Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/all en-GB OnePlus One pre-orders open on 27th October http://www.stuff.tv/one/oneplus-one-pre-orders-open-27th-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been waiting to get your hands on our favourite affordable smartphone? Then we have good 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="OnePlus One pre-orders open on 27th October" alt="OnePlus One pre-orders open on 27th October" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus-one.jpg?1413819668" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s some great news for those of you who&rsquo;ve been waiting for a OnePlus One but haven&rsquo;t managed to snag the necessary &ldquo;invite to buy&rdquo; from a friend: the smartphone will be available for anyone to pre-order from next week.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Available to all </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Android-based OnePlus One is a fantastic smartphone, especially given its low, low price tag of &pound;230 (for the 16GB edition; the 64GB version is only &pound;270, though). Our own Sophie Charara awarded it a full five stars when she <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">reviewed it</a> back in July, saying that it &ldquo;beat the [Google] Nexus at its own game&rdquo;.</p> <p>However, because OnePlus didn&rsquo;t want to make more devices than they could sell, they limited the distribution of the One via an invitation-to-buy system. That&rsquo;s about to go out of the window, thankfully, so now anyone who fancies this phone can get his or her mitts on one. Great news for thrifty gadget fans.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://oneplus.net/blog/2014/10/get-ready-for-pre-orders/" target="_blank">OnePlus</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/one/oneplus-one-pre-orders-open-27th-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/one/oneplus-one-pre-orders-open-27th-october/news#comments One OnePlus Smartphones Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:40:20 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450901 at http://www.stuff.tv The Motorola Droid Turbo could be the Droid you’re looking for http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-droid-turbo-could-be-droid-you-re-looking/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s tough as old boots, has a massive battery and packs a 21MP rear snapper – what more can you ask 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="567" height="425" title="The Motorola Droid Turbo could be the Droid you’re looking for" alt="The Motorola Droid Turbo could be the Droid you’re looking for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mtotd.jpg?1413801438" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorola isn&#39;t exactly playing its cards close to its chest with its upcoming&nbsp;Droid Turbo smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Texture pack </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Droid Turbo is expected to come with Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box when it launches and will be available in a choice of black or red hues, with different textures to distinguish them apart.&nbsp;</p> <p>Verizon has been <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/droid_turbo_gets_leaked_press_pics_official_unveiling_date-news-9925.php" target="_blank">sending out press invites </a>for a Droid-branded handset reveal on 28 October, so it is almost set in stone that the device will be unveiled in the coming days - but whether the handset makes it to anywhere else in the world is still in question.</p> <p>Stay tuned &ndash; we&rsquo;ll update this space with more information should the smartphone make its way to our shores.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news" target="_blank">Wearables need to get under the skin to succeed</a></p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/523829921098264576" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/10/10/verizons-droidlanding-twitter-account-teases-the-droid-turbo-in-red/" target="_blank">Android Police</a> and <a href="http://blog.gadgetzarena.com/rumours/more-images-of-motorola-droid-turbo-surface-showing-its-front-back-and-side/" target="_blank">Gadgetzarena</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="The Motorola Droid Turbo could be the Droid you’re looking for" alt="The Motorola Droid Turbo could be the Droid you’re looking for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsmarena_001.jpg?1413801438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/motorola-droid-turbo-could-be-droid-you-re-looking/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-droid-turbo-could-be-droid-you-re-looking/news#comments Android Motorola Smartphones Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:37:19 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450877 at http://www.stuff.tv First leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first trickle of Xperia Z4 information points to a 64-bit powerhouse with a QHD display </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="First leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids" alt="First leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-slant.jpg?1413797821" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s only been a short while since the launch of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a> &ndash;&nbsp;just over a month to be exact&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but Sony is already beavering away on its its successor.</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-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/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:26:44 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450861 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is how you build a phablet </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="Size matters" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsunggalaxynote4reviewMAIN_0.png?1413614417" /> </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>Bigger is better.</p> <p>Even Apple saved the very best components for its iPhone 6 Plus. And the Galaxy Note 4 is a contender for the most super-specced smartphone on the planet. A new 2K screen, that Snapdragon 805 processor, a huge 3220mAh battery.</p> <p>More importantly, it&rsquo;s as compact as a phone with a massive screen can be, while making said massive screen as useful and usable as possible.</p> <p>The verdict is in: Samsung still does big phones best.</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"> £630.00 </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"> As premium as Samsung gets </div> <div class="field-item even"> Brilliant camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Best battery life on a 2K phone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Multi Window and S Pen make sense </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"> Phablets aren’t for everyone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks the S5’s waterproofing </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"> Big and (almost) beautiful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s put this into perspective. The Note 4&rsquo;s screen is a mighty 5.7in on the diagonal. That&rsquo;s 0.2in bigger than our current superphone recommendation, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, and Apple&rsquo;s giant new iPhone, but in terms of actual handset size and ergonomics, it&rsquo;s somewhere in the middle of the two.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG</a> is a lovely bit of smartphone engineering, and is more compact and comfortable to hold than the new Note 4. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, on the other hand, seems even bigger than it needs to be and doesn&rsquo;t sit in the hand as well. The flatter sides of the Note 4 combine with a new softer, less tacky faux leather back panel to make the Note 4 pretty comfortable and easy to grip, and while there are still a few lumps and bumps around the camera, headphone jack and microUSB port, the metal band around the entire edge of the device makes the Note 4 feel impressively sturdy and even a bit, premium. And that&rsquo;s not a word we often use to describe Samsung phones.</p> <p>At 176g it&rsquo;s lighter than it looks, too. Don&rsquo;t misunderstand: this is still very much a two-handed phone and if you&rsquo;re used to regular-sized phones (whatever that means these days) you&rsquo;ll be more conscious of the Note 4 in your hand, pocket or against your ear.</p> <p>Aside from the front of the phone, though, which still looks like every Samsung smartphone ever made and the fact that waterproofing is missing here, the Note series design is definitely on the right track.</p> <p>There are more beautiful smartphones out there - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> - but you don&rsquo;t buy a Note 4 to show off design details. You buy one to show off what it can do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4homescreen.png?1413614417" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5383.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5385.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5390.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A screen that will stun your retinas </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 thing Samsung smartphones have always been able to do is stun your retinas into submission with AMOLED colours and plenty of pixels. And the Note 4 takes this heritage next gen with an LG-matching 2560 x 1440 display, making this the first 2K screen we&rsquo;ve seen from Samsung.</p> <p>Plenty of Samsung family traits are in evidence: it&rsquo;s seriously bright (you&rsquo;ll keep the slider way below halfway if you don&rsquo;t want your phone to give you a suntan) and it uses the same Adaptive Display technology found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Galaxy Tab S</a> range, which means that it automatically adjusts its colours according to the warmness and brightness of ambient light.</p> <p>Download a hi-res image and, side by side with a lesser pixelled phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re looking at two different pictures. There&rsquo;s bags more detail and so there should be when the Note 4 is 515ppi. And that&rsquo;s not all. Blacks are lovely and inky thanks to the AMOLED display&rsquo;s ability to turn off pixels to render black. And colours are eye catching if not accurate - still slightly on the warmer, saturated side but if you want to tweak this manually, head for the AMOLED cinema and Basic settings.</p> <p>Whether this is the perfect screen for you depends on your habits. Homescreens and games look gorgeous but emails, browsing and ebooks do show up that usual AMOLED problem of contrast. Whites just aren&rsquo;t as pure as we&rsquo;d like next to the brilliant<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review"> iPhone 6 Plus</a>, and it gets worse when you tilt the Note 4 to the side - stream a black and white movie to see the difference instantly. Likewise, if the 16Mp cam and big screen appeals to photography fans, bear in mind that colours are also not as natural as the iPhone or LG.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, this is a leap to 2K done very, very right and if you were a fan of Samsung screens before, all those extra pixels will be a welcome treat. As we saw with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review">Oppo Find 7</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, sky high resolutions often arrive with a dip in battery life. Not so on the Note 4.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_4.jpg?1413614417" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5427.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note4vsnote3.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best battery life of the 2K smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 fact, not only is this the best battery life of any 2K smartphone we&rsquo;ve tested, it&rsquo;s even slightly better than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">non-2K Note 3</a>. Well, we&rsquo;ll be damned.</p> <p>The removable 3220mAh battery is just a smidgen bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Note 3&rsquo;s unit</a> and Samsung claim a lot of the extra efficiency is down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, something Sony also pointed to when explaining the Z3&rsquo;s insane stamina.