One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/one-plus/all en-GB Here is the first photo of the HTC One (M8) for Windows http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verizon accidentally leaks HTC’s most enticing Windows Phone offering 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="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) for Windows" alt="HTC One (M8) for Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8-winpho.png?1406920926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this week, we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news">shared reports</a> that HTC had a Windows Phone variant of its excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> handset in the works, and well&hellip; just look above, it&rsquo;s definitely real.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news#comments HTC One (M8) Windows Phone Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:20:50 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443843 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC reportedly planning One (M8) for Windows Phone, while Microsoft plots two more handsets http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s platform seems ready to come out swinging this autumn </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8.jpg?1406657286" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a couple of reports, both HTC and Microsoft have intriguing plans for their Windows Phone handset efforts - particularly the former, which may be bringing its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">flagship Android phone</a> (pictured) to the platform.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news#comments HTC Microsoft One (M8) Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:08:07 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443570 at http://www.stuff.tv How to ruin the best looking phone in the world - Step 1: PINK http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The One (M8) can be yours in a retina-searing colour. If you like </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="850" height="638" title="My eyes. The goggles do nothing." alt="How to ruin the best looking phone in the world - Step 1: PINK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8-pink.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> is one of the most beautiful, well-crafted pieces of tech we&#39;ve ever had the pleasure of holding in our hands. But even a solid aluminium build can&#39;t save it from its brand new pink paint job.</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>Gadgeteers looking for a less standard colour (but who don&#39;t want to look like they&#39;re holding a slab of candy floss) might instead prefer to snap up the Red version of the One (M8) instead, which will be exclusively available on O2 from 7 August.</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> <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="850" height="638" title="Better" alt="How to ruin the best looking phone in the world - Step 1: PINK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-red.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No. Just no. </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443163 at http://www.stuff.tv Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four top Androids. Four eye-caressing screens. We play spot the difference </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="819" height="614" title="Come at me bro" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Which 2014 superphone should you buy? We&rsquo;re going to say something controversial now: all four of these devices are amazing.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re looking at four great phones from last year, tweaked, refined and enhanced almost beyond recognition. So there&rsquo;s no wrong choice. But that doesn&rsquo;t make your decision any easier.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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"> Meet the contenders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">1. Sony Xperia Z2 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>This latest Sony has a 5.2in screen, new camera tricks and Android KitKat. But is it enough?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/2-htc-one-m8">2. HTC One (M8)&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Previously crowned Stuff&rsquo;s No.1 smartphone, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s beautiful body and sleek Sense 6.0 experience make for a formidable opponent.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/3-samsung-galaxy-s5">3. Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>The Swiss Army knife of phones continues its mission to make all other gadgets obsolete, but is it the phone we want in our pocket?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/4-lg-g3" target="_blank">4. LG G3 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s number one smartphone brings super-thin bezels, a 2K screen and a laser-assisted camera to the fight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_GunMetal_1.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Sony Xperia Z2 - 5.2in of metal and glass loveliness" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_2.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Galaxy S5 is a typically feature-filled Samsung device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-white-front-back.jpg?1406567108" /> </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="604" height="453" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="Behold the G3 in all its pink wallpapered glory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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. Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises &ndash; on screen, sound, camera or battery life. The design is gallery-worthy, finished with rounded aluminium corners, an all-glass back and minimalist details. But your hands might not like it &ndash; both the S5, One M8 and G3 are easier to hold than this 163g block, and picking up the Z2 from a desk can be awkward.</p> <p>It has Live Colour LED tech for punchy but accurate hues, and clear-sounding stereo speakers on the front of the phone. Our only niggle? The front is seriously reflective. For a smartphone camera, the Z2 can take incredible photos with its 1/2.3in, 20.7MP sensor and speedy autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also flies in use: it shares the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor as the S5 and One M8, but the Sony&rsquo;s 3GB of RAM bests its rivals. Small apps in overlaid windows lag occasionally, but it&rsquo;s still a great use of that 5.2in screen, and the Android skin is mostly clutter-free.</p> <p>With a bigger screen, there&rsquo;s a bigger 3200mAh battery, and the Z2 reliably lasts the day - with Stamina mode to conserve juice when the screen&rsquo;s off.</p> <p>Overall, this is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice, capable of taking brilliant photos and playing cinephile video. It oozes quality but isn&rsquo;t the most practical choice. But if you have the time to show Sony some love, it will return it in large dollops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 - the full 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="1889" height="1417" title="The Xperia Z2 makes almost no compromises" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />A gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design. Although the Z2&rsquo;s a heavy smartphone, this isn&rsquo;t the problem - the HTC weighs just as much. The issue is more that the Z2&rsquo;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&rsquo;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics count (we&rsquo;re hoping the Z2 Compact gets this right).</p> <p>Another smartphone best picked up and fondled before you decide, then. If its shape and minimalist design work for you, you can get back to appreciating everything the Sony does brilliantly. Such as being waterproof: with all the port flaps closed, the Z2 has the same IP55/IP58 water-resistance as the Z1. Plus, the headphone jack is now flap-free.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />In almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner. It displays fine detail better than both the S5 and the One M8, perfect for pressing your nose up against full HD movies. Viewing angles aren&rsquo;t the best but they&rsquo;re no longer a problem either.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always produce the best images &ndash; it can struggle to expose correctly in sunlight and it doesn&rsquo;t have the night vision of the HTC. But chances are, Sony owners won&rsquo;t mind digging into the comprehensive settings.</p> <p>Here it shines: faces come out well in low light, scenes look punchy and the background de-focus mode is mesmerising. Both 1080p and 4K footage are smooth thanks to SteadyShot stabilisation, though autofocus jumps around while filming and, with the Snapdragon heating up, the Z2 can abruptly stop shooting in the higher resolution.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Sony&rsquo;s treatment of KitKat verges on bloatware, with pushy media services ruining the fun. For instance, an upward swipe to access Google Now also shows Sony&rsquo;s What&rsquo;s New app: a feature guaranteed to have zero fans.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ultimate-setup-sony-xperia-z2/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2</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="2400" height="1800" title="The Sony&#039;s ergonomics hold it back" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-main.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 2. HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may go on about smartphone design a bit, but with the HTC it&rsquo;s justified. This is one of the best-looking and best-built phones ever, with 20% more metal than its predecessor the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and microSD storage now included. M8 owners will find themselves checking emails too much, just to show it off.</p> <p>The 5in, 441ppi screen is super-sharp and considerably bigger than the One&rsquo;s 4.7in display &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a clear winner but colours look natural, text is smooth and viewing angles are fantastic.</p> <p>Has HTC fixed the One&rsquo;s niggles? Battery life is slightly better, bringing it on a par with its rivals &ndash; you shouldn&rsquo;t need the Ultra Power Saving Mode to last the day. But the UltraPixel camera stays.