Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/all en-GB Sorry converta-fans, Microsoft's standard Surface tablets won’t be upgraded to Windows 10 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/standard-surface-tablets-won-t-be-upgraded-windows-10/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got one of the cheaper, non-Pro tablets? We’ve got some bad news </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 Surface RT" alt="Microsoft Surface RT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-rt.jpg?1422007060" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The dust has settled from yesterday&rsquo;s big Windows 10 consumer event, and while it was surprising to hear that even Windows 7 will <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/windows-10/windows-10-will-be-free-upgrade-windows-7-81-and-windows-phone-8-users/news">see a free upgrade</a>, there&rsquo;s one user group left empty-handed.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/standard-surface-tablets-won-t-be-upgraded-windows-10/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/standard-surface-tablets-won-t-be-upgraded-windows-10/news#comments Microsoft Microsoft Surface RT Surface Tablets Windows 10 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:32:05 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458259 at http://www.stuff.tv The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a super smart stylus http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP pulls the wrappers off several new models, including a 12in model clad in Gorilla Glass 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a cool stylus" alt="The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a cool stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hptablet.jpg?1421834887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HP&rsquo;s spoiling us for choice. The company has just announced a range of new tablets, and they&rsquo;ve all excited us &ndash; but the one that stood out of the pack was the HP Pro Slate 12, the company&rsquo;s really, <em>really</em> big tablet.</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"> Stronger Gorilla Glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 there&rsquo;s much more to the tablet than just a fancy pen. It is one of the first few devices equipped with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news">Corning Gorilla Glass 4</a>, is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, and boasts 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>It comes out of the box running on Android KitKat. The unit also comes with a 1600 x 1200 resolution (163ppi), which is somewhat mediocre by today&#39;s standards for a large screened tablet, if you ask us.&nbsp;</p> <p>HP&rsquo;s also launched the Pro Slate 8 in this range, a 7.9in unit with a 1536 x 2048 (324ppi) pixel screen. The HP Pro Slate 12 will be priced at US$569 (&pound;375), while the Pro Slate 8 is a cheaper alternative at US$449 (&pound;300). We&rsquo;ll update the story with local pricing and availability when we hear from HP.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/hps-big-new-tablet-lineup-includes-a-12-inch-monster-1680630809" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> and <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_annouces_multiple_tablets_a_massive_12inch_android_slate-news-10842.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>, image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_annouces_multiple_tablets_a_massive_12inch_android_slate-news-10842.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news#comments Android HP Slate Tablets Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458145 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: An interview with Sir Hossein Yassaie from Imagination Technologies, the man you didn't know built all your tech http://www.stuff.tv/imagination-technologies/ces-2015/ces-2015-interview-sir-hossein-yassaie-imagination-technologies-ma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> He&#039;s the founder of the company who made the graphics hardware for every iPhone and iPad, and a very interesting chap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mips-creator-ci20_0.jpg?1421287364" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may not have heard of Sir Hossein Yassaie, but you have used his technology.</p> <p>Ever listened to a DAB radio? That tech&#39;s his. Digital TV? His too. iPhone, iPad, a massive chunk of the world&#39;s other smartphones or Intel Atom-powered computers? Yep, all his.</p> <p>Imagination Technologies&#39; graphics, digital broadcast and communications tech is in tens of billions of products worldwide. Its consumer brand, Pure, made digital radio a big deal. And Sir Hossmeister isn&#39;t stopping there.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/7rpXL8TFLlw" 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/imagination-technologies/ces-2015/ces-2015-interview-sir-hossein-yassaie-imagination-technologies-ma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/imagination-technologies/ces-2015/ces-2015-interview-sir-hossein-yassaie-imagination-technologies-ma#comments CES 2015 Imagination Technologies Smartphones Tablets Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:28:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457609 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Like Microsoft’s Surface? Maybe you’ll love Jide’s Android-powered facsimile http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015-microsoft-s-surface-maybe-you-ll-love-jide-s-android-powered-facsimile/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks and acts a lot like a Surface, but there’s something else under the hood </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="Jide Ultra-Tablet" alt="Jide Ultra-Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jide-ultratablet-stand.jpg?1420865790" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">CES offers an opportunity each year to see the world&rsquo;s most innovative gadgets, but not everything is so truly original. Case in point: here&rsquo;s an Android tablet that thinks it&rsquo;s a Surface, inside and out.</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 class="p1">Like the large, two-stage kickstand that&rsquo;s very reminiscent to the Surface Pro 2&rsquo;s. How about the very similar contours on the body of the tablet? And who can overlook the detachable keyboard, which has an essentially identical-looking magnetic connector? It&rsquo;s uncanny, really, although the introduction of colour options here is a new touch.</p> <p class="p1">The Surface-like experience extends to the software, as well. Jide&rsquo;s Ultra-Tablet uses the company&rsquo;s own Remix OS, which is based on Android 4.4.2 and designed solely for larger screens. But what that really means is that it brings a strong dose of modern Windows influence into Android, with very familiar-looking apps, as well as a taskbar lined with app icons.</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="Jide Ultra-Tablet" alt="Jide Ultra-Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jide-ultratablet-keyboard.jpg?1420865790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 class="p1">That said, blending the two massively popular operating systems isn&rsquo;t necessarily a bad thing. The productivity afforded by Windows plus the simplicity and app selection of Android? We can&rsquo;t argue with that on the surface (pun intended), and helpful features like the ability to run Android phone apps in correctly-sized windows sounds great.</p> <p class="p1">Likewise, the hardware specs seem quite good. You&rsquo;ll find an 11.6in, 1080p IPS multitouch screen, with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 plus 2GB RAM and 64GB storage within (also a microSD slot). The Ultra-Tablet sounds like it could be a pretty capable device, especially with a custom OS that blurs the line between typical PC and tablet interfaces.</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="762" title="Jide Remix OS" alt="Jide Remix OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jide-ultratablet-remixOS.jpg?1420865790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Of course, we&rsquo;ll have to see what the price is - and you may need to shake off some guilt for using a device with conspicuous design origins. But if the overall experience proves worthwhile, maybe that&rsquo;ll be a small thing to ask.