</p> <p>In the week we&rsquo;ve spent with the Note 4, ending the day with 10-20% still left in the tank has become the norm, with only those days that we&rsquo;ve specifically hammered it with gaming and photography for testing purposes killing it quicker. It also lasted just over 11 hours in our HD video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) which is an hour and a half longer than the LG G3.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s no Z3-style battery freak and it won&rsquo;t last quite as long as an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, but compared to the overwhelming majority of smartphones it&rsquo;s still a distance runner. And the battery is swappable. And there&rsquo;s a low power Ultra Power Saving mode that&rsquo;s handy in emergencies (or festivals as we found with the Galaxy S5). And it has fast charging, with the supplied charger, of up to 50% in 30 minutes. You get the idea.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on review</a> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5434.JPG?1413614417" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5443.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 5.7in 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED (515ppi)<br />Processor: 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805<br />RAM: 3GB RAM<br />OS: Android 4.4 KitKat<br />Camera: 16MP rear with OIS, 4K video, 3.7MP f/1.9 front<br />Storage: 32GB (up to 128GB microSD)<br />Battery: 3220mAh<br />Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, IR,<br />Dimensions: 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm<br />Weight: 176g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A real benchmark beater </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Qualcomm&rsquo;s latest silicon saves the day, then. It also means that together with 3GB of RAM, the Note 4 is every bit the powerhouse you&rsquo;d expect. Qualcomm&#39;s new chip is beefy enough, in fact, to turn the Note 4 into an Oculus Rift-like VR headset, when slotted into the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Gear VR</a>. Impressive stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p>In day to day use the Note 4 tears through Android games and demolishes its rivals in benchmarks such as AnTuTu, where it scores a huge 45111 - higher than any other flagship. Happily, Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz skin is getting more and more fluid with every software update, so the experience is as smooth as you&rsquo;ll get on a Galaxy. Smoother doesn&rsquo;t mean perfect - there are still a few more stutters than you&rsquo;d find on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> or the almost pure Android<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review"> Moto X.</a> Samsung has done a good job of tightening things up but there&rsquo;s still a little bit of work to do.&nbsp;</p> <p>One small but frustrating characteristic of Samsung phones is that while there&rsquo;s a teensy bit of lag to be found when you&rsquo;re getting things done, they can also jump about opening apps you didn&rsquo;t intend to. That&rsquo;s a combination of a few issues - the slightly sticky out home button, the easy to catch capacitive buttons and the bigger size leading to more finger slips. It&rsquo;s happened to us on every single Samsung phone we&rsquo;ve tested and the Note 4 is no exception. It&rsquo;s a little niggle but it bears mention.&nbsp;</p> <p>Back to the good news. The basic model is &pound;630 but it does at least come with 32GB of built-in storage and is upgradeable by up to 128GB with an SD card, too. Consider that a 128GB <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> would set you back the best part of &pound;800, a Note 4 with a 128GB microSD card starts to look pretty good value at a little under &pound;700.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The S Pen is better than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a couple of other ways the Note 4 offers better value than the average phablet, and those are also things that mean it simply makes more sense as a big phone. One of those ways is the built-in S Pen and the other is software features such as Multi Window.</p> <p>Both are iterations on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">excellent Note 3</a>, but both have been improved this time around.</p> <p>The S Pen, which still hides in the lower right-hand corner of the smartphone, is still a bit cheap-feeling and spindly, but the fact that it&rsquo;s always there makes a much bigger part of your regular smartphone week than, say, a third party stylus and an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>. </p> <p>This time it&rsquo;s twice as pressure sensitive, which makes a noticeable difference when sketching - the pressure, speed and tilt of the S Pen now all affect the thickness and opacity of the onscreen ink. Samsung has also thrown in fountain pen and calligraphy options. </p> <p>When you pull out the S Pen you get a modified version of Air Command - apps that you can use with the stylus. These include Action Memo for quick notes, Smart Select for saving text and images to your scrapbook, Image Clip for freeform shaped screenshots and Screen Write for scribbling annotations on screenshots. </p> <p>We&rsquo;ve most used Action Memo and Smart Select during our time with the Note 4 - both are simply quicker than the finger-controlled alternatives every smartphone user will be familiar with. The S Pen might spent plenty of time sleeping (according to Samsung) but it&rsquo;s still a big draw and holding the 5.7in phone in one hand with the S Pen writing in the other feels very natural.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5397.JPG?1413614417" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5430.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5391_0.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Feature packed: freebies and fingerprint scanning </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 then there&rsquo;s Multi Window, Samsung&rsquo;s feature for splitscreen multi-tasking. Hold down the back button and you can access the list of Samsung, Google and now a smattering of third party apps that you can run side by side, just as before. But the commands get more sophisticated every time we use it and now you can pop out one window to fullscreen, minimise multiple windows to bubbles, switch the apps around and drag and drop text and screenshots between apps.</p> <p>The last one of those is still a bit half-baked (it&rsquo;s tricky to tell what it will drag and what it won&rsquo;t) and we found ourselves accidentally minimising all our apps in the first few days to pop out windows. Even so it&rsquo;s the nearest thing to mimicking the ease and speed of using a laptop to simply get things done and Samsung&rsquo;s clearly continuing to put the effort in.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the Note 4 packs even more features than pixels - or so it seems from the intimidating settings menu. As on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>, though, Samsung&rsquo;s at least packaged useful freebies and Samsung apps into Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts so you get to choose which you download and take advantage of. In Galaxy Gifts there&rsquo;s six months free of the not-Spotify-but-close streaming service Deezer, 100GB of cloud storage for six months from RealPlayer, plus plenty of other subscriptions and trials.</p> <p>The Note 4 gets the S5&rsquo;s fingerprint scanning and heart rate monitoring tricks - both fun, futuristic extras but neither executed quite well enough. Keeping still long enough to swipe a finger over the S5&rsquo;s home button is painful enough - unlocking the Note 4 screen while walking down the street takes awkward to new levels.</p> <p>In fact, the fingerprint scanning is the only feature that we&rsquo;ve struggled to use because of the Note 4&rsquo;s size. If you have small hands, you might be concerned at the thought of taking this ginormous Galaxy out snapping. Don&rsquo;t be, it&rsquo;s a doozy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5404.JPG?1413614417" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5425.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5436.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> More megapixels for a low light hero </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First, it&rsquo;s fast. Outdoors it&rsquo;s neck and neck with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, but when you turn the lights down low the Galaxy Note 4 is often the quickest to focus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Better yet, the 16MP rear camera shoots reliably detailed and accurate images in all conditions. Optical image stabilisation, also seen on the brilliant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, helps in low light situations as we found taking Instagram pics at the moodily lit <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/awards/2014">2014 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards</a>. As long as you&rsquo;re patient enough to hold your arms steady, you can get snaps with less in the way of noise and undersaturation than you get with rivals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, it&rsquo;s not a clear phone photography champ. Closer inspection shows that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus&rsquo; 8MP camera</a> can take slightly punchier, more balanced photos with a better range of tones. But add a clear and bright 3.7MP f/1.9 front facing camera and smooth video up to 4K, and the Note 4 is still a fantastic all-round smartphone snapper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The basic camera controls are simple to enough to touch focus and press the shutter button with quick access to HDR, resolution, flash and timer controls in one or two taps. The big 2K display makes for a truly awesome viewfinder, too. There are also manual controls tucked away and all manner of extras and gimmicks if you choose to use them, from the return of the software-based selective focus to the less useful and rather silly dual camera. Speaking of silly, the front camera now has a wide-angle selfie mode, too. For pouts that don&rsquo;t take up the whole pic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5388.JPG?1413614417" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5419.JPG?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 4 isn&rsquo;t better than most smartphones because it&rsquo;s big. But it is better at being big.</p> <p>It may be a little overpacked with features, but enough of them make proper use of the extra screen real estate to ensure this is a device that you use differently to a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; phone - and isn&rsquo;t that the point of phablet?</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> seems like simply an embiggened iPhone 6 by comparison, while the just-announced Nexus 6 is going to have its work cut out to justify its 6in screen to quite the same extent.</p> <p>The design&rsquo;s unlikely to take anyone to gadget bliss (you still need HTC or Apple for that), but that doesn&rsquo;t have to matter. The point is that the Note 4 is better made and easier to love than almost any previous Samsung phone, and that&rsquo;s something to get excited about.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">See how the Note 4 fares in our list of the top ten best smartphones in the world&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4reviewverdict.png?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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 dir="ltr">Samsung was first at the phablet game, and it&rsquo;s still the best</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 revealed – we go hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our mitts around Samsung&#039;s latest phablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4.jpg?1413614417" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review#comments Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:07:04 +0000 Sophie Charara 1436653 at http://www.stuff.tv How Google got one screen right and one screen wrong with the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/how-google-got-one-screen-right-and-one-screen-wrong-nexus-9-and-nexus-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s all change again for Google’s new Nexus hardware, but we reckon the company only got things half right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Nexuseseses" alt="Nexuseseses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lead.jpg?1413552171" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until relatively recently, mobile hardware was dominated by keyboards and controllers rather than displays; your content and what you were interacting with was given less prominence than the means of interacting with it.