&nbsp;</p> <p>This might disappoint those looking to shoot serious images and footage, but for most, the low-light prowess and focusing tricks are good enough. Nothing else needed tweaking &ndash; in use, it&rsquo;s as fluid as we expect from an HTC and the feature set gets new tricks here and there, such as the ability to swipe straight into BlinkFeed even when the phone is off.</p> <p>It might not have the bragging rights of a 20.7MP camera, a removable battery or a heart-rate sensor, but for us, the extras on the S5 and Z2 simply don&rsquo;t compare to the pure gadget joy you get with the HTC One M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - the full 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 M8 looks every bit as nice as its predecessor" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_3.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 10/10</strong><br />Some will prefer the old One&rsquo;s iconic design but this is just as tasty. The bevelled edges catch the light where the S5&rsquo;s metal-look edges look cheap. While the G3 looks as metal as the M8, it can&rsquo;t match its premium weighty feel in the hands.If you want those machined lines, choose the Metal Grey variant.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />The HTC might have the smallest screen here at 5in but it beats the mighty Sony on contrast and off-axis viewing. Compared to the original One, the palette leans to the green side&hellip; but only nerds will notice that.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 8/10</strong><br />More than a gimmick, the Duo camera lets you change the focus of pics after you&rsquo;ve taken them; and unlike on the Samsung and Sony, you don&rsquo;t need to select a mode before taking the shot. You can 3D-ify pics with Dimension Plus.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 10/10</strong><br />Still our Android skin of choice, Sense 6 will win over even fans of stock Android. BlinkFeed now keeps tabs on your interests and you can track steps, distance and calories automatically without a tracker.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</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="2400" height="1800" title="The M8&#039;s UltraPixel camera divides opinion" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main-2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Galaxy smartphones are known for going big. Big screens, big specs, big tricks and, of course, big sales. But the small stuff can be just as exciting and the S5&rsquo;s only halfway there.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s still enamoured by its Galaxy design DNA: lightweight, durable and now waterproof &ndash; it makes a lot of sense. But with a big handprint, &lsquo;modern glam&rsquo; back panel and poor size-to-screen ratio, it&rsquo;s still not beautiful.</p> <p>Features rule, with a swappable battery, microSD storage, the ability to run two apps side by side and even a heart-rate sensor round the back. It&rsquo;s not 2K but the 5.1in Super AMOLED screen is the best we&rsquo;ve seen on a Samsung phone. Plus there&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc 16MP snapper with fast autofocus and 4K video &ndash; just in case you thought Samsung had gone soft on specs.</p> <p>That TouchWiz lag is almost gone for good &ndash; a few stutters using its My Magazine Flipboard app were all we could force &ndash; and battery life is on the longer-lasting end of the Androids That Last A Day spectrum.</p> <p>If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design, inside and out, seriously. There&rsquo;s more work to do but it&rsquo;s a mighty close call and Samsung fans won&rsquo;t be disappointed here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 - the full 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 Samsung Galaxy S5&#039;s looks are its only real flaw" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 8/10</strong><br />This is a big, wide phone but the new textured polycarbonate makes it nice and grippy. It&rsquo;s a mere 15g heavier than the S4 and is also more solidly built. We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; but a redesign is long overdue.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />One advantage the S5 has over its rivals is how easy its screen is to read outdoors. When watching small-screen flicks, blacks look incredibly inky &ndash; but the HTC and Sony bring out more detail and there is a slight blue tinge.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 9/10</strong><br />Zooming in on landscape shots? Use the S5. Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Reach for the HTC or Sony. Elsewhere, the HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used and we like the simplified camera app.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Still a little overwhelming, the latest version of TouchWiz sees Samsung trying to edit its gazillions of features. There are cool additions such as S Health and Smart Switch, which imports iOS data if you&rsquo;re switching from an iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Then S5&#039;s camera is a cracker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-galaxy-s5-review-main.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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. LG G3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G3 had its work cut out for it when it launched. Not only did it have to face the toughest smartphone competition ever, but it had to surpass its excellent predecessor, the G2, which reigned supreme at the top of Stuff&#39;s best smartphone list until the M8 came along.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG was more than up to the task. The G3 surpasses the G2 in almost every way. For starters, it&#39;s got a 2K display that&#39;s almost sharp enough to cut your eyes on. Sorry if you&#39;re squeamish.</p> <p>While the G2&#39;s 13MP camera remains, LG has thrown in laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video. And it now matches the Samsung with a removable battery and microSD slot.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t have the booming dual front-facing speakers on the One M8, but its rear 1W speaker is no slouch, and can almost match its HTC rival for loudness, if not bass.</p> <p>While it lacks the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2&#39;s waterproof powers, its build is much improved, with a plastic, brushed-metal-look finish that will fool your eyes, if not your fingers.</p> <p>LG&#39;s redesigned its UI too, opting for less eye-searing colours and a more muted, subtle look.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 - the full 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="940" height="705" title="The G3 in the background appears smaller, because it is further away" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> THE DETAIL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s faux brushed-metal finish is barely discernible from the real metal rear of the HTC One (M8), and it easily beats the S5 for classiness. Pick it up, though, and its weight (or lack of it) can&#39;t fool your fingers. So it&#39;s no M8, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s not handsome in its own way.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10 </strong><br />The G3 stands out from the crowd, with a 2560 x 1600 2K screen. That&#39;s an insane 538 ppi, though you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness in normal use. Look closely enough however, and it does throw up more details than its rivals. Its colours are excellent too - even more realistic than those on the M8 - although brightness, black levels and contrast let it down somewhat. Overall though, it&#39;s one of the best screens our eyes have had the pleasure of ogling.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s 13MP camera is, put simply, fantastic. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, and nearly a master of every one. Well-lit shots are packed with crisp detail, and it even beats the light-guzzling M8 in most murky conditions. Its advanced optical image stabilisation, coupled with its laser-assisted autofocus, help keep subjects in focus - and at lightning-quick speeds, too.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />LG has thankfully gone down the same fat-trimming path as Samsung. While its UI still isn&#39;t as minimalist as the Z2&#39;s, the garish icons are gone, replaced with flat, pastel-coloured icons.</p> <p>Much of the bloatware is gone too, and LG&#39;s done its best to simplify things. The camera app for example, has had almost every little-used feature eliminated, and its bare controls now make for a much more pleasant experience.</p> <p>LG&#39;s new Smart Notice is less useful. It&#39;s essentially a Google Now clone, and we can&#39;t see any benefit it offers over Google&#39;s own well-established offering.&nbsp;Smart Clean is more useful, prompting you to clean up and delete apps to save memory.</p> <p>Finally, LG&#39;s excellent Knock Code feature negates the need for any fancy fingerprint scanners. Sorry, Samsung. It lets you tap out a pattern on the G3&#39;s screen (even when it&#39;s off),and with over 80,000 combinations, and a higher reliability than fingerprint scanning, LG&#39;s hit on a winner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate setup: LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All the colours of the (LG) rainbow" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_3.JPG?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 doesn&#39;t have the exquisite build of the HTC One M8, nor does it have the extra sensors of the S5. But that doesn&#39;t matter.</p> <p>Instead, it brings a complete package. For one thing, it has an excellent screen that, despite being larger than its rivals, doesn&#39;t increase the size of the G3 itself, thanks to LG&#39;s bezel-trimming magic.</p> <p>Its camera is superb and adaptable, and its build, although not metal, both looks and feels good. A removable battery and microSD storage are the cherries on top of an already very tasty cake.</p> <p>The S5 points to a flashy future, the Z2 a controlled one, and the One M8 continues to push design boundaries. But it&rsquo;s the way LG has packaged everything so carefully that makes this the nicest phone to live with.