IFA 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014/news en-GB Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 14/11/14: the Edge gets a 28 November UK release 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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-02.jpg?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not content with unleashing the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>&nbsp;on the world, Samsung has brought its wacky brother the Note Edge out to play &ndash;&nbsp;and it&#39;s got a curved wraparound display.</p> <p>Although&nbsp;its eye-catching form factor will raise lots of questions &ndash;&nbsp;not to mention eyebrows &ndash;&nbsp;the Note Edge&#39;s spec sheet is&nbsp;identical to its sibling in almost every single way. So, is that curvy display enough to set it apart from its sibling?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well-rounded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note Edge&#39;s rounded screen is instantly noticeable. Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/meet-samsung-galaxy-round-note-3-curved-screen/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Round</a>&#39;s full curve, the Edge&#39;s display only curves off on the right hand side of the device, with the curved edge effectively acting as a small second screen.</p> <p>Thanks to its identical 2560 x 1440 2K resolution and AMOLED panel, the Edge&#39;s display appeared just as sharp and vibrant to our eyes as the Note 4&#39;s.</p> <p>While the Note 4 has a 5.7in display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the Note Edge&#39;s display is slightly smaller at 5.6in with a 16:10 aspect ratio, thanks to the nature of the curved display.</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="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-10.jpg?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Living on the edge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung showed off various different uses for the news ticker-like second screen. You can display the time and discreetly view notifications by swiping the curved edge while the rest of the screen remains blank.</p> <p>We found the swipe a little tricky to master, and would have preferred a simple double tap method, as seen in the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <p>In general use, you can swipe across the side display of the Note Edge to switch between various widget-like functions; you can track your calories burned and steps taken, see the latest stocks and weather information scroll past. You can also display (very thin) wallpaper on the curved surface, if you want to add a dash of extra customisation to the device.</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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-19.jpg?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 edge of the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 second screen can be used as a dock for the standard phone, email, internet and message icons displayed on the side, if you want a cleaner looking desktop; and when you&#39;re watching videos or snapping photos, the camera and movie controls are displayed on the second screen, opening up the the main display and removing distractions.</p> <p>Similarly, the Edge will also display notifications along the side of the phone, which should prove less of a distraction than the standard Android notification bar.</p> <p>The Edge&#39;s screen is a definite head turner;&nbsp;however, its actual usefulness will depend on how many developers are prepared to add Edge functionality to their apps. Samsung told us that the SDK for the Edge&#39;s screen will be open to developers; assuming they take advantage of it, we could see some interesting app implementations once it launches.</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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-13.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-14.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Take note of the design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unsurprisingly, the Note Edge takes its design cues from the Galaxy Note 4; that means it&#39;s rocking the same improved soft grippy faux leather back and metal banding around the outer edges for a more premium feel. In the hand it feels like a definite improvement over the pure plastic of past Galaxy devices.</p> <p>A removable battery and microSD slot are also present and accounted for - two important features for media hoarders and power users.</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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-11.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-16.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-01.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 power curve </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Note 4, the Edge comes rocking a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, which makes it incredibly powerful, on paper at least. We didn&#39;t spot any lag when swiping around, but we&#39;ll have to wait for our full review to squeeze every last drop of power from its silicon innards.</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-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"> Stabilised camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We didn&#39;t have time to thoroughly test out the 16MP camera of the Edge and compare shots with its rivals, but we have high hopes for its optical image stabilisation.</p> <p>The LG G3 already makes good use of its OIS lens to capture more light in darker conditions while minimising blur; we&#39;d expect to see more of the same from its similarly-equipped Samsung rivals.</p> <p>The Edge also features a wide-angle selfie mode which you can sweep across like a panorama to capture more subjects. Both the Note 4 and the Note Edge also allow you to take a selfie by using their rear heart rate sensors as shutter buttons.</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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-17.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Learning curve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s tricked out the Edge with all of its standard TouchWiz software smarts like Multi Window, and there are plenty of new tricks for the S Pen too. Not only is it twice as sensitive; you can use it to select sections of the screen and paste them into a scrap book, before dragging and dropping them into messages and emails to send them off.</p> <p>A feature called Snap Note also caught our eye. If you snap a photo of whiteboard or paper notes, it automatically detects the edges, compensates for any skewed angles, and converts text and diagrams into digitally editable versions.</p> <p>That means you can increase the size of written text and even change its colour. It won&#39;t be useful for everyone, but for students snapping photos of lectures, slides and notes, it could be a godsend.</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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-05.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>At first glance, it&#39;s hard to see why Samsung just didn&#39;t release the Galaxy Note Edge and scrap the Note 4 altogether.</p> <p>When we asked a representative, they told us that price was one factor for releasing two separate devices. The increased production costs to create the Edge&#39;s curved display means that it won&#39;t be released in every market; although it&#39;s a pretty safe bet it will hit UK shores.</p> <p>The Edge has all the tasty specs and software tricks of the Note 4, with an unusual and eye-catching design thrown in for good measure. While the second screen&#39;s usefulness is debatable at this stage, it might be quirky enough to tempt users away from the standard Note 4. If the price is right that is.</p> <p>Stay tuned for our full Galaxy Note Edge review for our final verdict.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-20.JPG?1415979432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no official word regarding the Edge&#39;s price as of yet, but we expect it to land at around the &pound;600 mark, thanks to its unusual design. It&#39;s already a whopping US$900 SIM-free across the pond, so prepare your wallets for a shock.</p> <p>You can at least set aside a day to go and pick one up. Samsung has told <a href="http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-uk-release-date-confirmed" target="_blank">Trusted Reviews</a> that it&#39;ll land on UK shelves &nbsp;on Friday 28 November, with the option to pre-order directly from Samsung or Carphone Warehouse on 14 November.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with the crazy, curved Samsung Galaxy Note Edge </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review#comments Galaxy Note Edge IFA 2014 Phablets Samsung Smartphones Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:26:58 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446431 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch R http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new circular smartwatch on the block - but is the G Watch R the shape of things to come? </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="Pretty in pink" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN0026_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360&#39;s</a>&nbsp;circular, minimalist design made it stand out from the square crowd, thanks to the simple fact that it looked more like, well, a watch.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £225.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent, fully circular screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Flawless performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks are a bit meh </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs a charging cradle </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s not hip to be square </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that the G Watch R isn&rsquo;t as massive as it looks in pictures, and it doesn&rsquo;t look out of place on our average-sized wrists. Still, we wouldn&rsquo;t call it slim or sleek, and dainty-wristed gadgeteers might find it a little on the larger side.</p> <p>Rather than take the sleek, minimalistic approach of the Moto 360, LG has strolled down the skeuomorphic path for the R, attempting to make it look like a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; digital timepiece. So you&rsquo;ll see permanent hour and minute marks on the fairly chunky bezel which, coupled with the digital clock faces, somehow draws attention to the fact that it&rsquo;s not a real watch.</p> <p>The Moto 360, on the other hand, struts around, proud to be futuristic and different.</p> <p>To be clear, the G Watch R isn&rsquo;t ugly or offensive, and we have no problem wearing it. It doesn&rsquo;t scream &lsquo;look at me!&rsquo;, it sits there, and gets the job done. Which is exactly what a watch should do. But design-wise at least, we still prefer the 360.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Side by side" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0015_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the hands, the G Watch R feels solid and well made, with a strong metal casing that feels as if it can take its fair share of knocks and bumps. Like the 360, it&rsquo;s got a fake crown on the side, which actually serves as the power/sleep button. A long press also throws up the settings. While it can be twisted like a real watch crown, this offers no extra functionality, unlike the Apple Watch&rsquo;s alternative, which can act as a zoom controller.</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="Full metal jacket" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0007_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Flip it over, and you&rsquo;ll find a plain black, rough plastic back. It&rsquo;s not exciting like the Moto 360&rsquo;s shiny behind, but then again, it doesn&#39;t have to be - you&rsquo;re never going to see it.</p> <p>Embedded in the middle is a heart-rate scanner, while a set of charging pins flanks the left hand side.</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="View from the rear" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0013_1.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The watch strap itself is genuine leather, and while it feels nice, it&rsquo;s very stiff at first. Our Moto 360&rsquo;s strap felt far nicer after breaking it in for a week or two, and we&rsquo;re hoping for the same to happen with the G Watch R.</p> <p>Like its Motorola rival, the G Watch R supports standard-sized straps, so you can swap between regular metal, leather and rubber straps, as and when you fancy.</p> <p>Its IP67 rating also means that you can chuck it in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes, though we obviously wouldn&rsquo;t advise testing this out. The occasional splash from downpours and hand washing though? No problem.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature">What the Moto 360 might&#39;ve looked like - the prototypes that didn&#39;t make it</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="Genuine leather" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0006_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A super screen that goes full circle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is where the G Watch R really shines. LG&rsquo;s plastic OLED (POLED) screen is truly circular, unlike the Moto 360&rsquo;s display which is cut off at the bottom to allow for the display driver.</p> <p>While the 360&#39;s approach isn&#39;t the end of the world, gadgeteers with OCD-esque tendencies (this reviewer, for one) will view its cut-off screen as a permanent stain on an otherwise gorgeous device.