Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/news en-GB Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-already-working-major-future-ios-updates/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seems like iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 are already in development </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates" alt="Apple’s already working on major future iOS updates" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/os.jpeg?1412077119" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been in tune with all the recent Apple iOS news, you&rsquo;ll know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">iOS 8.0.1 update</a> the tech giant rolled out last week was more of a disaster than anything else. As a result, Apple&#39;s currently looking to rectify the various issues that have cropped up.</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"> Playing OS detective </div> </div> </div> <div class="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://9to5mac.com/2014/09/29/apple-developing-ios-8-1-8-2-8-3-in-shift-for-2015-launches/" target="_blank">According to 9to5Mac</a>, a developer of a &ldquo;major hardware-connected iOS application&rdquo; has confirmed this by sharing some analytics, indicating that these versions are being tested in Cupertino.</p> <p>9to5Mac has also done a test of its own on its Google Analytics page, which shows visitors using iOS 8.1 have been visiting the site months before iOS 8 was launched, while iOS 8.2 and 8.3 visits started appearing after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a>&rsquo;s reveal.</p> <p>If this rumour proves to be true, Apple making a break from its upgrade traditions. Since iOS 5 in 2011, major new iOS versions have been put out in Q3, with a major update following it up in Q1 the following year. But this time it seems Apple has a different development schedule.</p> <p>Unfortunately not much information on what these various upgrades might hold was mentioned, but sources say there will be significant improvements to Maps in addition to a new iPad split screen mode and activation of the NFC-based <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/nfc-iphone-6-locked-apple-pay-only/news">Apple Pay</a> service.</p> <p>Oh, and that&#39;s not to mention a possible update in &ldquo;early 2015&rdquo; that will enable iPhones to pair with Apple Watch. Going by the looks of it, these upgrades could come as soon as next quarter or Q1 next year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature">iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Apple Watch, how your apps will evolve&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/09/29/apple-developing-ios-8-1-8-2-8-3-in-shift-for-2015-launches/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</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/apple-s-already-working-major-future-ios-updates/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-already-working-major-future-ios-updates/news#comments Apple iOS Smartphones Tablets Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:37:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448932 at http://www.stuff.tv Nvidia Shield Tablet http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We put Nvidia’s miniature mighty slate through its paces to see if it really is the best gaming tablet ever made </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Nvidia Shield review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9986.JPG?1412069572" /> </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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Game how you want, where you want.</p> <p class="p1">That&rsquo;s Nvidia&rsquo;s tagline for its Shield Tablet, and it promises to open up a world of super powerful on-the-go gaming, thanks to the beastly Tegra K1 processer that lurks beneath its shell.</p> <p class="p1">Promising an unparalleled Android and PC game-streaming experience, the Shield certainly isn&rsquo;t shy when it comes to selling itself.&nbsp;But does it live up to the hype?</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"> £240.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Controller: £50 Cover: £25 </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"> Solid build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Incredibly powerful </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Frees up your games library </div> <div class="field-item even"> Console-quality controller </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"> Whole package is expensive if you’re not a PC gamer </div> <div class="field-item even"> More Android games need to take advantage of all that power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Contrast could be better </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"> Simple yet 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 class="p1">At first glance, the Shield Tablet looks like a giant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>, thanks to its rounded corners and dual front-facing speakers.</p> <p class="p1">Unlike the HTC and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a> however, there&rsquo;s no metal in sight. The rear of the Shield is slathered in plain black matte plastic, and while obviously not as premium as metal, it looks smart and feels pleasantly grippy.</p> <p class="p1">It also feels reassuringly weighty in the hands and doesn&rsquo;t creak or flex if you try to bend it.</p> <p class="p1">Camera-wise, there&rsquo;s a 5MP front-facing offering for video chat and (shudder) selfies, along with another 5MP snapper on the rear, both without a flash.</p> <p class="p1">The left hand side remains bare, leaving room for an optional (but in our opinion, necessary) magnetic cover which doubles up as a stand. The cover itself is soft on the inside and made out of tough, durable rubber on the outside, which should protect the screen from any accidental drops, although it won&rsquo;t do anything to save the rear.</p> <p class="p1">The right side of the Shield features a power button, volume controls, a microSD slot for expandable storage, a stylus slot, and a mini HDMI port. More on those last two later and on the top you&rsquo;ll find a bass speaker vent, a headphone jack and a microUSB port.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The Shield&rsquo;s dual front-facing speakers pack quite a punch for a tablet. They&rsquo;re loud, crisp, and don&rsquo;t distort, even at higher volumes with&nbsp;a HTC BoomSound-esque quality to them.</p> <p class="p1">Overall, the Shield Tablet&rsquo;s design is safe and solid. It won&rsquo;t draw eyes on the catwalk, but that&rsquo;s OK, it doesn&rsquo;t need to. The build quality - bar slightly squishy volume and power buttons &ndash; coupled with its grippy rear makes it comfortable in hand.&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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9962.JPG?1412069572" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_1.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A screen for gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The Shield Tablet&rsquo;s 8in Full HD IPS screen looks lacklustre on paper when compared to the likes of 2K slates like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p class="p1">In general use however, you won&rsquo;t notice its lower 283 ppi count. Not unless you spend the majority of your time tapping away at the screen with your nose that is.</p> <p class="p1">Colours on the Shield&rsquo;s bright display are well-balanced, serving up bright, vivid hues without suffering from unrealistic oversaturation.</p> <p class="p1">The same can&rsquo;t be said for the contrast however. While IPS panels can never match the true blacks of an AMOLED display, blacks on the Shield&rsquo;s screen look more of a dark grey in comparison to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a>.</p> <p class="p1">The difference in whites is even more noticeable. Next to an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a>, whites on the Shield look positively dark and creamy, and are begging for a sprinkle of Daz.</p> <p class="p1">Generally though, you only notice this sort of stuff when you&rsquo;re meticulously comparing different screens side by side. In general use and gaming, the Shield&rsquo;s screen is still sharp and pleasant to look at, and you shouldn&rsquo;t have any complaints.</p> <p>Our only other complaint is that you&rsquo;ll struggle with glare if you&rsquo;re using it outside, which could make headshots a problem when you&rsquo;re spraying bullets at enemies. Still, it&rsquo;s unlikely you&rsquo;ll be doing this beneath the glaring sun on a park bench so it&rsquo;s not a dealbreaker.&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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9968_1.JPG?1412069572" /> </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"> Stick that in your benchmark pipe and smoke 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>The Tegra K1 processor that&rsquo;s nestled within the Shield&rsquo;s unassuming black shell is an absolute beast. We don&rsquo;t like getting bogged down in numbers as real-world experience is always more important,&nbsp;but we couldn&rsquo;t help ourselves:</p> <p>Antutu: 52,796</p> <p>3D Mark: 31,358&nbsp;Geekbench 3: 3,491 </p><p>Those numbers mean nothing on their own of course, so let&rsquo;s try and put them into perspective. The 3D Mark score isn&rsquo;t massively far away from the Acer Iconia W701&rsquo;s score of 39,592 &ndash; and that&rsquo;s&nbsp;running an Intel Core i5 processor.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its Antutu score also comfortable beats pocket powerhouses like the mighty <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">(M8)</a> by almost 10,000 points and it scores higher than the Galaxy S5 in Geekbench too.</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"> Tegra K1 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 class="p1">High numbers are impressive of course, but they still don&rsquo;t mean anything at all if lag and stuttering is present.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Thankfully the Shield has neither, and Android 4.4 runs smoother than a greased-up cheetah.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Multi-tasking, app switching and of course gaming, are all handled with ease thanks to a combination of that beastly K1 processor and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p class="p1">This is meant to be more than just a regular Android tablet however. We want more than just snappy apps. We wanted a truly portable, no-compromise gaming experience. And the Shield delivers.</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 gaming portal in your hands </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Vegetarians turn away now. You&rsquo;ve reached the deliciously succulent meat of this review.