</p> <p class="p2">[Source: <a href="http://www.jide.com/en/desktop/ultra_tablet.html">Jide</a> via <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/former-google-employees-rip-off-microsofts-surface-with-copycat-android-tablet">Neowin</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">CES 2015: All the latest stories from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth</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/Z7O8tuiXQXI" 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/ces-2015-microsoft-s-surface-maybe-you-ll-love-jide-s-android-powered-facsimile/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015-microsoft-s-surface-maybe-you-ll-love-jide-s-android-powered-facsimile/news#comments Android CES 2015 Microsoft Surface Tablets Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:41:56 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457173 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Asus' Transformer Book Chi is a Windows 2-in-1 as thin as an iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2015/ces-2015-asus-transformer-book-chi-windows-2-1-thin-ipad-air/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ..when in tablet mode, that is. Still, it&#039;s a whole damn computer </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="It&#039;s thinner than it looks" alt="Asus Transformer Book T300Chi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ASUS-Transformer-Book-T300-Chi.jpg?1421651615" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">The market for laptops that also think they&#39;re tablets has suddenly become interesting.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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 class="p1">In fact, it&#39;s not one device, but three - the 12.5in T300, the 10.1in T100 and the 8.9in T90. All share the DNA of aluminium unibodies with diamond-cut edges and frankly ridiculous skinniness.</p> <p class="p1">The T300 Chi is the main event, packing a choice of 1080p or WQHD IPS screens (2560 x 1440), Intel Core M 5Y71 (1.2GHz) or 5Y10 (0.8GHz) processors, 64/128GB SSDs and 4GB or 8GB RAM. In laptop mode it&#39;s 16.5mm thick, which makes it about the same as a MacBook Air (and it&#39;s just 7.6mm thick without the dock). Of course it&#39;s also touch-sensitive, and its resolution wipes the floor with that of Apple&#39;s finest tiny-puter. Claimed battery life is eight hours on a charge, and there&#39;s a 2MP camera for video calls.</p> <p class="p2">The Core M is supposedly good for &#39;everyday computing&#39;, so unlike a Surface or a Macbook, you won&#39;t be playing 2015&#39;s games on the T300 Chi. Still, Half-Life 2 should run just peachy on its Intel HD 5300 GPU.</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="Check out my diamond-cut edges" alt="Asus Transformer Book T300Chi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-Book-Chi-T300-3.jpg?1421651615" /> </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 keyboard dock still works when separated" alt="Asus Transformer Book T300Chi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-chi-t300-2.jpg?1421651615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 class="p1">The 10.1in, 1920x1200 T100Chi is apparently the world&#39;s thinnest Windows 8 tablet at just 7.2mm, and it&#39;ll keep going for 10 hours straight. Inside is a 1.46GHz Intel Atom Z3775 processor, 1 or 2GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage.</p> <p class="p1">The T90 Chi packs the same processor as the T100, but has disappointingly low-res 1280x800 8.9in screen. However, at 7.5mm it is, according to Asus, the thinnest nine-inch tab you can buy, and it has a rear-facing 5MP camera to complement its 2MP front-facer.</p> <p class="p1">All three devices click together with their keyboard docks magnetically, but the two pieces actually communicate via Bluetooth 4.0, so they work together at a range of up to 20m.</p> <p class="p1">One concern is that the Chis each have just a single USB3.0 port in type-B configuration (that&#39;s the tiny one you use for charging). Certainly, they&#39;re not as versatile as devices such as Microsoft&#39;s Award-winning Surface Pro 3, although given the top-spec T300 Chi clocks in at just US$800, it&#39;s not surprising. The T100 starts at US$400, while the T90 costs from just US$300. All will be available this February.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">CES 2015 - All the latest stores from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth</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-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 T90 Chi gets a 5MP rear camera" alt="Asus Transformer Book T90Chi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ASUS-Transformer-Book-T90-Chi_back_0.jpg?1421651615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/asus/ces-2015/ces-2015-asus-transformer-book-chi-windows-2-1-thin-ipad-air/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ces-2015/ces-2015-asus-transformer-book-chi-windows-2-1-thin-ipad-air/news#comments Asus CES 2015 Laptops Tablets Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:54:05 +0000 Will Findlater 1456744 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Nvidia Tegra X1 is the world’s first teraflop mobile processor http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/ces-2015-nvidia-tegra-x1-world-s-first-teraflop-mobile-processor/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twice as powerful as the Tegra K1, it’s coming to self-driving cars as well as smartphones and tablets </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="CES 2015: Nvidia Tegra X1 is the world’s first teraflop mobile processor" alt="CES 2015: Nvidia Tegra X1 is the world’s first teraflop mobile processor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-tegra-x1.jpg?1421667435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nvidia kicked off its CES by announcing a brand new mobile processor &ndash; the first to pack a full teraflop of processing power.</p> <p>The Nvidia Tegra X1 is the size of a thumbnail, but features 256 cores and as much power as a house-sized supercomputer from 15 years ago. It uses the same Maxwell architecture as Nvidia&rsquo;s current crop of high-end gaming graphics cards, and the company says it will begin arriving in products during the first half of this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield Tablet review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the future, the Tegra X1 will be used to power self-driving cars. Nvidia&rsquo;s Drive PX system will employ two X1 processors, which will wrangle up to 12 high-resolution cameras allowing cars to self-park and build a full picture of their surroundings. Drive PX will feature Auto-Valet, a system that will automatically locate a parking space and manoeuvre your car into it &ndash; then bring it back to you when you&rsquo;re ready to go home.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also Drive CX, a cockpit computer capable of running digital instrument clusters and infotainment systems. Powered by either the Tegra K1 or X1, Drive CX can power up to 17 million pixels &ndash; more than ten times the amount in current high-end in-car computers.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2015/01/04/ces-tegra-x1-nvidia-drive-auto/" target="_blank">Nvidia</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">Google, Drive: Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talks Nvidia Drive at CES 2015" alt="Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talks Nvidia Drive at CES 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-drive.jpg?1421667435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/nvidia/ces-2015-nvidia-tegra-x1-world-s-first-teraflop-mobile-processor/news#comments CES 2015 Nvidia Self-Driving Cars Smartphones Tablets Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:21:54 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1456684 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Pro to get Livescribe-style smart pen? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-pro-get-livescribe-style-smart-pen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Newly-granted Apple patent suggests the company is toying with a Galaxy Note-esque stylus </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="Apple iPad Pro to get Livescribe-style smart pen?" alt="Apple iPad Pro to get Livescribe-style smart pen?