</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> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG does it again" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The final scores </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 (from &pound;520)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Beautiful and brilliant, the One M8 is as pleasant to use as it is to hold</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 (from &pound;530)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Packing in tech features and waterproofing is great, but Samsung needs to focus on design details</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 (from &pound;600)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Classy and clever with talent in spades, if the Z2 were easier to live with it&rsquo;d be unstoppable</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 (from &pound;407) </a></strong>★★★★★<br />LG followed its 2013 Smartphone of the Year by keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more</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-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartphone season isn&rsquo;t over. Not by a long shot. The new king of the spec sheets is the &pound;230&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news">OnePlus One</a>, with the 2K&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7</a>&nbsp;not far behind.&nbsp;Both 5.5in phones offer most of what the HTC, Samsung and Sony have, for a lot less money. Paying more isn&rsquo;t the only way.</p> <p>Each of the phones here is a refinement of sorts. If you&rsquo;re waiting for more of a leap, both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl">HTC One M8 Prime</a>&nbsp;have already been rumoured to launch with 2K screens. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, meanwhile, should be announced at the IFA trade show in September and may even have a flexible display.</p> <p>And then of course there&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;- coming to an Apple Store near you this autumn. Want even more radical?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google&rsquo;s Project Ara</a>&nbsp;should bring us modular smartphones in early 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everyhting we think we know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Quietly biding its time" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render%20%281%29.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone supertest </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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Android G3 Galaxy S5 HTC LG One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:51:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438613 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s LG&#039;s finest vs HTC&#039;s champion in this clash of the smartphone titans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 (left) and HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-001.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> beat off challenges from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a> to be crowned Stuff&#39;s favourite smartphone in the world shortly after its release.</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 - METAL VS FAKE 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>Like the G2 before it, the LG G3 is a great looking phone in a smart, minimalist way. Viewed from the front it&#39;s almost all screen, thanks to its impressively tiny bezels, and while it&#39;s not particularly distinctive, it screams class.</p> <p>As with the G2, the volume and power buttons are on the rear of the handset. It might seem odd, but you&#39;ll soon get used to it. The speaker has also been moved round to the back, and either side of the camera lens you&#39;ll find two more photographic features: a dual-tone flash and focus-aiding laser. More on them later.</p> <p>There&#39;s no all-metal build, but the shell is at least made from a premium plastic that&#39;s designed to look and feel like brushed metal. Plus, it&#39;s removable - allowing you to add extra storage space via microSD card and to swap out the battery.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) sports an altogether more flamboyant design. In fact, it&#39;s the most beautiful Android phone we&#39;ve seen so far, with a subtly curved body that&#39;s almost entirely made from brushed aluminum. The attention to detail is immense, from the expertly drilled speaker grilles above and below the screen to the way the bevelling around the camera lenses is designed to catch the light.</p> <p>HTC has finally seen fit to add a slot for microSD storage, but unlike the G3, the back isn&#39;t removable,so you won&#39;t be able to change the battery. It&#39;s also worth bearing in mind that although the G3 has a much bigger screen - 5.5in to 5in - it&#39;s almost the same size as the M8, on account of its small bezels and the HTC&#39;s front speakers.&nbsp;Unlike rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, neither phone is waterproof.</p> <p>While the G3 has a bigger screen in a similar size body, there&#39;s no fooling your fingers when you pick it up. The One (M8)&#39;s build quality is sublime, and for that reason, it wins this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is the most beautiful Android phone we&#039;ve used" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_2.jpg?1404120261" /> </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="1191" height="900" title="The LG G3 will have an almost bezel-less design" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-003.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 - 2K WAHEY! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>RIP full HD - you enjoyed a brief dominance of the smartphone screen world, but now you&#39;re just passé.</p> <p>Yes, only a year after we marvelled at the first phones with 1080p displays, LG&#39;s released one with a 2K screen. Its 2560 x 1440 resolution is staggering for a smartphone - to put it in context, that&#39;s the same spec as the screen on the 27in iMac. And the G3 is a mere 5.5 inches in size. All of which means that it has an incredible pixel density of 538ppi, a number that puts it above all other smartphones, tablets and in fact consumer devices of any kind.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) has to make do with a 5in, 1080p screen. Frankly, it should be ashamed of itself. In truth, its pixel density of 441ppi is hardly shabby either, but the G3 is the clear winner on specs alone.</p> <p>Hype aside though, you won&#39;t notice the G3&#39;s extra pixels in normal use. Only when we scrutinised side-by-side reference photos, did the G3&#39;s extra sharpness really stand out.</p> <p>Not only that, but we found its colours to be more accurate, and a little less over-saturated than the ones on the One (M8)&#39;s screen.</p> <p>The One (M8)&#39;s blacks and contrast are noticeably better than the G3&#39;s, but overall the G3 comes out on top, especially as it manages to squeeze in a larger display without taking up noticeably more space in your pocket.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2 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="Pixel Party " alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-screen-comparison_1.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> PERFORMANCE - 801 times 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of pure power, there&#39;s very little to choose between these two smartphone titans. Both have Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processors, with the G3&#39;s clocked at 2.5GHz and the M8&#39;s running at 2.3GHz. The G3 packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, although a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage might land in the UK at a future date. The M8 has 2GB of RAM in either 16GB or 32GB varieties.</p> <p>Both phones score more or less the same reults in various benchmark tests, and numbers aside, they&#39;re both slick and fast in normal use. Multitasking, 3D gaming and browsing are slick and fluid on both.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;d expect things to be pretty similar on the battery front too. The LG G2 was one of the best phones around in terms of stamina, but the G3 falls al little short, eeking out around one-two hours less battery life a day.</p> <p>Still, we managed to get 15 hours out of it with five hours of screen on time in a single day, which is an impressive achievement given the much bigger, higher-resolution screen. It&#39;ll&nbsp;comfortably give you a full day of heavy use, which is an important box to tick.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s battery is smaller, at 2600mAh, but it also has a smaller screen to power. In our tests, we generally got a day&#39;s use from it, but no more. Both phones also have clever battery-saving modes which will help you eke out every last drop of juice.</p> <p>All told, there&#39;s very little between the phones on the power front, so this one&#39;s a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</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="392" title="What lies beneath" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-microsd-battery_0.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERA - LOW-LIGHT FANTASTIC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two very different approaches here.</p> <p>Like the G2, the G3 has a 13MP rear camera with&nbsp;optical image stabilisation (OIS), but unlike the G2, it has the &#39;+&#39; version of OIS, which provides software tweaks which, in theory, reduce blur even more.</p> <p>LG has also included an infrared autofocus laser which it states can focus on subjects faster than the blink of an eye. While we haven&#39;t got the stopwatch out to verify this, we can say that the G3&#39;s autofocus is very snappy indeed.</p> <p>Overall, our experience with the G3 cements it as having one of the best smartphone cameras currently available. It&#39;s a superb all-rounder, excelling and surpassing the One (M8) in almost every category from well-lit conditions, to sharpness and natural colours.</p> <p>The One (M8)&#39;s 4MP UltraPixel sensor performs well in low-light conditions, but it just doesn&#39;t serve up the same levels of detail as the G3.&nbsp;Yes, its low-light photos might be a little less noisy, but they&#39;ll also be smaller, so you won&#39;t be able to blow them up so big or crop into them.</p> <p>The M8 has a new photo feature of its own too - the new Duo camera. This is a genuinely innovative feature which enables you to refocus photos after you&#39;ve taken them. It works a little like the Lytro camera, although without quite such a dramatic effect. It&#39;s a bit of a gimmick, yeah, but a nice one to have all the same.