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The Shield is billed as the ultimate gaming tablet, and for the most part, it absolutely delivers.</p> <p class="p1">There are a number of ways you can enjoy games while you&rsquo;re on the move. The simplest way is to play existing Google Play store games and obviously they&rsquo;re handled with ease. But that&rsquo;s boring, and it&rsquo;s certainly a waste of that powerful Tegra silicon.</p> <p class="p1">Enter the Nvidia Hub.</p> <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s a dedicated portal to made-for-Shield games that take advantage of all that power, and includes heavy PC-hitters such as Half Life 2 (sold separately).</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/DSCN9964_2.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Valve&rsquo;s legendary FPS is handled extremely well by the Shield&rsquo;s innards. It looks sharp and plays smoothly, and it&rsquo;s quite humbling to think that it outperforms the below-par PC we first tried to run it on nearly ten years ago.</p> <p class="p1">Combined with a mini HDMI cable (which annoyingly isn&rsquo;t included in the box), the Shield brings Half Life 2 to a 25in 1080p monitor, effectively turning it into a portable gaming PC/console.</p> <p class="p1">There&#39;s more. Trine 2 is a side-scrolling adventure game that&rsquo;s pre-installed and included in the price of the Shield. We had trouble getting it up and running and had to faff around re-installing it, but managed to get it running in the end.</p> <p class="p1">Its bright fantasy world looks fantastic both on the Shield&rsquo;s display and on an external monitor, and it should keep both younger and older gamers occupied in the first few hours of owning a Shield Tablet.</p> <p class="p1">So that&rsquo;s the Shield&rsquo;s gaming prowess taken care of. Almost.</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/DSCN9993_2.JPG?1412069572" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9991_0.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Free your gaming rig </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">If you&rsquo;re the proud owner of a PC gaming rig, you&rsquo;ll know that they&rsquo;re generally not too happy with being lugged around.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Well, not quite. They probably don&rsquo;t care either way, but your spine definitely will, especially if there are stairs involved.</p> <p class="p1">The Shield Tablet solves this problem by streaming games from your PC straight to its 8in screen, letting you use its controller to game away from your Pixel Den.</p> <p class="p1">We ran Far Cry 3 and Saints Row IV on the Shield Tablet while it was connected to a 1080p monitor downstairs, while our PC happily churned away in another room. And there was no lag whatsoever.</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/DSCN9989_2.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s even possible to stream a PC game on two monitors and the Shield&rsquo;s screen simultaneously, in a gluttonous display of gaming escapism.</p> <p class="p1">Setting up requires a capable gaming rig with at least an Nvidia 600 series card or higher, and you&rsquo;ll need to install the GeForce Experience software too. Once that&rsquo;s done though, it&#39;s a simple matter of entering a pin, and boom &ndash; you&rsquo;re good to go.</p> <p class="p1">We ran into a few audio niggles with Far Cry 3 in which sound was still being sent to the PC speakers, and we couldn&rsquo;t fix it ourselves.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Other games worked flawlessly, so we&rsquo;re putting that down to a random bug for the time being.</p> <p class="p1">We had no luck streaming games when tethered to our smartphone either so you&rsquo;ll need a fast, strong Wi-Fi connection to take advantage of game streaming on the go.&nbsp;Sadly, that probably means Starbucks probably isn&rsquo;t going to cut it but it is an option.&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="4160" height="3120" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140924_112913_0.jpg?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The Controller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Nvidia&rsquo;s &pound;50 wireless controller is as essential to the entire Shield experience as its &pound;25 stand-cum-cover.</p> <p class="p1">Buying the Shield Tablet and not having the controller is the equivalent of having a Ferrari without power steering. Sure you can drive it, but it&rsquo;s going to be the opposite of fun.</p> <p>While the Shield is compatible with other Bluetooth Android controllers, its own controller works over Wi-Fi to reduce lag, and its quality rivals that of the Xbox One and PS4 gamepads.</p> <p>It felt rather large and chunky in our hands initially, presumably due to our recent PS4 Destiny marathons. Sony&rsquo;s DualShock 4 is still relatively slim and dinky compared to the competition, but it didn&rsquo;t take long for our hands to adjust.</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/DSCN9971.JPG?1412069572" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9956_0.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">All the regular controls you&rsquo;d expect are present and accounted for. Two triggers, two shoulder buttons, two joysticks, a D-Pad and four action buttons are all where they should be.</p> <p class="p1">There&rsquo;s also a few touch-sensitive buttons in the middle, with a large green one taking you straight to the Nvidia Hub, along with home, back and start buttons surrounding it.</p> <p class="p1">The bottom of the controller has clickable volume buttons, located beneath a trackpad which works exactly like a laptop&rsquo;s offering, albeit in a smaller, more awkward way.</p> <p class="p1">Thankfully it&rsquo;s built like a tank, and everything from the triggers to the joysticks feel sturdy and grown up.</p> <p class="p1">Naturally it still can&rsquo;t hold a candle to the precision offered by a keyboard and mouse, but no controller can. The Shield Tablet itself does support Bluetooth keyboards and mice for the truly fussy gamer.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Overall while &pound;50 is pricey, it&rsquo;s built to last. Our main gripe with it is that it doesn&rsquo;t double up as a PC controller too, which would have been a nice way to save some cash.</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/DSCN9973_0.JPG?1412069572" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9957_0.JPG?1412069572" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9958_2.JPG?1412069572" /> </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"> Nvidia Shield Tablet tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;8in 1920 x 1200</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;Nvidia Tegra K1</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;16GB (expandable with microSD)</p> <p><strong>Camera:&nbsp;</strong>5MP rear, 5MP front-facing</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;19.75Wh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;221 x 126 x 9.2mm</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-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"> A familiar OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">With everything else we&rsquo;ve talked about, it&rsquo;s all too easy to gloss over Android. And there really isn&rsquo;t much to say here.</p> <p class="p1">The Shield is running Android 4.4 KitKat, and Nvidia has mercifully left things alone for the most part. No garish themes or tonnes of complicated menus in sight.</p> <p class="p1">There are just a few Nvidia extras like the Hub and Twitch streaming controls, along with the Dabbler stylus software.</p> <p class="p1">Beyond that, it offers everything you&rsquo;ve come to expect from Android, including full access to the Google Play Store, and it all runs fluidly without any slowdown.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A decent camera that streams your game face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">If you insist on using the Shield&rsquo;s 5MP camera, then expect to get decent shots in well-lit conditions, though don&rsquo;t count on cropping them at all &ndash; there aren&rsquo;t enough megapixels to retain the detail.&nbsp;The HDR mode is decent and its&nbsp;ability to manually select the focus and exposure points independently is also rather useful. But the lack of an LED flash results in low light shots that look like they were taken with a lens smeared with Vaseline and dust.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">If you really want to annoy us and take a selfie with a tablet, then its 5MP front-facing offering does a decent job too.</p> <p class="p1">Incidentally, though, that front-facing camera can also be used&nbsp;to stream your face to eager fans on Twitch &ndash; the videogame streaming service that lets gamers watch other gamers&hellip; game.</p> <p class="p1">We played through a few levels of Trine 2, Master Chief helmet in front of our heads to boot, and still didn&rsquo;t get any viewers.&nbsp;But hey, if you&rsquo;re more popular than us, you&rsquo;ll be glad to know that streaming works well, without impacting on the smoothness of games you&rsquo;re playing.</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/DSCN9963.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Stylus smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Gaming muscle isn&rsquo;t the only trick the Shield has in its arsenal. Remember that stylus we mentioned earlier?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Pulling it out prompts you to launch Dabbler, Nvidia&rsquo;s own painting/sketching app, which makes use of the Shield&rsquo;s powerful GPU to provide some fancy effects, like gravity-affected water colour dripping.</p> <p class="p1">The set up is a bit basic in its functionality &ndash; seasoned artists should look to more complete apps like Skectchbook Pro, or the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s active pressure sensitive Wacom stylus -&nbsp; but it&rsquo;s still fun doodling around.</p> <p class="p1">More impressive is the Shield&rsquo;s handwriting recognition. It can decipher our appalling scribbles 99% of the time, and though typing is still faster, it&#39;s still satisfying to watch our handwriting magically transform into legible text. OK, it&#39;s nothing new but our gadget fancies still get tickled all the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9978_1.JPG?1412069572" /> </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="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967_1.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The Shield will comfortably last a day of fairly heavy use &ndash; namely playing some Android games, web browsing, watching some shows on Netflix and sending emails. You could get away with not charging it by the time you get to bed, but you might struggle to get another full day out of it.