Sony http://www.stuff.tv/sony/videos en-GB Fully Charged: PlayStation Home closing, Yahoo dropping its directory, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke selling new album via BitTorrent http://www.stuff.tv/music/fully-charged-playstation-home-closing-yahoo-dropping-its-directory-and-radiohead-s-thom-yorke <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wipe the sleep from your eyes and catch up on the weekend’s top 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="PlayStation Home" alt="PlayStation Home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playstation-home.jpg?1411975959" /> </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"> PlayStation Home shutting down in March </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&rsquo;s PlayStation Home initiative on PlayStation 3 has always been a curious thing: a Second Life-like virtual community that offered limited interaction and seemed geared more towards marketing and promotions than fun and entertainment. And still, it commanded a bit of a community in its nearly six years of existence.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;ll be about the end of it. Sony has announced that PlayStation Home will close on 31 March 2015, and new content will cease being added in just a few weeks, on 12 November. Sony cites a &ldquo;shifting landscape&rdquo; for the move, and we&rsquo;d guess that means even fewer people paying attention to Home now that the PS4 is out and thriving (and not made available on that console).</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-Home/PlayStation-Home-Update-September-26-2014/td-p/44552202">PlayStation Forums</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yahoo closing its 20-year-old directory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s been a long time since Yahoo was considered a search giant, and the company has diversified itself greatly over the years. And at the end of this year, 20 years after its beginning, Yahoo will finally close its iconic web directory.</p> <p>The directory&nbsp;<em>was</em>&nbsp;the Yahoo experience initially, and the name is an acronym for &ldquo;Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,&rdquo; but Yahoo says its &ldquo;business has evolved.&rdquo; On 31 December, the directory will close, leaving the company to focus on its more modern ventures.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/98474044364/progress-report-continued-product-focus">Yahoo Tumblr</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/27/6854139/yahoo-directory-once-the-center-of-a-web-empire-will-shut-down">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-ouya-s-all-you-can-play-plan-rankles-developers-orkut-cut-google-yahoo-saves-c">Fully Charged: Ouya&rsquo;s all-you-can-play plan rankles developers, Orkut cut by Google, and Yahoo saves Community from cancellation</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="670" title="Yahoo" alt="Yahoo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yahoo-logo.png?1411975959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Thom Yorke selling new album via BitTorrent </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Radiohead is perhaps the most progressive major act around when it comes to digital efforts, whether it was selling 2007 album&nbsp;<em>In Rainbows</em>&nbsp;as a pay-what-you-want download or recently pumping its trippy mobile app&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-denies-icloud-breach-celebrity-photo-leak-radiohead-s-new-music-weird-app-">full of new tunes</a>, and now singer Thom Yorke is pursuing a new avenue to get his music to fans.</p> <p>On Friday, Yorke released his new album,&nbsp;<em>Tomorrow&rsquo;s Modern Boxes</em>, via BitTorrent, allowing interested fans to spend US$6 to gain access to the eight songs and music video. The BitTorrent Bundle app claims more than 333,000 downloads as of this writing, but it&rsquo;s unclear if that&rsquo;s of the whole bundle just a tally of all of the files counted individually. Oh, and a&nbsp;<a href="http://store.tomorrowsmodernboxes.com/Store/StoreDIIPound.htm">vinyl edition is available</a>&nbsp;for collectors.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://radiohead.com/deadairspace/tomorrows-modern-boxes">Radiohead</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-denies-icloud-breach-celebrity-photo-leak-radiohead-s-new-music-weird-app-">Fully Charged: Apple denies iCloud celebrity photo breach, Radiohead&rsquo;s new music is in a weird app, and Land Rover contest could send you to space</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="700" title="Thom Yorke&#039;s Tomorrow&#039;s Modern Boxes" alt="Thom Yorke&#039;s Tomorrow&#039;s Modern Boxes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thomyorke-tomorrows.jpg?1411975959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> New Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the November release date nears for&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em>, Ubisoft&rsquo;s regular barrage of trailers has begun digging deeper into the various gameplay enhancements found within.</p> <p>This latest clip explores the benefits of the ample player customization and details the roles in the co-op missions, making this truly intriguing new entry seem like it&rsquo;ll be downright entrancing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity 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/vQEocdLSgZ8" 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/music/fully-charged-playstation-home-closing-yahoo-dropping-its-directory-and-radiohead-s-thom-yorke#comments Gaming Music PlayStation 3 Sony Ubisoft Yahoo Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448821 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s PlayStation TV micro-console arrives on 14th October http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-s-playstation-tv-micro-console-arrives-14th-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But only in the US and Canada – Europeans will have to wait another month or so </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony’s PlayStation TV micro-console arrives on 14th October " alt="Sony’s PlayStation TV micro-console arrives on 14th October " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation-tv.jpg?1411536292" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has announced that its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n" target="_blank">PlayStation TV</a> device will be on sale from 14th October in the US and Canada &ndash; and has revealed a list of almost 700 games with which it&rsquo;s compatible.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But that&rsquo;s not all. It&rsquo;ll also support the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news">PlayStation Now live game streaming service</a>, meaning you can play a host of PS3 titles via your home broadband connection. Available games include The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls and God of War: Ascension.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s something for PlayStation 4 owners: Remote Play. Hook the PS TV up to a second TV in your house and you&rsquo;ll be able to play your PS4 games on it, even if someone else is playing another game in the living room (yes, it&rsquo;s the same Remote Play that you&rsquo;ll find on the PS Vita and Sony&rsquo;s latest batch of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Android devices</a>).</p> <p>The PlayStation TV will cost US$100 (&pound;60) standalone, or US$140 (&pound;85) with a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card. A UK price has not yet been confirmed by Sony, but we should know more before the European release date, which has been mooted for 14th November.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/09/22/nearly-700-games-available-to-play-on-playstation-tv-on-day-one-this-october-2/" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Sony PlayStation 4 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A European price of €99 has been set for the PS TV" alt="A European price of €99 has been set for the PS TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps-tv-box-shot.jpg?1411536292" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-s-playstation-tv-micro-console-arrives-14th-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-s-playstation-tv-micro-console-arrives-14th-october/news#comments Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448355 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another Xperia smartphone so soon? Who cares when the Z3 is this good... </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 makes tweaks in the right places to the stunning Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperiaz3-ross.jpg?1411657692" /> </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>Sony&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a>, launched this April, was a mere nip and tuck away from smartphone perfection. But in the cut-and-thrust world of high-end smartphones, coming close just isn&#39;t good enough, and in the final reckoning we preferred the HTC One (M8) and LG G3.