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-stylus.jpg?1420245213" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite Steve Jobs&rsquo; suggestion in the past that any tablet maker that includes a stylus with their slate has &ldquo;blown it&rdquo;, Apple could be making plans to offer a smart pen accessory with future iPad models.</p> <p>The company has just been granted a patent in the US for a &ldquo;communicating stylus&rdquo; able to &ldquo;talk&rdquo; to digital devices via wireless networking. Like the existing Livescribe 3 stylus, it&rsquo;d be able to store drawings and handwritten notes for later transfer to a computer, tablet or phone.</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>Where the Livescribe 3 uses an infrared camera and requires special paper to work, however, Apple&rsquo;s stylus creates notes and sketches through its movements: onboard accelerometers activate when the user draws or writes and can send the info they collect in real-time to a device (the Livescribe 3 stores notes and transfers them after the fact via Bluetooth). Data can be collected when the stylus&rsquo;s nib is touching a surface, when it&rsquo;s manually turned on, when it&rsquo;s picked up or when it&rsquo;s removed from a dock.</p> <p>The data collected by the pen can be sent to multiple devices simultaneously, and its accelerometers allow it to measure movement in three dimensions, meaning it can track motion no matter its angle &ndash; it could even do so in mid-air.</p> <p>As always when it comes to patents, the existence of this document does not mean Apple plans to make the invention it describes. Tech companies file hundreds, even thousands, of patents outlining products that will never see the light of day. But we have to admit that this is one of the more interesting ones we&rsquo;ve seen of late, and if Apple were to produce it &ndash; as an accessory for the upcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/report-claims-alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected/news">12.2in iPad Pro</a>, for instance &ndash; we&rsquo;d be very excited to give it a try.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(345%2F179.CCLS.+AND+20141230.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/345/179+and+isd/12/30/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/345/179+AND+ISD/20141230)" target="_blank">US Patent Office</a> via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/12/30/apple-patents-smart-pen-for-capturing-digital-copies-of-handwritten-notes" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Pro to get Livescribe-style smart pen?" alt="Apple iPad Pro to get Livescribe-style smart pen?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-stylus-2.jpg?1420245213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-ipad-pro-get-livescribe-style-smart-pen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-pro-get-livescribe-style-smart-pen/news#comments Apple Tablets Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:31:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1456489 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple dominates Christmas device activations, Halo 5 beta begins, and even an oscilloscope can run Quake http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-dominates-christmas-device-activations-halo-5-beta-begins-and-even-oscillo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the latest tech news in our morning roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-6plus_2.jpg?1419989622" /> </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"> iPhone and iPad top Christmas activations </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Did you find a shiny new iPhone or iPad under the tree or in your stocking last week? If not, and it was a different smartphone or tablet, you might be in the minority: app analytics firm Flurry reports that Apple devices claimed 51.3% of all new device activations during the week leading up to and including Christmas Day.</p> <p>Flurry collects its information based on installations of the 600,000+ apps it tracks, and not only was Apple the lead manufacturer of devices activated worldwide during that span (with the iPhone 6 leading all individual devices), but it wasn&rsquo;t even a close race. Samsung was next with 17.7%, Microsoft/Nokia was third with 5.8%, and Sony and LG mustered 1.6% and 1.4% respectively.</p> <p>&ldquo;While the holidays in general and Christmas in particular are not the sole indicator of the smartphone market share and trends,&rdquo; cautions the report, &ldquo;it is safe to say that Apple&rsquo;s newly released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have had a blockbuster holiday season.&rdquo;</p> <p>On that last point, the report also notes that phablet activations surged over last year. Just 4% of device activations last year during this span were phablets, but that number rose to 13% this year. Meanwhile, tablet activations dipped (especially in the full-size category), and small phone activations now comprise just 2% of those recorded.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flurry.com/blog/flurry-insights/apple-and-apps-dominated-christmas-2014">Flurry</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The Top 10 Smartphones</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"> Halo 5 beta is live, plus limited editions revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hyped for&nbsp;<em>Halo 5: Guardians</em>, next fall&rsquo;s massive Xbox One exclusive? Well, if you purchased&nbsp;<em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em>, you can now access the&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&nbsp;multiplayer beta test, which runs until 18 January. It&rsquo;s focused on 4v4 Arena combat, and showcases some of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">significant tweaks</a>&nbsp;made to the&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;formula.</p> <p>And for those already set on buying the full game, Microsoft has announced plans for a couple of extra special versions of the game. The Limited Edition release of the game will come in a steelbook case and feature additional, to-be-detailed digital content, and that&rsquo;ll sell for US$99.99 (about &pound;64).</p> <p>Meanwhile, a massive Limited Collector&rsquo;s Edition will add to that haul additional goods, namely a numbered statue based on the game. The description is sadly vague right now, but if you&rsquo;re willing to take the plunge, that one will set you back US$249.99 (about &pound;161). UK pre-orders haven&rsquo;t yet opened up, from what we&rsquo;ve found, but surely Microsoft will be happy to sell everyone all manner of branded bonus trinkets for a princely sum.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/12/games-halo-5-preorder-and-beta">Xbox Wire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4KKWsPZjjjQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quake running on an oscilloscope </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly anything with a screen today seems capable of running games. Well, what about a decades-old oscilloscope, which is typically used in medicine, science, and other professional fields? One intrepid programmer was able to get a scaled-down version of PC shooter classic&nbsp;<em>Quake</em>&nbsp;to run on the tiny green screen of a Hitachi V-422, and you can read&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lofibucket.com/articles/oscilloscope_quake.html">a detailed breakdown</a>&nbsp;of how he accomplished it - or just marvel at the demo above.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lofibucket.com/articles/oscilloscope_quake.html">Lofibucket</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2014/12/29/7460233/quake-oscilloscope-demonstration-video">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-walking-dead-game-series-renewed-first-mad-max-trailer-stunning-and-doom-played-atm/ne">Watch Doom played on an ATM</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/aMli33ornEU" 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/apple/fully-charged-apple-dominates-christmas-device-activations-halo-5-beta-begins-and-even-oscillo#comments Apple Gaming Halo 5 Guardians iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones Tablets Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1456317 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2 http://www.stuff.tv/hudl-2/10-best-apps-and-games-your-new-hudl-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visit the planets from your sofa, explore impossible worlds, learn French, and finger-paint like a champ </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="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesco-hudl-1.