</p> <p class="p1">When it comes to more demanding local games like Half Life 2 and streaming PC games however, the Shield will conk out somewhere between three to four hours. S we&rsquo;d recommend gaming while it&rsquo;s charging, just in case you need to dash off and need it to last for a while.</p> <p class="p1">It lasted around five and a half hours in our HD video loop battery test (screen at 50% brightness, Wi-Fi and sync on). That&rsquo;s acceptable but falls substantially short of the stamina of the iPad Air, its Mini brother or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series.</p> <p class="p1">It appears to be the price you pay for power but stick to gaming near a power socket and you should be fine.</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-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"> 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 class="p1">The Shield Tablet really is the ultimate gaming tablet. There&rsquo;s absolutely no question about that.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Its insides are scarily fast, handling anything that even the latest Android games can throw at them with ease.</p> <p class="p1">Made-for-Shield games look amazing and play well, and PC game streaming is easy to set up and works seamlessly.</p> <p class="p1">The trouble is, there aren&rsquo;t enough made-for-Shield titles out there to warrant the cost of the Shield Tablet, a cover and its controller alone &ndash; a combined total of &pound;315.</p> <p class="p1">Until the hardware of other manufacturers choose to catch up, the Google Play Store won&rsquo;t be full of titles that take advantage of the Shield Tablet&rsquo;s gaming muscle either.</p> <p class="p1">That leaves PC game streaming as the main reason to snap up a Shield right now. If you&rsquo;re the owner of an Nvidia-powered gaming battle station and want to enjoy your library in other rooms or locations without breaking your back, then it&#39;s a very convenient, very capable solution.</p> <p class="p1">More casual gamers who don&rsquo;t own a 1337 gaming monster might be better off spending their money on the much cheaper Sony PS Vita &ndash; especially if they have a PS4, as that offers console game streaming straight to the Vita&rsquo;s screen too.&nbsp;An iPad Mini with Retina Display (which offers a better variety of regular apps and games) can also be snapped up for &pound;320.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Cost and niche appeal aside, we salute Nvidia for producing a tablet which ticks all the right tech-head boxes. If you&rsquo;re after the most powerful tablet and a portable PC gaming experience, look no further.</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/DSCN9987_2.JPG?1412069572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>The Shield&#39;s sheer power and gaming smarts are incredible, but it&#39;s only worth a look if you&#39;ve got a gaming PC to take advantage of it</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"> Nvidia Shield Tablet review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0#comments Nvidia Project Shield Tablets Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:58:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448552 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know – or we think we know – about Apple’s next full-size 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="604" height="453" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-003_0.jpg?1411787379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been a year since Apple graced us with the 7.5mm-thin <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a>, which means our thoughts have turned to its replacement, the announcement of which seems imminent.</p> <p>So what does Apple have in store for its next full-size tablet? Read on to bring yourself up to speed on all the rumours, leaks and speculation concerning the iPad Air 2.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">Apple iPad Air review</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: more of the same </div> </div> </div> <div class="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://appleinsider.com/articles/14/08/04/photos-of-purported-ipad-air-2-chassis-detail-minor-design-tweaks" target="_blank">Leaked shots</a> of what may well be the iPad Air 2&rsquo;s rear case suggest that the design is little changed from the current model. There are a few minor tweaks in evidence: larger speaker grilles, albeit arranged in one rather than two rows; a slightly relocated microphone port; and apparently the removal of the lock/mute slider. Nothing to get too worked up about there, we think you&rsquo;ll agree.</p> <p>A more significant change could be coming, however: analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will offer the iPad Air 2 in a <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/04/ipad-air-2-anti-reflective-display/" target="_blank">gold colour finish</a>. Swanky.</p> <p>Phone Arena has unearthed <a href="http://www.phonearena.com/news/Alleged-iPad-Air-2iPad-6-dummy-design-leaks-out-Touch-ID-fingerprint-scanner-is-a-go_id57221" target="_blank">a haul of pictures</a> purportedly showing a dummy iPad Air 2, and &ndash; Touch ID sensor aside &ndash; it looks decidedly similar to the current model.</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="720" title="The Air 2&#039;s rear case isn&#039;t hugely different from the current model&#039;s" alt="The Air 2&#039;s rear case isn&#039;t hugely different from the current model&#039;s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-dummy-rear-case.jpg?1411787379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: less reflective </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 current iPad Air sports a 9.7in Retina display screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (that&rsquo;s a pixel density of 264ppi, spec fans), and you can expect that the remain the case with the iPad Air 2. Apple isn&rsquo;t in a hurry to offer the highest resolution going on a 10in tablet, and the Retina display is pretty much as sharp as your eye can resolve at a normal viewing distance.</p> <p>However, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/apple-s-suppliers-said-to-begin-production-of-new-ipad-tablets.html" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg</a> the screen won&rsquo;t remain totally unchanged. Its sources indicate that Apple has come up with a new anti-reflection coating that&rsquo;ll make the iPad Air 2 easier to read. Tablets&rsquo; reflective screens are often cited as a problem with things like ebooks (it&rsquo;s one of the reasons many people prefer the non-shiny E-Ink screen of a dedicated ereader) so the Air 2 may end up being the best reading device Apple has delivered yet.</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 screen might be less reflective than the iPad Air&#039;s" alt="This screen might be less reflective than the iPad Air&#039;s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-2-leak.jpg?1411787379" /> </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"> Boxout: A bigger, beefier iPad Pro? </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>Could there be an even bigger iPad on the way? <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/ipad-pro-rumored-use-improved-a8x-soc-45249/" target="_blank">GForGames</a> says that a 12.9in &ldquo;iPad Pro&rdquo; could be in the offing, bringing with it not only more screen space but a beefier A8X processor. If true, it&rsquo;s likely Apple will be introducing this model later than the iPad Air 2 &ndash; current predictions point to early 2015.</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"> You got the touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 least surprising additions to the iPad Air 2 will be a Touch ID sensor &ndash; it&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/stagueve/status/481157259234643969/photo/1" target="_blank">clearly visible</a> in many shots of dummy models. The fingerprint scanner debuted with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a> and has since made its way to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the iPad Air 2 will be its tablet debut.&nbsp;</p> <p>With iPhones, Touch ID is currently used to unlock the device as well as to approve purchases of music, TV shows, movies, ebooks and apps &ndash; and Apple Pay payments (in the US, at least).</p> <p>Does that mean the iPad Air 2 will come with NFC and Apple Pay capabilities? We haven&rsquo;t heard that it will thus far, and it doesn&rsquo;t really make sense that it would &ndash; pulling a 10in tablet out of your bag to pay for a latte just doesn&rsquo;t seem right, does it?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature">Apple Pay? More like Pay Apple!</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 iPad Air 2 looks set to be Apple&#039;s first Touch ID-equipped iPad" alt="The iPad Air 2 looks set to be Apple&#039;s first Touch ID-equipped iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/touch-id.jpg?1411787379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: more megapixels? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>South Korean site <a href="http://www.etnews.com/20140611000277" target="_blank">ETNews</a> reports that the iPad Air 2 will receive an updated rear-facing camera sporting 8MP &ndash; a reasonable upgrade over the current model&rsquo;s 5MP snapper, but not likely to excite a huge number of people. And judging by the leaked shell and case designs we&rsquo;ve seen (see the &ldquo;Design&rdquo; section above), there&rsquo;s still no LED flash.</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"> Power and performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Air 2 is expected to sport the same Apple-made, ARM-based A8 processor as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>, alongside <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/25/rumor-apples-129-ipad-pro-to-sport-beefed-up-a8x-chip-ipad-air-2-to-gain-2gb-ram" target="_blank">2GB of RAM</a> (a doubling of the original iPad Air&rsquo;s memory) and the M8 motion coprocessor (able to collect and store sensor data even while the iPad is asleep).</p> <p>Thus far, we&rsquo;ve heard next to nothing concerning battery life and storage.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The A8 seems locked-in for the iPad Air 2" alt="The A8 seems locked-in for the iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-a8_0.jpg?1411787379" /> </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"> Boxout: What about the next iPad Mini? </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>Apple introduced the Retina display-equipped iPad Mini at the same time as the original iPad Air, so you might think it&rsquo;s high time for a refresh. Taiwan&rsquo;s <a href="http://ctee.com.tw/News/Content.aspx?id=556111&amp;yyyymmdd=20140923&amp;f=0fac6fa74c807bd4d04bbe3fe199b446&amp;h=ece64d9b0652b359713d8d0d0f5f388e&amp;t=t5d" target="_blank">Commercial Times</a> says that this model is indeed on its way, but won&rsquo;t be debuted until early next year. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on developments.</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"> Release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to <a href="http://ctee.com.tw/News/Content.aspx?id=556111&amp;yyyymmdd=20140923&amp;f=0fac6fa74c807bd4d04bbe3fe199b446&amp;h=ece64d9b0652b359713d8d0d0f5f388e&amp;t=t5d" target="_blank">reports from the Far East</a>, Apple will launch the iPad Air 2 in October (the 21st has been mooted as a date), possibly alongside new Retina display MacBook Air laptops and new Mac Mini desktops or possibly at its own special event, depending on who you believe. If that&rsquo;s true, we&rsquo;ll likely hear more speculation about specifics very soon &ndash; and we&rsquo;ll update this preview when that happens.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/what-apple-watch-can-tell-us-about-iphone-7-and-ipad-air-3/feature">What Apple Watch can tell us about iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The new iPad Air may not be accompanied by a new iPad Mini " alt="The new iPad Air may not be accompanied by a new iPad Mini " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipadairmini_1.jpg?1411787379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review#comments Apple iPad Air 2 Tablets Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:11:13 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448644 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad Air 2 reportedly out in October, but without a new iPad Mini alongside http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-reportedly-out-october-without-new-ipad-mini-alongside/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims that Apple’s next small tablet won’t launch until early 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="1200" height="900" title="iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display" alt="iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipadairmini_1.jpg?1411640896" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has long been expected to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2s-anti-glare-screen-will-make-it-even-easier-eyes/news">debut a new version</a> of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a> this autumn, with a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a> expected right alongside it. However, a new report claims the latter won&rsquo;t be the case.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> iPad Air 2 coming in October </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-reportedly-out-october-without-new-ipad-mini-alongside/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-reportedly-out-october-without-new-ipad-mini-alongside/news#comments Apple iPad iPad Air 2 iPad mini 3 Tablets Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:38:58 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448392 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0.jpg?1411134761" /> </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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visual appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Extensibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keyboards in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</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="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Widgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sharing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play 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="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1.jpg?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Photos and Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged in.</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="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0.jpg?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</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="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Bubbling under </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0.png?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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 word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1.jpg?1411134761" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Once the bugs are squashed and kit/apps take full advantage, iOS 8 will be great. Even in its current state, it&#39;s very good.</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"> Apple iOS 8 preview </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"> Third-party keyboards, a Health app, new gaming skills and much more </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433723 at http://www.stuff.tv It’s time for tech companies to drop their obsession with ‘thin’ http://www.stuff.tv/apple/it-s-time-tech-companies-drop-their-obsession-thin/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Apple to Intel, everyone wants skinnier kit – regardless of whether it benefits you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Thin iPhone " alt="Thin iPhone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thin.jpg?1411088610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology is often about balance and compromise.</p> <p>In order to have the most amazing <em>THIS</em>, you quite often have to give a little of <em>THAT</em>. The trick is in figuring out what people are most keen on, along with spinning the kind of smart marketing spiel that will distract people&rsquo;s attention from any dodgy bits and make them think <em>everything is awesome</em>.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until relatively recently, most of the THIS in handheld gadgets was all about miniaturisation. Whereas in the 1970s you had desk calculators that could conceivably have been used as an actual desk, by the 1980s, companies were merrily giving away credit-card sized solar-powered equivalents that would frustratingly fail to work unless you happened to be ambling about on the surface of the sun; but, hey, compromise.</p> <p>Then there were the first mobile phones, which were only slightly more convenient than dragging around a telephone box on a trolley, and were eventually blissfully replaced by devices so tiny you ran the risk of losing them down the back of an atom.</p> <p>The current industry obsession is &lsquo;thin&rsquo;. Everything now has to be super-skinny, because it&rsquo;s a factor that can then be used in marketing. Your new smartphone&rsquo;s approximately the same size as an advertising hoarding? MAKE IT THIN, thereby cunningly distracting everyone from the fact said phone is now actually larger and heavier than its predecessor! Your new tablet is so dull that its very mention causes onlookers to slip into a coma? MAKE IT THIN, artfully making people believe there&rsquo;s actually a point to its very existence and that you&rsquo;re offering something vaguely new!</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 iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-skinny_0.jpg?1411088610" /> </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 5.1mm (!) Gionee Elife S5.1" alt="Gionee Elife S5.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gionee-Elife-S5.1.jpg?1411088610" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> On thin ice </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 tiny snag is always the &lsquo;compromise&rsquo; part, especially when technology is maturing but hasn&rsquo;t quite hit the sweet spot it needs for everything to really gel. We see such problems with Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones, which are beautifully designed pieces of kit that just happen to be too thin to house the camera lens. So while celebrating the fact your iPhone 6 is now precisely 0.7 mm thinner than an iPhone 5s, you can fume that the camera sticks out a bit, making the device wobble when set down on a table.</p> <p>A flush design at the back would have been more aesthetically pleasing, maybe even made the battery slightly bigger, and would have meant Apple&rsquo;s website and photography teams wouldn&rsquo;t have had to clumsily try to pretend a camera bulge didn&#39;t exist. But then Apple executives wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to bang on about how thin this really thin phone was in all its thinness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 camera" alt="iPhone 6 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-camera.jpg?1411088610" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Thin end of the wedge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, it&rsquo;s not just Apple. Tablets like the Sony Xperia Z2 are so worryingly thin that they actually have a slight flex; not only does this make an expensive piece of hardware feel worryingly fragile, but also it makes it less comfortable to hold.</p> <p>The new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is even skinnier, its 6 mm beating the Xperia Z2 by 0.4 mm and the comparatively chunky iPad mini by over 1 mm. Naturally, headlines have been grabbed, for the eleven seconds that Dell&rsquo;s device remains the thinnest tablet that ever thinned, while pretty much no-one wonders whether it might have been better to add some extra heft to boost the battery and speakers.</p> <p>But it looks like thin is here to stay. Intel&rsquo;s Chris Walker has argued in favour of doubling down on the concept of super-skinny tablets, and dreams about ditching bulky ports for charging, data transfer and peripherals. Pretty soon, mobile devices will be so thin ninja will be able to use them as weapons. Frankly, I&rsquo;d rather have a bit more battery life and the means to plug in some headphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-releases-ios-8-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/news" target="_blank">Apple releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch</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="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-01.jpg?1411088610" /> </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="Dell Venue 8 7000 Series" alt="Dell Venue 8 7000 Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-inspiron-venue-8-7000-series.jpg?1411088610" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/it-s-time-tech-companies-drop-their-obsession-thin/feature#comments Apple Smartphones Tablets Xperia Z Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:37:03 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447917 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon’s refreshed Kindle Fire lineup includes 6in £79 tablet, plus kid-centric variant http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The HDX 8.9 also gets Dolby Atmos and Firefly, while Fire OS 4 brings more cloud features </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="Amazon Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 6" alt="Amazon Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-firehd-6-7.png?1411051409" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The middle of the night (or even late evening U.S. time) seems an odd time to announce a load of new hardware, but that&rsquo;s exactly what Amazon has done - and it&rsquo;s a pretty serious lineup refresh for the Kindle Fire.