&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"> £530.00 </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"> Sleeker, lighter build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Day and a half battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Takes stunning pictures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Supports hi-res audio files </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"> Default white balance is off </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sony pushes its subscription services </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera&#039;s auto mode isn&#039;t 100% reliable </div> <div class="field-item even"> PS4 Remote Play isn&#039;t ready yet </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"> Which one&#039;s the new one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On first unboxing the Z3 you&#39;ll suspect someone&#39;s just stuck a new logo on the Z2.&nbsp;</p> <p>But look a little closer and you&#39;ll notice a few tweaks that really do make an incredible difference. The difference between &#39;I know it&#39;s well-specced and well-built but I just don&#39;t love it&#39; and &#39;I need one right now&#39;. It takes getting one in your hand to really appreciate it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The aluminium and tempered glass OmniBalance design now has rounded sides and, while the body is still angular and doesn&#39;t sit completely snug in the palm like a One (M8), it&#39;s enough to make it much more comfortable. It&#39;s a compromise - Sony wants OmniBalance to be iconic the way a BMW or Mercedes design is, even at the expense of comfort - but this time it&#39;s a compromise that allows for the contours of human hands while keeping the year-and-a-bit old Xperia aesthetic.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also helps massively that the Xperia Z3 weighs just 152g - that&#39;s 11g less than the Z2 - and is skinnier too at a mere 7.3mm. Throw in the fact that that it&#39;s ever so slightly smaller in height and width terms and you have a phone that feels less like a big, heavy block of a tech and more like a standard premium flagship. Yes, it&#39;s a big phone with a 5.2in screen but it&#39;s not overly wide in the hand compared to, say, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Galaxy Note 3</a>. </p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="556" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/RecklessDecimalHyena" width="700"></iframe></p> <p>The flaps hiding the microUSB, SIM and microSD slots are smaller, rounded and more refined and even though the top and bottom bezels still look a teensy bit retro, the bezels either side of the screen are now slimmer.&nbsp;</p> <p>With all that glass you might be worried about smashing it but Sony has added new nylon caps to the corners. It says handsets are most likely to be dropped on corners, so replacing the old aluminium edges is designed to make the Z3 more durable. Sure enough, while we were testing the Z3&#39;s camera, we dropped it (on purpose, of course. Maybe). Apart from a small scuff on the top left cap, the Z3 survived as flawless as before. &nbsp;</p> <p>Another big advantage of the OmniBalance design is that it&rsquo;s water- and dust-proof, so the Z3 is capable of withstanding anything the weather can throw at it &ndash; as well as enabling you to make calls from the shower and watch Netflix in your Jacuzzi. You can&#39;t use the screen properly when it&#39;s wet but the new IP65/68 rating is the highest waterproofing you can get on a smartphone right now (surviving up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5m of water) with a new higher dust resistance too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the course of our testing we&#39;ve managed to play around with a few Z3s. The white model was our favourite - it&#39;s less reflecty outdoors than the black model. There are also two new colours in the form of copper and silver green. Hey, at least it&#39;s not <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/how-ruin-best-looking-phone-world-step-1-pink/news">pink</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Clean lines, lush materials - only the iPhone and HTC match this " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-back_1.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Slim and solid but still pretty droppable " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-side-view.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Water, dust and fuzzproof - kind of " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-top-jack.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="A lovely new curved frame - music to our eyes and fingers " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-sim-slot.png?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 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>: 5.2in 1920x1080 (424ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage:</strong> 16GB/32GB (+microSD)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery:</strong> 3100mAh<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP, 1080p/4K video rear, 2.2MP front, 1080p video<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 146 x 72 x 7.3mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 152g</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"> In defence of 1080p </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that the Xperia Z2&#39;s screen is one of the best we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on, we&#39;re not going to complain that Sony&#39;s pretty much left it alone.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s 20% brighter than the Z2&#39;s screen - 600 candela, fact fans - and it really does help when you&#39;re looking at the screen outdoors as the front of the Z3 can be very reflective in direct sunlight, particularly&nbsp;the black model.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has the same full HD resolution and is unsurprisingly as sharp and punchy as the Z2. Deep blacks don&#39;t quite rival those on the Galaxy S5 but are still impressive and text looks crisp and clean.</p> <p>The X-Reality setting returns to pump up colours further still as well as improving contract and sharpness - fine if you want to wow friends with photos but we&#39;d rather keep it turned off. Even more Samsung-like is the new Super-vivid mode. Scroll through the preloaded Sony World Photography Awards with this turned on for hyper-real hues. Both are unnecessary, as colours look really vibrant on the Sony, more so than the more natural-looking LG G3; which you prefer comes down to personal preference.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the screen isn&#39;t exactly the same. This time around, Sony&#39;s preset white balance makes webpages, games and movies look too blue. We played around with the sliders until we got it just right but considering that Sony makes such an effort with its display tech, we&#39;d prefer this to be perfect out of the box.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why not 2K? Sony&nbsp;says it&#39;s too hard for the human eye to discern the difference, and seemingly isn&#39;t planning&nbsp;to put a 2K screen on a 5in smartphone anytime soon. Or even on its 8in<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">&nbsp;Z3 Tablet Compact</a>.</p> <p>Now, if you&#39;ve got eyes like Stuff&#39;s trained pixel hunters then you&#39;ll know that on the contrary it is possible to discern more detail in video, images and ebooks on 2K screens than regular 1080p ones.</p> <p>We viewed it side-by-side with the LG G3 and whether displaying hi-res pics of spices or crisper detail and textures such as fur and snow in 1080p nature vids, the G3&#39;s bigger 5.5in 2560x1440 screen made its extra pixels known.</p> <p>However, while there is a difference, it&#39;s not going to affect your day-to-day enjoyment of the device. For many people, the Z3&#39;s 424ppi display offers plenty of pixels for your peepers to compute.&nbsp;</p> <p>As we&#39;ve seen with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">2K LG G3 </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review">Oppo Find 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-find-7a/review">Find 7a</a>, there is a trade-off between resolution and battery life too. Rather than gamble on 2K and fewer hours between charges, Sony&#39;s gone and upped the battery life on the Z3.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 - Stuff&#39;s no.1 smartphone - reviewed</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="Live Colour LED/ Triluminous/ X-Reality. Translation? A stonking screen" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-slant.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Compact catches up: a 4.6in screen versus the Z3&#039;s 5.2in screen " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-with-compact.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Pow! Whack Sony&#039;s settings up to the max and it&#039;s blinding " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-apps-1.png?