&nbsp;LG&rsquo;s display however, is music to our eyes. Or whatever the equivalent metaphor is.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s a little smaller than the 360&rsquo;s screen at 1.3 inches, and yes it has a larger bezel to ensure the full circle - but take one look at it in all of its 360 degrees of glory, and you simply won&rsquo;t care. Really, it&#39;s LG&#39;s device that should be called the 360.</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="Sexy screen" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9970_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Naked POLED" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_3_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On specs alone, its 320x320 resolution (245ppi) doesn&#39;t sound like much, falling well short of that found on most modern smartphones. But in practice it&rsquo;s perfectly sharp enough; you can read the time, text, and make out icons without any hassle.</p> <p>Compared to the 360&rsquo;s display, the G Watch R&rsquo;s screen fares better in most areas.</p> <p>For starters, thanks to its OLED DNA, LG&rsquo;s timepiece serves up deliciously deep, true blacks, easily besting the grey-like blacks of the 360&rsquo;s LCD display.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a black watch face on the 360, its bottom cut-off section looks even more prominent, clashing with the greyish black of the watch face. When notifications pop up it is less of an issue, though, and without this&nbsp;slice&nbsp;Motorola couldn&rsquo;t have achieved that big, modern screen with skinny bezels.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On the ledge" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0012.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While icons and text are slightly smaller on the G Watch R&rsquo;s display, it also means that they&rsquo;re slightly sharper too, though you&rsquo;ll only notice this if you lean in close and compare the two screens in detail.</p> <p>One benefit that the Moto 360 does have over the G Watch R is its automatic brightness mode, powered by an ambient light sensor, which its LG rival lacks. In practice though, we didn&rsquo;t notice a drastic difference between the G Watch R&rsquo;s brightness setting of &lsquo;two&rsquo;, and the 360&rsquo;s automatic brightness setting.</p> <p>Both smartwatches share similarly decent readability in outdoor light, although the G Watch R&rsquo;s ambient light mode (a simplified, less power-hungry watch face that kicks in after a period of inactivity), is slightly brighter than the 360&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Overall, the G Watch R&rsquo;s screen is one of the best smartwatch displays we&rsquo;ve seen, and it makes up for its slightly smaller size and larger bezels with a sharp, readable, truly circular experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news">Microsoft&#39;s smartwatch will be available within weeks</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="Two watches, one wrist" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0020_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Mountain View" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967_4.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Watch this face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has loaded the G Watch R with a selection of watch faces, some of which do their best to look like their traditional real-world counterparts.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s one that offers dual time zones for people in suits flittering in and out of business class lounges, while another is tailored to hikers, taking advantage of a built-in barometer and displaying the current altitude.</p> <p>Another fitness-centric one shows off your steps at a glance, letting you see how close you are to hitting that daily 10,000-step goal.</p> <p>The minute and hour hands on the outer bezel come in handy for telling the time more accurately with minimalist watch faces too.</p> <p>Compared to the Moto 360, there&#39;s not much in it: Moto&#39;s device has a better selection of minimalist and quirky watch faces, but you can download more from the Play Store anyway.</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="Hiking face" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Fitness face" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9978_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch R tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen:</strong> 1.3in, 320x320<br /><strong>OS:</strong> Android Wear<br /><strong>Processor:</strong> Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor<br /><strong>RAM:</strong> 512MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage:</strong> 4GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth:</strong> 4.0<br /><strong>Water and dust resistance: </strong>IP67<br /><strong>Battery:</strong> 410mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm<br /><strong>Weight: </strong>62g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A battery that powers through a day without flinching </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 gifted the G Watch R with a 410mAh battery, which is larger than the 360&rsquo;s 320mAh offering. Its far newer processor is also more power efficient than the Moto 360&rsquo;s chip, so we had high hopes for battery life.</p> <p>On the first day however, we were left a little disappointed: the G Watch R seemed to drain much faster than it should have done. We&rsquo;re still not entirely sure why this was the case, and it hasn&rsquo;t happened since, but we&#39;ll be keeping an eye on the situation and will update this review if it happens again.</p> <p>For the rest of the week however, battery life has been much better. Here&#39;s a case study: we started one work day with 100% charge, used the R throughout the day to read and delete scores of emails, plus view notifications from WhatsApp, Slack and Instagram. We&nbsp;even cranked up the brightness for a while.</p> <p>Fast forward 16 hours and we still had 45% battery remaining. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>We didn&rsquo;t bother charging it overnight, instead just turning it off then firing it up in the morning with the same 45% left in the tank. At 1:30pm the following day it still had 27% remaining.</p> <p>During this time, we set the screen brightness to two (out of a maximum of six) for the majority of the time, as it was bright enough to read everything comfortably.</p> <p>Even better, this was all with the always-on Ambient Mode turned on, which is a low-power mode that kicks in after a few seconds of inactivity. The watch face becomes monochrome (which can help extend battery further, thanks to the OLED screen), until a notification comes through or you activate it with a tap. You could further extend battery life by&nbsp;turning ambient mode off: do this and the screen will stay completely blank until the R detects that you&rsquo;re looking at it, or you interact with it.</p> <p>So while you won&rsquo;t quite get two days out of it in normal use, you probably could if you were careful. Getting one full day out of it should never be a problem - and that&#39;s more than could be said of most Android Wear devices.</p> <p>So how does it compare to its main rivals? The Moto 360 struggled to last a day with its ambient screen on in our first test. After a recent software update, battery life has increased for some users up to 45% and it now easily lasts a day no matter which screen mode you choose. A second battery-improving update is rolling out to 360 users too.</p> <p>If the thought of a blank smartwatch screen come 10pm fills you with terror, the G Watch R is still the better bet over the Moto. Still, the one to beat remains the Pebble, which can typically go for five days and even a week with light use. That&rsquo;s what we call a real stamina superstar.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel 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="Refuses to die" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9966_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Behind the scenes at Stuff" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0024.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A watch that runs fast. And not in a bad way </div> </div> </div> <div class="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;re happy to report that we haven&#39;t come across any lag, stutter, or errant behaviour during our time with the G Watch R.</p> <p>Android Wear runs buttery smooth, and notifications come through to our wrists instantly and are flicked away without any jerkiness.</p> <p>This is in contrast to the Moto 360, which does show some signs of stuttering and delayed notifications every now and again.</p> <p>It could all be down to processing power. LG has opted for a more powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, embarrassing the Moto 360&rsquo;s comparatively ancient four year-old Texas Instruments 800 MHz single-core OMAP3630 processor.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live 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="Winter is coming" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9961.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="#Hashtag" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9960_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pleasure to use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve already got a full in-depth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear review</a>, so we won&#39;t jump into too many OS details here. But here&#39;s a primer for those of you who just want the headlines.</p> <p>One of the most useful features of a smartwatch is its ability to push notifications directly to your wrist so you know what&#39;s worth ignoring at a glance, without having to drag your phone out of your pocket.</p> <p>While it sounds as if you&#39;re only saving a few seconds, we&#39;re already addicted to it.&nbsp;The old way of doing things just seems so awkward now. Plus it stops you from offending people at dinner by constantly taking your phone out and checking it; a quick glance at your wrist is so much more subtle. Although admittedly your fellow diners are probably too busy posting shots of their artisanal fish fingers to Instagram to notice anyway.</p> <p>Most people&#39;s inboxes are bombarded with hundreds of totally irrelevant emails over the course of a week, and if like us you hate having even a single unread email count (there are those OCD tendencies again) then it can be a pain dragging out your phone every time you want to delete one. Android Wear solves that problem and helps you achieve inbox nirvana.</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="LG G Watch R review" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="So useful" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Choosing to open up notifications on your phone is also a small, but very useful time saver. If you receive a text or WhatsApp message for example, you can choose to open it on your phone, so you can reply using a proper keyboard instantly.</p> <p>You can of course reply directly from the G Watch R itself, using either a selection of preset (and rather cold) messages, or use the voice dictation function.</p> <p>Android Wear&rsquo;s voice recognition is pretty good for the most part, as long as you stick to easy names and uncomplicated sentences, but for anything more than a very abrupt message, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to use your smartphone keyboard, along with all the punctuation options it offers, lest your mates think you&rsquo;ve turned into an emotionless robot.</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="Also useful" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9983_1.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And as for &lsquo;Ok, Google&rsquo; voice commands? They generally work well too. Ask the G Watch R for directions or tell it to set a reminder to take the roast out of the oven, and it will usually do your bidding without any confusion. Though we&#39;re still a bit embarrassed about talking to our wrists in public.</p> <p>The G Watch R&rsquo;s heart-rate monitor also seems to work accurately, although we prefer the 360&rsquo;s built-in app, which measures your pulse throughout the day and gives you a weekly heart activity target.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear 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="Asking the important questions" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some useful apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Wear remains a bit of an apps wasteland, with the majority of those available currently consisting of watch faces &ndash; most of which look a little tacky in our opinion. There are some useful ones out there though.</p> <p>The Wear Mini launcher lets you access your installed apps from a launcher that&#39;s pulled in from the left. This is far better than Andorid Wear&rsquo;s default &lsquo;scroll through a long list buried in a menu&rsquo; method.</p> <p>Another swipe in from the left brings up useful settings such as brightness and volume controls, the latter of which is unbelievably absent from Android Wear itself. Why give us the power to control music from our wrists and not the volume too, Google?</p> <p>Wearable Widgets is another handy app which ports all of your home screen widgets to your wrist. Stuff&rsquo;s Sophie Charara finds that the Spotify widget offers better controls than Wear&rsquo;s built-in music remote, which is just one of many examples.