</p> <p>The iPhone upended that approach, in effect making these things one and the same, but Apple&rsquo;s steadfast determination to keep its product line brutally streamlined meant it was Android that explored and investigated new form-factors and display sizes.</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"> Why the Nexus 9 ditching widescreen is right </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 lines of thinking when it comes to tablet displays. Apple has offered a 4:3 aspect ratio on every iPad to date, which even on the original model&rsquo;s release was at odds with the then-iPhone&rsquo;s 3:2 display. By contrast, most Android tablets have aped smartphones, which have tended towards 9:16 &mdash; a TV-like 16:9 aspect ratio in landscape.</p> <p>For a smartphone, such displays make sense. Primarily designed to be used in portrait, you want a display that shows plenty of content, and where everything&rsquo;s relatively easily accessible with a thumb or two. Tablets, however, have very different use cases, which are often closer in nature to what you&rsquo;d do with a notebook.</p> <p>In landscape, widescreen tablets are perfectly suited to video playback, but their shortcomings become clearer elsewhere. If you&rsquo;re using an on-screen keyboard, the area remaining for content is reduced to a sliver; when using the device in portrait, it doesn&rsquo;t suit books and comics, or creating documents intended for paper output. Even browsing websites on a 16:9 tablet can feel sub-optimal, content not having room to breathe in portrait, but needing regular scrolling in landscape.</p> <p>In 4:3/3:4, these problems disappear. The result is more room to work, and a more natural set-up for creating and consuming most content. There are compromises &mdash; black bars above and below widescreen video, and games having a squarer viewport; but even the latter can be beneficial in strategy titles or shooters where enemies are coming at you from all angles.</p> <p>Microsoft headed somewhat in this direction with the Surface Pro 3&rsquo;s 3:2 display; but Google&#39;s Nexus 9 gets you 4:3 with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 &mdash; identical to the iPad, and at a higher resolution than on the iPad Air, due to the Nexus 9&rsquo;s smaller physical dimensions.</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/yYHY3MFiq1o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 9" alt="Nexus 9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-9-lifestyle_0.jpg?1413552171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Why the Nexus 6’s giant display is just too much </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news">As per our write-up</a>, the Nexus 6 is essentially an embiggened Moto X, with a display that&rsquo;s a tiny smidge off of six inches. Its pixel count is almost absurdly high; the phone&#39;s 2560 x 1440 resolution means that there are more pixels packed into this smartphone than the Nexus 9 tablet. It all feels a bit excessive &mdash; another example of smartphones trying to one-up each-other on size; if this keeps up, at some point a manufacturer will realise with a shock that their new device doesn&rsquo;t actually fit through the door of the average family home.</p> <p>The argument in favour of larger displays is clear: you potentially get to see more content on the screen, or the same content but bigger. Such devices can in certain cases be more pleasurable to use, and if you&rsquo;re the kind of person who reckons you can use a smartphone as your sole computer, you&rsquo;re going to want a display larger than the tiny viewport on the likes of an iPhone 5s.</p> <p>The problem is <em>everything else</em>. In order to keep the visual fidelity high, Google&rsquo;s had to make the screen 2K. This heavily impacts on all kinds of things: it drains the battery more quickly; it makes the device pricier than it otherwise had to be; and it also potentially leads to upsampling issues when viewing 1080p content (although probably not quite to the same level as the iPhone 6 Plus under some circumstances, which may merrily upsample content to 2208 x 1242 before downsampling it again for the 1080p display&mdash;bonkers).</p> <p>Coupled with this, you end up with a flagship phone that&rsquo;s simply too big and unwieldy for many &mdash; a modern incarnation of a Dom Joly prop, but on which you can play Angry Birds. We don&rsquo;t know yet if it&rsquo;ll be prone to bendgate, but whereas Google appears to have primarily thought about the user experience with the Nexus 9, the Nexus 6 seems to merely be yet another case of &lsquo;mine&rsquo;s bigger than yours&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 6 preview &ndash; everything you need to know</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wk-PY2dBKaA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="782" height="586" title="Nexus 6" alt="Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging_2.jpg?1413552171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/how-google-got-one-screen-right-and-one-screen-wrong-nexus-9-and-nexus-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/how-google-got-one-screen-right-and-one-screen-wrong-nexus-9-and-nexus-6/feature#comments Google iPad Nexus 6 Nexus 9 Smartphones Tablets Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:07:04 +0000 Craig Grannell 1450480 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S6 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How can Samsung make the best smartphone in the world? By listening to us, that’s how... </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="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-g-s5_1.jpg?1413552666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re big fans of Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. We even awarded it a full five stars in our review. But that&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s perfect, and it&rsquo;s certainly not the best smartphone around &ndash; in fact the S5 sits a fair old way down the chart when it comes to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">our best-rated mobiles</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Very metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 world keeps wondering when Samsung will ditch polycarbonate (that&rsquo;s &ldquo;plastic&rdquo; to you and I) and join the likes of Apple, Sony and HTC in delivering a flagship phone with a slinky metal or glass body &ndash; and yet the company doesn&rsquo;t seem to take the hint.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with plastic smartphones per se. Nokia&rsquo;s higher-end Lumia Windows Phones are plastic and quite glorious, as are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a> and new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye</a>, but the Galaxy S range has always fallen a little short of expected standards. That could and should change with the Galaxy S6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Metal at last: Samsung Galaxy Alpha ditches the plastic</a></strong></p> <p>Some sources have hinted at a &ldquo;more premium build&rdquo; for the S6, with Samsung going for an aluminium build, or even using super-advanced material graphene (which the company has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-speeds-production-graphene-wonder-material/news">found a way to manufacture in greater quantities</a> than previously). While the latter would be a bold, memorable move, it&rsquo;d probably push the S6&rsquo;s manufacturing costs a little too high, and to be honest at this point we&rsquo;d be happy with metal rather than another year of uninspiring plastic.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also expect to see some measure of dust- and waterproofing. The S5 is sealed against the elements, and its successor is sure to follow. It might even kick things up a notch so you can take it even deeper &lsquo;neath the waves: bumping the spec to IP68 from the S5&rsquo;s IP67 rating would mean you could completely immerse the phone for a prolonged period of time without water getting inside. No more desperate bags of rice and crossed fingers if your phone tumbles into the bath or the bog.</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="604" height="453" title="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" alt="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2.jpg?1413552666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: time for 2K? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Galaxy S5 has a very solid screen: 5.1in; 1080p resolution; AMOLED technology. We like its lush, vibrant colours a lot &ndash; but we very much doubt Samsung will stick with it for the S6.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s great Korean rival LG has already launched a phone with a 2K screen (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3</a>&rsquo;s display has a grand total of 2560 x 1440 pixels), you see, and Samsung loves to be seen to be outdoing &ndash; or at least matching &ndash; its compatriot. We think the chances of a 2K screen making its way into the S6 are very high indeed, and it&rsquo;ll probably get a slight size bump too (but maybe not too much, given that Samsung already has the Note 4 for people who want a huge screen).</p> <p>We&rsquo;d personally be more than happy with 2K and 5.2in &ndash; going any bigger risks making the phone too big for the hands of normal folks and going sharper strikes us as pixel overkill on a screen this size, especially as more pixels require more power and put more strain on the battery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 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="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" alt="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-g-s5-screen_0.jpg?1413552666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Power: Quad-core, you know the score </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many are predicting that the Galaxy S6 will come with a new Qualcomm chipset &ndash; either the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Both are quad-core, 64-bit and more powerful on paper than any smartphone processor at the time of writing, and we&rsquo;d be pretty happy to see either of them on the S6 (they seem likely to require more power than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801, however, which could put extra strain on the battery life &ndash; see below for more on that), especially if they were paired with at least 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>Samsung has form in launching its flagship phones with octo-core Exynos chipsets too, albeit not in the UK. While eight cores might sound twice as powerful as four, in reality it doesn&rsquo;t quite work like that: in benchmarks, the Exynos-equipped S5 only performs marginally better than the Snapdragon 801-equipped S5. We think Samsung can stick to a quad-core Snapdragon 808 or 810 and still offer the performance a phone like the S6 will require.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll talk about storage here too. If it goes down the removeable backplate design route, Samsung is likely to support expandable storage via microSD, and thus the built-in storage doesn&rsquo;t need to be huge &ndash; let&rsquo;s say 32GB. If, however, the phone is has a metal unibody design and memory isn&rsquo;t user-increasable, we&rsquo;d like to see 64GB and maybe even 128GB as an option, just to keep pace with the Apple iPhone 6. And Samsung does like to be seen to be trying to keep up with Apple.</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="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" alt="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-snapdragon_0.jpg?1413552666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery: Bigger and better </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery that matches up to the majority of its Android rivals by lasting around a day in normal use conditions (but not all: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> lasts at least half a day longer), and it holds an advantage over most too in that it&rsquo;s user replaceable. If Samsung decides to go with a seamless metal body that could change, and if it does we&rsquo;d like to see better battery life, either owing to a larger battery capacity or increased efficiency.