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> This battery goes and goes ... and goes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life was the one thing we really wanted to test on the Xperia Z3. Why? Because to justify the lack of a 2K screen Sony has been throwing around bold claims that both the Z3 and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review"> Z3 Compact </a>last two days of regular use. Now, looking in more detail at Sony&#39;s tests, it puts this two days as five hours per day of intensive messaging, gaming, web etc.&nbsp;</p> <p>Skeptical? So were we. There&#39;s a smaller 3100mAh battery (versus the Z2&#39;s 3200mAh unit) for starters. A brighter screen too. And Sony reckons the Z3 will last two days in the same conditions as those in which the Z2 lasts 1.4 and the Z1 lasts 1.2 days.</p> <p>Well, it&#39;s time to set aside your cynicism - because the Z3 has the best battery life of any smartphone we&#39;ve seen in a long time. </p> <p>We haven&#39;t got it to two days on one charge yet but that&#39;s probably because we&#39;ve been hammering it night and day. And since we received our test units, we&#39;ve averaged a day and a half out of it without any of its (many) Stamina and battery saving modes turned on, largely thanks to the fact its standby juice-saving is brilliant.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was even more impressive in our battery rundown, clocking just under 14 hours (13 hours 52 minutes to be exact) on our 720p video loop with Wi-Fi on and half brightness. Now, it&#39;s worth noting that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> managed 12 and a half hours in the same rundown so it&#39;s not a huge difference on playback alone, but in regular use it&#39;s certainly enough to get you four or five extra hours on top of an already excellent battery life. The LG G3, in comparison, lasted for 9 hours 25 on the same test.</p> <p>Sony puts the extra efficiency down to two things - the Snapdragon 801 processor, here clocked at 2.5GHz but also present in the Xperia Z2 - and a new display technology that it&#39;s developed which retains the memory of whatever is on the screen, meaning less reloading and more efficiency. It doesn&#39;t have a catchy name like Sony&#39;s other screen technologies, but it seems to be doing the trick. The only true two-day flagship we&#39;ve tested is last year&#39;s brilliant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> and the Xperia Z3 comes very close to matching it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nosing around the settings, Stamina mode returns and Sony follows Samsung and HTC&#39;s lead with an Ultra Stamina mode. There&#39;s no Wi-Fi or data connection when you&#39;re in this mode, but otherwise it looks spot-on for festivals with phone, messaging, camera, contacts, alarm, clock, calculator, FM radio, settings and Bluetooth. Everything is still in colour, unlike rivals, and though there&#39;s no music playback and it takes 30 seconds or so to make the switch, it estimated seven days on 34%, so we can&#39;t argue with that. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No monochrome shut-down shenanigans here just a brilliant Stamina mode " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-battery-1.png?1411657692" /> </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="That 67% should last well over a day - huzzah" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-corner-straight.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smartphone cam for enthusiasts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that the Xperia Z2&#39;s&nbsp;20.7MP camera&nbsp;is one of the best we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on, we&#39;re not going to complain that&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p>No, really. All that Sony needed to do was make the best better, and it has done so here thanks to a few choice tweaks. For starters there&#39;s a new 25mm G lens for wide angle shots - with an Xperia Z2 on hand, you can immediately see how much more the Z3 fits in frame, which is good news for all those group shots.&nbsp;SteadyShot for video has also been improved. The idea is to put an end to shaky footage so you can compete with all those Hyperlapses on iOS for smooth video when moving about and it works well against wobble-tastic video on lesser Androids.&nbsp;&nbsp;Its main focus, though, is on making the Xperia Z3 the low-light photography king. The sensor now has light sensitivity up to IS0 12800; by comparison most phones will go up to only ISO 800 or so before giving up. It&#39;s worth noting that the extra sensitivity isn&#39;t available in auto mode and the difference over the Z2 isn&#39;t jaw-dropping, but all the same low-light photos are among the closest to compact cam quality we&#39;ve seen.&nbsp;This Xperia&#39;s been eating its carrots.&nbsp; </p><p>Now, as with the Z2 your love of the Z3&#39;s camera really does depend how much time you&#39;re willing to spend with it; you do need to learn your way around Sony&#39;s camera app and settings to get the best out of it. For instance, in manual mode you get maximum ISO of 3200 and for video it&#39;s 2000. Just as certain resolutions - such as 20.7MP - are only available in manual mode. Settings are also greyed out depending on what resolution and ratio you select. So it&#39;s one to spend some time with, but once you get the hang of it the images you take can be spectacular. Pics are very, very detailed, allowing you to zoom in on textures and comfortably crop scenes.<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/15298662286/in/photostream/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Superior Auto mode is still present and it&#39;s still quick to switch between modes, but it&#39;s also still hit and miss (particularly on exposure) for getting <em>that</em> shot every time. Together with the fact that the Z3 isn&#39;t the fastest shot-to-shot, partly down to processing, the likes of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review"> LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> stay on top for reliable on-the-fly snapping. One more quick moan - why is the lens still right in the top corner precisely where our fat fingers might cover it when snapping in landscape, Sony?&nbsp;</p> <p>To fill out the features sheet, Sony has thrown in some more of its social camera apps. The best of these is the blogger-friendly live broadcasting to YouTube feature, following on from live broadcasting to Facebook in past Xperia phones. But there&#39;s also Face In to add a selfie bubble to shots, AR fun, which gives you more effects to layer on to pics, and Multi Camera - which lets you combine up to three smartphones or accessories (such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-qx10/review">QX10 lens</a>) to stitch together different angles of one scene.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another nice touch is Highlights Movies which the Z3 creates automatically after a day out taking stills and video. HTC&#39;s very similar Video Highlights feature, which debuted on the HTC One, is slicker, enabling you to add footage and images you prefer rather than just remove duds as Sony allows. But you can swap the music within the small selection and export as an MP4 file when you&#39;re finished.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">See sample pics taken with the Xperia Z2 in our review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Live YouTube broadcasting, nice " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-camera-1.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Superior Auto mode will save the day " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-camera-2.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Fast, Smooth and Always Tracking </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s added plenty of features - some useful, some gimmicky - to its camera app. The Z3&#39;s Android skin, though, stays relatively free of these quirkier additions.&nbsp;</p> <p>As ever there&#39;s lot of pre-installed Sony guff but this can be easily removed. Once you&#39;ve taken care of that, Android 4.4.4 KitKat looks clean and easy to navigate, with Sony extras such as Walkman and Movies Unlimited present.</p> <p>This time around, though, Sony has changed the layout of these built-in services slightly to push users into buying films from Movies Unlimited or, in our case, renewing a lapsed subscription to its Spotify-rival Music Unlimited. Sign-in details for all its services, such as PlayMemories for photos in Album, now appear in the top-left corner of settings. Great if you want to plunge headfirst into Sony&#39;s excellent ecosystem - PlayMemories is a great deal because it&#39;s basically free cloud storage - but really irritating if you just want to be left alone.</p> <p>The real main addition to apps is Lifelog, which we really like. This slick life-tracking app displays a timeline of your day with colourful icon bubbles for each activity. You can &#39;play back&#39; your day to see the figure move and it even shows a bus graphic when it knows you&#39;ve been in transit. It&#39;s all a bit like stalking a cartoon of yourself, and is as fun as that sounds.