</p> <p>The trouble for HTC is, the G3 can also create this post-shot focusing effect using Magic Focus. It takes numerous shots at different focal lengths in quick succession, before stitching them together and alowing you to change the focus post-shot. </p> <p>In the One (M8)&#39;s defence, you&#39;re able do this whenever you fancy, while you can only change the focus on the G3 after the shot is initially taken.</p> <p>Video-wise, the G3 can shoot 4K at 30fps and full HD at creamy 60fps and slo-mo 120fps. The M8 can do full HD and 120fps slo-mo, but no 4K.</p> <p>Ultimately, we&#39;ve got to give this round to the G3. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, while mastering them too, thanks to welcome innovations like OIS+ and laser autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games on Android right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8 has a Dual Camera for post-photo refocusing" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_5.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Baby got back" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-rear-gold_1.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OS - TALKING SENSE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has jumped on the simpler UI bandwagon, giving its Android skin a fresher, flatter look. Colours are no longer quite so garish and much of the bloatware has seemingly been removed. And if you&#39;re still not happy, you can mercifully uninstall nearly every pre-installed LG app, which is rather nice.</p> <p>The G3 also has the excellent KnockCode feature, which we saw on the G Pro 2. This lets you unlock the phone simply by tapping out a preset pattern, which takes you straight to the home screen.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>Another weapon in the G3&#39;s OS arsenal is its Guest Mode feature, which lets you section off a safe area of the phone for when you lend it to, say, your kids. It&#39;s like a safe sandbox which is separate from all of your apps, photos and documents, avoiding situations in which important files could be deleted.</p> <p>The G3 also has a few little software touches which make using it easier. You&#39;ve got the ability to include an extra button in the on-screen navigation bar which pulls the notification bar down for you. Given the awkwardness of reaching up to the top of the G3&#39;s 5.5in screen with a single thumb, this comes in incredibly useful for one-handed use.</p> <p>You can also track your steps and calories burned in an app similar to Samsung&#39;s S Health, although it&#39;s not as in-depth as dedicated health-tracking apps like Jawbone&#39;s offering.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sense 6.0 on the One M8 is one of the few examples of Android phones where a skin is a welcome addition, because HTC&#39;s Sense 6.0 is a thing of beauty. It&#39;s slick in use, not too overbearing and comes with the fantastic BlinkFeed. As a way of aggregating all of your social media feeds and favourite news sources, it&#39;s unparalleled, and the new version also allows you to add RSS feeds of your choice. </p> <p>Like the LG G3, the One (M8) can be turned on with a tap - although the fancy Knock Code pattern unlock is absent. You can however swipe left or right to fire up a certain app or go straight to the home screen, which is a nice bonus.</p> <p>The charms of BlinkFeed will be enough to sway things HTC&#39;s way for some, while for others the G3&#39;s Guest Mode and Knock Code security unlock will be the more tempting option. Both devices have strong cases, so this one&#39;s a draw too.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/exclusive-htc-shows-us-how-one-m8-could-have-looked/feature">Exclusive - HTC shows Stuff how the One (M8) could have looked</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="BlinkFeed is a big favourite at Stuff" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_6.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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 One (M8) is a spectacular phone, and the fact that the G3 comes out on top against it shows just how high LG has set the bar with the G3.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the HTC&#39;s superior gorgeous metal build and the fact that&nbsp;the two phones are evenly matched in terms of power, the&nbsp;G3&#39;s superb 2K screen, fantastic camera and removable battery make it a highly polished package that&#39;s very hard to resist.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: LG G3</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="604" height="453" title="The victor" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-main_4.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature#comments G3 HTC LG One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:32:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1437934 at http://www.stuff.tv The LG G3 beats the HTC One (M8) to become the best smartphone in the world http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-beats-htc-one-m8-become-best-smartphone-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant proves that lightning can strike twice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="LG does it again" alt="The LG G3 beats the HTC One (M8) to become the best smartphone in the world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_2.jpg?1403659308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> signalled the start of a new era for LG last year, topping Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Smartphones </a>list while picking up both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-best-smartphone-year/feature" target="_blank">Smartphone</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature" target="_blank">Gadget of the Year</a> accolades at the 2013 Stuff Awards in the</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 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tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia T3" alt="Sony Xperia T3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-t3.jpg?1401935608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s Xperia T3 seems slick for a mid-range device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve got two of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia headsets in our current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Top 10 Smartphones</a> list, so news of another model is well worth hearing. In this case, the upcoming Xperia T3 isn&rsquo;t fighting for a top-of-the-line position against the HTC One (M8) or Samsung Galaxy S5, but it looks quite nice for a mid-range option.</p> <p>Sony says the Xperia T3 is the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s slimmest 5.3in smartphone,&rdquo; and it features a 720p display, a quad-core 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon processor, and a 2500 mAh battery, along with Android 4.4 KitKat. It also has 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, although it also takes microSD cards up to 32GB.</p> <p>Available in white, black, and an eye-popping purple, the Xperia T3 is slated to be available worldwide from the end of July, but there&rsquo;s no word on pricing just yet. In this case, aiming to lead the middle of the pack could result in another very appealing handset from Sony.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/stand-out-from-the-crowd-with-the-stylish-and-slim-xperia-t3-smartphone-from-sony/">Sony</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/03/sony-xperia-t3/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Plastic-backed HTC One (E8) expanding beyond China 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>We&#39;ve <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes-">heard a fair bit</a> about the so-called HTC One (M8) Ace in recent weeks, but it&rsquo;s got a new official name&mdash;the HTC One (E8)&mdash;and it&rsquo;s on the move. HTC&rsquo;s blog post on the device says that it&rsquo;ll be launching early this month in select markets, but declines to share specifics.</p> <p>As previously revealed, the HTC One (E8) keeps the internals and great display of the (M8) while swapping in a polycarbonate exterior and shedding a couple of premium features: namely the Duo Camera and the infrared TV remote functionality.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re most curious to hear how much HTC expects for this streamlined option, as well as how wide an international net the company plans to cast with this release. We should have details on both very soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.htc.com/2014/06/introducing-htc-one-e8/">HTC</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/htc-one-e8-is-a-plastic-m8-coming-early-june/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) 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="649" title="HTC One (E8)" alt="HTC One (E8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-e8.jpg?1401935608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Batman: Arkham Knight slips into 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Big game launches often slip out of the holiday season, and Batman: Arkham Knight is the latest such casualty, as a new trailer released today&mdash;which offers a slick look at the Batmobile added this time around&mdash;mentions a new 2015 worldwide launch target. It had previously been dated for an autumn 2014 debut.</p> <p>Arkham Knight is Rocksteady&rsquo;s first entry for new-gen consoles and PC after creating Arkham Asylum and Arkham City (last year&rsquo;s Arkham Origins came from a different studio). No doubt, adapting to new technology played a role here, and it&rsquo;s always better to wait a little longer for a great game than to start playing a compromised one on time. Keep telling yourself that.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AykgIIWdPM">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7AykgIIWdPM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstarter eases regulations for launching campaigns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Prior to yesterday, every proposed crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter had to undergo a review by the service, during which a community manager would check out the details and offer feedback. That may not necessarily be the case for all campaigns going forward, as the site unveiled tweaks to its submission process.