</p> <p>The LG G3 has a 5.5in 2K screen and markedly longer battery life than the 5.1in, 1080p Galaxy S5, so it&rsquo;s certainly possible for Samsung to improve its power efficiency. Much of this will depend on the processor it chooses for the S6, and if that&rsquo;s the Snapdragon 808 or 810, neither seems likely to offer lower energy use than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 805. So it could well be that a larger battery is required.</p> <p>Of course, Samsung may want to retain its user replaceable battery selling point, in which case it&rsquo;ll probably hint that those looking for more battery life could simply buy a second battery to carry around with them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 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="567" height="425" title="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" alt="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery_1.jpg?1413552666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Camera: Better in low light, please </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Were we betting types, we&rsquo;d put a significant wedge on the S6&rsquo;s camera outstripping the S5&rsquo;s when it comes to megapixel count. The S5 has a 16MP sensor, and we&rsquo;d be surprised if the S6 doesn&rsquo;t take things above 20MP.</p> <p>But megapixels alone don&rsquo;t make a good photo, and we&rsquo;d much rather see some measures taken to boost performance in low light conditions: larger megapixels (Apple&rsquo;s favoured method), optical image stabilisation, a wider aperture, or a combination of those. Optical image stabilisation is a distinct possibility, we&rsquo;d say, as Samsung has already used it in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not personally much inclined to take selfies, but we hear a lot of &ldquo;the young people&rdquo; are, and Samsung may well attempt to entice them to the S6 with a higher resolution front-facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye manages to squeeze a 13MP snapper on its front side, and while we wouldn&rsquo;t expect (or want) Samsung to go to those lengths, we wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see something in the 7 or 8MP range.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" alt="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-camera_0.jpg?1413552666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Release date: No hanging about </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Mobile World Congress 2015 running from 2nd-5th March, we&rsquo;d expect Samsung to make its big Galaxy S6 reveal around that time (March/April is the period when Samsung traditionally unveils its flagship Galaxy S devices). Price-wise, we&rsquo;d expect it to be on a par with previous Galaxy S models - so don&rsquo;t expect it to be cheap and don&rsquo;t expect it to be vastly pricier than the &pound;579 the S5 cost at launch.</p> <p>As is traditional in Android circles, we also expect to see many a leak about the S6 between now and its likely launch date. So keep an eye on Stuff.tv for all the news as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship#comments Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:04:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450479 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about the latest Nexus superphone </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="Look familiar?" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-main.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, leaks, and rampant speculation, the Nexus 6 has officially revealed itself in all its glory.</p> <p>It&#39;s big. It&#39;s powerful. And it&#39;s running the latest and greatest version of Android - 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>Here&#39;s everything you need to know about Android&#39;s new poster boy:</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello Giant Moto </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is essentially a giant Moto X, which is no surprise given that Motorola designed it.</p> <p>It was codenamed Shamu, and we can see why. It&#39;s massive, measuring in at just under 160mm long - a smidgen more than the gargantuan <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <p>Apart from its size, it really does appear to be a carbon copy of the Moto X, sharing its rounded design, dual front-facing speakers, and rear dimple.</p> <p>The most obvious visual difference is the nexus logo stamped on the rear, along with the lower position of the power and volume buttons on the right hand side, to accommodate for the larger size.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) hands-on 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="1400" height="1050" title="Black or white?" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus-6-multi_0.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 6 inches of pixel-packed goodness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 has a 5.96in screen screen. But we&#39;re calling it 6 inches from now on, thank you very much.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only does that push the Nexus 6 well and truly into phablet territory, but its 2560 x 1440 2K resolution earns it a place alongside the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> in the 2K club.</p> <p>That&#39;s a very decent 493 pixels per inch, and while not quite as dense as its LG and Samsung rivals, should still make for super-sharp images, even with your eyeballs hugging the display. Not that we&#39;d recommend you do that, mind.</p> <p>It&#39;s an AMOLED panel too, which means that it should match the Note 4 for vivid colours and true blacks.</p> <p>Because AMOLED screens turn off all black pixels completely, it could help extend the battery life too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The weigh-in</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="899" title="Monument Valley. Great game, well worth a look." alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-group_1.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Return of the flash </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Moto X, the Nexus 6&#39;s camera is surrounded in a rather attractive circular LED ring flash. Apart from looking awesome, it could improve how evenly-lit shots are, though we&#39;ll have to wait for our final review to make a final judgement.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 also shares the Moto X&#39;s 13MP camera - a bump up from the 8MP camera of last year&#39;s LG-made Nexus 5.</p> <p>Again, it&#39;s impossible to rate the camera performance until we compare identical test shots from different devices, so stay tuned for our final verdict.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9: 7 things you need to know about the first Android Lollipop tablet</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="That&#039;s a good looking flash" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus6-camera-1600_0.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Power in spades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 matches the Galaxy Note 4 spec-for-spec, making it one of the most powerful smartphones in the world.</p> <p>Beating beneath its curvy shell is Qualcomm&#39;s mighty Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz quad-core processor, along with 3GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB on onboard storage.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a beast on paper, and we expect it to be fly in general use too, laughing in the face of multitasking and gaming.</p> <p>The 805 is more efficient than the 801 processor found in other devices like the LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z3, which will also help squeeze out every last drop of battery.</p> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no microSD slot, and the battery isn&#39;t removable either - the G3 and the Note 4 one-up the Nexus 6 in that regard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 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="Shhh it&#039;s sleeping" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-close_0.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The sweetest version of Android yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is, unsurprisingly, landing with the latest version of Android. In this case, that&#39;s Android 5.0 Lollipop, and its revamped Material UI looks stunning.</p> <p>There&#39;s plenty more to Lollipop than a new paint job however, including battery optimisations, security enhancements and much, much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 5.0 Lollipop preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re salivating" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipop_1.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A (mercifully) larger battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That huge screen, coupled with all of those extra pixels, is the perfect recipe for a battery disaster.</p> <p>Thankfully, the Nexus 6 has a large 3220mAh battery which, coupled with the more efficient processor, AMOLED screen and Android Lollipop&#39;s battery optimisations, should hopefully provide at least an all-day moderate to heavy usage experience.</p> <p>Hopefully.</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="782" height="586" title="How to charge a battery" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging_1.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 still doesn&#39;t have an official UK price or release date.</p> <p>It will be available to pre-order at the end of October for US$650, SIM-free.</p> <p>We&#39;ll let you know as soon as more specific price and release date information is revealed and update our preview accordingly.</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 right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="£???.??" alt="Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-main_1.jpg?1413473077" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 6 preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All you need to know about this 5.9in beast </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:17:10 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434725 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Google&#039;s new ginormophone have what it takes to top Samsung&#039;s Galaxy Note 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="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s a new phablet in town - and it goes by the name of Nexus 6.</p> <p>Having never previously released a handset any larger than the 4.95in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>, Google&#39;s jumped straight up to the next level for the 6, which has been made by Motorola and which packs a 5.96in screen.</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"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is essentially a scaled up <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X</a>, which means we expect it to be a very nicely made piece of kit. We&#39;ve not held one yet, but if it matches the Moto X&#39;s build quality we&#39;ll have no complaints.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, the specifics - it&#39;s big. Very big. It has a 5.96in screen plus a sizeable frame of 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06mm. Like the Moto X, it&#39;s slightly curved. It has an aluminium trim and a matte plastic back. How will it feel in the hand? Impossible to say until we get a chance to hold one ourselves, but it&#39;s certainly not going to be one for the small handed.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is hardly diminutive itself, but with a 5.7in display and a frame of&nbsp;153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, it should be easier to manage one-handed than the latest Nexus. It&#39;s nowhere near as thick, for starters. </p> <p>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review">Samsung Galaxy Alpha</a> it has a metal band running around its sides, which together with a slightly more premium feeling faux-leather back makes it the prettiest Note yet. That&#39;s not saying an awful lot though, and on looks alone we&#39;d go with the Nexus. But the Note 4 is also very comfortable to hold, so overall we&#39;re calling this one a draw.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4</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="899" title="The Nexus 6 is a sharp looker" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-group_0.