</p> <p>The usual steps, distance and calorie tracking are here but it also records browsing, gaming and viewing habits on the phone itself with graphs and goals for both. For fitness, this all-in app is great with day, week, month and year views and the ability to sync to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">Sony&#39;s GPS-enabled SmartWatch 3</a> when that arrives. For everything else, perhaps its good to log your mobile Netflix addiction for posterity?&nbsp;</p> <p>As for performance, it&#39;s flawless. We&#39;re running calendar widgets over 1080p videos, using Sony&#39;s small apps function and much more, all without a hitch. Downloads of everything from Spotify playlists to big Android games over Wi-Fi and 4G are fast. And moving around KitKat is just dreamy. With an AnTuTu benchmark score of 41,357, beating the LG G3, and a decent SunSpider 1.0.2 score of 855.4ms, it&#39;s no surprise that the now slightly higher clocked 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM equal zero lag in use.&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, the only niggle is that the phone heats up when overworked. Not a problem when gaming but it does restrict filming in 4K to one-to-two-minute bursts.&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="952" title="Lifelog (left) and small apps (right) " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-lifelog-screen.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Audiophiles, listen up </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 got there first with hi-res audio, but Sony will no doubt own it.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s because Xperia smartphones have been our favourite Androids for sound quality for a while now, giving the iPhone a run for its money as a music player. So the addition of hi-res audio capabilities makes perfect sense. Sure, there&#39;s not a whole lot of places to get the files but once you do, you&#39;re laughing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&#39;s also pushing its own DSEE HX engine, promising to uprate your lower quality MP3s to near high resolution by focusing on the higher frequencies - this is available as a setting when listening through the Walkman app. The Z3 is getting a close listen in the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/products">What Hi-Fi? Sound &amp; Vision</a> testing labs this week, so we&#39;ll update this review with verdicts on hi-res audio and the uprating engine.&nbsp;</p> <p>The front-facing stereo speakers sound clear and loud - not like the small, tinny sound we&#39;re used to from smartphones. We still prefer the HTC One (M8) for an impromptu blast of Spotify, though, and when the Z3&#39;s speakers are on full blast, the back vibrates rather worryingly. It&#39;s not nearly as bad as the Galaxy S5 but turn the sound up when playing <em>Real Racing 3</em> and you&#39;ll really feel it. &nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of audiophile accessories, there&#39;s Sony headphones to take advantage of the Z3&#39;s digital noise cancelling. Travellers won&#39;t hear the hum of the aeroplane and won&#39;t need to charge their &#39;phones, making it a neat trick if you&#39;re willing to pay a bit extra. It&#39;s not new to the Z3 but it is clever.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">What is high-res audio? Everything you need to know&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audiophiles may need to steady themselves " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-audio.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phone you can play PS4 games on </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 saved potentially the best to last but sadly PS4 Remote Play is another feature we haven&#39;t had a chance to test out on the Xperia Z3 yet. It will, however, be coming to the Z3 in October, so look out for an update. &nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a genuinely exciting feature borrowed, of all places, from the much underhyped <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PS Vita</a>. It allows Z3 series smartphones and tablets to play real PS4 games over Wi-Fi when your PS4 console is turned on or on standby. You play using a DualShock 4 controller, which can be used with a mount, or alternatively you can prop up the Xperia Z3 or 8in Z3 Tablet Compact to see the screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s best over your home Wi-Fi network. The example Sony gives is if the kids want to watch something on the telly while gamer parents continue playing upstairs on the Z3. But Sony also says it is possible to connect to another Wi-Fi network outside your house, though there&#39;s no guarantee of the experience and we&#39;d be surprised if this takes off.&nbsp;</p> <p>The feature may come to other Xperias such as the Z2 and Z2 Tablet in time, but Sony has zero plans to extend Remote Play outside the Xperia family. Quite right too, as finally Sony&#39;s promise of a real ecosystem is coming together with Exmor sensors in smartphones, NFC in 160 of its mobile, camera and AV devices and now this brilliant PS4/Xperia mash-up.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term test - Sony PlayStation 4 eight months on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The gaming mount for DualShock 4 will be sold separately " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3.png?1411657692" /> </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="You can also play PS4 titles on the Z3 Tablet Compact " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black_0.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sony Xperia Z3 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>Sleeker, sexier and more capable than any Sony handset to date, the Z3 is the smartphone that proves Sony&#39;s formula - namely not to compromise on quality in any area. Not on screen. Or camera. Or battery life. Or audio.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s the anti-Samsung Galaxy. There&#39;s no gimmicks. Sony doesn&#39;t need them because it seems to understand more and more how we use its smartphones.</p> <p>It&#39;s listened to criticism and made the Z3 lighter, slightly smaller and easier to hold than the Z2. At the same time it&#39;s innovating in oft-ignored areas such as hi-res audio and hardcore gaming. But it&#39;s far from just niche and the genuinely brilliant battery life is for everyone. &nbsp;</p> <p>OK, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2 owners</a> will be grumpy and rightfully so. It can&#39;t continue pumping out an iteration of its best phone every six months but Sony itself admits this won&#39;t be forever. Just till it gets on top, we&#39;d bet.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones in the world right now&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A bit too soon but an exciting set of upgrades" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-front_0.jpg?1411657692" /> </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="Take your pick: Z3 Compact, Z3 and Z3 Tablet Compact " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-family.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-family-front.jpg?1411657692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> 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>Refinement more than revolution, the Xperia Z3 is the phone the Z2 should have been and every bit as good as that sounds&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"> Sony Xperia Z3 review: &quot;Sleeker, sexier and more capable&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:14:42 +0000 Sophie Charara 1443187 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony QX1 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An add-on that makes your smartphone shoot like a DSLR? Snap it up! If you have the lenses to get going, that is.. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An add-on that makes your smartphone shoot like a DSLR? Snap it up!" alt="An add-on that makes your smartphone shoot like a DSLR? Snap it up!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-qx1-grip.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony is still willing to innovate - sometimes in quite bizarre fashion &ndash; and few devices encapsulate that vision better than the QX1.</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"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (body only) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Small and sturdy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hassle-free pairing with NFC phones </div> <div class="field-item odd"> DSLR photo quality </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"> Can be awkward in your hand </div> <div class="field-item even"> Little creative freedom with video </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive when starting from scratch </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"> Sturdy and small </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 fairly pricy product aimed at people who are serious about improving the quality of their photos, and Sony has clearly made an effort to make the product feel worthy of its status and price tag. Even without a lens attached, it&rsquo;s a weighty thing (for its size) with lots of metal in the body. A wrist strap comes in the box, and we suggest you use it &ndash; because if you drop the QX1, it&rsquo;ll hit the ground hard. The exterior is made from thick matte-finished plastic and feels tough enough to withstand everyday use.