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We dare say there are quite a few people now sitting there with a Tesco Hudl 2. The little tablet that could <em>for only &pound;129</em> boasts a full HD widescreen display and proves surprisingly powerful in use.</p> <p>But what should you first load on to your device, once you&rsquo;ve managed to wade past all the Tesco icons and moved beyond the usual suspects such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? We installed an insane number of apps and games on to our own Hudl 2 to find out.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Appstore (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might seem odd to install another app store on to your Hudl, but there&rsquo;s a good reason: Amazon has a daily free app, meaning you can get more apps and games for nowt. It also has a few (although not many) apps you can&rsquo;t find on Google Play.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000626391&amp;ref_=mas_dl_appstore_rr" target="_blank">Download Amazon Appstore</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="Amazon Appstore" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-appstore.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Badland (free with ads or £1.99 for ad-free/£4.99 for premium edition) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every other &lsquo;flappy&rsquo; game looks a bit rubbish compared to <em>Badland</em>, which finds a strange little black critter flying through deadly forests. Sawblades, rocks destined to crush anything nearby, and exploding spiked contraptions that fling anything that hits them violently through the air, appear as silhouettes atop gorgeous painted backdrops. Using just your thumb (hold to flap), you must figure out a path to the end of each stage, taking advantage of power-ups and - more frequently as the game goes on - unlimited restarts.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogmind.badland&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Badland</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free/&pound;1.99/&pound;4.99)</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="750" title="Badland" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/badland_0.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Duolingo (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Annoyingly, we discovered it&rsquo;s not enough to eat loads of tapas and hope you gain fluency in Spanish by some kind of food osmosis. It actually requires study. Fortunately, Duolingo turns learning the basics of a foreign language into an entertaining and game-like experience, through bite-sized exercises, achievements, stats, and a gentle difficulty curve.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Duolingo</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Duolingo" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/duolingo.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Flipboard (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Flipboard bills itself as your personal magazine. All you need to do is follow some topics, and the app compiles a digital publication for you to flip through, in addition to hand-picked stories in The Daily Edition. In both portrait and landscape, it looks great on the Hudl, and there&rsquo;s a social aspect too, with you able to follow friends and have a quick nose at their magazines.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Flipboard</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Flipboard" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flipboard_1.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Movies by Flixster (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Movies is one of those apps that does one thing really well, and we love it for that. Give it your location, select a film you fancy seeing, and it&rsquo;ll list all relevant local cinema times; alternatively, you can select a cinema and find out everything that&rsquo;s on over the coming week. You can also discover whether a movie is any good or by Michael Bay by checking out its trailer, info and Rotten Tomatoes score.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.flixster.android&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Movies by Flixster</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-best-apps-and-games-your-new-ipad-air-2/feature">The best Android Wear watch faces</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="750" title="Movies by Flixster" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/movies-by-flixter.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monument Valley (from £2.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Very occasionally, a game has everyone who experiences it glued to their screen for the duration. <em>Monument Valley</em> is one such title; full of heart and artistry, it combines simple touch-based exploration with impossible structures. You lead silent princess Ida through Escher-like constructions, manipulating architecture to create pathways that exist only from certain angles. It&rsquo;s short but captivating; happily, a second chapter now exists in the shape of <em>Forgotten Shores</em>, a &pound;1.49 in-app purchase.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley</a>&nbsp;(from &pound;2.49)</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="1920" title="Monument Valley" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley_0.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> SketchBook Express (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might have long ago abandoned finger painting as a juvenile activity, but it feels so right when armed with a Hudl. Using SketchBook Express, you can doodle away on up to three layers, making use of a decent selection of brushes, fills and symmetry tools. Images can be saved to the Gallery app or uploaded to deviantART, and at no point will you be treading paints and crayons into the carpet (unless you&rsquo;re doing that while using your Hudl, you weirdo).</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adsk.sketchbookhdexpress&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download SketchBook Express</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="SketchBook Express" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sketchbook-express.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Snapseed (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are loads of apps for mucking around with photos, but Snapseed&rsquo;s our favourite on the Hudl. Load in a photo and you can make basic corrections and crops, before delving into much more interesting effects, such as vintage filters, vignettes and tilt-shift lenses. The interface is intuitive and tactile - swipe vertically to select a parameter and horizontally to adjust its strength - ensuring that making edits is a breeze.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Snapseed</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Snapseed" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/snapseed_1.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Solar Walk (£1.82) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Solar Walk, you explore the solar system from your Hudl. Each of the planets can be rotated with a flick of a finger, and extended information provides insight into what&rsquo;s lurking inside Neptune and how many moons Jupiter&rsquo;s greedily keeping to itself. In-app purchases optionally add satellite models, educational movies, and high-resolution surfaces for Earth, the moon, Mars and Venus. Lovely.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vitotechnology.SolarWalk&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Solar Walk</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.82)</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="750" title="Solar Walk" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/solar-walk.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Spelltower (£1.32) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spelltower is sneaky. At first, it&rsquo;s an innocent, simple word game. You get a tower of letters, and remove tiles by creating words from snake-like paths. Gravity does its thing. Rinse and repeat. But then new modes are unlocked along with more advanced challenges: rows of letters arrive after submitting a completed word; some tiles require minimum word lengths; blanks appear that must be obliterated by forming large words nearby. So whether you want a noodly word-search or ferocious <em>Tetris/Boggle</em> mash-up, this is the word-game for you.