</p> <p>Users will still have the option of having a campaign reviewed before posting it live to the world, but many will simply be able to launch right away&mdash;an algorithm will decide whether your campaign can begin, based on factors like description, goal, and whether you&rsquo;ve run a campaign before.</p> <p>Considering some of the junk that appears on the site, we hope this doesn&rsquo;t open up the floodgates and make it difficult to find interesting endeavors in the future.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/introducing-launch-now-and-simplified-rules-0">Kickstarter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-kickstarter-project-weve-seen-today-and-its-fake/news">This is the best Kickstarter we&rsquo;ve seen today, and it&rsquo;s a fake</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="747" title="Kickstarter" alt="Kickstarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kickstarter-launchnow.png?1401935608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-sony-s-xperia-t3-announced-plastic-htc-one-e8-launches-soon-and-batman-arkham-knig#comments Console games Crowdfunding HTC One (M8) Sony Xperia T Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438510 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Plastic HTC One (M8) Ace official, GameCube controller adapter for Wii U, and Zesty makes doctor bookings a breeze http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hot tech news condensed and collected to help begin your day off right </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="HTC One (M8) Ace" alt="HTC One (M8) Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8ace-official.jpg?1401431581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) Ace officially shown, out next week </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 leaks are true: the HTC One (M8) Ace, the plastic-finished version of our pick for the best phone in the world right now, is a real thing and due out soon. HTC posted promotional images of the handset on its own site, and the listed specs are the same that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/leaked-htc-one-m8-ace-render-remixes-top-phone-colourful-plastic/news">leaked last week</a>. Blue, red, black, and white exteriors are available.</p> <p>It appears as though the One (M8) Ace&mdash;known as the HTC One Vogue Edition in China&mdash;features the basic design of the original HTC One, but the internal hardware of the One (M8). It&rsquo;ll have the same 5in 1080p display and Snapdragon 801 SoC processor (clocked at 2.5Ghz in Asia).</p> <p>However, the Ace ditches the M8&rsquo;s Duo Camera for a standard 13-megapixel shooter, and the infrared TV remote function is also missing in action&mdash;concessions for what will surely be a noticeably lower price.</p> <p>Engadget reports that the device will be out next week on 3 June, though that&rsquo;s likely for China; it&rsquo;s not clear if the Ace will also debut internationally so quickly, but we&rsquo;re sure to find out pretty quickly.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.htc.com/cn/go/e8/">HTC</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/29/htc-one-vogue-edition-china/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Top 10 Smartphones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GameCube controller adapter announced for Wii U </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo fans are ecstatic for this year&rsquo;s launch of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but even the most excited of the bunch had been concerned about their control options for the game. The GameCube controller is widely considered the best input device for the series, but it&rsquo;s not compatible with the Wii U.</p> <p>Well, it turns out that Internet griping can make things happen, as Nintendo of America announced today via Twitter that it will release a GameCube controller adapter hub for the Wii U for use with Super Smash Bros. As shown in the image, it will plug into the Wii U via its front USB ports, and will allow up to four GameCube controllers to be used.</p> <p>Many details remain unclear, such as whether it will work with other games and if the beloved Wavebird wireless controller will be supported. Still, support for 13-year-old controllers is a pretty huge concession towards the fanbase, and it&rsquo;s sure to be appreciated, even if it&rsquo;s just for one game.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/472076848382607361">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review">Mario Kart 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GameCube adapter" alt="GameCube adapter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wiiu-gamecube.jpg?1401431581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Zesty allows easy web booking of doctor’s appointments </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Launched this week, <a href="http://zesty.co.uk">Zesty.co.uk</a> allows UK residents to quickly book healthcare visits with a wide array of doctors and specialists, with more than 10,000 appointments available daily. The service is currently available in London, with Zesty promising the ability to book a visit within 60 seconds.</p> <p>Zesty is designed to help both private and NHS practices fill their empty appointments during the day due to cancellations and the like, and to allow prospective patients to get into a doctor&rsquo;s office quickly with minimal fuss. It&rsquo;s the first service of its kind in the UK, and Zesty plans to expand beyond London soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1DkX0WDyJUc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes-#comments Health and fitness HTC Nintendo One (M8) Wii U Fri, 30 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438149 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Leaked HTC One (M8) Prime is bigger and brawnier, Microsoft’s Surface Mini omission explained, and the free new Dead Island’s paid beta http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to begin your day right </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="HTC One (M8) Prime" alt="HTC One (M8) Prime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8prime.jpg?1400653981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reported HTC One (M8) Prime render and specs leaked </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just last night we caught a purportedly leaked glimpse at the cheaper, plastic-backed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/leaked-htc-one-m8-ace-render-remixes-top-phone-colourful-plastic/news">HTC One (M8) Ace</a>, and now we have what is claimed to be our first look at something on the opposite spectrum: a larger and more powerful version of the HTC One (M8) dubbed &ldquo;Prime.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to @evleaks, which has a strong reputation for smartphone leaks, the device will feature a waterproof design using a so-called &ldquo;exotic material&rdquo; that blends aluminum and liquid silicone. Additionally, it&rsquo;ll feature a 5.5in WQHD (1440x2560) display with a Snapdragon 810 (4x 2.5Ghz) processor and 3GB RAM, as well as an enhanced LTE radio for swifter data speeds.</p> <p>A protruding camera on the back is also an interesting tweak&mdash;and perhaps indicative of a higher-end camera, which would be a nice boost from the 4-megapixel sensor in the standard model. Like the Ace, it&rsquo;s unclear when we&rsquo;ll get official word on this should the reports prove accurate, but those eyeing the HTC One (M8) might consider waiting just a bit longer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks">@evleaks</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/20/5735484/htc-working-on-larger-more-powerful-one-m8-prime">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) 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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Did Microsoft axe a Surface Mini reveal? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just two short weeks back, Microsoft invited journalists to a &ldquo;small gathering&rdquo; for Surface, which had us thinking that we might finally see the long-rumored Surface Mini, said to be a 7.5in model of the company&rsquo;s tablet. Instead, the event solely showcased the Surface Pro 3, and we were proven wrong. But were we?</p> <p>Bloomberg reports that Microsoft was about ready to pull the trigger on a Surface Mini and reveal it to the world, but that CEO Satya Nadella and executive VP Stephen Elop&mdash;both relatively new in their roles with the company&mdash;thought the device not distinctive enough from rivals to stand out in the market.</p> <p>Ideally, that just means that Microsoft aims to spend more time working on a smaller tablet that serves a real purpose, rather than a cheaper, dumbed-down version of the standard Surface. But it seems unlikely that we&rsquo;ll see anything on that front for some time in light of this report.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-20/microsoft-said-to-back-off-plans-to-debut-smaller-surface.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-possible-surface-mini-event-dated-nokia-funding-disruptive-car-tech-and-return">Fully Charged: Possible Surface Mini event dated, Nokia funding car tech, and the return of Harmonix&#39;s Amplitude</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="849" title="Surface Mini" alt="Surface Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-mini.jpg?1400653981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Dead Island: Epidemic available through Steam Early Access </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 upcoming Dead Island: Epidemic merges the undead-uprising-at-an-island-resort premise of the first-person entries with the team-centric gameplay and overhead perspective of the wildly popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre (League of Legends, Dota 2, etc.)&mdash;and now it&rsquo;s available in a pre-release beta format <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/297910/">via Steam Early Access</a>.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the free-to-play game is only available now to those willing to spend big on in-game purchases: US$16.99 is the cheapest option, which provides weapons, characters, and currency to spend within the game.</p> <p>Spending US$39.99 unlocks much more content, while a US$44.99 purchase offers four beta keys to the game so you can play with friends. No word on when the game will actually enter public release, but a paid beta for a free-to-play game isn&rsquo;t likely to endear anyone already weary of freemium shenanigans.