</p> <p>A door at the back pops open to reveal a lithium-ion battery, chargeable via USB, plus a microSD slot. You don&rsquo;t need a microSD card inside to shoot stills with the QX1 (smaller preview images will be stored into your phone&rsquo;s memory) but you will need one if you want to shoot at the highest quality or if you want to capture video.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a tripod mount at the bottom of the QX1 and &ndash; a first on the QX range &ndash; a pop-up flash on top. There&rsquo;s also a shutter release button on the left side (half-pressing this will trigger the autofocus), while on the right a display gives you three pieces of info at a glance: remaining battery power; the presence (or not) of a microSD card; and whether or not Wi-Fi is switched on.</p> <p>Supplied in the box is a phone mount that clips your smartphone (tablets will be too large) to the back of the QX1. This can be replaced by a hand grip and/or a tilt mount which are sold separately as a package.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the lens mount. The QX1 supports lenses made for Sony&rsquo;s E-mount system (of which there are plenty), and by attaching an official Sony adapter you can also use A-mount lenses (of which there are a whole lot more) with autofocus. Third-party adapters will allow lenses from Leica, Nikon, Canon and more to be attached, at the cost of autofocus.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth noting here that &pound;250 gets you the QX1 with lens mount but when adding a lens, you&#39;re looking at more like &pound;400 to get started. Unless you already have a stock of Sony glass at home.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It looks mighty weird, but it&#039;s lighter and smaller than a DSLR" alt="It looks mighty weird, but it&#039;s lighter and smaller than a DSLR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-in-hand_0.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Awkward to hold, easy to set up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To use the QX1, you&rsquo;ll need to install Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories Mobile app on your smartphone &ndash; and at present that&rsquo;s available on Android and iOS. You then connect the QX1 and phone via Wi-Fi Direct (incredibly easy if you&rsquo;ve got an NFC-equipped phone and a bit of a faff if you haven&rsquo;t), open up the app and you&rsquo;re ready to shoot.</p> <p>Photos and videos can be taken either by tapping the on-screen button (you can also set your focus point by tapping a section of the screen) or pushing the physical shutter release button. Half-pressing the latter will engage autofocus.</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s an immediately evident problem with the QX1, it&rsquo;s that it&rsquo;s quite awkward to take photos with it. We often found that we were neither comfortable using the physical button nor the screen to take a shot, and that a lot of our photos came out slightly wonky even though we&rsquo;d felt like we were framing them dead-on. Perhaps that&rsquo;s just a consequence of using a new type of camera that&rsquo;s held in a different way to existing DSLRs and compacts, and perhaps it&rsquo;s something we&rsquo;ll get used to &ndash; but we can&rsquo;t deny that there&rsquo;s an issue there, minor as it may sound.</p> <p>The PlayMemories Mobile app allows a large degree of control when taking photos. You can shoot in Aperture, Shutter or Program priority modes if you want to change settings significantly, or switch to one of the two automatic modes: Intelligent Auto for everyday shots; and Superior Auto for more dimly lit scenes.</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 supplied phone mount will hold most smartphones securely" alt="The supplied phone mount will hold most smartphones securely" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-rear-view_0.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="Our QX1 with an A-mount adapter and Sony 70-300mm G lens" alt="Our QX1 with an A-mount adapter and Sony 70-300mm G lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-on-tripod.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Photo quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s where the QX1 really excels: it&rsquo;s essentially a 20.1MP DSLR that&rsquo;s the size of a DSLR lens. With a large APS-C Exmor sensor and the ability to use high quality lenses, it happily takes photographs that no smartphone camera could dream of capturing.</p> <p>We mostly used it with Sony&rsquo;s 16-50mm E-mount power zoom, a compact lens which comes with optical image stabilisation. It&rsquo;s a good all-rounder and the photos above were all taken using it &ndash; but we were far more excited once we&rsquo;d bolted on Sony&rsquo;s LA-EA4 adapter, which allowed us to use our larger A-mount lenses.</p> <p>This meant we could take extremely detailed close-ups of spiders using a 90mm macro lens or snap far-off birds using a 70-300mm zoom. You lose optical image stabilisation here, which means you either need to shoot in good light or possess a very steady hand (or tripod), but the results we got were DSLR-quality and on our phone in moments &ndash; ready to share straight away to Instagram or Facebook, or send to a friend via MMS.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve slotted a microSD card into the QX1, a full-resolution 20.1MP image will be stored on there &ndash; handy if you want to print or blow up shots or shoot in RAW mode for maximum post-processing potential &ndash; but the smaller (5MP and around 500k in size) photos that are stored straight away on your phone are of more than sufficient quality for most purposes.</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="1803" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/st-martin-in-the-fields.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="799" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hayward.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="799" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 16-50mm lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/betjemen.jpg?1411322529" /> </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="1200" height="802" title="Sony QX1 sample (with 90mm A-mount macro lens)" alt="Sony QX1 sample (with 90mm A-mount macro lens)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-spider.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony QX1 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>Sensor: 20.1MP Exmor APS-C CMOS</p> <p>ISO range: 100-16000</p> <p>Video: MP4 1920 x 1080 at 30fps</p> <p>Wi-Fi and NFC: Yes</p> <p>Weight: 216g</p> <p>Dimensions: 74 x 69.5 x 52.5mm</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"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 also need a microSD card in the camera if you want to record HD video. It&rsquo;s recorded in 1920 x 1080p in MP4 AVCHD format, and looks very nice indeed &ndash; but aficionados may be a little disappointed with the lack of tweakability on offer. You can&rsquo;t manually focus or change settings like ISO or aperture, so there&rsquo;s little room for outside-the-box creativity.</p> <p>Essentially, it&rsquo;s a bit like capturing video on a smartphone, albeit with far, far superior image quality (less noise, cleaner colours and better contrast).</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"> Sony QX1 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>As we said earlier, we find the Sony QX1 to be a bit of an oddity, and we&rsquo;re not quite sure who it&rsquo;s aimed at.</p> <p>Existing enthusiasts will likely find themselves annoyed at the awkwardness of having to pair it with a phone and hold it in an unusual way (and they probably own a system camera already anyway), while smartphone users looking to boost their handset&rsquo;s shooting capabilities may find it a little too pricey. After all, you can buy a standalone Sony A5000 E-mount camera, which has the same sensor, 16-50mm lens and NFC/Wi-Fi combination for only a few pounds more.