</p> <p>There are some nice watch faces out there if you hunt around, and you can even use apps to create your own, though they can be a little buggy. Established fitness apps such as Strava and Endomondo are also available for fitness fanatics.</p> <p>As Android Wear is adopted by more people, we expect to see more apps join the roster, offering more functionality and enhancing the Wear experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="#0nly90skidswillgetthis" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0002_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Incredibly useful app" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9963_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hassle-free charging. Just remember to bring the dock </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 opted for charging pins as opposed to the 360&rsquo;s wireless charging feature, presumably to cram in a larger battery. Wireless charging is a futuristic and faff free extra and Motorola&rsquo;s bundled dock makes for a neat night time stand that&rsquo;s simply a nice place to put your smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>LG&rsquo;s alternative isn&rsquo;t any more difficult, it just treats the G Watch R more like a gadget than a real wearable. Drop the R into the magnetic dock with a satisfying clunk, and you&rsquo;re good to go for charging via microUSB.</p> <p>The only thing you have to worry about is making sure the pins are on the correct side. But you can handle that. Right?</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="Docking station" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9981_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Docked" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div 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 G Watch R won&rsquo;t win many beauty contests. Indeed, if it&#39;s up against the Moto 360 it won&#39;t win any.</p> <p>But that&#39;s about its only flaw.&nbsp;Its plastic OLED screen offers deep blacks, sharp text and good visibility, and it&rsquo;s completely circular. Hooray!</p> <p>Battery life is also as good as Android Wear gets right now, with the R easily lasting one and a half days on a single charge.</p> <p>Top that off with a smooth experience, delivered by powerful innards, and there&rsquo;s plenty to love about LG&#39;s latest wearable.</p> <p>So, if you&#39;re after an Android Wear smartwatch, your choice should currently come down to this or the 360. Which you should go for is a simple matter of priorities: if you want something nice on your wrist, it&#39;s the Moto; if design doesn&#39;t bother you, the LG wins.&nbsp;</p> <p>We shouldn&#39;t forget cost either. Motorola&rsquo;s decision to include an older processor in the 360 might have helped keep its price tag (including the wireless charging dock) down to a reasonable &pound;200. The G Watch R is now selling for around &pound;225 which makes it the priciest Android Wear watch you can buy, though not by much. Both cost more than a decent budget smartphone, then, with the Moto the cheaper unless you select the stainless steel strap.&nbsp;</p> <p>If forced to choose between the two, we&#39;d still go for the Moto. After all, this is an early adopter device that&#39;ll be in full view for most of the day, not stuck away in a pocket. It needs to look good. But for those of you who want the very best in smartwatch performance, the G Watch R is the new champ.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 wearables</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty in pink. Again." alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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 liquorice allsorts stairwell" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9977_1.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be as pretty as the Moto 360, but the G Watch R excels in every other area</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review#comments Android Wear G Watch R IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:15 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446861 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is how you build a phablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Size matters" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsunggalaxynote4reviewMAIN_0.png?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bigger is better.</p> <p>Even Apple saved the very best components for its iPhone 6 Plus. And the Galaxy Note 4 is a contender for the most super-specced smartphone on the planet. A new 2K screen, that Snapdragon 805 processor, a huge 3220mAh battery.</p> <p>More importantly, it&rsquo;s as compact as a phone with a massive screen can be, while making said massive screen as useful and usable as possible.</p> <p>The verdict is in: Samsung still does big phones best.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £630.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As premium as Samsung gets </div> <div class="field-item even"> Brilliant camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Best battery life on a 2K phone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Multi Window and S Pen make sense </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phablets aren’t for everyone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks the S5’s waterproofing </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big and (almost) beautiful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s put this into perspective. The Note 4&rsquo;s screen is a mighty 5.7in on the diagonal. That&rsquo;s 0.2in bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, and Apple&rsquo;s giant new iPhone, but in terms of actual handset size and ergonomics, it&rsquo;s somewhere in the middle of the two.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG</a> is a lovely bit of smartphone engineering, and is more compact and comfortable to hold than the new Note 4. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, on the other hand, seems even bigger than it needs to be and doesn&rsquo;t sit in the hand as well. The flatter sides of the Note 4 combine with a new softer, less tacky faux leather back panel to make the Note 4 pretty comfortable and easy to grip, and while there are still a few lumps and bumps around the camera, headphone jack and microUSB port, the metal band around the entire edge of the device makes the Note 4 feel impressively sturdy and even a bit, premium. And that&rsquo;s not a word we often use to describe Samsung phones.</p> <p>At 176g it&rsquo;s lighter than it looks, too. Don&rsquo;t misunderstand: this is still very much a two-handed phone and if you&rsquo;re used to regular-sized phones (whatever that means these days) you&rsquo;ll be more conscious of the Note 4 in your hand, pocket or against your ear.</p> <p>Aside from the front of the phone, though, which still looks like every Samsung smartphone ever made and the fact that waterproofing is missing here, the Note series design is definitely on the right track.</p> <p>There are more beautiful smartphones out there - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> - but you don&rsquo;t buy a Note 4 to show off design details. You buy one to show off what it can do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A mighty 5.7in on the diagonal " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4homescreen.png?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="With the iPhone 6 Plus " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5383.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="Not quite as premium " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5385.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5390.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A screen that will stun your retinas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One thing Samsung smartphones have always been able to do is stun your retinas into submission with AMOLED colours and plenty of pixels. And the Note 4 takes this heritage next gen with an LG-matching 2560 x 1440 display, making this the first 2K screen we&rsquo;ve seen from Samsung.</p> <p>Plenty of Samsung family traits are in evidence: it&rsquo;s seriously bright (you&rsquo;ll keep the slider way below halfway if you don&rsquo;t want your phone to give you a suntan) and it uses the same Adaptive Display technology found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Galaxy Tab S</a> range, which means that it automatically adjusts its colours according to the warmness and brightness of ambient light.</p> <p>Download a hi-res image and, side by side with a lesser pixelled phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re looking at two different pictures. There&rsquo;s bags more detail and so there should be when the Note 4 is 515ppi. And that&rsquo;s not all. Blacks are lovely and inky thanks to the AMOLED display&rsquo;s ability to turn off pixels to render black. And colours are eye catching if not accurate - still slightly on the warmer, saturated side but if you want to tweak this manually, head for the AMOLED cinema and Basic settings.</p> <p>Whether this is the perfect screen for you depends on your habits. Homescreens and games look gorgeous but emails, browsing and ebooks do show up that usual AMOLED problem of contrast. Whites just aren&rsquo;t as pure as we&rsquo;d like next to the brilliant<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review"> iPhone 6 Plus</a>, and it gets worse when you tilt the Note 4 to the side - stream a black and white movie to see the difference instantly. Likewise, if the 16Mp cam and big screen appeals to photography fans, bear in mind that colours are also not as natural as the iPhone or LG.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, this is a leap to 2K done very, very right and if you were a fan of Samsung screens before, all those extra pixels will be a welcome treat. As we saw with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review">Oppo Find 7</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, sky high resolutions often arrive with a dip in battery life. Not so on the Note 4.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Eye catching colour " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_4.jpg?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5427.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note4vsnote3.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best battery life of the 2K smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In fact, not only is this the best battery life of any 2K smartphone we&rsquo;ve tested, it&rsquo;s even slightly better than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">non-2K Note 3</a>. Well, we&rsquo;ll be damned.</p> <p>The removable 3220mAh battery is just a smidgen bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Note 3&rsquo;s unit</a> and Samsung claim a lot of the extra efficiency is down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, something Sony also pointed to when explaining the Z3&rsquo;s insane stamina.</p> <p>In the week we&rsquo;ve spent with the Note 4, ending the day with 10-20% still left in the tank has become the norm, with only those days that we&rsquo;ve specifically hammered it with gaming and photography for testing purposes killing it quicker. It also lasted just over 11 hours in our HD video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) which is an hour and a half longer than the LG G3.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s no Z3-style battery freak and it won&rsquo;t last quite as long as an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, but compared to the overwhelming majority of smartphones it&rsquo;s still a distance runner. And the battery is swappable. And there&rsquo;s a low power Ultra Power Saving mode that&rsquo;s handy in emergencies (or festivals as we found with the Galaxy S5). And it has fast charging, with the supplied charger, of up to 50% in 30 minutes. You get the idea.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on review</a></strong> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Removable battery a go go " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5434.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5443.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 5.7in 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED (515ppi)<br />Processor: 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805<br />RAM: 3GB RAM<br />OS: Android 4.4 KitKat<br />Camera: 16MP rear with OIS, 4K video, 3.7MP f/1.9 front<br />Storage: 32GB (up to 128GB microSD)<br />Battery: 3220mAh<br />Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, IR,<br />Dimensions: 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm<br />Weight: 176g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A real benchmark beater </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Qualcomm&rsquo;s latest silicon saves the day, then. It also means that together with 3GB of RAM, the Note 4 is every bit the powerhouse you&rsquo;d expect. Qualcomm&#39;s new chip is beefy enough, in fact, to turn the Note 4 into an Oculus Rift-like VR headset, when slotted into the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Gear VR</a>. Impressive stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p>In day to day use the Note 4 tears through Android games and demolishes its rivals in benchmarks such as AnTuTu, where it scores a huge 45111 - higher than any other flagship. Happily, Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz skin is getting more and more fluid with every software update, so the experience is as smooth as you&rsquo;ll get on a Galaxy. Smoother doesn&rsquo;t mean perfect - there are still a few more stutters than you&rsquo;d find on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> or the almost pure Android<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review"> Moto X.