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dead-island-riptide/review">Dead Island: Riptide 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="Dead Island: Epidemic" alt="Dead Island: Epidemic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/deadislandepidemic.jpg?1400653981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl#comments HTC Microsoft One (M8) Surface Mini Wed, 21 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437543 at http://www.stuff.tv Leaked HTC One (M8) Ace render remixes top phone in colourful plastic http://www.stuff.tv/android/leaked-htc-one-m8-ace-render-remixes-top-phone-colourful-plastic/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumoured cheaper model of the handset keeps the specs but sheds some metal—and maybe a perk or two </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="HTC One (M8) Ace" alt="HTC One (M8) Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8ace.jpg?1400635218" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) shot to the top of our smartphone rankings upon its debut in March, and the Taiwanese manufacturer appears poised to launch a lower-priced model with a plastic backing.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/leaked-htc-one-m8-ace-render-remixes-top-phone-colourful-plastic/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/leaked-htc-one-m8-ace-render-remixes-top-phone-colourful-plastic/news#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 20 May 2014 18:05:53 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437524 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8): the weigh in http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We measure up HTC&#039;s finest against Oppo&#039;s pixel-packed poster boy </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="728" height="546" title="Metal vs plastic" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/m8-vs-find7.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> is currently sitting comfortably on top of Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 smartphone list</a>, and it&#39;s already defended its position against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. But that doesn&#39;t mean it can relax.</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"><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"> Pixel 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>The HTC One (M8)&#39;s 5in screen is a little larger than the original One&#39;s 4.7in offering, but it&#39;ll still look small compared to the Oppo Find 7&#39;s huge 5.5in display.</p> <p>Despite the larger screen, the Find 7 comfortably trounces the M8 in the ppi department, thanks to its insane 2560 x 1440 resolution. That&#39;s quad HD (QHD), otherwise known as 2K, and it&#39;s the same resolution we expect to see crop up in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime.</p> <p>While the M8&#39;s screen is lovely in its own right (and will be much easier to use one-handed), we have to give this round to the Find 7 for now.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> <em>Oppo Find 7</em></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="567" height="425" title="big enough for ya?" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-01_0_0.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="M8&#039;s trip to the pub" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_5.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Metal vs plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 HTC One (M8) is widely regarded as the most premium Android handset ever made, thanks to its machined unibody aluminium build.</p> <p>Its rounded design lets it sit comfortably in the hands, and its brushed metal finish oozes class.</p> <p>If the Find 7a is anything to go by, then the Find 7&#39;s build will be solid and well-made, despite its plastic construction. Its textured back should offer some much-needed grip, and its bottom curve LED notification strip is a nice little touch that sets it apart from the competition.</p> <p>For its pure class however, the M8 wins the design round once again.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: </em>HTC One (M8)</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="Oooooh, shiny" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-build-rear_3.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Back in black" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-08_0.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Imaging prowess </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the M8 and Find 7 have interesting cameras. The M8 retains the same 4MP UltraPixel camera found on its predecessor, but adds a second lens which captures depth information.</p> <p>This allows the M8 to refocus on subjects and background after photos have been taken, Lytro-style.</p> <p>Detail is sometimes lacking however, due to the 4MP sensor. The M8 isn&#39;t the best option for people who like cropping into photos. It does perform well in low-light conditions however, thanks to its light-guzzling sensor.</p> <p>The Find 7 doesn&#39;t have a fancy depth sensor, but it does offer something else. 50MP photos. Well, sort of.</p> <p>In reality, the Find 7 stitches together ten 8160 x 6120 burst shots to create one huge 50MP photo, allowing you to crop into shots without losing much detail.</p> <p>It performs admirably in both well-lit and dim conditions, though doesn&#39;t offer the absolute best smartphone shots around.</p> <p>If you prefer fine detail and like cropping into photos, then the Find 7&#39;s camera will be the better choice for you.</p> <p>If you&#39;re content with just snapping memories and sharing them on Facebook however, then the M8 is the way to go.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</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="Closeup" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-02_1_0.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Dat second sensor" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera%20%281%29.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 and 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>Both the Find 7 and M8 have quad-core Snapdragon 801 processors, although the Find 7&#39;s is clocked slightly higher at 2.5Ghz.</p> <p>The Find 7 also has 3GB of RAM, and although we&#39;ve yet to see the 2GB of RAM on the M8 struggle, the Find 7 is the more future-proof device, on paper at least.</p> <p>The HTC One&#39;s 2600mAh battery might be smaller than the Find 7&#39;s 3000mAh offering, but the M8 has a smaller screen with less pixels to push (along with an excellent power-saving mode), so we expect battery life to be similar, if not slightly less on the Find 7.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</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="Power saving mode" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-extreme-power-saver_5.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Android Tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 One M8 comes with Android KitKat 4.4 straight out of the box, with HTC Sense 6.0 layered over it.</p> <p>Sense 6.0 is one of the best Android skins available, and it offers some genuinely useful features in addition to looking pretty.</p> <p>BlinkFeed is the main attraction, offering up social updates and news with a simple swipe on the home screen.</p> <p>The Find 7 is still running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean along with Oppo&#39;s ColorOS which allows gesture controls to open up apps as well as different themes to drastically change the look when you&#39;re in the mood for a makeover.</p> <p>For having KitKat, coupled with one of the best Android skins around, the M8 takes this round.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> HTC One (M8)</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="BlinkFeed in aciton" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2_3.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="ColorOS" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-7-06_0_0.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Initial 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>While there&#39;s plenty to like about the Oppo Find 7, we&#39;d pick the HTC One (M8), thanks to its superb build, better OS experience and clever camera.</p> <p>We also expect the M8 to have a better battery life, although we can&#39;t confirm this until the Find 7 has been reviewed in full.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a screen fiend and care about size, then the Find 7 will obviously be your preferred choice. We&#39;ve yet to see the 7&#39;s 2K screen in person, but if you think 1080p is more than enough for your retinas to soak in then you might want to take a look at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-find-7a/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7a</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> instead.</p> <p>Stay tuned for a full in-depth Oppo Find 7 review, after which we&#39;ll update this feature to reflect any changes.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 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="1200" height="900" title="Looking pretty" alt="Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_5.jpg?1400553969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oppo Find 7 vs HTC One (M8) </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"> HTC&#039;s finest takes on Oppo&#039;s pixel-packed flagship </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature#comments Android Find 7 HTC One (M8) Oppo Smartphones Wed, 14 May 2014 15:28:17 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1437174 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: HTC One (M8) Prime in the works http://www.stuff.tv/htc/rumour-htc-one-m8-prime-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tipsters claim an upgraded edition of HTC’s flagship phone is already on its way </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="940" height="705" title="Tipsters claim an upgraded edition of HTC’s flagship phone is already on its way" alt="Tipsters claim an upgraded edition of HTC’s flagship phone is already on its way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-main_2.jpg?1398881722" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve just bought an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, we have what could end up being slightly irritating news for you: according to internet rumourmongers, an upgraded edition is in the works.