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seriously kid-friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For parents tired of shelling out to replace shattered device screens, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LOR524M/ref=fs_ket">new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition</a> should bring welcome relief. It has the same guts as the standard Fire HD, but is wrapped in a large kid-friendly frame.</p> <p>More importantly, it has a two-year warranty for free replacements, along with a year of Amazon&rsquo;s kid-centric FreeTime Unlimited media subscription service. The 6in model sells for US$149 (about &pound;92) while the 7in version comes in at (about &pound;116).</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="Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-firehd-kids.png?1411051409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> HDX 8.9 upgrade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Curiously, the standard Fire HDX remains unchanged amidst all of this lineup upheaval, but the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HCNHDN0/ref=fs_fs">Kindle Fire HDX 8.9</a> gets a nice update with a quad-core 2.5 Ghz processor and a 70% faster graphics engine, plus 4x faster Wi-Fi capabilities due to MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) tech. It also brings over the Firefly feature from the Fire Phone to identify and contextualize images and text in the world.</p> <p>The new HDX 8.9 also enhanced 2560x1600 display, with a new Dynamic Light Control feature that changes the white point of the screen to make digital pages look more like the real thing, and is the first tablet to integrate Dolby Atmos tech for more immersive soundscapes. The base 16GB option will sell for &pound;330 in the UK.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of the new models run Amazon&rsquo;s new Fire OS 4, dubbed &ldquo;Sangria,&rdquo; which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and purports to be &ldquo;faster and easier to use,&rdquo; says Amazon&rsquo;s release. It&rsquo;s better integrated with Amazon&rsquo;s cloud, and includes a new Family Library feature for sharing content between accounts. Fire OS 4 will also be available as a free update for all third-generation Fire tablets.</p> <p>The new Fire HD models are set to hit the States on 2 October, while the Fire HD Kids Edition and Fire HDX 8.9 will follow on 21 October. No word yet on UK dates for this fresh hardware, but it shouldn&rsquo;t be long before we hear.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news">Amazon Fire Phone on sale 30 September, exclusively via O2</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="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-firehd-hdx89.png?1411051409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news#comments Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Tablets Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447955 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s new Bluetooth keyboard is designed for iOS and Android too http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’ll work with your Windows tablet, but you can pair competitors as well </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="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" alt="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-tabletkeyboard.jpg?1410963075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has its own portable hardware to mind, but it&#39;s clear that the company still wants to play nice with the competition. Case in point: its new Bluetooth wireless keyboard, which is designed for Android and iOS devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The build is attractively minimal and designed for portability. In use, it looks like a lot of existing iPad keyboard options, but it folds in half for storage, plus you can detach the stand half of the contraption to give yourself space between the keys and your device.</p> <p>Opening the cover triggers the Bluetooth connectivity, while closing it powers down the keyboard. It promises up to six months of battery life when filled to capacity and can get eight hours of battery life with just a 10-minute charge.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s Universal Mobile Keyboard is due out in October for US$79.95 (about &pound;49). No word yet on international pricing.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6189075/microsoft-universal-mobile-keyboard-features-pricing">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</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/sdPT-TzgU84" 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/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news#comments Android iOS Microsoft Smartphones Tablets Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:49:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447821 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Acer makes tablet-toting Selfie-Hat, Channel 4 replacing 4oD, and Resident Evil Revelations 2 goes episodic http://www.stuff.tv/acer/fully-charged-acer-makes-tablet-toting-couture-selfie-hat-channel-4-replacing-4od-and-resident- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start powering through to the weekend with our morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat" alt="Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-selfie-hat.jpg?1410585137" /> </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"> Acer’s selfie sombrero is a garish vision of techno-couture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ready to prove your love of selfies? Acer has seemingly prepared a loyalty test in the form of the Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat, a device-housing pink nightmare of an accessory designed in collaboration with the 20-year-old fashion student who&rsquo;s worked with Lady Gaga and Rita Ora.</p> <p>However, the handheld device mounted to this garish hat isn&rsquo;t a standard smartphone or even a phablet, but rather a full-on tablet: an 8in Acer Iconia A-1 840, in fact. If folks snapping photos in public with tablets wasn&rsquo;t nauseating enough, just wait until they&rsquo;re wearing a neon sequined hat with the thing permanently affixed.</p> <p>The hat spins 360 degrees, letting you get the best angle - or just look utterly crazed on the street. And if you don&rsquo;t want a hat for yourself, but simply one for your tablet to wear, well you&rsquo;re in luck: Acer and Cowan-Sanluis made 10 matching cases with little tablet hats. Really.</p> <p>Much as this might all seem like a gag, it&rsquo;s apparently a real thing - but you can only purchase it via an appointment and consultation with Cowan-Sanluis in central London. It&rsquo;ll also be available today at the designer&rsquo;s London Fashion Week showing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-gina-smartphone-s-front-flash-makes-it-ultimate-selfie-taker/news">Sony Gina smartphone&rsquo;s front flash makes it the ultimate selfie taker</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Channel 4 replacing 4oD with All 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Channel 4 pioneered the on-demand catch-up service several years ago, and now it&rsquo;s high time for a significant refresh and update. That&rsquo;ll come in the first quarter of 2015, as the network has announced plans to scrap the current 4oD service in favor of a new unified option called All 4.</p> <p>All 4 will bring together all of Channel 4&rsquo;s brands in one app for various platforms (launching on iOS and PC first), letting you pick between On Demand, Now (live TV streams), and On Soon (trailers and other previews) menus to sort through the content. Additional bonus content for shows will also be bundled into the app experience, and those with Channel 4 accounts will have videos personally targetted to boot.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-to-launch-new-digital-service-all-4">Channel 4</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130895-4od-expires-in-2015-channel-4-to-change-catch-up-platform-to-all-4/gallery">Pocket-lint</a> and <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/11/channel-4-replace-4od-next-year/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick 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="750" title="Channel 4&#039;s All 4 app" alt="Channel 4&#039;s All 4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/channel4-all4app.jpg?1410503581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Resident Evil Revelations 2 takes episodic approach </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 here&rsquo;s a surprising new tactic for the <em>Resident Evil</em> horror gaming franchise: weekly downloadable episodes that combine to create one larger storyline. That&rsquo;s the plan with the upcoming <em>Resident Evil Revelations 2</em>, which was announced last week for Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Due out early next year, the game features different lead characters than the original 3DS and console entry, with past heroine Claire Redfield joined by newly playable Moira Burton, the daughter of the infamous Barry Burton from earlier games. You can get a first look at in-game action in the above trailer.</p> <p>The game will be split into four weekly episodes for US$5.99 (about &pound;3.69) apiece, or you can pay US$24.99 (just over &pound;15) for the whole package. Or simply wait until it all hits retail in a single bundle and potentially play a more expansive version of the game.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2014/09/11/resident-evil-revelations-2---first-trailer">Capcom Unity</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-new-resident-evil-and-dragon-quest-games-announced-nasa-s-air-traffic-co">Fully Charged: New Resident Evil and Dragon Quest games announced, NASA&rsquo;s air traffic control system for drones, and themes finally coming to PS4 and Vita</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/PeAnjk1q4XU" 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/acer/fully-charged-acer-makes-tablet-toting-couture-selfie-hat-channel-4-replacing-4od-and-resident-#comments Acer Fashion Film and TV Gaming Tablets Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447398 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9’s existence and release date confirmed by Nvidia http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-s-existence-and-release-date-confirmed-nvidia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also: it’s going to have an Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU and will be built by HTC </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="Is the next Nexus a 9-incher?" alt="Is the next Nexus a 9-incher?