</a> Samsung has done a good job of tightening things up but there&rsquo;s still a little bit of work to do.&nbsp;</p> <p>One small but frustrating characteristic of Samsung phones is that while there&rsquo;s a teensy bit of lag to be found when you&rsquo;re getting things done, they can also jump about opening apps you didn&rsquo;t intend to. That&rsquo;s a combination of a few issues - the slightly sticky out home button, the easy to catch capacitive buttons and the bigger size leading to more finger slips. It&rsquo;s happened to us on every single Samsung phone we&rsquo;ve tested and the Note 4 is no exception. It&rsquo;s a little niggle but it bears mention.&nbsp;</p> <p>Back to the good news. The basic model is &pound;630 but it does at least come with 32GB of built-in storage and is upgradeable by up to 128GB with an SD card, too. Consider that a 128GB <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> would set you back the best part of &pound;800, a Note 4 with a 128GB microSD card starts to look pretty good value at a little under &pound;700.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The S Pen is better than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a couple of other ways the Note 4 offers better value than the average phablet, and those are also things that mean it simply makes more sense as a big phone. One of those ways is the built-in S Pen and the other is software features such as Multi Window.</p> <p>Both are iterations on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">excellent Note 3</a>, but both have been improved this time around.</p> <p>The S Pen, which still hides in the lower right-hand corner of the smartphone, is still a bit cheap-feeling and spindly, but the fact that it&rsquo;s always there makes a much bigger part of your regular smartphone week than, say, a third party stylus and an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>. </p> <p>This time it&rsquo;s twice as pressure sensitive, which makes a noticeable difference when sketching - the pressure, speed and tilt of the S Pen now all affect the thickness and opacity of the onscreen ink. Samsung has also thrown in fountain pen and calligraphy options. </p> <p>When you pull out the S Pen you get a modified version of Air Command - apps that you can use with the stylus. These include Action Memo for quick notes, Smart Select for saving text and images to your scrapbook, Image Clip for freeform shaped screenshots and Screen Write for scribbling annotations on screenshots. </p> <p>We&rsquo;ve most used Action Memo and Smart Select during our time with the Note 4 - both are simply quicker than the finger-controlled alternatives every smartphone user will be familiar with. The S Pen might spent plenty of time sleeping (according to Samsung) but it&rsquo;s still a big draw and holding the 5.7in phone in one hand with the S Pen writing in the other feels very natural.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="The new S Pen with its predecessor " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5397.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Air Command " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5430.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5391_0.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feature packed: freebies and fingerprint scanning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And then there&rsquo;s Multi Window, Samsung&rsquo;s feature for splitscreen multi-tasking. Hold down the back button and you can access the list of Samsung, Google and now a smattering of third party apps that you can run side by side, just as before. But the commands get more sophisticated every time we use it and now you can pop out one window to fullscreen, minimise multiple windows to bubbles, switch the apps around and drag and drop text and screenshots between apps.</p> <p>The last one of those is still a bit half-baked (it&rsquo;s tricky to tell what it will drag and what it won&rsquo;t) and we found ourselves accidentally minimising all our apps in the first few days to pop out windows. Even so it&rsquo;s the nearest thing to mimicking the ease and speed of using a laptop to simply get things done and Samsung&rsquo;s clearly continuing to put the effort in.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the Note 4 packs even more features than pixels - or so it seems from the intimidating settings menu. As on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>, though, Samsung&rsquo;s at least packaged useful freebies and Samsung apps into Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts so you get to choose which you download and take advantage of. In Galaxy Gifts there&rsquo;s six months free of the not-Spotify-but-close streaming service Deezer, 100GB of cloud storage for six months from RealPlayer, plus plenty of other subscriptions and trials.</p> <p>The Note 4 gets the S5&rsquo;s fingerprint scanning and heart rate monitoring tricks - both fun, futuristic extras but neither executed quite well enough. Keeping still long enough to swipe a finger over the S5&rsquo;s home button is painful enough - unlocking the Note 4 screen while walking down the street takes awkward to new levels.</p> <p>In fact, the fingerprint scanning is the only feature that we&rsquo;ve struggled to use because of the Note 4&rsquo;s size. If you have small hands, you might be concerned at the thought of taking this ginormous Galaxy out snapping. Don&rsquo;t be, it&rsquo;s a doozy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Multi Window keeps getting better and better " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5404.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5425.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="Tons of settings " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5436.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More megapixels for a low light hero </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First, it&rsquo;s fast. Outdoors it&rsquo;s neck and neck with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, but when you turn the lights down low the Galaxy Note 4 is often the quickest to focus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Better yet, the 16MP rear camera shoots reliably detailed and accurate images in all conditions. Optical image stabilisation, also seen on the brilliant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>, helps in low light situations as we found taking Instagram pics at the moodily lit <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/awards/2014">2014 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards</a>. As long as you&rsquo;re patient enough to hold your arms steady, you can get snaps with less in the way of noise and undersaturation than you get with rivals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, it&rsquo;s not a clear phone photography champ. Closer inspection shows that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus&rsquo; 8MP camera</a> can take slightly punchier, more balanced photos with a better range of tones. But add a clear and bright 3.7MP f/1.9 front facing camera and smooth video up to 4K, and the Note 4 is still a fantastic all-round smartphone snapper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The basic camera controls are simple to enough to touch focus and press the shutter button with quick access to HDR, resolution, flash and timer controls in one or two taps. The big 2K display makes for a truly awesome viewfinder, too. There are also manual controls tucked away and all manner of extras and gimmicks if you choose to use them, from the return of the software-based selective focus to the less useful and rather silly dual camera. Speaking of silly, the front camera now has a wide-angle selfie mode, too. For pouts that don&rsquo;t take up the whole pic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/promoted-5-reasons-we-love-samsung-galaxy-note-4-s-amazing-camera/feature">5 reasons to love the Galaxy Note 4&#39;s camera [PROMOTED]</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Cam versus cam " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5388.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="So speedy " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5419.JPG?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 4 isn&rsquo;t better than most smartphones because it&rsquo;s big. But it is better at being big.</p> <p>It may be a little overpacked with features, but enough of them make proper use of the extra screen real estate to ensure this is a device that you use differently to a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; phone - and isn&rsquo;t that the point of phablet?</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> seems like simply an embiggened iPhone 6 by comparison, while the just-announced Nexus 6 is going to have its work cut out to justify its 6in screen to quite the same extent.</p> <p>The design&rsquo;s unlikely to take anyone to gadget bliss (you still need HTC or Apple for that), but that doesn&rsquo;t have to matter. The point is that the Note 4 is better made and easier to love than almost any previous Samsung phone, and that&rsquo;s something to get excited about.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">See how the Note 4 fares in our list of the top ten best smartphones in the world&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Better at being big " alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4reviewverdict.png?1415959563" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Samsung was first at the phablet game, and it&rsquo;s still the best</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: Bigger is better </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review#comments Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:07:04 +0000 Sophie Charara 1436653 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC Desire 820 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-desire-820/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the ultimate selfie smartphone? We test out the 8MP front-facing snapper of HTC&#039;s upcoming 64-bit mid-ranger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="451" title="What&#039;s your flavour?" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Untitled-1_5.jpg?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC&#39;s new Desire 820 packs 64-bit processing power and an 8MP selfie-snapper&nbsp;&ndash; does this mid-range phone have the clout to stand alongside the flagship&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>?</p> <p>We&#39;ve gone hands on with the plastic fantastic phone&nbsp;&ndash; but is it an object of desire?&nbsp;Here&#39;s what we thought of it in the flesh:</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic all over </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no solid aluminium build here; the 820 is plastic through and through. That doesn&#39;t mean it feels cheap, though; HTC stresses that its two-tone manufacturing technique offers a solid build that won&#39;t creak or fall apart over time.</p> <p>The device does have a pleasing heft in the hand, and we particularly like the colour contrast design and the funky protruding rear camera ring (stealing a march on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>&#39;s rumoured camera design).</p> <p>It&#39;s extremely slippery however, and given its larger size, could result in quite a few accidental drops.</p> <p>HTC&#39;s dual front-facing BoomSound speakers are also present, as is a microSD slot and dual SIM slots (presumably intended for Asian markets).</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 Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0010_0.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0009.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="View from the rear" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9964.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Large screen, less pixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Desire 820 packs in a large 720p 5.5in screen; at this size, that low resolution is a little bit disappointing. It&#39;s not an absolute disaster and text is perfectly readable, but our eyes have been spoiled by both full HD and even 2K screens over the past year; on a screen this large, that 720p resolution is a little too stretched for our liking.</p> <p>It should help battery life however, and given that the 820 has a fairly small (for its size) non-removable 2600mAh battery, it&#39;ll need all the help it can get.</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="Don&#039;t you just love tethered hands-on shots?" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0007.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 camera made for selfies </div> </div> </div> <div class="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;ll need to wait for our full review of the Desire 820 before we can properly test out its rear 13MP snapper; but we can report that it focuses quickly, and shots appear to be detailed when viewed back on its screen.</p> <p>The real story here, however, is the Desire 820&#39;s 8MP front-facing camera&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;which is clearly aimed at the booming selfie generation. While taking pouty self-shots isn&#39;t our cup of tea, there&#39;s no denying that for the market HTC is aiming at, a souped-up selfie camera will sound very appealing.</p> <p>With no front-facing flash, though, shots will still suffer in low light. Our pictures looked reasonable in a relatively well-lit room, and the face morphing feature - which lets you blend two people&#39;s faces into one - works very well.&nbsp;It&#39;s a great way to see what two people&#39;s future children could look like, and the results are impressively creepy.