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To satisfy spec addicts these days, any really big phone needs a 2K screen. Both the Note 4 and Nexus 6 have exactly that, with matching resolutions of 2560x1440. Being slightly smaller, the 5.7in Note 4 has a higher pixels per inch count of 515ppi to the 5.96in Nexus 6&#39;s 493ppi. You&#39;re unlikely to notice that difference in day-to-day use, though.</p> <p>Both are also AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3 panels. Both should be great with blacks, super-bright in sunlight and tending towards the ultra-vivid in terms of colours.</p> <p>Without having fully tested them both, it wouldn&#39;t be fair to make a call between the two, though. So we won&#39;t.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 4 has a 2K screen. But then so does the Nexus 6" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4_0.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5&#39;s 8MP camera wasn&#39;t its strongest point, but the Nexus 6 promises to be better. It has a 13MP sensor with an f/2 lens, plus optical image stabilisation - which should help it capture better shots in poor light. A dual LED ring flash should also help in that regard, while on the video side it can shoot 4K footage at 30fps. On the front, you&#39;ll find a 2MP camera for Skype and selfie needs.</p> <p>The Note 4&#39;s also had an upgrade over its predecessor: it now has a 16MP sensor to the Note 3&#39;s 13 megapixels. Like the Nexus 6 there&#39;s also built-in image stabilisation and 4K video shooting at 30fps. On the front, there&#39;s a 3.7MP camera.</p> <p>As with display, it&#39;s hard to make a call on this round without really putting both handsets through their paces. In our hands-on time with the Note 4 we were impressed with the shots it took, but until we see what the Nexus 6 is capable of anything we say here will be a bit of a guess.</p> <p>Then again, that&#39;s what we&#39;re paid for - in which case the Note 4&#39;s higher megapixel count just swings it on specs alone.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></em></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="Hands on with the Note 4" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-camera_3.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&#39;s another close call in terms of specs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both these phones run on quad-core Snapdragon 805 processors clocked at 2.7GHz. That makes them, on paper at least, among the most powerful of all Android smartphones. We haven&#39;t been able to benchmark either phone yet, but we suspect that the Nexus 6 will be slightly quicker: it runs pure Android Lollipop, which should be as slick as a Brylcreemed weasel, whereas the Note 4 has to contend with Samsung&#39;s not-always-perfect TouchWiz.</p> <p>In terms of storage, though, the Note 4 has an advantage. While it only comes in a single 32GB model, it&#39;s expandable via microSD - you could add up to another 128GB if you&#39;re feeling particularly wealthy. The Nexus 6 comes in 32 and 64GB versions, but neither are expandable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, 64GB will be enough for most people, and we do think the the Nexus is likely to be just a little faster in use. For that reason, we&#39;re giving this round to Google.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Google Nexus 6&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news">7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 9</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 6 lacks microSD storage" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-main_0.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Open up these two phones and you&#39;d find the same 3220mAh battery inside. Alright, so it wouldn&#39;t be the same one - but it would be the same size.</p> <p>That means they&#39;ll both run for the same amount of time, right? Well probably.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 has a bigger screen to power, which could count against it, but against that Android Lollipop should be a more efficient OS than the KitKat version on the Note 4. The Samsung phone is loaded with clever power-saving modes, but Lollipop also has one built in. Both also have super-fast charging modes, which can give them a partial re-juicing in minutes. The Note 4&#39;s battery is replaceable, unlike the Nexus 6&#39;s but how many people really do that anyway?</p> <p>Once we get full review units in we&#39;ll run them both through our arduous battery test, but until then this one looks like a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="782" height="586" title="The Nexus 6 charges up very swiftly" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging_0.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&#39;s an easy one: the Nexus 6 will arrive running Android 5.0, or Lollipop, while the Note 4 will be stuck with KitKat for an unspecified time. KitKat&#39;s great, but the new OS, as you can see from our guide to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop,</a>&nbsp;promises to be better in so many ways.</p> <p>Coupled with that there&#39;s the fact that the Note 4 will be skinned with Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz software. Now TouchWiz was much improved on the Galaxy S5. Plus, it&#39;s packed with potentially useful features such as MultiWindow, which lets you run two apps side by side, and handwriting recognition software for the Note&#39;s S Pen stylus.</p> <p>But then again, it&#39;s still TouchWiz. Glitchy, packed-with-unnecessary software TouchWiz. Will it be better on the Note 4? Hopefully so. But even if it is, it won&#39;t get Google&#39;s latest updates anywhere near as quickly as the Nexus does.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Google Nexus 6</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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="Meet Lollipop!" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipop_0.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Nexus 6 might rule on the software front, the Note 4&#39;s the king of features. Come on, it&#39;s a Samsung - did you really expect anything different?</p> <p>Chief among them is the S Pen stylus - improved for the Note 4 with pressure sensitivity and new calligraphy tricks. There&#39;s also a fingerprint sensor, as on the Galaxy S5, and a heart-rate sensor (ditto). The Nexus 6 doesn&#39;t really have any extra features as such beyond front stereo speakers - the Note 4 has just one on the back.</p> <p>Still, overall this round&#39;s going to the Samsung device.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 4&#039;s S Pen has been upgraded" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen_2.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> And the winner is... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tot up the rounds and you&#39;ll get a score of 2-2, with a further three drawn. Which, as you can probably guess, means these two phones are pretty evenly matched.</p> <p>The Nexus is the better looking phone and also comes running the hugely anticipated Android Lollipop, while matching its Samsung rival in terms of battery, processor and screen. It&#39;s also likely to be cheaper. While UK pricing has yet to be announced, the 32GB version costs US$649. The Note 4 will set you back US$700.</p> <p>Against that, the Note has a higher-specced camera, microSD slot and of course the S Pen and all of its lovely tricks.</p> <p>In truth, we could go either way, and&nbsp;until we&#39;ve properly tried out the camera, given both devices a full battery test and seen their screens side by side, we should probably avoid taking sides.</p> <p>But that would be boring - so we&#39;re going with the Nexus 6. Although we reserve the right to change our minds if it proves too damn big to use.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Google Nexus 6</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="1050" title="And the winner is..." alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus-6-multi.jpg?1413407171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature#comments Android Galaxy Note 4 Google Nexus 6 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:06:13 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450365 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be sweet in name, but Google&#039;s new mobile OS brings serious enhancements across the board </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="Android Lollipop" alt="Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lollipop.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Google unveiled its big new OS version this past summer, it was simply called &quot;Android L.&quot; We figured Lollipop to be the most likely candidate in the company&#39;s treat-themed naming pattern, and even Google had some fun with the process. And sure enough, it&#39;s Android Lollipop.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A clean 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>Material Design is the name Google&rsquo;s given to Android Lollipop&rsquo;s UI overhaul, and it&rsquo;s focused on reducing clutter with a flat, minimalist interface and bright primary colours. You&#39;ll see it throughout the entire OS, and Google says it makes for more &quot;tangible&quot; and &quot;intuitive&quot; interactions. At the very least, it looks pretty wonderful.</p> <p>The on-screen navigation buttons have also been simplified to basic triangle, circle and square shapes, and the whole cleaner look will be spread across Android phones and tablets, Chrome, and Android Wear products like the LG G Watch and Moto 360.</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/Q8TXgCzxEnw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="851" height="639" title="COLOURS!" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled1.jpg?1413538584" /> </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="1024" height="768" title="More colours" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_2.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1024" height="768" title="Much better" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-3_1.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>Notifications in Android Lollipop can drop down from the top, allowing you to interact or dismiss them without intruding on whatever you&rsquo;re currently doing.</p> <p>Lock screen notifications have also improved, showing off more information and latting you dismiss them with a swipe, or open them with a tap.</p> <p>Additionally, you can activate a Priority mode, either indefinitely or for a certain span of time, which means only select kinds of notifications will come through, letting you focus on a task. And if something does come through, you can simply respond from the lock screen.</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="1024" height="768" title="A welcome sight" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-4_0.jpg?1413538584" /> </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="1024" height="768" title="\0/" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-6.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Smart Multitasking </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Lollipop&rsquo;s new 3D effect multitasking panel also treats Chrome tabs as separate cards.</p> <p>That means flicking between apps and webpages is now a far more fluid and less frustrating experience, although we&rsquo;re a little concerned about how messy all those cards can get during a heavy browsing session.</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="1024" height="768" title="New card interface" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-8.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Enhanced 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 Lollipop&rsquo;s security has also smartened up. You can choose to have your device automatically unlock if it recognises that it&rsquo;s in a secure situation.</p> <p>It will, for example, remove the lock screen pattern or pin if it&rsquo;s connected to your smartwatch. It can also bypass security measures in trusted locations like your house or Android Auto-equipped car, for example.</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="944" height="708" title="No watch? No entry" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-9.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Powerful search </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search in Android Lollipop.