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google-Nexus_0.jpg?1410483377" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past few months there&rsquo;s been a lot of speculation about Google working on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-working-high-performance-89in-nexus-9-tablet/news">powerful 8.9in Nexus 9 tablet</a> &ndash; and now Nvidia has confirmed those rumours.</p> <p>In legal documents discussing its Tegra K1 processor, Nvidia reveals that not only will said CPU make an appearance in the Nexus 9, but that it&rsquo;ll be out in the third quarter of 2014 (i.e. very soon) and that it&rsquo;ll be made by HTC.</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"> Nexus in New York? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Q4 2014 is over at the end of this month, and interestingly HTC has just sent out invitations to a press launch in New York for 8th October. A coincidence? Or could it be Google plans to debut the Nexus 9 at a partner&rsquo;s event rather than its own.</p> <p>What else do we know about the Nexus 9? Well, going back to speculation again: the word on the street is that it&rsquo;ll come with Android L, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 2K display with 2048 x 1440 pixels. And of course, that Nvidia Tegra K1 chip, which is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/nvidia-tegra-k1-goes-whopping-192-cores-unreal-engine-4-support-ces/news">very powerful indeed</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.brightsideofnews.com/2014/09/10/nvidia-confirms-htc-nexus-9/" target="_blank">Brightside News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Google Nexus 7 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-s-existence-and-release-date-confirmed-nvidia/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google HTC Nvidia Tablets Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447303 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips Fidelio ML2 headphones slot straight into your iPhone's Lightning connector for high quality audio http://www.stuff.tv/apple/philips-fidelio-ml2-headphones-slot-straight-your-iphones-lightning-connector-high-quality-aud <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prepare your ears: the first wave of Lightning headphones is upon us </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="645" height="484" title="Mmmm, Lightning" alt="Philips Fidelio ML2 headphones slot straight into your iPhone&#039;s Lightning connec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-phidelio-ml2.jpg?1410358017" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember when Apple confirmed that headphones would be able to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-lightning-connector-spec-could-mean-boost-ios-audio-quality/news" target="_blank">plug directly into the Lightning connector for better audio</a>? Well the first pair has landed, courtesy of Philips.</p> <p>The Fidelio M2Ls take advantage of Apple&#39;s proprietary connector by offering higher quality 24-bit Digital to Analogue Conversion.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In good company </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips also unveiled a slew of audio gadgets at IFA in Berlin, including its first ever pair of noise cancelling Fidelio headphones - the NC1s.</p> <p>The NC1s use four microphones for active noise-cancelling, detecting distracting ambient noise then inverting the signal and cancelling it out for a more silent listening experience.</p> <p>One pair of microphones is dedicated to dealing with low frequency noises, while the other pair takes care of mid and high frequencies. An impressive 30 hour battery life &nbsp;promises isolated music playback for super-extra-long-haul commutes, while a USB rechargeable battery negates the need for regular battery purchases.</p> <p>If the batteries do run out then you can still use them as regular passive headphones too. The NC1s will be available to treat your ears to in October for &euro;250. Stay tuned for our ears-on impressions.</p> <p>Other notable launches were the &euro;100 A1-PRO on-ear DJ headphones, developed with trance god Armin van Buuren, and a range of Spotify multi-room speakers - the SW700M and SW750M.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://Philips also unveiled a slew of audio gadgets at IFA in berlin, including its first ever pair of noise cancelling Fidelio headphones - the NC1s. The NC1s use four microphones for active noise-cancelling, detecting distracting ambient noise then inverting the signal and cancelling it out for a more silent listening experience. One pair of microphones is dedicated to dealing with low frequency noises, while the other pair takes care of mid and high frequencies. An impressive 30 hour battery life promises isolated music playback for super-extra-long-haul commutes, while a USB rechargeable battery negates the need for regular battery purchases. If the batteries do run out then you can still use them as regular passive headphones too. The NC1s will be available to treat your ears to in October for €250. Stay tuned for our ears-on impressions. Other notable launches were the €100 A1-PRO on-ear DJ headphones, developed with trance god Armin van Buuren, and a range of Spotify multi-room speakers - the SW700M and SW750M" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </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="For those who hate (background) noise" alt="Philips Fidelio ML2 headphones slot straight into your iPhone&#039;s Lightning connec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-noise-cancelling-headphones-NC1_Image-5.jpg?1410358017" /> </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="Wait for the drop..." alt="Philips Fidelio ML2 headphones slot straight into your iPhone&#039;s Lightning connec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-professional-DJ-headphones-A1-PRO_Image-2_KI_0.jpg?1410358017" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/philips-fidelio-ml2-headphones-slot-straight-your-iphones-lightning-connector-high-quality-aud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/philips-fidelio-ml2-headphones-slot-straight-your-iphones-lightning-connector-high-quality-aud#comments Apple iPad Air iPhone 6 Philips Smartphones Tablets Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:06:58 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447200 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Pad 10.1 http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pad-101/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10.1in of LG Android tablet for £200? What&#039;s the catch? </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="LG G Pad 10.1 review" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-gpad-101-21-sized.jpg?1410188999" /> </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>In the last couple of years we&rsquo;ve seen reams of budget 7-inch tablets. And the last year saw a load of great 8-inch ones outed, including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nice soft-touch finish </div> <div class="field-item even"> A few neat extras inc IR blaster </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fairly low price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive battery life </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"> Low res, pixellated screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Large footprint </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not the prettiest UI </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"> Back to basics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tablets don&rsquo;t get much more simple looking than the LG G Pad 10.1. Dressed entirely in black, it&rsquo;s the sort of low-key garb people use to hide a bit of extra weight in the tummy region. There&rsquo;s no such thing here, though.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1 is just 8.9mm thick and weighs 523g. That&rsquo;s not too heavy for a 10.1-inch tablet.</p> <p>However, aside from being quite thin, there&rsquo;s little to show this is a 2014 tablet. Where more expensive new models such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a> have slimmed down the expanse of bezel around the display for a more modern, streamlined look, the LG G Pad 10.1 still has a beefy handgrip on each side.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re going to keep the tablet at home, you don&rsquo;t need to worry. But it cuts into the portability a bit.</p> <p>For a clearer look at what we mean, let&rsquo;s have a little specs comparison with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Even though that tablet has a bigger screen, it&rsquo;s still a centimetre less wide, and 50g lighter. If you&rsquo;re looking for something to use on the train on the way to work, you&rsquo;d probably be better off with the smaller <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a> at the price.</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="The bezels are big but the LG us only 8.9mm thick" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-3.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is really a tablet to use at home, while vegging out on the sofa. Forgetting the fairly big footprint for a minute, the LG G Pad 10.1 is actually pretty comfy to handle too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s big, black and basic, with no real design frills, but the back of the tablet has a lovely soft touch finish that&rsquo;s about as stroke-able as a puppy. It adds the little bit of design class the LG G Pad 10.1 really needs.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s another little hardware extra, and it&rsquo;s something that once again tells us the LG G Pad 10.1 is more of a coach potato than Jim Royle. It has an IR blaster on the top edge. With the help of the QRemote app, this lets you make the tablet function as a universal remote.</p> <p>As long as your TV or Blu-ray player isn&rsquo;t old enough to earn a bus pass, you should have no trouble getting it hooked up with the LG G Pad 10.1. It doesn&rsquo;t work with game consoles, though, which is a shame. The tablet also has NFC, which is a bit of a surprise in a tablet of this price. It&rsquo;s basic in some respects, but there are a few extras.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7 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="1600" height="900" title="The QRemote app + IR transmitter = universal remote control" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-pad-101-2.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="THIS IS THE BIGGEST ZAPPER EVER!" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-g-pad-101-1.