</p> <p>There&#39;s also an automatic photo booth feature which combines four separate shots into a collage, and a beautification mode which smooths out your skin and makes you look like you&#39;re wearing far too much foundation.</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="Rear camera" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9966_2.JPG?1410279260" /> </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="A rubbish collage" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9970_1.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 64-bit 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>HTC&#39;s decision to cram a 64-bit octa-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 processor into this mid-range device is a little perplexing.</p> <p>While it future proofs the Desire 820 for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L</a>, its 2GB of RAM won&#39;t take advantage of the 4GB+ RAM that a 64-bit processor is able to support.</p> <p>64-bit Android apps will take a while to arrive; by the time they do, will the 820, as a mid-range device, still be relevant?</p> <p>Those questions aside, lag and stutters aren&#39;t a problem&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;when swiping through the menus at least. Again, a full review will reveal how its processor holds up, though we don&#39;t expect to see any major issues.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="One for the geeks" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9972.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sensible Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC&#39;s excellent Sense 6.0 UI makes another appearance, which means plenty of BlinkFeed magic for news and social network updates at a glance.</p> <p>The tap-to-awaken screen function that&#39;s present on the One (M8) appears to be absent, which is a shame, but at least the funky Dot View case will be wrapping itself around the 820 when it lands on shelves.</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="1077" height="808" title="Mmm colours" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9992_0.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>The Desire 820 is an attractive, well made (albeit slippery) handset, cherry-picking&nbsp;useful features from the One (M8) including its front-facing speakers, Sense 6.0 software, and Dot View case.</p> <p>The 8MP front-facing camera and fun face morphing feature should make it appealing to selfie-snappers;&nbsp;and while we&#39;re certainly not complaining about its 64-bit innards, we&#39;re a little confused as to why HTC has chosen to make one of its first 64-bit phones a mid-range handset.</p> <p>A larger battery and a full HD screen are sorely missing from the spec sheet, but we&#39;ll reserve our full judgement for when the the Desire 820 lands from the end of September for around &euro;330 (&pound;265).</p> <p>UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, but stay tuned for our full review where all will be revealed.</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="Vs the G3" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9958.JPG?1410279260" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-desire-820/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-desire-820/review#comments HTC IFA 2014 Smartphones Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:40:24 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446873 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola Moto 360 http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The beginning of the end for bad smartwatch design </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="Now that is a smartwatch" alt="Moto 360 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN5098.JPG?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;re not going back to ugly smartwatches.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say the Moto 360, the first real Android Wear icon, is perfect - nothing was going to live up to the hyping and hoping of the past six months. But it&#39;s the first smartwatch you&#39;ll want to show off rather than hide under a sleeve. &nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iconic, head-turning design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Wireless charging beats faffy cradles </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The most comfortable Android Wear watch yet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Auto brightness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Needs charging at least once a day </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some disappointing performance blips </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not all apps optimised for that round screen </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh This? This is my sexy, round, early adopter smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When a device is as sleek, futuristic and eye-catching as the Moto 360 you can do one of two things. Wear one under a shirt and suit so that you can easily peep at the circular smartwatch as and when you need to. This how the Motorola execs do it - we didn&#39;t even notice many of them had the 360 on at first glance.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second thing you can do is slyly turn your wrist to check the time every five minutes or pretend there&#39;s an itch on your arm to get more attention.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s what we&#39;ve been doing.&nbsp;</p> <p>It takes up about the same amount of space on your wrist as a regular analogue watch, or for that matter the square <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a> (which looks even more uninspired in design now we&#39;ve sat it next to the Moto atop our wrist). It is chunky, though, at 11.5mm high so it does sort of declare its presence even if you don&#39;t want it to.</p> <p>At least, then, it&#39;s light. We don&#39;t know the weight of the steel model yet but the 360 with a black leather strap, the unit we&#39;ve been given to review, weighs just 49g. That&#39;s heavy enough so you know it&#39;s there but light enough to avoid feeling like you have a tiny computer strapped to your arm. Compared to the rubber band-like strap on a Samsung smartwatch, the leather strap feels lovely. Once you start putting the 360 next to real watch straps, it&#39;s obvious this isn&#39;t as luxurious as it could be. But remember this is the first smartwatch we&#39;ve even thought to compare to a premium wristwatch. This is what Moto is putting itself up against.&nbsp;</p> <p>The steel body feels sturdy, with a perfectly smooth circular edge, very slim bezels around the screen and a single power button on the right-hand side. We tried winding it - nothing happened, but still, it&#39;s a nice borrowing from watch design school. If you select the watchface with a ticking hand and two timezone dials then squint, it could be an IWC. &nbsp;</p> <p>The plastic inside can get a bit grubby and some people will moan about the strip that cuts off the bottom of the circular screen. But Moto showed us what it considers to be the alternative in its Model Shop. A fully round screen, with no room for the display drivers, would have meant much bigger bezels. In fact, the prototype Motorola threw out looks a little like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG&#39;s G Watch R</a>. We think Moto made the right choice, although if someone can solve that particular conundrum we&#39;ll be mighty happy about it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch 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="It&#039;s hip to be round " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2378.jpg?1415940931" /> </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 clasp of the stainless steel strap " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2362.jpg?1415940931" /> </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="360 could-a-beens " alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-lg-proto.jpg?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 1.56in 320x290 205ppi&nbsp;<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android Wear<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: TI OMAP 3<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 512MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth</strong>: 4.0<br /><strong>Water and dust resistance</strong>: IP67<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 320mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 46mm diameter, 11.5mm high&nbsp;<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 49g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glanceable, Pretty Sharp </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 established the screen is round, but is it any good?&nbsp;</p> <p>Well it&#39;s certainly easily glanceable. At 1.56in it&#39;s nice and big and while colours don&#39;t pop off the display in a fit of vibrancy, they look appealing and fit in with the 360&#39;s understated aesthetic. At 205ppi, the 360&#39;s resolution might not match the Gear Live&#39;s, but it is about as sharp as smartwatches get at this point. That means text looks fairly crisp at typical viewing distance, only getting a bit murkier if you get really close and personal.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a little distortion around the very edge as the Gorilla Glass 3 raises the screen so it&#39;s not flush with the steel body.&nbsp;But it&#39;s nothing that gets in the way and we&#39;d rather the protection from scratches and bumps that, together with the IP67 waterproofing (resistant up to 1m for 30 minutes), makes for a surprisingly robust little smartwatch. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The display&#39;s not a power-sipping OLED as the rumours suggested, but a backlit LCD. One nice feature to help counteract this is auto brightness, something we haven&#39;t seen on the LG or Samsung - the 360 has an ambient light sensor that adjusts as you move from bright environments to dark ones and vice versa. It will need to be cranked up for outdoors as the 360 gets quite reflecty. Generally it&#39;s easy to read both the watchface screen and notifications, even in strong sunlight. As usual, placing your hand over the screen reverts to the low power screen with a little haptic feedback for confirmation.&nbsp;</p> <p>One more point on the screen - as with the others you&#39;ll find yourself staring at fingerprint smudges for a big chucnk of the day. This is your new pride and joy so show it some love by giving it a wipe now and again.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel 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="Auto brightness is a neat feature " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5103.JPG?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Why the round face? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Moto, as expected, has the best Android Wear watchfaces so far. From an animated ticking clockface with timezone dials to a stylish rotating set of circles, they show off the form factor superbly. The square watchfaces designed for the G Watch and Gear Live won&#39;t work on the Moto 360, which means there are only seven to get started with.</p> <p>With Moto holding competitions for watchface designs, we don&#39;t think it will stick at seven for long. And once you&#39;ve downloaded the free Motorola Connect app you can customise them by choosing between black and white faces, colours for accents, number styles and timezones. As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>, you can set the watchface to always on, or &#39;ambient&#39;, as Motorola calls it - the 360 warns that this decreases battery life but hey, a watch is for telling the time so we think it&#39;s worth the hit.&nbsp;</p> <p>In action, when you get a notification on your phone, the 360 vibrates and a card pops up on the watchface. If Google Now thinks weather, directions, transport or calendar info will be contextually useful, another card appears.</p> <p>Everything else about Android Wear - the menu list, pulling down to mute and see the battery, swipeable info cards - is exactly as it is on the Wear watches we&#39;ve tested so far. Now cards have a bit more room to breathe, thanks to the round screen, but each one only requires a short flick to the right to get rid of.&nbsp;</p> <p>Motorola tells us that plenty of Android Wear apps are, or will be, optimised for the round display - notifications certainly are and we&#39;ve seen some examples, such as recipes from Allthecooks, making full use of the screen. With the Moto 360 going on sale this week in the US, developers aren&#39;t likely to waste any time tweaking Wear apps, but right now there are a few niggles - some apps we&#39;ve tried don&#39;t work on the 360 whereas some built-in functions such as the turn-by-turn navigations have cut-off text, having been designed for squarer screens. We&#39;re not too worried right now but if the situation doesn&#39;t improve in a few months, this could turn into a bit of a dealbreaker.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now would beat us at Scrabble - it&#039;s THAT smart " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2377.jpg?1415940931" /> </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="Yes, master " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2392.jpg?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Slightly bumpy start </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 have a soft spot for the Moto so we&#39;re really rooting for it. But that doesn&#39;t mean we&#39;re blind to its flaws.