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.stfj.spelltower&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Spelltower</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.32)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-best-apps-and-games-your-new-ipad-air-2/feature">The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2</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="1920" title="Spelltower" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spelltower.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/hudl-2/10-best-apps-and-games-your-new-hudl-2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/hudl-2/10-best-apps-and-games-your-new-hudl-2/feature#comments Apps and Games Hudl 2 Tablets Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:00:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1455679 at http://www.stuff.tv Kodak brand tapped for line of Android smartphones and tablets http://www.stuff.tv/android/kodak-brand-tapped-line-android-smartphones-and-tablets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the name still hold a place in your heart? That’s what they’re banking on </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="Kodak" alt="Kodak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kodak-camera.jpg?1420783381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kodak was once the leading consumer photography brand, but after emerging from bankruptcy, the company refocused its efforts on business needs. However, its name remains a valuable commodity for those who wish to license it. Thus, the Kodak smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/kodak-brand-tapped-line-android-smartphones-and-tablets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/kodak-brand-tapped-line-android-smartphones-and-tablets/news#comments Android Cameras Smartphones Tablets Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:58:27 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1456169 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet could land with a 13in 4K screen and 6GB of RAM http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4-tablet-could-land-13in-4k-screen-and-6gb-ram/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hear that? That&#039;s the sound of thousands of spec fiends crying out in unison </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="722" height="541" title="Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet could land with a 13in 4K screen and 6GB of RAM" alt="Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet could land with a 13in 4K screen and 6GB of RAM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z2-tablet.jpg?1419303167" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet could land with the most ridiculously powerful specs we&#39;ve seen from any other tablet to date.</p> <p>A specs page outed by Chinese site Padnews lists Sony&#39;s next-gen tablet as having an insanely sharp 3840 x 2400 4K display, along with 6GB of RAM and Qualcomm&#39;s powerful 2.86GHz Snapdragon 810 processor.</p> <p>Throw in a beefy 12,100mAh battery, 64GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and PS4 Remote Play, and we&#39;ve got ourselves a the ultimate tablet for Android fans.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And therein lies our skepticism. If something reads like an ultimate wish list, then there&#39;s a good chance that that&#39;s all it is.</p> <p>Still, Sony could have thrown everything and the kitchen sink into its upcoming tablet, in a momentous effort to bring the fight straight to the doors of Apple and Samsung.</p> <p>We could hear more official info from the Japanese tech giant in January, so stay tuned for more news as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.padnews.cn/?p=15682" target="_blank">Padnews</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="659" height="495" title="Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet could land with a 13in 4K screen and 6GB of RAM" alt="Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet could land with a 13in 4K screen and 6GB of RAM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z4-specs.jpg?1419303167" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sony/sony-xperia-z4-tablet-could-land-13in-4k-screen-and-6gb-ram/news#comments Sony Tablets Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:55:03 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455938 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two high-end tablet kings from the rival clans of Apple and Google are ready to fight to the death for your cash. Which will you choose? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-nexus-9-vs-ipad-air-2.jpg?1421121408" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google versus Apple. Rivalries don&#39;t come much bigger than this.</p> <p>Well, technically, HTC versus Apple. But either way, it&#39;s Android&#39;s tablet poster boy squaring up to Apple&#39;s flagship tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>With specs galore and the latest versions of iOS and Android on offer, we&#39;ve got a real fight on our hands. So let&#39;s jump straight in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air 2 (£500) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />Another year, another iPad. But this one&nbsp;is a bit special. For the same &pound;400 as&nbsp;last year, you get the world&rsquo;s thinnest tablet that&rsquo;s also the world&rsquo;s best for use out in the sun. It even has a fingerprint scanner just like the iPhone 6. The correct response: Cor, blimey.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />At first glance, the iPad Air 2 may seem&nbsp;a bit too similar to last year&rsquo;s Air. But it&rsquo;s&nbsp;a big step forward in some ways. At 6.1mm it&rsquo;s incredibly slim &mdash; much skinnier than the Nexus 9. This and the relatively light 437g weight mean it&rsquo;s fairly portable despite being bigger than the Nexus thanks to its 9.7-inch display.&nbsp;</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t mind being outside either,&nbsp;as it has a fantastic anti-glare coating&nbsp;that all but banishes reflections. Just&nbsp;make sure you don&rsquo;t take it out in the&nbsp;rain &ndash; it loves the sun, but really hates&nbsp;the wet stuff.</p> <p>With its metal body, it&rsquo;s a bit snazzier and better-made than the Google tab;&nbsp;and while the Nexus&rsquo;s graphics brain sounds impressive, so is the iPad&rsquo;s&nbsp;A8X chipset. Devs have even got parts&nbsp;of Battlefield 4 working on the thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t mind paying an extra &pound;80 then the&nbsp;iPad is the full package.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★★</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Hero.JPG?1421121408" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Triple-core Apple A8X CPU<br />8MP front camera,<br />1.2MP rear<br />240x169.5x6.1 mm<br />437g (Wi-Fi version)<br />444g (4G version)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 (£320) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />The first new Nexus tablet since the 2013 Nexus 7 shakes things up with an iPad-shaped 4:3 screen, super-powered 192-core graphics chip and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It&rsquo;s also &pound;80 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, giving you some change to tool up with accessories.</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />The Nexus 9 isn&rsquo;t going to make jaws drop like an iPad Air 2 might. With a plastic rear and a thicker body, it&rsquo;s more ordinary-looking and feeling. The new, squatter aspect doesn&rsquo;t half make it great to use compared with earlier Androids, though &ndash; especially for sofa-based browsing. And the 8.9-inch screen offers exactly the same number of pixels as the iPad.</p> <p>Google seems to want to make Android a bit more iPad-like in its style, too. Lollipop shakes off many of Android&rsquo;s residual nerdy bits, and the smartly restrained colours of its interface would make Farrow &amp; Ball proud. Sadly, there are still many Android apps that aren&rsquo;t optimised for tablets, and one of Android&rsquo;s great advantages (removable storage) has been left out.