</p> <p>Serial &ndash; and almost always reliable &ndash; Twitter tipsters @evleaks claim that an HTC smartphone codenamed the One (M8) Prime is on the way. And while that&rsquo;s as much info as they&rsquo;re giving up, the name itself suggests that it&rsquo;ll be a improved version of the current (M8).</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"> Just a Max – or something more? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given how thoughtfully designed, well made and highly-specced the One (M8) is, it&rsquo;s hard to imagine what HTC could do to make it &ldquo;better&rdquo;. It could be made into a, larger, phablet Max version of course, but why not simply call that the HTC One (M8) Max? And bigger, as we know, does not mean better.</p> <p>Our guess? If the HTC One (M8) Prime is indeed real, the upgrade could be the screen. We&rsquo;ve heard rumours of super hi-res QHD displays being used in 2014&rsquo;s range of flagship phones, but so far no manufacturer has pulled the trigger. Perhaps HTC will be the first. Or perhaps not. We&rsquo;ll keep you updated.</p> <p>[Via <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/461259428822384640">@evleaks</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/rumour-htc-one-m8-prime-works/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HTC One (M8) Smartphones Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:59:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436407 at http://www.stuff.tv Exclusive: HTC shows Stuff how the One (M8) could have looked http://www.stuff.tv/htc/exclusive-htc-shows-us-how-one-m8-could-have-looked/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s Creative Director Daniel Hundt talks us through some early design sketches of our favourite smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="HTC One M8 concept sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/01A_0.jpg?1399979321" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) has held its place at the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">smartphones Top 10</a> despite the best efforts of the Galaxy S5 and the Sony Z2, and that&#39;s partly because its smooth metallic form makes it arguably the best designed phone we&#39;ve ever held.</p> <p>We sat down with HTC&#39;s Creative Director, Daniel Hundt, to find out what it takes to create a pocket masterpiece.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> start with the material </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;There are all sorts of approaches you can take when you design an object&quot;, says Hundt. &quot;You can start by thinking about human behaviour, or the history of that kind of object, or you can start with the material, and try to let that guide the phone. Of course we work with the engineers on how we can get a curved surface on the back, and we come up with things like having a spine-like PCB (printed circuit board) so that it has this shape that shows off the material, but our approach at the beginning was to simply start with a chunk of metal and just ask ourselves what we could do with it.</p> <p>&quot;I like objects that have a design that&#39;s not forced, that make you think that&#39;s just what a phone or a chair is supposed to look like. It&#39;s a natural result of the material, without technology being forced in just for technology&#39;s sake.&quot;</p> <p>Hundt is obviously taken with the idea of a phone that is, screen and camera aside, a simple piece of polished metal. The question he asks himself when designing a new phone is, he says, &quot; not &#39;how can we get a bigger battery in&#39;, or &#39;how can we give it a larger screen&#39;, but &#39;how can we simplify this object?&#39;&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The ultimate setup for your HTC One (M8)</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="HTC One M8 concept sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01_1.jpg?1399979321" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> choose your components wisely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hundt says the it&#39;s the designer&#39;s job to make intelligent compromises. &quot;You play a lot of chess between the antenna team and the acoustics team - there are 10 very, very sensitive antennae in the M8, and those need space, but great audio performance is one of our key selling features, and that only comes by using volume in the phone.&nbsp;So we&#39;re constantly going back and forth to give each team space in the phone without changing the form factor.&quot; </p> <p>Inevitably, in this game of give-and-take, your competitors find space for a feature you don&#39;t have. &quot;Yes, waterproofing is a useful feature&quot;, he admits, &quot;but it comes with a size impact. It&#39;s definitely something we&#39;re looking into - the M8 is IPX3, so it&#39;s splashproof - but this time we felt like we made the right trade-offs to get the form we wanted.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also important to listen to your customers: &quot;There are strong pros and cons for having microSD, but there was a lot of feedback that people wanted extra storage, so we decided to give it to them.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02.jpg?1399979321" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 next one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Modern product designers face a frustrating reality: by the time their design is in the hands of the public, they&#39;re already months into creating the next year&#39;s model.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s pretty much it&quot;, Hundt agrees. &quot;The device isn&#39;t even launched and already we&#39;re working on the next one. But we don&#39;t design a completely new phone every year, there&#39;s a heritage, a strong signature that gets carried through. You look at the &#39;forehead&#39; and the &#39;chin&#39;, as we call it, and the lines on the back, the way we treat the camera - those are our signature elements, like the way a BMW has the kidney-shaped grilles.</p> <p>And designing such a staple part of people&#39;s daily lives, says Hundt, is a great responsibility. &quot;It&#39;s not like a watch that you look at once in a while. With a phone, the tiniest flaw interrupts people&#39;s daily life every time they use it,&nbsp;and it really bothers people.&nbsp;But&nbsp;if you get it right then you really get it right, and that drives us to do a better job every year.&quot;</p> <p>Waterproofing aside, next year&#39;s One will have more metal - &quot;The body of the M8 is 70% metal, but I&#39;d like to get that closer to 100%&quot; - and it&#39;s highly likely to pair up with some HTC wearables, which might well be made with some help from other brands. &quot;We are working on wearables,&quot; says Hundt, &quot;and we have some amazing companies coming to partner with us&quot;.</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="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03.jpg?1399979321" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Exclusive: Designing the HTC One (M8) </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"> HTC talks Stuff through the design sketches for its new flagship </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/exclusive-htc-shows-us-how-one-m8-could-have-looked/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/exclusive-htc-shows-us-how-one-m8-could-have-looked/feature#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:06:50 +0000 Will Dunn 1436282 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two flagship smartphones, but which would we buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) (left) and Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>About a month ago, when the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> was announced, we pitched it against Sony&rsquo;s forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> in a spec face-off. </p> <p>Our conclusion? It&rsquo;d be a mighty close call between the two, but on paper at least the Z2 looked the better phone. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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"> Dressed to impress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Line these two up side by side and it&rsquo;s clear you&rsquo;ve wandered into Premium Phone Town. There&rsquo;s very little plastic on display at all, with both phones crafted almost entirely from metal and glass.</p> <p>Of course the same was true of their predecessors, and the fact is neither of these phones represents a huge tearing up of the rule book. In the case of the M8, there&rsquo;s 20% more metal used in the body, a nice burnished finish and slightly more rounded corners. It&rsquo;s also a fair bit taller on account of its newly embiggened 5in screen, but it&rsquo;s otherwise much the same design that we fell in love with on the HTC One. No bad thing that.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has less in common with the Xperia Z1 than the One (M8) does with the One, but Sony&rsquo;s phones still bear a strong family resemblance: as with the M8, the Z2 blends glass and metal near-seamlessly, and like its forebear it&rsquo;s fully sealed against water and dust &ndash; you can take the Z2 into the shower or bathtub with you for up to 30 minutes and it will not mind one little bit.</p> <p>Despite its slightly larger screen (5.2in to 5in), the Z2 is a fair bit skinnier than the HTC One (M8) at just 8.2mm in depth (to 9.4mm). But while admirably svelte, the Z2&rsquo;s angular form makes it a bit of a pain to hold and anyone lacking bear paws should resign themselves to two-handed use here.</p> <p>Looks-wise, both phones are handsome in their own way, but to our tastes the M8 is the more attractive of the two. And although the M8&rsquo;s extra height makes it harder to hold than the original One, it&rsquo;s still a lot easier to handle than the Z2.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-back-front.jpg?1397790897" /> </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="1889" height="1417" title="The sleek Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full HD has firmly established itself as the minimum standard display resolution for flagship smartphones, and both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) offer screens with 1920 x 1080 pixels. The One (M8) has a 5in display, while the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2in screen. That makes the (M8)&rsquo;s pixel density slightly higher (441 to 424ppi), but you&rsquo;d have to have the eyes of a hawk to see any real difference in sharpness deriving from that.