</p> <p>We&#39;ve had a couple of teething problems with the 360 already. It&#39;s compatible with any Android running 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher, and while pairing to our phone went smoothly, soon after the Bluetooth connection decided to drop out. Now, every single smartwatch we&#39;ve tested has done this once or twice - even the ever reliable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> - so we can forgive this but this is a problem both Google and smartwatch manufacturers need to devote some energy to.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve also noticed a bit of lag with Google Now cards coming through. A few were stuttery as they popped up or were swiped away. And one card was blank until we tapped on it. Again, Moto&#39;s own heart activity app and Google functions such as voice search and navigation aren&#39;t quite as smooth as we&#39;d like.&nbsp;</p> <p>We might not have paid much attention if it weren&#39;t for the fact that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live</a> we&#39;ve been wearing for the past month or so both performed much better. After the initial flurry of helpful Chicago based updates - local buses, baseball scores and the time at home in London - the 360 calmed down a little. But this isn&#39;t a solitary blip. It&#39;s not enough to make you want to chuck the Moto across the room (as you might with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony SmartWatch 2</a>) but if you&#39;ve used other Android Wear watches you&#39;ll spot the difference.&nbsp;</p> <p>The good news? The heart rate monitor works, though as with Samsung we&#39;d stick to sports accessories for medical readings. Both the red and white-hued reader and the circular graphic showing weekly activity goals look very pretty too - like someone kidnapped the iOS designers in charge of the clock and compass details and forced them to create a heart rate app. You can also enter age, gender, height and weight details in the Wellness section of Motorola&#39;s Connect app to get better goals - although for now, there&#39;s nothing to track progress via Moto on your smartphone.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wrist flicking gesture to turn the screen on, or from &#39;ambient&#39; to on, works well enough, too, almost every time, and voice search and commands are just as excellent, if not better, as its Android Wear rivals. That&#39;s Google doing a great job and Moto&#39;s audio geeks working their magic with two in-built microphones on the 360. Of course, if you&#39;re trying to draw attention to yourself on the street - as we are when wearing the 360 - talking to your watch is still a pretty surefire way to do that.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Fit 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="Best Android Wear watchfaces so far - but only a few " alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2414.jpg?1415940931" /> </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="A cheeky heart rate monitor on the back " alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2372.jpg?1415940931" /> </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="What can we say, wearables get us all in a tizz" alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2425.jpg?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A battery that (now) lasts a day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A day is the absolute minimum for a smartwatch battery. And at first the 360 sadly struggled to reach that. The first day the Stuff team got their mitts on it to have a first play, the 360 conked out eight and a half hours after we undocked it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that the Moto has had not one but two updates, the first focusing specifically on improving the battery, it lasts a full day even with the ambient screen mode turned on. That means that the time will always be showing when you glance down and more updates are pushed through to you during the day. If you are happy to look at a blank screen until you tap or swish your wrist, the 360 stretches to a day and a half at a push.</p> <p>It&#39;s a 320mAh unit, less than the G Watch R, and while the LG comfortably makes it into and sometimes through Day 2, the Moto smartwatch trails slightly behind. Still, all we asked for originally (short of matching the Pebble) was a day&#39;s battery with the always on watchface. And now we have it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Motorola has also made charging a nice experience. You heard us. The Moto 360 charges wirelessly, via the free bundled dock, and from dead to 100% only takes about an hour and a half. When docked, the 360 displays the time horizontally and the battery percentage in a night mode. Chances are you&#39;ll stick the charger by your bed and dock the watch once a day, during the week at least.</p> <p>It&#39;s an elegant solution, the dock is big enough that it won&#39;t get lost (unlike the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live&#39;s cradle</a>, for instance) and it means the designers didn&#39;t have to ruin the build with a microUSB port. We&#39;d suggest buying an extra wireless dock from Moto when these go on sale or making do with a regular Qi mat as your back-up as we&#39;ve been doing.</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="Docktastic " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5096.JPG?1415940931" /> </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 wireless charger comes in the box " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2330.jpg?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Motorola Moto 360 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>We&#39;re suckers for a pretty face and the Moto 360 sure does have one.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you see it in person, this stylish and supremely wearable smartwatch doesn&#39;t disappoint. The watchfaces are classy, Android Wear is as clever as ever and you won&#39;t want to take it off.&nbsp;</p> <p>Anyone who is thinking of buying a smartwatch but doesn&#39;t want to look stupid should consider it. But do so knowing that the battery life might make you anxious and it&#39;s in need of a performance boost. And we&#39;ll probably have to wait for the second gen 360 for these improvements.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is by far our favourite Android Wear watch so far and with a sell-out run in the US already, it could still be the watch that makes Google&#39;s bold OS.&nbsp;Two things could spoil Motorola&#39;s fun - rivals such as LG outpacing it over the coming months and the threat of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>&nbsp;launching in early 2015. There are many hands yet to be played in the smartwatch face-off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The best smartwatches, fitness bands and wearables you can buy&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature?utm_content=bufferafa09&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=brand+awareness">Making the Moto 360 - the inside story of how Motorola built the first good-looking smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spot the watch " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-review-with-real-watch.png?1415940931" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first wearable you&#39;ll want to wear - the Moto 360 is just a few specs short of brilliance</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The first wearable you&#039;ll want to wear&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review#comments IFA 2014 Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:17:59 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444260 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's new Core M processor could make the next MacBook Air a monster http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s thin, fanless, powerful and the most energy efficient Core CPU in Intel’s history – and it’s coming very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Core M" alt="Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-core-m-logo.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has just unveiled its latest processor at IFA 2014, and it&rsquo;s set to boost small laptops, large tablets and 2-in-1 devices to new levels. And you&rsquo;re almost certainly going to see it on that fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news">12in Apple MacBook Air</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dial M for mobile power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel were keen to compare it to a four year-old laptop&rsquo;s performance again and again, because they see people who own one as the most likely to be in the market for a new device in the coming months. They say products with Core M will deliver twice the performance of the average four year-old laptop and seven times the graphics processing power&nbsp;&ndash; all while being much thinner and lighter, of course.</p> <p>And in comparison to current high-end tablets such as the iPad Air, Intel says Core M-powered tablets will offer double the graphical and three times the web performance.</p> <p>The company sees Core M being used in laptops up to 13.3in and tablets of 10in and above, as well as in dual devices that combine the functions of both a laptop and a tablet. Several companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already these kind of devices powered by Core M chips (all will be on sale around October).</p> <p>We think Apple is almost certain to use the Core M on its long-rumoured 12in Retina display-equipped MacBook Air. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news">Way back in March</a> we heard the company was planning to release a fanless &ldquo;premium&rdquo; MacBook Air that was even thinner than the current 11in and 13in model, and since then it&rsquo;s been strongly rumoured that it&rsquo;ll have a hi-res 12in screen and will be unveiled in October.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" alt="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-latitude-7000.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming in October? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That fits in perfectly with Core M&rsquo;s availability and capabilities, and if Apple does indeed use it we can also expect it to offer longer battery life and much better graphics performance than current Airs. We may see our first glimpse of this 12in Air at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6-iwatch-iotherthings-what-expect-apple-s-992014-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday 9th September</a>, but it&rsquo;s more likely Apple will hold a separate event later in the month or early on in October. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>Oh, and if you&rsquo;re a fan of Intel&rsquo;s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; they aren&rsquo;t being retired, and they&rsquo;ll still be the most powerful options around for larger laptops and desktop PCs. A fifth generation of those chips will be appearing in products in early 2015.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook%20Air_0%20%281%29.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple IFA 2014 Intel Laptops MacBook Air Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:51:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446776 at http://www.stuff.tv Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 phablet adds fingerprint reader, activates its eight cores as needed to save battery life http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Impressive specs and screen, plus it&#039;s flanked by the new Ascend G7 and a Sapphire Edition P7 </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="Huawei Ascend Mate 7" alt="Huawei Ascend Mate 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/huawei-ascend-mate7.png?1415952207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you subscribe to the philosophy that bigger is better, just check out the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, which boasts a bulging spec sheet for the company&rsquo;s latest Android 4.4 phablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One big standout feature this time around is the addition of a fingerprint sensor, which the company says is much faster than Apple&rsquo;s or Samsung&rsquo;s due to its single-touch design and 508ppi ratio for enhanced accuracy. It&rsquo;s on the back of the device, and it&rsquo;ll store up to five sets of prints for multiple users.</p> <p>The Ascend Mate 7 comes in two different configurations: a standard model with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage for &euro;499 (nearly &pound;400), and a premium version with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage for &euro;599 (about &pound;475). Both versions are due out by the end of this quarter, so likely before September&rsquo;s up.</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/nWR7KNa4JnE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G7 and Sapphire P7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also, in the mid-range and less-bulging segment of the smartphone spectrum, Huawei revealed the Ascend G7 (above), which has a 5.5in 720p display, a quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor, a 3000 mAh battery, and a very iPhone 5-like design aesthetic. It&rsquo;ll sell for &euro;299 (nearly &pound;240), although a UK release date remains unclear.</p> <p>And China is getting an exclusive Sapphire Edition of the Ascend P7, with the display&rsquo;s glass constructed of the titular material and the backing made of ceramic. With the iPhone 6 expected to also feature sapphire glass, this could be just the tip of the iceberg for the soon-to-be-trendy compound.