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the hardcore crowd, the Tegra K1 brings oodles of power, but we struggled to find a real-world difference. They&rsquo;re both as fast and smooth as a freshly buttered otter.</p> <p>The design isn&rsquo;t as pristine, but it&rsquo;s the most convincing iPad-style Android alternative.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★☆</p> <p><b>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9 review</a></b></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14_0.jpg?1421121408" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>8.9in 2048x1536 IPS LCD<br />Dual-core 2.5GHz<br />Nvidia Tegra K1<br />8MP front camera,&nbsp;1.6MP rear<br />228.2x153.7x7.9mm<br />425g (Wi-Fi version)<br />436g (4G version)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Air 2 walks away victorious, and is the tablet we&#39;d recommend if you&#39;re sitting on the fence.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple&#39;s build quality is far superior, with a solid, deliciously thin metal body on offer, compared to the Nexus 9&#39;s plastic build.</p> <p>iOS tablets app remain on top too, with more dedicated slicker, prettier made-for-tablet apps residing on Apple&#39;s app store.</p> <p>If you&#39;re an Android fan of course then there&#39;s no competition however: the Nexus 9 will be the way to go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="424" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-in-hand_2.JPG?1421121408" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature#comments Apple Google iPad Air 2 Nexus 9 Tablets Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:26:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455221 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Apple iPad Air 2 is the Tablet of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s second SkinnyTab does what the first one did, and triumphs over the tablet competition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And our winner is... the Apple iPad Air 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-tablet-apple-ipad-air-2.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tablets have been around for long enough now that the market has matured and fragmented.</p> <p>No longer are they all just 9.7in rectangles running iOS - they&#39;re 12in rectangles running Windows 8 and 8.3in rectangles running Android for less than &pound;130 and 10.5in rectangles with ridiculously sharp screens and 8in rectangles which can play proper PC games and... well, you get the idea.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Apple iPad Air 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having been left behind in the race 
for smartphone superiority, Apple 
is determined not to let its tablet 
crown topple &ndash; and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a> is a pretty good way of holding it up. </p> <p>The adjectives are the same: slimmer, lighter and, er, screenier, but as usual, the Air 2 is greater than the sum of its extremely lightweight parts. </p> <p>New screen tech means it&rsquo;s less reflective and easier to eyeball, making it better for everything from reading to movie-watching and editing, plus the addition of TouchID saves you seconds, which can be 
saved up over time and used to 
reply to Android fanboys on the 
internet. Here&rsquo;s a sample response: 
the best has just got better.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-2.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner up: Asus Transformer Book T100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus had already nailed the Android-hybrid-tablet thing with its various Transformer devices - now it&#39;s done the same for Windows 8. The 10.1in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Transformer Book T100</a> comes with an excellent keyboard and more than enough power to run proper Windows software - all of which makes the dream of running full Photoshop on a tablet a reality. Its very reasonable price - it can be found for &pound;300 - is the icing on a tasty cake.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2917" height="2188" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-Transformer-Book-T100.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner up: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is it a tablet or is it a laptop? Truth is, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3</a> is both. But incredibly - and thankfully - it makes no compromise on either front. As a tablet, it&#39;s supremely powerful, with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and as much as 512GB of SSD storage. It runs full-fat Windows 8 software, has a big, attractive 12in screen and comes with a truly useful pen accessory. Oh, and it&#39;s a great laptop too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-3.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner up: Nvidia Shield Tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Shield</a> is the ultimate gaming tablet - an 8in monster that runs on Nvidia&#39;s own super-powerful Tegra K1 processor. Frankly, it destroys any Android game currently available, but that&#39;s hardly a problem as you&#39;ll be too busy streaming the latest titles to it straight from your gaming PC. With no lag. Very impressive.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield Tablet review</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="927" height="695" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nvidia-Shield-Tablet.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner up: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the very best Android tablets yet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a> is a real all-rounder. A stunning&nbsp;2560x1600&nbsp;screen that demands to be stared at is the headline feature, but the fact that it also has a slim, attractive build, great battery life, bags of software tricks and an excellent camera means the iPad&#39;s finally got a true rival.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4500" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-10-5.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner up: Tesco Hudl 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hudl 2 could be subtitled &#39;The cheap tablet that&#39;s actually really good&#39;. Because it is. It has a full HD screen with pin-sharp 273ppi display, fast quad-core processor, plenty of RAM and even that rarity in tablets, a microHDMI socket. And it&#39;s available for &pound;130. &pound;130! That&#39;s less than a cinema ticket these days. Incredible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/best-cheap-tablets-world-reviewed/feature">The best cheap tablets - reviewed</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">Click here to see all of the Stuff Gadget Award 2014 winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesco Hudl 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tesco-Hudl.jpg?1418214305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Tablets Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:25:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454194 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android fans: Lollipop is the tasty update you&#039;ve been waiting for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A fresh lick of paint " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-5.0-lollipop-review-main.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we&#39;ve got a newer, tastier version of Google&#39;s OS in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most exciting updates in years - new levels of polish, new features and some catching up with iOS make it an essential download.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been swiping and nudging our way around Android 5.0 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. This is all you need to know - you want this on your phone or tablet asap.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh, peppy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clever notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> New battery saving mode </div> <div class="field-item even"> User profiles and guest mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some UI tweaks are confusing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bye bye lockscreen widgets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fresh new look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&#39;s new look is called Material Design, and we love it.