</p> <p>In use, the One (M8)&rsquo;s screen is sharp with &ldquo;satisfyingly vibrant&rdquo; colours and excellent off-axis viewing angles. Full HD movies look excellent too and try as we might, we can&rsquo;t find anything negative to say about it.</p> <p>The Z2&rsquo;s screen is every bit as special in most situations, with wonderfully vivid colours, superb contrast and crisp text. Viewing angles are much improved over the Z1, too, with nothing given away to the HTC in that regard. Ultimately, both screens are as close to flawless as makes no difference, so we&rsquo;re calling this one a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 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="The Z2&#039;s screen now has better viewing angles" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-screen.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8&#039;s screen is a cracker too" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-screen.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 tale of two lenses (or rather five) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 has a long history of producing cracking good cameraphones, and the Z2 is its best yet. It has a 20.7MP sensor that&rsquo;s physically large (1/2.3in in size), giving it excellent light-gathering capabilities, and the camera also features a Background Defocus mode, which takes two shots and merges them together to give the impression of a short depth of field.</p> <p>On the video front, it can record 4K footage (at a resolution of 3840 x 2160) or 120fps 720p footage for super slo-mo playback. Plus, SteadyShot image stabilisation helps videos look rock solid even when your hands aren&rsquo;t.</p> <p>The results are often incredible, rivalling those you&rsquo;d get from decent compact cameras; only <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">Nokia&rsquo;s Lumia 1020</a> gives it any real competition as far as smartphones go. Admittedly, it&rsquo;s not the easiest camera for a novice to use, and the Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always give you perfect results. But learn to get the best from it and you&rsquo;ll reap the rewards.</p> <p>HTC has also put a lot of effort into the One (M8)&rsquo;s photo and video skills, but it&rsquo;s taken an entirely different approach to the Sony. As with the original One, the rear camera uses a sensor with bigger &lsquo;UltraPixel&rsquo; sites, but fewer megapixels - a mere 4MP, like the original One. What it means is that low light images are less noisy and sharper, but also that you can&rsquo;t zoom in to crop your shots without them looking blocky.</p> <p>Still, an iPhone 5s-style dual LED flash helps deliver more natural-looking skin tones and, most interestingly, there&rsquo;s a second rear camera that captures &lsquo;depth information&rsquo;; this essentially allows you to refocus shots after you&rsquo;ve taken them (a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro camera</a>). As far as video goes, there&rsquo;s 1080p but no 4K. </p> <p>On the front-facing camera, er, front, the One (M8)&rsquo;s has a 5MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities, while the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s has a 2.2MP sensor, also compatible with 1080p. So if you&rsquo;re a selfie addict, the M8 has an advantage here. </p> <p>Overall though, the Z2 is the clear winner here. In low light the HTC just pips it, but in almost every other situation the Sony leaves its rival in the dust. </p> <p><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">The 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8)</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="HTC One (M8)&#039;s dual lens rear camera" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-dual-cameras.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Xperia Z2 camera app" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-camera_1.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Peak Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz, but Sony pairs it with 3GB of RAM while HTC has plumped for 2GB.</p> <p>That might suggest that the Z2 will be the more powerful of the two, but in our tests there was very little to choose between them. The HTC One (M8) scored 36,149 in our AnTuTu benchmark test while the Z2 managed 32,504 - not really enough of a difference to worry about.</p> <p>The fact is, these are the two most powerful phones we&rsquo;ve ever tested. Both tear through HD movies and graphics-heavy games, both will do you proud in day to day use. That said, we did suffer the odd stutter when testing the Z2, and we also noticed it heating up when shooting 4K video. The problem was severe enough to make our handset quit shooting on occasion, and for that reason we&rsquo;re going to award this round to the HTC. But it&rsquo;s a close thing.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 being put through its paces" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-elysium.jpg?1397790897" /> </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="HTC One (M8) showing AnTuTu" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 AnTuTu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-antutu.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power to spare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stamina is another area where the Z2 looked better on paper but can&#39;t quite best the M8 in the real world.</p> <p>It has a far bigger battery - 3200mAh to the HTC&rsquo;s 2600mAh - but also a bigger screen to power and the net result is that neither is noticeably better than the other. Both have impressive battery-saving modes, both will last a day&rsquo;s general use, both still lag way behind the class leader, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>.</p> <p>All of which means that this round is another draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature">HTC One (M8) vs LG G2</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="Both phones have excellent battery-saving modes" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-photos-screen_2.png?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Blink or you&#039;ll miss it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones use Android 4.4 KitKat for their operating system, but each has its manufacturer&rsquo;s own touches applied.</p> <p>In the case of the HTC One (M8), that means the new Sense 6.0 interface - which builds on previous versions by improving BlinkFeed, HTC&rsquo;s &lsquo;social reader&rsquo;. Now BlinkFeed was already a very tasty bit of software, aggregating your social media feeds and favourite news sources into one scrollable, magazine-style format. Previously sources were limited to official partners, but now you can add any site with an RSS feed and the software also learns which sites you like best and thus prioritises them.</p> <p>Other nice touches include the ability to turn on the screen by tapping it twice, or to swipe from various sides to go straight into BlinkFeed, your last-opened app or your home screen.</p> <p>Sony traditionally goes for a more hands-off approach when skinning Android, but it has made a few tweaks for the Z2. One of these is a Smart Backlight feature, which automatically turns off the screen when you&rsquo;re no longer looking at it - good news for battery life. As with the One (M8) you can also wake the phone with a simple double-tap.</p> <p>Truth be told, there&rsquo;s not much between the two here, but we&rsquo;re so enamoured with BlinkFeed that the HTC triumphs again. Given that the app will soon be available to download on all Android devices, we might have to revisit this category in the near future.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</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 superb BlinkFeed in action" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-blinkfeed_0.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A sound choice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as features go, neither phone can compete with the multi-talented <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. Fortunately for them, that handset&rsquo;s not part of this test, so they needn&rsquo;t worry about it.</p> <p>Instead, they can be content with matching each other by both packing the usual likes of NFC and Bluetooth and trumping the competition with their really rather good front speakers. The HTC&rsquo;s are louder, the Sony&rsquo;s slightly better sounding. Neither quite does enough to take the round though, so it&rsquo;s another tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 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="Both phones also have excellent speakers" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-build-front_2.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much as the Z2 might have looked like the better phone on specs alone, when we came to test both handsets it was clear that the M8 is the one we&rsquo;d want to live with.</p> <p>That said, there&rsquo;s not a huge amount between them, and personal preference will play a big part in determining which is best for you. If a top quality camera with bags of versatility is a must, the Z2 is the better bet. Conversely, if the design flair and charm of BlinkFeed float your boat, you&rsquo;ll want to shell out for the M8.</p> <p>For us, the Sony is just a bit too awkward to handle, the M8 a more desirable phone to own and use on a daily basis. For that reason we&rsquo;re giving the overall nod to the HTC.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is..." alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-vs-htc-one-m8_0.png?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:02:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434214 at http://www.stuff.tv Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The One M8 could be getting a wallet-friendly sidekick </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="Would you ditch the plastic for a smaller price tag?" alt="Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2.jpg?1397527176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8 is</a> currently Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">best smartphone in the world</a>, and HTC looks set to spread the M8 love even further with a cheaper plastic variant.</p> <p>According to Chinese site TMTpost&#39;s source, the Taiwanese tech giant is planning to release a plastic-clad version of the HTC One (M8) which will be substantially cheaper than the M8 at around US$480 or &pound;290.</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/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435427 at http://www.stuff.tv