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;ve had a lot of fun with the QX1 due to its small size and the ease with which it pairs with our NFC Android phone. The fact that you can instantly share photos taken with it using any number of smartphone apps may be a novelty, but it&rsquo;s not wearing off for us after a couple of weeks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best system cameras available right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="We like the QX1, but we&#039;re not quite sure who it&#039;s forWe like the QX1, but we&#039;re" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-on-shelf.jpg?1411322529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> stills </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"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>A quirky and high-quality photo add-on for your phone but it&rsquo;s hard to think of anybody who&rsquo;d find the QX1 essential</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/sony/sony-qx1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1/review#comments Smartphones Sony System Cameras Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:02:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447893 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony refocusing on high-end phones, Samsung phone trade-ins surge due to iPhone 6, and Deadpool movie dated http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish out the week strong by starting the day with a blast of breezy 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="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z3.jpg?1411193650" /> </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"> Amidst losses, Sony shedding mid-range devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve had kind things to say about Sony&rsquo;s phones, with two models currently residing on our list of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">the 10 best smartphones</a> in the world right now - but they&rsquo;re just not catching on with consumers like the company wants them to.</p> <p>As a result, Sony says it will post a loss of US$2.14 billion (&pound;1.3 billion) for the fiscal year ending in March, which is about five times larger than the original projection. Sadly, that also means that Sony plans to cut about 1000 workers, or 15% of the headcount from the division.</p> <p>With other companies having much more success with low-priced devices, Sony says that it will refocus its smartphone efforts on higher-end devices while cutting some of the mid-range fluff. Here&rsquo;s hoping that means even more focus on great premium handsets to continue stocking our best list for some time to come.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/18/business/international/sony-widens-expected-loss-to-2-14-billion.html?_r=0">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 phone trade-ins surge on iPhone 6 release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Device trade-in specialist <a href="https://www.gazelle.com">Gazelle</a> tells Bloomberg that trade-ins of Samsung smartphones tripled last week in advance of today&rsquo;s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release. One-third of Android users polled by the service say they&rsquo;re likely to switch to the iPhone 6, and some 39% claim the bigger screen is the primary reason why.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing a higher propensity to switch,&rdquo; said Chris Sullivan, CEO at Gazelle, citing the larger screens and other added functionality. &ldquo;This is going to be a strong and compelling product for Android users to switch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Still on the fence about Apple&rsquo;s new handsets? Be sure to read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 review</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> review to find out our take on Apple&rsquo;s first pushes beyond the four-inch display barrier.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-18/apple-s-new-iphones-seen-fueling-switch-from-android.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in</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="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 6" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6-vs-galaxys5_0.jpg?1411193650" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Deadpool movie coming in 2016 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After years of delays, 20th Century Fox has announced that a live-action movie based on Marvel Comics anti-hero Deadpool will hit cinemas in 12 February 2016. Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the character in <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em>, hasn&rsquo;t yet been signed to a deal, but he&rsquo;s expected to be in the role.</p> <p>This summer, years-old test footage leaked (seen above) and generated a huge amount of fan appreciation, showing that it&rsquo;s possible to nail the frenetic action and humour of the character on film - at least in CG. Whether or not that translates into a live-action setting, especially with a rather short timeframe between now and the release, remains to be seen.</p> <p>Additionally, next year&rsquo;s <em>Fantastic Four</em> reboot has been pushed back a couple of months to 7 August, while the <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> film - which was supposed to fill that late summer slot - has been pulled off of the schedule entirely. The Hollywood Reporter&rsquo;s sources say a 2016 debut is now more likely.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/x-men-spinoff-deadpool-gets-734172">The Hollywood Reporter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/deadpool/review">Deadpool (video game) 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LoXGsv9nsNs" 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/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead#comments Android Film and TV iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Smartphones Sony Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448035 at http://www.stuff.tv Group test: the best cheap smartphone you can buy http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a sub-£150 smartphone? We&#039;ve tested every budget handset that matters UPDATE: 5in Moto G (2014) tested </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="You could buy all these for 1.5 iPhones. But that would be silly" alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-cheap-smartphones-main-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bad budget smartphone is dead.</p> <p>Never again should you put up with pixelly screens, sluggish web speeds and cameras so bad that an Etch-a-Sketch would be better, because you can now get an all-round reliable phone for less than &pound;150. So while there still are plenty of bad phones out there, you needn&#39;t concern yourself with them any more.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto G 4G (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>&nbsp;is now ludicrously cheap, frequently dipping below &pound;100 - but 4G makes this new model ever better.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s sturdily built and fits snugly into one hand, while its use of swappable Motorola Shells give you the option to customise its look on a daily basis. The 4.5in, HD, 326ppi screen is the real selling point over its fuzzier-screened rivals; it matches the much pricier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>&nbsp;on this front. Next to most other phones in its class it looks pin-sharp, with vivid but natural colours and good contrast.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without problems - the 5MP camera does still disappoint sometimes, especially in low light, and you only get 8GB of built-in storage. But the addition of a microSD card slot means you can now add up to 32GB of space, and in day-to-day use nothing comes close.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto G 4G takes the top spot " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Both Moto Gs - with and without 4G - are worth considering " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g_0.JPG?1410954150" /> </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 G 4G tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 1280x720 (326ppi) with Gorilla Glass&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm/ 143g&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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto&rsquo;s also left the 4G with an almost-untouched version of Android KitKat, adding a few genuinely useful features but nothing more. That helps everything run smoothly and you can can expect speedy downloads, streaming and browsing over 4G. The best bit? Even with more pixels to push than most cheap phones, the Moto G still lasts a day between charges.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have specific criteria - for instance you&rsquo;re a n00b who likes the look of Windows Phone or taking pics is your priority - then other budget phones down this list might make more sense. But for most people, the Moto G 4G will do very nicely indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Fantastic and futureproof, this is as close to budget phone perfection as you can get in 2014</p> </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 G 2013 </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>Our go-to budget phone of 2013 is still on sale and cheaper than ever, at around &pound;100 for the 8GB model. Everything we love about the Moto G 4G applies here - if you can stick to 3G, this handset is the biggest bargain in tech.</p> <p>If 8GB of storage isn&rsquo;t enough you could always splash out &pound;150 on the non-expandable 16GB model - but of course we&rsquo;d recommend getting the expandable Moto G 4G instead. Either way, feel smug. The original Moto G is still a seriously clever choice.