</p> <p>Upgrading to Google&rsquo;s new aesthetic is a surefire way for any older Nexus or Motorola handsets to get their mojo back. For devices with custom skins, such as Sense UI and TouchWiz, the design tweaks from Google will make less of an impact but manufacturers may pick and choose from the new elements.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to Google&rsquo;s individual apps of late you&rsquo;ll have known what was coming. It&rsquo;s more colourful, with subtle shadows, and the &lsquo;stacked cards&rsquo; Overview carousel is slicker. This can now include Chrome tabs (if you want it to - it can get messy) as well as apps.</p> <p>The Roboto font has been tweaked to be curvier and wider, there&rsquo;s a lot of clean, white space now (dialler, app drawer) and the navigation buttons have been given a PlayStation controller-style, minimalist makeover.</p> <p>Our favourite addition is the new floating action button - in each app, Google picks what it thinks is the most useful shortcut and sticks in a colourful circular icon at the bottom. Compose email, keypad etc. It&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s obvious.</p> <p>Just one thing - the animations between apps, menus and screens are nice and &lsquo;fluid&rsquo; as intended but they can be a bit jumpy, a bit poppy, a bit distracting. Just as when we first saw iOS 7 we got a bit dizzy, so too Android 5.0 takes a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Everything you need to know about the Nexus 6&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Love dat floating action button " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-material-design.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1350" height="1200" title="Chrome tabs can be taken out of the Overview screen " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-overview.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can I get it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, Google&rsquo;s latest release is available out of the box on this year&rsquo;s Google tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> (which we&rsquo;ve tested here) and this year&rsquo;s Google phone, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6 </a>(which we&#39;ll hav a full review of very shortly). It&rsquo;s also already rolling out to older Nexus devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> and Nexus 10, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014) </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield tablet</a>.</p> <p>Samsung? HTC? LG? The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 </a>will be biting into Lollipop by Christmas and if you have a One (M7) or (M8), expect the update to Sense by February to hit the usual 90-day promise. Whatever smartphone or tablet you own, don&rsquo;t panic. This time, you shouldn&rsquo;t be left waiting too long.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarter notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&rsquo;s notification system is prettier, smarter and now even more useful. The first stage of the overhaul is that notifications now sit as white &lsquo;cards&rsquo; underneath the quick settings panel (which now includes a Cast Screen button for Chromecast users). So far, so standard.</p> <p>But Lollipop also uses the idea of &lsquo;banners&rsquo; really nicely. Notifications now drop in from the top of the screen so that you can carry on playing your game or watcing your movie in relative peace. This even includes phone calls which would typically have taken over the whole smartphone screen. These notification banners are actionable (open, delete, reply etc) as are the new lockscreen notifications, one area where we see Google catching up to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>This has been one bugbear around the Stuff office amongst iPhone users who have switched to Android - they&rsquo;re used to seeing messages on the lockscreen. Well, here they are in Android working nicely - you have to double tap the card, otherwise there would be too many accidents. Lockscreen widgets have been bumped in their place though and this might make a few power users angry.</p> <p>The last new notifications feature (and another bit of catching up) is Lollipop&rsquo;s new management of &lsquo;interruptions&rsquo; as they are wonderfully titled. This is a version of Do Not Disturb on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS</a> and Assist on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)</a>. Here, it allows the starring of contacts to let phone calls through, tweaking of the volumes of alerts, the whitelisting of apps to allow notifications onto the lockscreen. Everything can be personalised just so, apart from setting different &lsquo;bedtimes&rsquo; for different schedules. But now we&rsquo;re just being fussy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Notifications stack as white cards under quick settings " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-notifications.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="1200" title="Now calls from your boss are officially named interruptions " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-interruptions.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome tweaks to Google apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the new goodies that arrived with iOS 8, there are no new permanent fixtures on the stock Android app screen. There is absolutely no bloatware - you even have to download Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others yourself. It&#39;s an opt-in approch, and we like it. And Google makes the set-up and transfer of apps and wallpapers from other Androids easier than ever.</p> <p>As Google apps have been unshackled from Android update cycles, there&rsquo;s now plenty of consistency in the Material Design look of the software and also some new features to enjoy. Remember when Google forced Nexus users to keep all their messages in Hangouts? Now there&rsquo;s a Messenger app pre-installed to avoid being constantly &lsquo;online&rsquo; - although Hangouts still supports SMS if that&rsquo;s what you want.</p> <p>Gmail now has a two pane view on tablets - your inbox and the currently highlighted message. That sort of multi-tasking view is still rare, though, and we&rsquo;d like to see more apps taking advantage of this sort of thing. Calendar has a more colourful Agenda view with cards for each appointment. While the Google Camera app, which comes pre-installed, has had a redesign with new icons and a bigger area to press to start snapping or shooting. It all makes sense but some settings, such as the resolution of video, are now slower to get to.</p> <p>Google Now is still accessed by swiping right and is much the same as ever - nice to swipe through and occasionally brilliant - especially for frequent travellers. It also now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search e.g IMDb for movie queries. Also tied into Google Now is voice commands: now more Android phones will be able to respond to the &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; command when the screen is off. That means the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a> loses a little of its advantage over the Android crowd then, but it&rsquo;s still the only smartphone that lets you personalise the command.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Gmail&#039;s two pane view in landscape " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OV4JQo_ziQA4BriLYkYTW4ztMnv1-baQo5xPeOqOrDs.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="The Google Camera app is still simple and easy to use " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-camera-app.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street Smart Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 includes lots of behind-the-scenes changes that you won&rsquo;t be able to try out or show off, but that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re not important or useful.</p> <p>They include security with encryption that&#39;s turned on by default on new devices, and SELinux enforcing for all apps - this just means your phone is constantly checking that there&rsquo;s no malware lurking and doing damage.