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://consumer.huawei.com/en/">Huawei</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/huawei/huawei-ascend-p7/review">Huawei Ascend P7 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="625" title="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ascend-g7.jpg?1410299437" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news#comments Android Ascend Mate Huawei IFA 2014 P7 Smartphones Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:37:30 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446724 at http://www.stuff.tv Moto Hint is a tiny voice controlled earbud from the future http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola has done the impossible and made Bluetooth headsets cool </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="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-hint.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2013 film Her pointed to a future of ubiquitous digital assistants &ndash; and now Motorola&#39;s bringing it to life with the Moto Hint.</p> <p>The trouble with current voice-controlled devices like Siri or Google Now is that using them is a bit of a faff.</p> <p>If you&#39;re not wearing headphones and a mic, you have to take your phone out of your pocket and hold it up to your mouth to talk into it &ndash; and by that point, you might as well just unlock the screen and tap away.</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"><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"> Good morning, Hint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto Hint is designed first and foremost with the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&rsquo;s customised voice commands in mind.</p> <p>Say &lsquo;Good morning&rsquo; when you first pop it in, and it&#39;ll serve up the details of the day&#39;s first meeting; say &lsquo;Goodnight&rsquo; and it&#39;ll switch your smartphone to sleep mode.</p> <p>But you don&rsquo;t need a Motorola to get an invite to the party. Other Android phones can be used with the standard Google Now command phrase. The Hint can even work with Siri on iPhones although this isn&rsquo;t completely touchless. There&rsquo;s a small capacitive touch area on the Hint that iPhone users will have to tap to activate the iPhone&rsquo;s voice assistant.</p> <p>The battery life isn&rsquo;t great - 3.3 hours for the Hint itself with an extra two charges in the neat charging case that Motorola is launching alongside the accessory. Plus IR sensors provide extra cleverness to extend the battery life as it turns itself on and off. The sensors can detect when you push the Moto Hint into your ear (which requires a bit of twisting to get it snug) or take it out.</p> <p>We tried sticking a Moto Hint in our ear at the Chicago launch event - it was too big for our tiny ears but there&rsquo;s three different sizes of buds. But we weren&rsquo;t able to test it out ourselves just yet &ndash; check back for our hands-on impressions as soon as we can prise one from Motorola&#39;s hands. We said Moto Hint is from the future &ndash; and we weren&rsquo;t joking.</p> <p>There are no concrete details on when it will come to the UK and Europe but Motorola has put the timeframe as &lsquo;in the coming months&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) hands on</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CLEF-Rq39D4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-01.jpg?1411011469" /> </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="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-02.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news#comments IFA 2014 Moto Hint Motorola Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:20:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446717 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sphero’s off-road Ollie launched, Samsung’s 105in curved 4K TV is bendable, and new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer footage http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End this IFA week strong by filling your brain with quick-hit tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sphero Ollie" alt="Sphero Ollie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-ollie.jpg?1409910791" /> </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"> Sphero&#039;s Ollie robot on sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 were quite taken with the Sphero 2B when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">we saw it at CES</a> back in January, as it rebooted the original smartphone-controlled ball with a tubular design, a massive speed boost, and an off-road friendly design. Rightly so, it&rsquo;s been given its own branding for release, and now the Ollie is on sale.</p> <p>The Ollie is still controlled via an app, but this little wonder can reach speeds of up to 14mph, and it&rsquo;s designed to be tossed around - so really, take it outside to somewhere jagged and bumpy and let it rip. Hitting an obstacle at the right angle will send it flying and spinning gloriously until it lands safely and continues rolling along.</p> <p>Sphero&rsquo;s latest connected toy can be purchased now for &pound;79.99 the company&rsquo;s website and will begin shipping on 15 September, and there&rsquo;s more fun on the horizon in the form of swappable tyres and even a Bluetooth-connected ramp coming soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">Meet the rugged Sphero 2B</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/Zi-5hbaGmuQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s curved 105in 4K TV is now bendable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in July, we scratched our collective heads at word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung 105in curved 4K UHD set</a> that was planned to retail for US$120,000 - that&rsquo;s about &pound;73,500. Who might be buying such a thing? Is there no end to such extravagance?</p> <p>Apparently not. <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a> spotted a surprising thing at IFA this week: a newly bendable version of that same 105in set, which means users can watch it either curved or flat. Samsung apparently hasn&#39;t pinned down a price point just yet, but surely such a convenience won&rsquo;t be a free addition to the existing value proposition.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a>, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&amp;page=1&amp;news_seq=23687">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung&rsquo;s curved 105in 4K UHD TV priced at US$120,000</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="898" title="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" alt="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curvedtv-bendable.png?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Scope out seven minutes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>November&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> looks to represent the big shake-up that the shooter series has needed for at least a couple of years now (even if it does seem curiously similar to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review"><em>Titanfall</em></a> in spots), and multiplayer is always a huge component of the experience - so we&rsquo;re extra excited to see this far-future take on it.</p> <p>Check out seven fresh minutes of official footage, which digs deep into the various perks of the exoskeleton, details the ample customization and Pick 13 system, and shows off some of the maps and modes you can expect to explore later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCnoeg_WOko">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TCnoeg_WOko" 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/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal#comments 4K Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gaming IFA 2014 Robots Samsung Sphero TVs Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446653 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g-2014/new-moto-g-gives-you-even-more-bang-your-buck/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola&#039;s latest budget smartphone is bigger, louder – and still costs pennies </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="IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck" alt="IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motorola-moto-g-01_0.jpg?1409896981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can never have too much of a good thing, and Motorola&#39;s new Moto G is set to give you even more for your money.</p> <p>The new &pound;145 incarnation of Motorola&#39;s budget phone goes on sale on Amazon today, 5 September with Motorola Shells following in October.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Design-wise, Motorola has played it safe; the Moto G&#39;s curvy shell looks very similar to the previous model.&nbsp;It&#39;s still a fairly chunky beast, too; 11mm thick at the widest pint, and weighing in at 149g &ndash; 6g heavier than the outgoing model. It&#39;s durable, though, sporting a water-resistant coating and Gorilla Glass screen protection.&nbsp;</p> <p>Motorola&#39;s also reaffirmed its commitment to reviving the 1990s trend of swappable backs on smartphones; you&#39;ll be able to pop off the Moto G&#39;s polycarbonate shell and swap it out for an array of eye-catching colours. No word on whether it&#39;ll come pre-loaded with Snake, mind.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re putting the new Moto G through its paces right now so look out for an in-depth review very soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news">New Motorola Moto X is the flagship phone you design yourself</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Motorola Moto G can be customised with replaceable back covers" alt="Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-g-02.jpg?1409896981" /> </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="Unskinned Android 4.4.4 – and a guaranteed upgrade to Android L" alt="Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-g-03.jpg?1409896981" /> </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="The Moto G is still pretty hefty in the hand " alt="Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-g-04.jpg?1409896981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/moto-g-2014/new-moto-g-gives-you-even-more-bang-your-buck/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g-2014/new-moto-g-gives-you-even-more-bang-your-buck/news#comments IFA 2014 Moto G (2014) Motorola Smartphones Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446599 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: New Motorola Moto X is the flagship phone you design yourself http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal and glass? So 2013. You can kit out this 5.2in full HD Android with a wooden or leather back... </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="That&#039;s the teak finish on the left, in case you&#039;re wondering" alt="Motorola Moto X 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motorola-moto-x-2014-main.jpg?1410185337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>&#39;s faux-leather back - the new Motorola Moto X has a real one.</p> <p>The 2014 version of Moto&#39;s flagship smartphone takes the Moto Maker concept pioneered on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review">last year&#39;s model</a> and raises it to the next level.</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"><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"> SPEC HAPPY MOTO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make no mistake, the Moto X 2014 is a premium, powerful device that on specs alone looks fit to sit at the top table with the Samsungs and Sonys.</p> <p>It has a 5.2in 1080p full HD screen with a pixels-per-inch count of 423. That&#39;s a major upgrade over last year&#39;s model, which had a 4.7in display and 720p resolution, although it still lags behind the 2K <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> and Note 4 on the resolution front.</p> <p>It&#39;s powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5Ghz - which puts it on a par with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> and LG G3 - and has 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>It has a 13MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K video footage - up from 10MP last year - and 2MP front camera that can be activated by saying &quot;Take a selfie&quot; via the Moto Voice app. In fact innovative control is at the heart of the new Moto X, with the rear camera activated by twisting your wrist twice, and a host of other gestures also on hand, such as the ability to silence calls or alarms with a wave.</p> <p>Android 4.4 Kitkit will be on the device from launch, and because the X runs an almost vanilla version of Android future updates should arrive on the device swiftly.</p> <p>Battery life could be a worry - the cell inside the Moto X is a mere 2300mAh affair, whereas the LG G3&#39;s is 3000mAh and the HTC One (M8)&#39;s is 2600mAh. Offsetting that, though, is the fact that by adding the optional Turbo Charger you can give it 8hrs&#39; worth of juice in just 15 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news">HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit processor and 8MP selfie snapper</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="Hello, Moto" alt="Motorola Moto X 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-2014-front-hero.jpg?1410185337" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> So how much will it cost? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Motorola Moto X 2014 will be available in the UK from the end of September, with prices starting at &pound;420 for the 16GB versions. We&#39;ll have a full review nearer the release date, but for now you should probably check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">extensive Moto X hands-on review</a> to see what we think of it so far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="What do you mean it doesn&#039;t have your favourite colour?" alt="Motorola Moto X 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-2014-maker-palette.jpg?1410185337" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Moto X: The most customisable phone in the world </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"> The flagship phone you design yourself </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news#comments Android IFA 2014 Moto X Motorola Smartphones Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:31:03 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446608 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interchangeable lenses on your smartphone? Sony’s latest QX camera does that – and more besides </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on" alt="Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-qx1-main.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A trio of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/sony-xperia-z3-could-be-first-audiophile-smartphone/news">new Xperia devices</a> aren&rsquo;t the only things Sony has in store for phone-lovers at IFA 2014. The company also announced a pair of new QX cameras. Remember the Wi-Fi-powered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/sonys-new-lenses-turn-your-smartphone-super-charged-compact-cam/news">QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses</a> from last year, which clipped onto a smartphone and turned it into a powerful snapper?</p> <p>Well, the QX30 and QX1 take things to a whole new level.</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"> QX30: zoom, zoom, zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 QX30 is quite straightforward: essentially, it&rsquo;s an updated edition of the QX10 but instead of a 10x optical zoom lens and 18.2MP sensor it packs a 30x optical zoom lens and 20.7MP sensor. Optical image stabilisation remains (and rightly so: it&rsquo;s a must if you plan on using the full range of that zoom), and there&rsquo;s also full HD video recording at 60fps, 10fps continuous still shooting and lock-on autofocus, which&rsquo;ll keep a moving subject in focus.</p> <p>What else is there? A microSD card slot; a clamp for fitting the QX30 to your phone; a tripod mount; and four colour finishes. The QX30 will be on sale later this month, priced at around &pound;250.</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 Sony QX30" alt="The Sony QX30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx30.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> QX1: lens be &#039;aving you </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 QX1 is a different beast altogether. It supports Sony&rsquo;s E-mount lenses (and, by extension, any other lenses you can fit via an E-mount adapter &ndash; Sony says over 210 current lenses are compatible) and features a huge APS-C sensor, so essentially it turns your smartphone into a compact system camera. There&rsquo;s even a pop-up flash.</p> <p>The sensor has 20.1MP, but it&rsquo;s its physical size that should excite photographers, because it means less noise in shots, as well as making it easier to have a pretty defocussed background (aka <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">&ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve managed to get our hands on a pre-release QX1, and it&rsquo;s an exciting device for anyone who wants to get the best quality shots using their phone. It&rsquo;s surprisingly easy to setup, assuming you have a phone with NFC: you simply ensure you have Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app (available for both Android and iOS) installed, then touch the QX1&rsquo;s NFC icon with your phone &ndash; in a moment or two, the camera and the phone are connected and you can start snapping away.</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/sony-qx1.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The QX1 is solidly built and fairly lightweight considering its innards, although we were using the dinky 16-50mm zoom lens that will be included in one possible package (the QX1 will be &pound;250 alone, or something like &pound;400 with the lens). If you&rsquo;re bolting on a larger E-mount lens, or an adapter and an A-mount lens, things are going to get quite a bit more unwieldy. To help out, Sony has made grip and tilt attachments that&rsquo;ll make holding the QX1 (and other QX cameras) a little bit more comfortable.</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 QX1 is lightweight in your hand" alt="The QX1 is lightweight in your hand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-in-hand.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Image quality? From our brief test shots, it seems excellent &ndash; check them out above &ndash; but we&rsquo;ll be giving the QX1 a proper review in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an in-depth verdict on what is a very unusual, but very innovative device.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-wide.jpg?1414567264" /> </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="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-tight.jpg?1414567264" /> </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="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-macro.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IFA 2014 Smartphones Sony System Cameras Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:07:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446598 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2014/philips-reveals-trio-android-powered-4k-ambilight-tvs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Would sir care for some Google tricks and LED immersion with his Ultra HD content? </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="PInk vs blue" alt="Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/8909_H2_RFT.jpg?1409833728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Philips has announced a slew of Android-powered 4K TVs, including its first ever curved set.</p> <p>The Philips 8900 (pictured above) brings the fight to LG and Samsung&#39;s bendy offerings with a curved 55in 4K display, along with a 1000Hz panel for increased motion sharpness.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s also got a built-in sensor which measures the ambient lighting and adjusts the LED backlight accordingly, while a three-sided Ambilight system aims to provide a more immersive movie watching experience.</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>The 55in/65in Android-powered Philips 9100&#39;s main focus is on improving the picture quality as much as possible. Its main weapon is the Perfect Pixel Ultra HD engine, which works to digitally enhance and optimise picture quality and contrast.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 9100 also has a 1000Hz panel for reduced motion blur, along with a four-sided Ambilight system and the ability to upsacle normal content to 4K resolutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>A wireless 50W sub is also thrown in with each unit, and Spotify Connect support is supported straight out of the box for hassle-free music streaming.</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="Aiming for a quality picture" alt="Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9100_H2_F.jpg?1409833728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lastly, we have the budget-focused 4K 59in and 55in 7900 models, which also feature Android, a two-sided Ambilight system, and the ability to upscale non-4K content. An in-built twin tuner let&#39;s you watch one programme while recording another.</p> <p>All three sets will be available in the &#39;third quarter of 2014&#39; which we presume means it&#39;ll be out before the end of September. Prices have yet to be disclosed, and we&#39;re hoping that the 7900 in particular lands with a wallet-friendly price tag to help kickstart the 4K living room invasion.</p> <p>In addition to the three TVs, Philips also revealed a standalone Android L-powered UHD 880 media player, which utilises the new HEVC compressing technology to stream 4K content to Philips&#39; 4K sets.</p> <p>Supporting HDMI 2.0 for 60fps 4K playback, the &euro;250 media player is expected to land by the end of March next year. Existing owners of Philips&#39; 2014 4K TVs and its 8000/9000 series will be able to nab one for free.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on 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="3508" height="2480" title="ALL the colours" alt="Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7900_F.jpg?1409833728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/philips/ifa-2014/philips-reveals-trio-android-powered-4k-ambilight-tvs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2014/philips-reveals-trio-android-powered-4k-ambilight-tvs/news#comments IFA 2014 Philips TVs Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:48:56 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446500 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit processor and an 8MP selfie snapper http://www.stuff.tv/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s colourful mid-range phone is full of surprises </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 Desire 820" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-desire-820-01.jpg?1409823044" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has brought some colour to IFA 2014 in the form of the Desire 820.</p> <p>Its cheerful polycarbonate unibody shell &ndash; available in five different colours, with contrasting accents &ndash; is wrapped around some interesting tech.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For another thing, the Desire 820 packs an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. So much for all that talk of camera sensors with fewer, bigger pixels. It&#39;s capable of shooting 1080p video &ndash; though sadly, the 5.5in screen is only 720p, so you&#39;ll have to export your videos to get the most out of them.</p> <p>You also get a 13MP rear camera, BoomSound stereo speakers, 2GB RAM and a 2,600 mAh battery. HTC claims it&#39;s good for 22 hours of 3G talk time. There&#39;s also a (slightly measly) 16GB internal storage &ndash; expandable by up to 128GB using microSD. </p> <p>Naturally, the Desire 820 comes with Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a microUSB 2.0 port for connectivity. </p> <p>The HTC Desire 820 will be available from September; you&#39;ll also be able to pick up a Dot View case like that found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>. Full pricing and availability has yet to be revealed; we&#39;ll update with more info as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014" target="_blank">All the latest news from IFA 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Desire 820" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-desire-820-03.jpg?1409823044" /> </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 Desire 820" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-desire-820-02.jpg?1409823044" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news#comments Desire 820 HTC IFA 2014 Smartphones Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:23:34 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446564 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s waterproof new Walkman is a wearable music player and Bluetooth headset in one http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Additionally, Sony has a much more affordable Hi-Res Audio player in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" alt="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-walkman-ws610.jpg?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has an absolute heap of new products at IFA this year, from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">smartwatch</a> to new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">phones</a>, televisions, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">tablets</a> - but curiously, a Walkman caught our eye amidst that lineup.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, the A15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony also has a new High-Resolution Audio player on the horizon, with the Walkman A15 dubbed &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest&rdquo; such device for audiophiles. Its S-Master HX digital amplifier processes Hi-Res audio files for crisp and clear playback, with 30 hours of battery life promised.</p> <p>And the A15 is much more affordable than the previous NWZ-ZX1, which <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">impressed us in almost every way</a> except for its exorbitant price. Sony&rsquo;s new High-Res Audio player will sell for just &pound;170 when it debuts next month - but it comes with just 16MB of internal storage. Luckily, it accepts microSD cards, so it&rsquo;s not only much cheaper, but you also have more control over its capacity.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://presscentre.sony.co.uk/pressreleases/music-while-you-work-out-wearable-waterproof-walkman-r-ws610-series-now-with-bluetooth-r-wireless-technology-1049288">Sony</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman 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="Sony Walkman A15" alt="Sony Walkman A15" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-a15.png?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news#comments Bluetooth Headphones Hi-Res Audio IFA 2014 Sony Walkman Wearable tech Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446542 at http://www.stuff.tv