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">In-depth Moto G (2013) review&nbsp;</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"> 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"> Sony Xperia M2 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until the new 5in Kogan Agora 4G turns up, the Xperia M2 is the best way to get a big screen on a budget. It&rsquo;s just a shame that 4.8in screen isn&rsquo;t very sharp at 229ppi and suffers from poor viewing angles. Because otherwise you get a ton of Sony for your money here.</p> <p>Its blocky plastic design, available in purple, white and black, is based on the high-end <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">Xperia Z2</a>. There&rsquo;s no waterproofing as you&#39;d find on that premium Xperia, but for &pound;150 PAYG, we&rsquo;re not complaining.</p> <p>Performance is much better than previous mid-range Sony phones we&rsquo;ve encountered thanks to a Snapdragon 400 processor which powers every handset on this test bar the Moto E and HTC Desire 301. Battery life is pretty good, too, matching the Moto G 4G. Plus Sony has thrown in extras you won&rsquo;t find on other budget blowers such as small apps, Stamina mode for the battery and a pulsing notification light to stretch to over a day of use.</p> <p>Its more than decent 8MP camera is the highlight, though. AF can be a little sluggish but it&rsquo;s easy to use, with Sony&rsquo;s quick Superior Auto mode plus lots of settings to dig into and reliably good 1080p video. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the top smartphones for picture quality, but it&rsquo;s the best all-round snapper of all the cheap phones we&rsquo;ve tested.</p> <p>If Sony had stuck a higher res screen on the M2 and added support for 4G, this would be more of a rival for the Moto. As it is, it falls just short.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Fine features and the best choice for shutterbugs, only the screen lets the M2 down</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Sony has just announced the M2 Aqua with identical specs to the M2 plus IP65/68 waterproofing and dustproofing, higher even than the Xperia Z2 and probably what we can expect from the Xperia Z3. There&#39;s no price yet but if it&#39;s &pound;150 and under, we&#39;ll add it to this budget phones group test.&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="The M2 gives you camera chops on a shoestring " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Big screen, small money " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia M2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.8in 540x960 (229 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 1080p rear, VGA front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2330 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm/ 148g&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-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"> Nokia Lumia 630 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a sea of cheap Androids, the Lumia 630 stands out like an alien-goo-green buoy keeping Windows Phone fans safe from ridicule. Sure, Android has more games and the 630 is far from the highest specced device here, but this Nokia gets a lot right.</p> <p>The battery life is the best for the money - not by much, but the 630 will give you an extra hour or so over the rest. It&rsquo;s the lightest at 134g, comes with a decent, if low-res, screen and some excellent freebies including Nokia Drive.</p> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 is both friendlier than stock KitKat for beginners and now has useful Android-style features and settings, too. Even the 5MP camera has its moments - outdoor and macro shots look great and low-light images aren&#39;t the grainiest we&#39;ve ever encountered. It&rsquo;s a little slow in use next to the likes of the Moto G but it&#39;s easy to forgive that at this low, low price. If you can&rsquo;t live without 4G speeds, try the similar but more expensive Lumia 635.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Cheap, cheerful and reliable, the Lumia 630 is only outclassed by the best budget Androids</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">In-depth Nokia Lumia 630 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Representing Windows Phone - the unbelievably cheap 630 " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-630-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> Nokia Lumia 630 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 854x480 (221 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/512MB RAM&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, no front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1830 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 128GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm/ 134g&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-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"> Moto E (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does budget mean less than &pound;100 to you? Serving up tidy, reliable, loveable Android for the masses, the 4.3in Moto E is your best bet below a ton.</p> <p>A compact and sturdy build, slick performance and close-to-stock-Android OS impress, with only the quality of its 5MP camera, the miserly 4GB of storage and the lack of a front cam letting it down majorly.</p> <p>The 1980mAh battery isn&rsquo;t swappable and will conk out an hour before most here, but it still comfortably lasts a day of light use on one charge, and there are swappable Motorola Shell covers to keep things fresh on the desaign front. The screen, though lower-res than the Moto G, is still a cracker at this price, with apps, games and webpages all looking lovely on it. Motorola really has the monopoly on value brilliance and if your budget is truly tight you should look no further.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Moto does it again. This is the best smartphone you can buy under &pound;100</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review">In-depth Moto E review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto E is easy to love " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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&#039;s budget brilliance in 4.3in and 4.5in sizes " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-and-e-group.png?1410954150" /> </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 E tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.3in 540x960 (256 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 480p rear, no front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1980 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm/ 142g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto G (2014) (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another Motorola! The 5in Moto G (2014) isn&#39;t a direct replacement for the 4G model or last year&#39;s handset (now priced at &pound;100). It&#39;s the Moto G for people who don&#39;t mind sacrificing a bit of battery life here, a splash of 4G there for a big screen and much better camera than the original 5MP snapper.</p> <p>So what&#39;s been improved? It performs just as fast as the first Moto G and Android is just as clutter-free. The main difference is the bigger build (it&#39;s the biggest here) - it&#39;s sturdy, though, and still sits nicely in the hand. It&#39;s sacrificed the old Moto G&#39;s neat, tidy look; there&#39;s just more plastic, so that couldn&#39;t be helped without impressive - and costly - engineering. But Moto has included some very decent (for the money) stereo speakers on the front. They don&#39;t match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> but you won&#39;t be ashamed to use them in the back garden either.&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery life, again, isn&#39;t quite as great as the Moto G 4G. Streaming video on a commute, the bigger 5in screen sucks up 22% an hour versus the 4.5in phone&#39;s less worrying 16%. Still, it lasts the day so we&#39;re not complaining too much. Speaking of the screen, it&#39;s 720p and chances are you won&#39;t notice the slightly-less-sharp picture compared to the original. Colours are slightly more natural too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The real stars are the two new cameras, both welcome improvements. Images look a lot less blurry and smudgy than before with clear, in-focus shots and accurate colours. Video too is much more usable. The new 8MP cam on the back takes a while to focus at night but if you hold steady, you can get some impressive pics for a &pound;150 phone. All round, we&#39;d still recommend the 4G Moto G &ndash;&nbsp;but if phone photography is your thing, consider the 2014 model.