</p> <p>So what can you try out? Android Lollipop devices can remove pins or passcode patterns when they&rsquo;re in range of a secure Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, car or home speaker. We&rsquo;re not sure this is a feature for everyone (what if the mugger pinches both?) but we tried it with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly a cool feature. Trusted Face (aka Face Unlock, made-over) comes with warnings about people aping your face but now works quicker, using the camera even as you look at notifications on the lockscreen.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s not just your apps and messages you want to keep intact, there&rsquo;s your dignity to think of too. Android 5.0 adds a guest mode functionality that&rsquo;s seriously simple to use. In fact, it adds user profiles for the first time on smartphones too (it&rsquo;s already been around on tablets). You can add and switch between multiple users and the guest session via the icon at the top right of the notification pulldown. One user can also function as a kids mode quite easily.</p> <p>Smartphones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;do already have this feature with the bonus of a secret lockscreen pattern that jumps into guest mode, but it&rsquo;s a welcome addition for stock Android and with switching in a matter of seconds, it may actually get used.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Users and guest mode is accessed in the notifications pulldown " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-security.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="1200" title="Smartwatch nearby? Smart Lock means you won&#039;t need to unlock your phone" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-trusted-devices.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All Hail Project Volta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two sides to Google&rsquo;s efforts around battery life - one you&rsquo;ll notice and one you probably won&rsquo;t. The first is under-the-hood efficiency optimisations, to increase stamina as part of Project Volta. This includes apps conserving more battery, the OS doing more tracking and minimising wasteful, routine network tasks. What does that mean? Well, in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review"> Nexus 5</a> we&rsquo;ve been running Lollipop on, we have noticed a slight increase in the day-to-day battery life. It&rsquo;s not huge but for a phone like this which can struggle to last the day, Android 5.0 is worth the update for this alone.</p> <p>We say this alone - we mean this and the new battery saver mode. This has been around on Samsungs, LGs and HTCs for years and finally makes its way to pure Android. It can kick in automatically at 5 or 15%: orange bars appear top and bottom so you don&rsquo;t forget and Google claims it can stretch battery life by 90 minutes. In our testing, that&rsquo;s been about right on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>. As usual, it achieves this by reducing background data, vibrations and performance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review - the two day smartphone&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1920" title="Orange bars mean battery saver mode is on " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-battery-saver.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance Boost, In Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s every reason to be excited about all the boosts Google has made to the performance of Android 5.0, thanks to ART. Not familiar? This is the new default runtime, and while that won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, it essentially means that the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed. Apps and animations run at a much more fluid 60fps, and ART offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik.</p> <p>Other tweaks include an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations within their own processors.</p> <p>Impressive stuff, but with a few bits of lag still hanging around, we&#39;re not entirely blown away. Like Usain Bolt with a crazed fan clinging onto his ankles, it&rsquo;s lovely and fast but is bound to occasionally trip up.</p> <p>Lollipop also supports 64-bit processing, as found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> - this isn&rsquo;t so much something to get giddy about this year but could lead to apps and games which are more powerful and more efficient in future. Win win.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Teeny bit of lag around Lollipop" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/n4zE7SLBLzp1gR_qtJWLhvse_bk8NAR02-TFVxTRzlw.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some of the most interesting aspects of Lollipop are probably still to be seen - new features and compatibility for Android Wear, plus Android TV and Android Auto coming in 2015.</p> <p>But right now Android 5.0 really shows that Android updates have grown up.</p> <p>This OS will be on most popular Android phones and tablets very quickly indeed, and we hope everyone makes that teensy bit of effort to update. The new, fresh Material Design might not be as precise and delightful as iOS 8 but it&rsquo;s lively, it&rsquo;s colourful and it&rsquo;s easier and more fluid to navigate.</p> <p>There are plenty of features here that iPhone, Samsung and LG users have long enjoyed - from lockscreen notifications to battery saver mode to user profiles. But that these are now native is still cause for celebration.&nbsp;And all this on top of Google Now, Google Voice and an excellent (if still not iOS-beating) selection of apps and games in the Play Store.</p> <p>Fans of pure Android no longer have to choose between fast, clutter-free performance and really, really useful features, and that is a Very Good Thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qfUgUQ2We-mCzJDwvcMlHBB8WJAIbxwSwBSm5tUrHbk.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong - the same Google smarts together with a fresh design and incredibly useful new features</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:10:52 +0000 Sophie Charara 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv Tired of your iPad Air 2? Maybe the 12in iPad Air Plus will float your boat http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks of a faster, bigger Apple tablet make their way onto the web </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/newipad.jpeg?1417428661" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple could be planning a huge surprise for us, but keeping all that secrets behind closed doors seem to be too much of a task. First, there were <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-pro-could-cram-122in-screen-and-dual-speakers-body-no-thicker-iphone/news">rumours of a larger iPad Pro</a> becoming a reality, and now word of an iPad Air Plus is making the rounds.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An idea worth pursuing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But we think launching a new set of larger devices will do Apple some good, pushing it into areas other vendors have traditionally operated in. The instant success of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6l">iPhone 6 Plus</a> is an indication of the public&rsquo;s interest in owning larger screened mobile devices.</p> <p>Then again, if there&rsquo;s a range of larger iPads in the works, there&rsquo;s the possibility of Apple downsizing its MacBook Air offerings to just offer these larger slates with removable keyboards (that&rsquo;s not confirmed, or even hinted at &ndash; we&rsquo;re just toying with ideas here).</p> <p>And you probably won&rsquo;t have to wait as long for this device as you would for the purported iPad Pro (that one&rsquo;s believed to be going on sale <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news">sometime in Q2 next year</a>). The iPad Air Plus might rear its head as early as Q1 2015. Stay tuned &ndash; we&rsquo;ll bring you more information about the device as it comes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">For better or worse, Apple&#39;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_ipad_air_plus_details_make_the_rounds-news-10349.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs_0.jpg?1417428661" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news#comments Apple iOS iPhone & iPad Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:09:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454353 at http://www.stuff.tv