&nbsp;Search for a film for example, and you&rsquo;ll be able to fire up a film app like IMDb directly from Google Now.</p> <p>Additionally, devices with digital signal processing support - like the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 - will recognize you saying &quot;OK Google&quot; even when the screen is off, taking you into a search even faster than ever.</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="934" height="701" title="Even prettier" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-10.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Slicker, smoother, faster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ART is now the default runtime in Android Lollipop. That won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, but essentially the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed.</p> <p>Apps and animations now run at a much more fluid 60fps, and Android Lollipop now offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik. Even if you don&#39;t fully understand the change, you&#39;ll surely notice it in action. And ART brings support for 64-bit devices like the Nexus 9.</p> <p>Other behind the scenes tweaks promise an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations with their respective processors.</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="1006" height="755" title="ART &gt; Dalvik" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-11.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Better Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Lollipop introduces a new feature called Project Volta, and its sole focus is on improving battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p>For starters, you&rsquo;ll be able to have far more battery life information at your fingertips, letting you pinpoint possible causes of battery drain.</p> <p>This, coupled with under-the-hood-optimisations, means that developers can produce apps which are even more efficient and less power-hungry.</p> <p>Android Lollipop also now has a built-in battery saver mode, which presumably automatically reduces brightness and cranks down data connections and app syncing, in a similar fashion to battery saver modes found in the LG G3 and HTC One (M8).</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="1024" height="768" title="At long last" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-12.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> It&#039;s out very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>App developers and select Nexus device owners have been running a preview version since June, but it&#39;s about to go out to a much wider audience.</p> <p>Android Lollipop will launch pre-installed on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news">Nexus 6 smartphone</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news">Nexus 9 tablet</a>, along with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news">Nexus Player set-top box</a> in November. And Google says it will also reach the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks, which will probably be in that same early November ballpark.</p> <p>As for other Android devices, it&#39;ll be up to the device manufacturers and in some cases carriers to determine when the updates will be available, especially if the device makers are modifying the OS with their own skins.</p> <p>With luck, a large portion of the Android-owning audience with new-enough devices will have the option to update to Lollipop before the year&#39;s up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 9" alt="Nexus 9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-9.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s new in the next version of Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:46:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440113 at http://www.stuff.tv 7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s the low-down on Google&#039;s latest Android flagship </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="1400" height="1050" title="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nexus-6-multi.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google just ninja-kicked us all in the face by revealing the Nexus 6.</p> <p>One minute we&#39;re Nexus 6-less, and the next minute - bam - there it is, right there on Google&#39;s own site, alongside a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news" target="_blank">Nexus 9 tablet</a>, and Nexus Player.</p> <p>Surprise!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It&#039;s a giant Moto X </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 as stayed true to the rumours. Manufactured by Motorola, it&#39;s essentially a giant Moto X. It has the same rounded design, along with the same rear &#39;M&#39; dimple, which sits above the nexus logo.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why a <em>giant</em> Moto X we hear you cry? Well...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s a giant Moto X" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-lollipop.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It&#039;s got a 6in, 2K screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, 5.96 inches to be exact, but we like round numbers. So yes. The newest Nexus is in fact, a phablet, dwarfing the 5.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">G3</a> and the 5.7in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <p>Will that alienate the majority of the Android faithful? We&#39;ll have to wait and see.</p> <p>As for resolution, we&#39;re looking at a G3 and Note 4-matching 2560 x 1440, serving up highly respectable 493 ppi count.</p> <p>Take that, Full HD.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 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="899" title="It&#039;s got a 6in, 2K screen" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-group.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It&#039;s got a 13MP camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Moto X, the Nexus 6 has a 13MP camera, with the same sexy LED circle flash surrounding the lens. It&#39;s got optical image stabilisation too, matching the Note 4, G3 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <p>That means that we should theoretically see low-light performance improve, as the lens can stay open for longer, guzzling more light without increasing blur.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s got a 13MP camera" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus6-camera-1600.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It&#039;s powerful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is packing in the mighty new Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor along with 3GB of RAM, matching the processing might of the Galaxy Note 4.</p> <p>That should slice through Android 5.0 Lollipop like a lightsaber through a buttered-up Wookiee. Speaking of which:</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s powerful" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-main.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It&#039;s running the latest version of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a>, to be exact. Yes, that is what L stood for all along. Case closed.</p> <p>Check out our Android L preview for everything you need to know about the latest iteration of Google&#39;s mobile OS in detail, but rest assured, you&#39;ve got plenty of slick UI changes, performance improvements, enhanced security and much much more to look forward to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android Lollipop preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s running the latest version of Android" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipop.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It&#039;s got a 3220mAh battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thankfully the Nexus 6 is packing a rather large battery to cope with that huge, pixel-packed display.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s no way of knowing just how much you&#39;ll be able to squeeze out of it until we review it properly, but with Android 5.0 Lollipop&#39;s battery life optimisations, we&#39;re staying tentatively optimistic for the time being.</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="782" height="586" title="It&#039;s got a 3220mAh battery" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to Motorola&#39;s official press release, the Nexus 6 will be available to pre-order in late October, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price.</p> <p>The US price has been reported to be US$650 SIM-free, although price tags are very rarely directly converted into other currencies.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Price and release date" alt="7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-close.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/Untitled-1_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news#comments Google Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:17:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450361 at http://www.stuff.tv In fond memory of the Google Nexus http://www.stuff.tv/android/fond-memory-google-nexus/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To see what’s next for Nexus, we take a look back on its devices to date </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="Track the growth of the Google Nexus through the years" alt="Track the growth of the Google Nexus through the years" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google%20Nexus%205.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Like a child on Christmas Eve, we&#39;re currently giddy with excitement about the launch of two new Nexus devices. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 5&#39;s replacement - unsurprisingly called the Nexus 6 - sometime in the next week or so, while the Nexus 9 tablet may even launch as early as today.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nexus One (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Made by HTC and released with Android 2.1 Eclair, the original Google phone lived long enough to see Android 2.3 Gingerbread before it was killed off when it couldn&rsquo;t handle the 2D acceleration engine that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich delivered.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 3.7in phone packed a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion CPU, screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 1400mAh battery. Low specs by today&rsquo;s standards, but advanced for its time. </p> <p><strong>Fondly remembered for</strong>: It was the first and last Nexus device to come with an SD card slot thanks to its paltry internal storage offering of only 512MB. And who can forget that trackball?</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="Nexus One" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Nexus%20One.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nexus S (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The letter should give you a clue to its collaborator - Samsung. The display on the Nexus S was a smidge bigger than that on the One at four inches but featured the same resolution. It also came to its senses and packed 16GB worth of internal storage at the expense of an expansion slot. </p> <p><strong>Fondly remembered for</strong>: Its curved glass screen that replaced the old trackball. Also the first Android phone to feature near field communication (NFC) capabilities.&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="567" height="425" title="Nexus S" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Nexus%20S.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Galaxy Nexus (2011) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Google continued the relationship with Samsung, hence keeping the curved screen around. Its 4.65in display was a significant growth spurt. On the downside, its display resolution jump to a higher 720 x 1280 pixels was apparently more than its 1750 mAh battery could handle. </p> <p><strong>Fondly remembered for</strong>: The bad reviews that plagued it due to the bad battery life.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Galaxy Nexus" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Galaxy%20Nexus.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nexus 7 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The first ever Nexus tablet was made by ASUS and also made waves for its affordability. Despite the low price, it wasn&rsquo;t any less premium than costlier rivals: it packed a 7in 1280&times;800 IPS LCD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 8 or 16GB worth of internal storage. However, the 8GB storage option has now been binned in favour of 32GB, in accordance with heavier media consumption.