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Big-screen retro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s really your lot in terms of flashiness, though. The LG Pad 10.1 is otherwise a pretty simple tablet, and where this shows up most significantly is in the screen.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll admit, we did get a bit of a sinking feeling on first turning it on. It&rsquo;s just not sharp, at all.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1 has a 1,280 x 800 pixel screen, the same sort of resolution we saw back in 2011 when tablets first started getting popular. 7-inch tablets can just about get away with 1,280 x 800 screens today, but 10.1-inch ones really can&rsquo;t anymore.</p> <p>We tested games, web browsing and videos with the LG G Pad 10.1 to see exactly how badly the low-res display will affect you. 720p videos can still look pretty great on this tablet &ndash; it&rsquo;s more-or-less the screen&rsquo;s native resolution, but most other things have the feel of being blown up to an uncomfortable size: stretched that bit too far.</p> <p>For the techies out there, the LG Pad 10.1 has a 149ppi display. LG&rsquo;s own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">G Pad 8.3</a>, which sells for slightly less cash, offers a far better 273ppi, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> 264ppi. There just aren&rsquo;t enough pixels going around here.</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="1600" height="900" title="The 1280x800 resolution equates to just 149ppi over 10.1in" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-225.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a few other screen problems, too. &nbsp;The colours are not perfect, with reds looking a bit anaemic, and it&rsquo;s not great at handling motion, meaning you get noticeable trails when flicking quickly through the interface.</p> <p>We have seen screens much, much worse than the LG G Pad 10.1&rsquo;s, though. It uses an IPS panel, meaning you can share it with several people and they&rsquo;ll get more-or-less the same experience. Earlier budget tablet screens often looked a shadowy mess from the wrong angle.</p> <p>So the question is &ndash; are you a screen connoisseur or are the bad bits things you can live with? We find it tricky to accept when cheaper tablets such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> already use far more pixel-packed screens despite being a lot smaller.</p> <p>10.1-inch tablets need to play catch-up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">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="1600" height="900" title="The LG&#039;s not great at handling motion, so you get noticeable trails when flicking quickly through the interface" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-23.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 Duracell bunny 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>However, there is a benefit to using a screen that only has a few more pixels than a 4.5-inch phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a>: battery life is great.</p> <p>When left to play a 720p MP4 video at mid-level brightness &ndash; the sort of setting you might use when watching a movie indoors &ndash; the LG G Pad 10.1 lasts for a staggering 16 hours. That&rsquo;s enough to watch the entire extended <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy, and you&rsquo;ll still have enough juice left for a few handfuls of <em>Spongebob Squarepants</em> episodes. Winner.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1 uses an 8000mAh battery, which is much bigger than the 6800mAh unit of its most obvious rival, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1.</p> <p>With 16GB of internal memory, you have enough room for only a few movies, but there&rsquo;s thankfully a microSD card slot to let you add to that. After all, Frodo&rsquo;s not going to look too sharp if you try and compress the 12 hours of <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy into the 10GB or so you actually have to play with in the G Pad 10.1.</p> <p>LG has tried to give the tablet even more movie cred by using stereo speakers, one on each side of the G Pad 10.1&rsquo;s back. However, sound quality isn&rsquo;t too hot. It&rsquo;s not flat-out ugly, but doesn&rsquo;t have the extra injection of mid-range warmth and the tiny little kick of bass that the best mobile device speakers can now kick out. That little sound quality improvement is not a lot, but it means a lot to us and you don&rsquo;t get it here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="16 hours of video between charges is enough for the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy - even the super extended director&#039;s special edition collector&#039;s collection" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-43.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="There&#039;s just 16GB of storage onboard the LG, but it is microSD expandable" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-4.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="There are stereo speakers at either end of the tablet&#039;s rear, but they&#039;re not the weightiest around" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-332.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Optimus – good, if not optimal </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 aside from lasting for ages and having a slightly rubbish screen, what is the LG G Pad 10.1 like to use? This comes down to the Optimus UI, the custom interface that sits on top of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4</a>. It&rsquo;s a very similar interface to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3&rsquo;s</a>.</p> <p>While OptimusUI doesn&rsquo;t exactly have bags of style, it is quite simple these days, and offers a couple of features that are useful in a tablet. First, you can run two apps at once, a feature accessible using one of the software soft keys at the bottom of the screen.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not quite as slick as Samsung&rsquo;s take on the same idea, and you can&rsquo;t run nearly all your apps in this way, but it is handy. And, for once, if offers an excuse for having two different browser apps (you need to use the stock browser and Chrome to get two web pages on screen at once).</p> <p>QPair is also worth a mention. It&rsquo;s an app that hooks up with your mobile phone using Bluetooth 4.0, relaying your text messages so you can more-or-less forget your phone while using the LG G Pad 10.1. Bonus sofa lounger points.</p> <p>The execution of extra features such as QPair and QRemote could be a little bit slicker, but they certainly do work.</p> <p>Android still struggles a bit with justifying a 10-inch screen &ndash; the extra space doesn&rsquo;t add all that much to most apps &ndash; and the UI is once again let down a bit by the screen resolution. The smallish text of app icons makes the lower pixel density a bit too obvious, and as a result OptimusUI looks quite a bit scrappier on the LG G Pad 10.1 than it would on, say, the LG G3 or even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a>.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a confirmation that the LG G Pad 10.1 spends a bit too much of the budget on extras such as NFC and an IR transmitter, and not quite enough on the real basics such as screen quality. We&rsquo;d trade away the extras just for the bump up to a 1080p screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-edge/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-brings-curved-screens-masses/news" target="_blank">Samsung&#39;s audacious Galaxy Note Edge brings curved screens to the masses</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="1600" height="900" title="While OptimusUI doesn’t exactly have bags of style, it is quite simple these days, and offers a couple of features that are useful in a tablet" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-paf-101-44.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Chasing the Snapdragon </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 power on tap is reasonable, though. The LG G Pad 10.1 uses a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1GB RAM. The CPU has proved extremely popular, particularly in phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s enough to play top 3D games pretty well, although not always with quite the visual flashiness of the top CPUs. And as well as missing out on some graphical effects, the low screen resolution spoils the party again. It can spoil the immersion a bit, making it look as though you&rsquo;re looking at a game rather than being part of it.</p> <p>The Geekbench 3 benchmark results tell you the full story on the Snapdragon 400&rsquo;s CPU power. It scores around 1148 points, which is a fair bit less than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7&rsquo;s</a> 1800-odd and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3&rsquo;s</a> 1700-ish points.</p> <p>Despite being slightly cheaper, these tablets both have better CPUs. The Nexus 7 has a Snapdragon S4 Pro, the LG G Pad 8.3 a Snapdragon 600. The big difference is that they use Krait cores while the LG G Pad 10.1 uses lower-power Cortex-A7 ones.</p> <p>The Snapdragon 400 gets by in most situations but it doesn&rsquo;t cut through challenging tasks like butter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Android Games available right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Snapdragon 400 gets by in most situations but it doesn’t cut through challenging tasks like butter." alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-back.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pad 10.1 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 KitKat 4.4</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 10.1-inch IPS with 1280 x 800 resolution</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Quad-core&nbsp;Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz</p> <p><strong>Graphics</strong> - Adreno 305</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16GB (microSD card expandable by up to 32GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong> - 1MP front, 5MP rear</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 261 x 166 x 9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 523g</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-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"> Don’t trade in your DSLR just 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>You also get two cameras with the LG G Pad 10.1. There&rsquo;s a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1-megapixel camera on the front.</p> <p>Using a 10.1-inch tablet to take photos will do nothing for your street creed, and if you have a half-decent phone its camera will almost certainly be better. The main camera does have autofocus, though, which is something.</p> <p>Strangely, it has quite an extended or &lsquo;zoomed in&rsquo; focal length for a tablet, which makes fitting a bunch of people in a shot tricky at times. And shots with indoor lighting are pretty awful &ndash; both noisy and milky-looking.