you&#39;ve been and providing data on elevation and speed.</p> <p>An in-app purchase adds HD video, but really the quality of the footage is less important here than the ability to share routes with your mates.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wilsonpymmay.routeshoot" target="_blank">Download RouteShoot Video and GPS app here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">6 of the best sleep apps</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="RouteShoot Video and GPS app" alt="30 free apps for Android RouteShoot Video and GPS app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootA01.jpg?1415848701" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-30"><div class="field field-type-number-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"> 31. Sketchbook Express </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finger painting&rsquo;s for kids. At least, that&rsquo;s what everyone thought until smartphones proved otherwise (or, more accurately, when artists using smartphones proved otherwise). Once David Hockney started showing off compositions made using his devices, that was that, with Jorge Colombo&rsquo;s <em>New Yorker</em> cover art, created in Brushes for iPhone, a coda with a painterly flourish.</p> <p>Today, even free apps provide massive scope for artists on the go, and SketchBook Express gives you layers, opacity control, 15 preset brushes, and a transform tool. And if you don&rsquo;t have an artistic bone in your body, you can always use it for adding stupid cartoon glasses and beards to pictures of cute kittens.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adsk.sketchbookhdexpress&amp;hl=en">Download SketchBook Express here</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="1500" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-sketchbook-express_0.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-31"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 32. Movies By Flixster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re still brave enough to venture out to the cinema, rather than taking in movies via the magic of your smartphone or tablet, Movies by Flixster is a must-install. The app figures out where you&rsquo;re located and then enables you to see what&rsquo;s on at local cinemas; alternatively, you can select a film and get a list of where and when it&rsquo;s playing nearby. Conceptually, it&rsquo;s all very simple; technically, it&rsquo;s mightily clever; and from an efficiency standpoint, it&rsquo;s superb.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.flixster.android&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Movies by Flixster here</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="1000" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-flixtr_0.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-32"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 33. SwiftKey + Emoji </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 default Android keyboard is perfectly decent, but SwiftKey&rsquo;s a popular alternative for good reason. Along with boasting excellent predictive typing, it enables you to more rapidly type by swiping your fingers across the keys rather than laboriously pecking away at them individually. Initially, you might find yourself facing some oddball typos, but with some practice, SwiftKey can hugely speed up banging out some words on your device.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey&amp;hl=en_GB">Download SwiftKey + Emoji here&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1500" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-swiftkey_0.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-33"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 34. Walk Band </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From its interface to the selection of instruments lurking within, there&rsquo;s a sense Walk Band wants to be GarageBand for Android. It has a good stab at this, providing you with virtual instruments that include drum kits, drum machines, guitars and keyboards, and there&rsquo;s also a multitrack synth for compiling recordings. Some of the sounds are a bit naff, although plenty of extra instruments are available for download, and for a freebie, it&rsquo;s perfectly good for making a lot of noise (sorry, &lsquo;composing your top ten hit&rsquo;) until someone nearby very sternly tells you to stop.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestar.pianoperfect&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Walk Band here</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="1500" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-walk-band_0.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-34"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on 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"> 35. Pixlr Express </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are loads of free photo editors available for Android, but Pixlr Express goes above and beyond. First, it&rsquo;s entirely ad-free, so whatever you&rsquo;re editing is never suddenly half-covered by a banner for a rubbish game; secondly, it has an&nbsp;<em>absurdly</em>&nbsp;huge range of tools, enabling you to do anything from subtly adding radial focal blurs to wrecking your image with all kinds of grunge and crazy effects.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the usual suspects are present and correct, too - crop, rotate, and basic adjustments - and you can share your finished masterpieces to social networks, save them to your device, or combine them into collages.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixlr.express&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Pixlr Express here</a></strong></p> <p><em>Additional words: Craig Grannell, Marc McLaren</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/35-free-apps-for-android-pixlr-express_0.jpg?1415726271" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 35 fantastic free apps for Android </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"> Got an Android device? Then you need these </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games Smartphones Tablets Sat, 08 Nov 2014 10:21:37 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433527 at http://www.stuff.tv