</p> <p><strong>Fondly remembered for:</strong>&nbsp;Its attractively competitive pricing for a tablet. Remains one of the Nexus bestsellers, spanning two generations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Google Nexus 7 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nexus 7 (2012)" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Nexus%207.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nexus 4 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The fruit of a collaboration with LG, the Nexus 4 did away with the dimpled backs of the old Nexus devices in favour of a pretty, glimmery glass rear. It was only a touch bigger than the Nexus S, at 4.75in, and received a similarly modest spec bump on the resolution front: 768 x 1280. But a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor gave it plenty of grunt and wireless charging was a nice extra.</p> <p><strong>Fondly remembered for</strong>: The first time Nexus went wireless - with battery charging that is, thanks to the Qi wireless charging standard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review">Google Nexus 4 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="567" height="425" title="Nexus 4" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Nexus%204.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nexus 10 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Google returned to Samsung for its first big tablet. It packed a 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM Cortex-A15 processor under its hood and was generally very highly praised for all but one thing - a lack of expandable storage, which is an absolute necessity for an Android tablet.</p> <p><strong>Fondly remembered for:</strong>&nbsp;Its better resolution (300 ppi) than the iPad&rsquo;s Retina display. After all, a tablet is all screen.</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="Nexus 10" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Nexus%2010.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nexus 5 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Google stuck with LG for the next Nexus phone - and what a phone it is. With its 4.95in display, sharper resolution of 1920 &times; 1080 on an IPS LCD display, and an 8MP camera with OIS, it sat high in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Top 10 Smartphones in the World list</a> for many a month. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Fondly remembered for</strong>: Its beautiful Nexus-emblazoned soft touch back that made for a much better grip.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Google Nexus 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nexus 5 (2013)" alt="In fond memory of the Google Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Nexus%205.jpg?1413382165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/fond-memory-google-nexus/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fond-memory-google-nexus/feature#comments Android Google Nexus 6 Nexus 9 Smartphones Tablets Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:59:34 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450343 at http://www.stuff.tv You can slip the world's thinnest phone into your pocket for £250 http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/you-can-slip-worlds-thinnest-phone-your-pocket-250/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It doubles up as a pizza cutter too </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="Don&#039;t drop it down any cracks" alt="You can slip the world&#039;s thinnest phone into your pocket for £250" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-phone.jpg?1413468434" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Kazam Tornado 348 sounds like a superbike, but it&#39;s actually being touted as the world&#39;s thinnest phone, measuring in at a finger-cutting 5.15mm.</p> <p>British manufacturer <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news" target="_blank">Kazam</a> continues its tradition of decent specs at a friendly price by packing in a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and a 4.8in 720p diplay - &nbsp;all for &pound;250.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/you-can-slip-worlds-thinnest-phone-your-pocket-250/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/you-can-slip-worlds-thinnest-phone-your-pocket-250/news#comments Kazam Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:42:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450322 at http://www.stuff.tv This is easily the most amazing wireless charger we've ever seen http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who says inductive charging solutions can&#039;t be sexy? </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="600" height="450" title="We&#039;d hang it on our walls" alt="This is easily the most amazing wireless charger we&#039;ve ever seen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thermo-clock.jpg?1413366019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wireless inductive charging pads are nothing new, and while they&#39;re useful, they haven&#39;t exactly set our gadget-loving hearts aflutter. Until now.</p> <p>Spira, a project by design student Alice Robbiani, consists of a wall-mounted inductive charger which, when left on its own, looks like a piece of minimalist art.</p> <p>Dock an iPhone using a special case however, and the black thermochromatic ink fades away revealing a hidden circular pattern.</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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/107038268" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Sure, having your phone on the wall might not be the most practical option if you want to bash out a few messages while it&#39;s charging, but that&#39;s a price you might be willing to pay in the name of art.</p> <p>Sadly this is a one-off concept piece, for the time being anyway, so we&#39;ll have to make do with our standard cables for now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank"> Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://vimeo.com/107038268" target="_blank">Vimeo</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-inductive-charger-makes-powering-up-your-iphone-be-1646278725" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news#comments Geek accessories Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:30:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450312 at http://www.stuff.tv Carl Zeiss' US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You don&#039;t have to be a model for companies to fight over your face </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="586" height="439" title="White Rift" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/carl-zeiss-vr.jpg?1413199500" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your wrist isn&#39;t the only part of your body that manufacturers want to claim.</p> <p>Ever since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> first began wowing eyeballs, VR headsets have cropped up left right and centre.</p> <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>Enter Carl Zeiss and its VR One headset.</p> <p>Priced at a wallet-friendly US$99, it too acts as a cradle for your smartphone, using built-in lenses to manipulate the screen into a retina-friendly experience.</p> <p>Unlike Samsung&#39;s offering however, the VR One can be used with multiple devices between 4.7-5.2 inches.</p> <p>While that rules out larger devices like the 5.5in LG G3, it&#39;s still a lot more flexible than the Gear VR, and it&#39;s presumably cheaper than the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift.</p> <p>Users will have to drop an extra US$10 on different &#39;drawers&#39; to hold their smartphones, but apart from that, it looks like this could be one of the more accessible ways to jump into the face-hugging world of virtual reality.</p> <p>Whether or not all supported smartphones will be able to provide the same fluid experience as the Oculus Rift and Galaxy Note 4 however, remains to be seen.</p> <p>It&#39;s not due to land till next year however, so you&#39;d better get cracking with a homemade <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">Google Cardboard</a> alternative for the time being.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/11/carl-zeiss-vr-one-is-a-99-answer-to-the-samsung-gear-vr/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="558" height="419" title="APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FACE" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carl-zeiss-vr-2.jpg?1413199500" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news#comments Gaming Geek accessories Smartphones Virtual Reality Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450132 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the best mini smartphone in the universe? Spoiler: Yes. Yes it is </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="Who&#039;s a pretty phone then?" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9955.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Balls to compromise.</p> <p>That was Sony&rsquo;s mantra when it came to shrinking the original Z1 into the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Z1 Compact</a>, and it&rsquo;s looking for a repeat performance with its successor.</p> <p>The Z3 Compact aims to offer the same power and performance as the gorgeous full-fat Z3, but in a smaller and more manageable chassis. It could well be the new people&rsquo;s champion of the smartphone world.</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"> £370.00 </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"> Solid, waterproof build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Capable of great photos </div> <div class="field-item even"> Zero compromise on power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Very comfortable to use </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"> Camera app is overly complicated </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as premium as its big brother </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Cooler colour balance won’t suit all </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"> SOLID, COMFORTABLE BUT NOT QUITE PREMIUM </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Z3 Compact is essentially a shrunken Xperia Z3, and that is definitely a compliment.</p> <p>It looks smart and feels very comfortable in the hands, thanks to its diminutive size and rounded edges. The glass front and back panels feel reassuringly solid, weighty and premium, too.</p> <p>We do have one gripe with it however - it&rsquo;s disappointingly creaky when flexed. We&rsquo;ve got no reason to doubt the overall build quality and there&rsquo;s no reason why you&rsquo;d want to flex your phone, but once you know the creaks are there it becomes a bit of a niggle. Oh, sorry.</p> <p>Unlike its larger Z3 brother&#39;s metal edges, the Z3 Compact settles for plastic, which obviously feels less expensive. It&#39;s a shame, because metal surroundings would result in a nicer look and feel, as well as offering increased strength.</p> <p>Having said that, the edges don&rsquo;t feel cheap, and their translucent colouring does a good job of standing out.</p> <p>Consider that the Compact is &pound;100 cheaper than the flagship Z3, and it seems churlish to complain about the use of slightly less premium materials.</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="Nice behind" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9956_1.JPG?1413465764" /> </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="Mmm, translucent plastic" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9971_0.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.6in 1280x720 Triluminous display with X-Reality engine <br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB <br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat <br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP rear, 1080p/4K video<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (+ microSD)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2600mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: x8.7mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 129g</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rest of the Z3 Compact will be familiar to Sony fans. Its microUSB, microSIM and nanoSIM ports are all covered by flaps, which allow it to happily swim around in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes &ndash; that&rsquo;s the highest waterproof rating in a Sony phone to date.