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1&rsquo;s camera app is also extremely simple, in a not-entirely-good way. There are no real extra modes, just standard shooting and panorama. Judging by some of our shots, it could really do with an extra lower-light mode. Because indoors shots really aren&rsquo;t pretty at times.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The 5MP rear camera has quite an extended or ‘zoomed in’ focal length for a tablet, which makes fitting a bunch of people in a shot tricky at times" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-23.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="The 1MP front-facer is perfectly adequate for Skype calls" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-332.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> LG G Pad 10.1 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>10-inch Android tablets have gone quite quiet of late, and it&rsquo;s good to see a new, affordable model like the LG G Pad 10.1 arrive. However, we&rsquo;re not sure it has its priorities in the right place.</p> <p>Extras such as NFC, IR transmitters and dual cameras should come below screen quality in the pecking order. And while every other tablet class seems to be obsessed with pixel density, the LG 10.1 display is very low-res.</p> <p>Battery life is cracking, and there are a few neat home-enhancing features. But in the end we find it very hard to live with such a low-res display in 2014.</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-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="LG G Pad 10.1 review verdict" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-221122.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </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"> 6 </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>The G Pad 10.1 offers the right features, but screen quality just isn&rsquo;t quite good enough</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pad-101/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pad-101/review#comments Android G Pad 10.1 LG Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446714 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's new Core M processor could make the next MacBook Air a monster http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s thin, fanless, powerful and the most energy efficient Core CPU in Intel’s history – and it’s coming very soon </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="Intel Core M" alt="Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-core-m-logo.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has just unveiled its latest processor at IFA 2014, and it&rsquo;s set to boost small laptops, large tablets and 2-in-1 devices to new levels. And you&rsquo;re almost certainly going to see it on that fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news">12in Apple MacBook Air</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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"> Dial M for mobile power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel were keen to compare it to a four year-old laptop&rsquo;s performance again and again, because they see people who own one as the most likely to be in the market for a new device in the coming months. They say products with Core M will deliver twice the performance of the average four year-old laptop and seven times the graphics processing power&nbsp;&ndash; all while being much thinner and lighter, of course.</p> <p>And in comparison to current high-end tablets such as the iPad Air, Intel says Core M-powered tablets will offer double the graphical and three times the web performance.</p> <p>The company sees Core M being used in laptops up to 13.3in and tablets of 10in and above, as well as in dual devices that combine the functions of both a laptop and a tablet. Several companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already these kind of devices powered by Core M chips (all will be on sale around October).</p> <p>We think Apple is almost certain to use the Core M on its long-rumoured 12in Retina display-equipped MacBook Air. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news">Way back in March</a> we heard the company was planning to release a fanless &ldquo;premium&rdquo; MacBook Air that was even thinner than the current 11in and 13in model, and since then it&rsquo;s been strongly rumoured that it&rsquo;ll have a hi-res 12in screen and will be unveiled in October.</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="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" alt="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-latitude-7000.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Coming in October? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That fits in perfectly with Core M&rsquo;s availability and capabilities, and if Apple does indeed use it we can also expect it to offer longer battery life and much better graphics performance than current Airs. We may see our first glimpse of this 12in Air at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6-iwatch-iotherthings-what-expect-apple-s-992014-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday 9th September</a>, but it&rsquo;s more likely Apple will hold a separate event later in the month or early on in October. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>Oh, and if you&rsquo;re a fan of Intel&rsquo;s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; they aren&rsquo;t being retired, and they&rsquo;ll still be the most powerful options around for larger laptops and desktop PCs. A fifth generation of those chips will be appearing in products in early 2015.</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="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook%20Air_0%20%281%29.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple IFA 2014 Intel Laptops MacBook Air Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:51:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446776 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer flips for hybrid devices at IFA 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer reveals Aspire R13 and R14 convertible laptops and Aspire Switch 11 hybrid 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="Acer Aspire R13" alt="Acer Aspire R13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-aspire-r14-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Acer has gone flipping mad for convertible laptops and tablets at IFA 2014.</p> <p>The Taiwanese manufacturer has taken the wraps off three new convertible devices at the show &ndash; the R13 and R14 flip-top laptops and the Aspire Switch 11 tablet/laptop hybrid.</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>The Acer Aspire R14 packs a hinged display that can be set up in four different configurations; Notebook, Display, Tent and Pad modes. It packs a 14in, 1366x768 display, Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and up to 12GB RAM, with optional Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics. Storage options include 500GB and 1TB HDD, and prices start at &pound;430. Both laptops will be available in the UK from October.</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="Acer Aspire R14" alt="Acer Aspire R14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-aspire-r-13-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer&#39;s also added an 11.6in convertible tablet to its Aspire Switch range; the Aspire Switch 11. The Aspire Switch SW5-171 packs a 1080p display tucked away behind Gorilla Glass 3, a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB memory, along with an HD webcam.</p> <p>The cheaper SW5-171 packs a 1366x768 display, Intel Z345 processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB flash memory; both devices pack microHDMI, microSD and come packing Windows 8.1. The Aspire Switch 11 will be available from October, starting at &pound;300.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014" target="_blank">All the latest IFA 2014 news</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="Acer Aspire Switch 11" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-11-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news#comments Acer IFA 2014 Laptops Tablets Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:02:22 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446476 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony brings PS4 Remote Play to Xperia Z3 range http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The devices will act as a remote second screen for PS4 games, even when someone else is using the console on your main TV </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="PS4 Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" alt="PS4 Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-tablet-z3-ps4-remote.jpg?1409795476" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has announced that the forthcoming Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact will be the world&rsquo;s first smart devices to support PS4 Remote Play.</p> <p>It works in much the same way as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-ps4-games-will-support-ps-vita-remote-play-standard/news">Remote Play on the PS Vita</a>, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet as a dedicated remote screen for PlayStation 4 games. It&rsquo;ll even work if a friend is playing another game on the same PS4 via the living room TV.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony also recommends you use the same home Wi-Fi network as the host PS4 console, to ensure latency remains low, but in theory you could a different Wi-Fi network in a different house, or even your office. Sony says they won&rsquo;t actively promote such a setup, because it&rsquo;s likely to result in poor, choppy experience &ndash; but says you&rsquo;re welcome to try it. The company does, however, envision owners of Xperia phones going to a PS4-owning friend&rsquo;s house and playing his or her games.</p> <p>Remote Play will come to the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact in November. As for other devices, Sony says it may be available on existing Xperia phones and tablets at a later date, but there are as yet no plans to bring it to non-Sony Android devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Xperia Z3, Z3 Tablet Compact and Z3 Compact are all Remote Play compatible" alt="The Xperia Z3, Z3 Tablet Compact and Z3 Compact are all Remote Play compatible" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-family.jpg?1409795476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming PlayStation 4 Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Xperia Z3 Compact Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:47:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446359 at http://www.stuff.tv