</p> <p>The power, volume and camera buttons all grace the right-hand side. The power button could perhaps be a little higher up, as that&rsquo;s where your thumb naturally rests when holding the phone, but that&rsquo;s no big deal.</p> <p>Front-facing speakers sandwich the top and bottom of the screen, and they&#39;re worth the extra bezel for the most part. While not as loud or as clear as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>&#39;s impressive BoomSound speakers, the Z3 Compact still blasts out music louder than its size suggests. Its rear does tend to vibrate a bit in the hands if the volume is cranked up all the way however.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) 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="Classic Tibbles" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141010_161709.jpg?1413465764" /> </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="It can do pushups too" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_5.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A SCREEN THAT&#039;S A PLEASURE TO USE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we jump into pixel counts, white balance and colour saturation, let&#39;s talk about size.</p> <p>The Z3 Compact has bumped up its screen size from its predecessor&#39;s 4.3 inches to 4.6 inches.</p> <p>While that might alarm the small-handed gadgeteers who appreciated the Z1 Compact so much, we can happily report that there&rsquo;s nothing to worry about.</p> <p>Sony has managed to cram a larger screen into a body that&#39;s practically the same size as the original Z1 Compact, which means that you&rsquo;ve got more screen to enjoy without the need for +1 dexterity.</p> <p>In a world littered with smartphones that require a juggling act to reach the top notification bar (we&rsquo;re looking at you, iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4), the Z3 Compact gets a 15/10 for ease of use.</p> <p>Yes, you might get screen envy when comparing it to the likes of the 5.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> when viewing movies side-by-side, but use the Compact on its own and you&#39;ll feel so darn comfortable using it that nothing else will matter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 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="No more thumb stretching \0/" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9959.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, back to resolution: it&#39;s 720p, and yes, you will notice a drop in sharpness compared to the full HD and 2K smartphone screens that abound right now - but only when you actively scrutinise them all together.</p> <p>The G3 in particular definitely shows up more detail, while the Compact&#39;s screen can appear almost fuzzy in direct comparison.</p> <p>But in general use, you won&#39;t be complaining - you probably won&rsquo;t even notice. 319 pixels per inch still delivers sharp text, and images and videos still look great as long as the screen isn&#39;t strapped to your face.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s image enhancement engine does a great job serving up punchy, bright colours, although as with many of Sony&rsquo;s phones (and TVs for that matter) the overall balance is a bit cooler than you might be used to. You&rsquo;ll probably get used to it, but if you don&rsquo;t there are dedicated settings for adjusting white balance. I&rsquo;ll admit to not getting quite the tone I was after, but then I am something of a perfectionist.</p> <p>Blacks are great, though - deeper and truer than the ones found on the G3. Samsung&rsquo;s AMOLED displays still remain the ultimate displays for those after the blackest of blacks, but the Z3 Compact does make the nominations envelope.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty eh?" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9973_1.JPG?1413465764" /> </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="An explosion of colour" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9972_0.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> MINIATURE MUSCLE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony hasn&#39;t messed around when it comes to power. The Z3 Compact may be small, but it sure isn&rsquo;t weak.</p> <p>While its Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor isn&#39;t as powerful as the more recent 805 offering found in the Galaxy Note 4, it still matches the power found in current flagships such as the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X</a>.</p> <p>Unlike on those fancy-pants superphones, Qualcomm&#39;s silicon only has to worry about pushing a 720p resolution here, and that helps to ensure the performance is extra silky smooth. From heavy multitasking to running the latest graphically shiny games such as FIFA 15, you won&#39;t be left wanting for power.</p> <p>As with most current smartphones, the rear tends to get rather warm during intense use, but with winter coming perhaps you&rsquo;ll be glad of that?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We scored, honest" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9969_0.JPG?1413465764" /> </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="Multitasking champ" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9970_2.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A FORMIDABLE CAMERA, DROWNING IN COMPLICATED MENUS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like its full-sized Z3 sibling, the Compact has a 20.7MP camera, and it takes genuinely impressive photos.</p> <p>Assuming you&rsquo;re prepared to take the time to get things just right.</p> <p>The Xperia camera app is bursting with different shooting modes, and settings are buried in complicated menus - &nbsp;the complete opposite of the effortless point and shoot camera apps of phones such as the HTC One (M8) and iPhone 6.</p> <p>It took us a good few minutes of frustrating trial and error to figure out how to turn on HDR, for example. Manual mode has to be selected, but even then, you can&rsquo;t turn it on when shooting at 20.7MP. You have to bump the resolution down to 8MP to turn HDR on. It&rsquo;s overly complicated, and that&rsquo;s just for something that should be very simple.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d recommend sticking to superior auto mode for most of the time as it does a very decent job of assessing the scene. Shots in good lighting show up plenty of detail and accurate colours, and the 8MP shots taken in this mode are you&rsquo;ll ever need if you&rsquo;re a simple social media shutterbug. The 25mm wide-angle lens means that you can cram more into each shot, too, which is another nice bonus.</p> <p>If you fancy cropping into shots or flexing your photographic muscles, then there&rsquo;s that 20.7MP manual mode, which allows tweaks of everything from the white balance to ISO, as well as selecting the type of scene.</p> <p>If you take your photography that seriously you&rsquo;ve probably got a serious camera, but the Z3 could come in handy if you just happen to stumble across the perfect shot but don&rsquo;t have it with you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Anyone got a map?" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9960.JPG?1413465764" /> </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="It&#039;s a lens" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9957_1.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="//imgur.com/a/hrw9P/embed?background=292929&amp;text=ffffff&amp;link=4e76c9" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Both the Z3 and Z3 Compact boast a 12800 ISO setting &ndash; more than any of its rivals to date. While shots at these higher ISO levels are brighter, we find that the G3&rsquo;s 13MP shots pick up more detail in dimmer conditions, with more accurate colours and less noise, possibly due to its optical image stabilisation and two-tone LED flash.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s less serious AR modes also return, letting you overlay dinosaurs, little fairy&hellip; things, and other digital characters over the real world. While it&rsquo;s fun for a few minutes, you&rsquo;ll probably ignore this feature once you&rsquo;ve shown it off to your mates once or twice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> ANDROID’S LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thankfully Sony&rsquo;s stuck to its guns by not messing around with Android too much, unlike its Samsung, HTC and LG rivals.</p> <p>Any visual modifications to Android 4.4.4 KitKat are kept simple, and there&rsquo;s not a massive amount of bloatware on board.</p> <p>Naturally, Sony&rsquo;s own services such as Music Unlimited are being pushed on its Xperia devices, but the most impressive non-stock software present is the Lifeblog app.</p> <p>It tracks everything from your calories burned, steps taken and workouts, to photos captured and videos captured. You can scroll through a summary of your activities on a day-by-day basis, condensing your life into one single app - it&rsquo;s far more useful and not nearly as depressing as that may sound.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4 </a>owners can look forward to Sony&rsquo;s Remote Play app which is already available on PlayStation Vita and is set to launch later this year on Sony&rsquo;s top phones and tablets. Combined with a controller, the Z3 Compact will act as a gateway to the PS4, allowing you to stream games in realtime - as long as the network connections at both ends are fast enough.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re dead excited to get testing with Remote Play on mobile and will update this review when the app launches.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation 4 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="Nice and subtle" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9958_0.JPG?1413465764" /> </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="Old Skool" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/black-sheep.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A battery that keeps going. And going </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life remains the Achilles heel of even the greatest of smartphones, but the Xperia Z3 blew us away with its stamina and we&#39;re happy to report that the Z3 Compact shares its Duracell Bunny DNA.</p> <p>Our standard video rundown test involves looping a 720p video, with Wi-Fi connected, the screen set to 50% brightness and app/email syncing on.</p> <p>This test was carried out twice, and the Compact lasted just over ten hours both times.&nbsp;</p> <p>While not quite as high at the 13+ hours achieved by the Z3, it&#39;s still an impressive figure, beating the LG G3 by more than half an hour.</p> <p>In standard use, you can get away with at least one and a half days on a single charge, which is very impressive indeed.</p> <p>Our reviews process, coupled with a two hour commute (each way) makes for higher than average use, and the Compact still happily lasts an entire day.</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="720" title="Refuses to die" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-10-10-08-03-40.png?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z3 Compact is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best sub-5in phone available today.</p> <p>The power of a full-size flagship, an excellent camera and an impressive battery life are all crammed into a device that&#39;s a pleasure to use no matter the size of your digits.</p> <p>If your hands can manage a bigger device there are smartphones around that offer bigger and more beautiful screens and cameras that are more point-and-shoot friendly, but for smaller-handed gadgeteers Sony&#39;s no-compromise Pocket Hercules will tick every box.</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="Moments before the neighbourhood cat went for the yarn" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9974.JPG?1413465764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Powerful insides, an excellent camera and a great battery life, all crammed into a compact and fairly striking 4.6in chassis. Impressive stuff.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the best mini smartphone in the universe </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review#comments Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:27:37 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446070 at http://www.stuff.tv