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Moto has done it again - big screen, almost-stock Android and one of the best cameras for the money&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="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s the Moto G but not as you know it " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5121%20with%20Annotation.jpg?1410954150" /> </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 G (2014) 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>: 5in 720x1280 (294 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 720p rear, 2Mp front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8/16GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm/ 149g</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-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-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="4600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/also-rans_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> EE Kestrel (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>4G is no longer a luxury. With the EE Kestrel available for &pound;99 outright, or &pound;14 a month, you might be tempted to choose this tweaked and rebranded 4.5in Huawei handset over the Moto G 4G.</p> <p>Before you do, bear in mind that it&rsquo;s not as easy to love. For starters, it lacks the lovely HD screen and smooth performance of the top Moto. It also has the most retro design of the bunch, both in terms of hardware and its Emotion UI software. Still, the battery life is brilliant, the expandable storage is handy and unlike some, it has both an OK front camera and a rear flash. It&rsquo;s silly-slim too, at 7.85mm thick. The fastest browsing and streaming this side of &pound;150 then, but not quite the full package.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Still the cheapest way to get 4G, but there are better all-rounders for the money&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ee-kestrel/review">&nbsp;In-depth EE Kestrel review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Afforda-4G from EE " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee-kestrel-review.png?1410954150" /> </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"> EE Kestrel tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 540x960 (245 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1MP front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 145g</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"> HTC Desire 310 (£130) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 310 is a&nbsp;smart looker both outside and in. Exterior attractiveness is conferred by a tidy, slightly curved plastic build, while on the interior HTC&rsquo;s Android skin Sense looks good and runs without a hiccup. Like the Sony Xperia M2, it also packs a few features you&rsquo;d be more likely to see on a &pound;500 phone. So the Desire 310 gets HTC&rsquo;s excellent BlinkFeed RSS reader (searchable and with offline reading), plus the ability to make short video montages with the nifty Zoe Video Highlights tool.</p> <p>But while colours look nice and natural on the 4.5in screen, it&rsquo;s just not got the pixels to show off Android games and HD movies. Plus, it always seems to look a bit grubby even with brightness on full whack, it can get a little warm when taxed, you might need to charge it up before bedtime and the 5MP camera isn&rsquo;t anything special. Maybe HTC should&#39;ve worried about getting the basics right rather than lavishing software treats on us?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />Nice looking and packed with features but the Desire 310 doesn&rsquo;t nail the essentials well enough&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="It&#039;s like a small One (M8) - if you squint " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-310-review.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> HTC Desire 310 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek/512MB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 1080p rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 140g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo (£135) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 4.5in Smart 4 Turbo doesn&rsquo;t live up to its tantalising promise: a quad-core, 4G, KitKat budget phone for less than &pound;150. While performance is generally good, the overall feeling with the &lsquo;Turb&rsquo; is frustration - with the low-res 480x854 screen that looks a bit 3D (in the bad way), with the very slow 5MP camera that takes fuzzy, mostly unusable shots, with the dark front camera and with the cheap-feeling (and looking) plastic build.</p> <p>Vodafone&rsquo;s tinkering with Android is lighter than EE&#39;s - you get just a handful of widgets, there&rsquo;s capacitive buttons to free up screen space and the battery does last a day. But anyone looking for afforda-4G should turn to the Moto or, as a cheaper option, the Kestrel.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />A valiant effort but Vodafone has cut too many specs to keep up with the best budget phones</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones money 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="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s smarter phones than the Smart 4 Turbo " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vodafone-smart-4-turbo-review.png?1410954150" /> </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 unusual suspects " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cheap-smartphone-test-main.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1880 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4mm/ 138g</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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget smartphones tested </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"> Every sub-£150 handset that matters </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature#comments Android HTC Moto G Motorola Nokia Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444737 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV http://www.stuff.tv/kd-55x8505b/sony-kd-55x8505b-4k-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s entry-level 4K TV isn’t the best, but it’s still pretty darn good and that price tag makes it a bit of a bargain </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 KD-55X8505B 4K TV review" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-KD-55X8505B-2-1200x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </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/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was a time, not so long ago, when you needed a mortgage to get a 4K TV. Or at the very least some sort of exchange involving kidneys.</p> <p>But these days they&rsquo;re within reach of mere mortals. And what&rsquo;s more, they&rsquo;re largely very good now. It&rsquo;s still early days, yet we&rsquo;ve already dealt with some stunners.</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"> £1,800.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also available in 49in (£1400) and 65in (£3000) versions </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/sony/kd-55x8505b/review </div> </div> </div> <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"> Good picture </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good specs </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Adjustable feet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cheap for 55in of 4K goodness </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"> Rivals have better picture performance. And features. </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"> Bare aesthetic necessities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a price like that, we&rsquo;re not expecting a diamond and fur lining (although that would be quite a sight). This is a more stripped-back affair.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kd-55x9005b/sony-x9000b-4k-tv/review" target="_blank">its bigger brothers&rsquo;</a> massive built-in speakers or the aesthetically pleasing (yet stable) wedge shape that houses them. But if you&rsquo;ve already got some home cinema speakers, you probably don&#39;t want to pay extra money and find extra room for a TV with better in-built sound anyway.</p> <p>And it does have a pop-up camera (well, push-up, really) for video calls. And it has flexible stand placement: you can have its feet near the centre, or wide apart at either end of the screen. The wider setting is more stable, but it&rsquo;s nice to have the option to make the footprint much smaller if you&rsquo;ve only got a little shelf.</p> <p>Sony follows the trend of offering two remote controls. There&rsquo;s a standard button stick, which is nicely laid out, and then there&rsquo;s the minimalist, touchpad-tastic One-Flick remote, which is unfortunately utterly unintuitive and more than a little frustrating. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/55ub950v/lg-55ub950v-4k-tv/review" target="_blank">LG&rsquo;s Magic Remote</a> this ain&rsquo;t.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Those feet can be moved to the middle if your TV shelf isn&#039;t as wide as the telly" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-3-1600x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </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="900" height="900" title="There&#039;s a camera for Skyping, but it can be removed to make the TV&#039;s lines even neater" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-camera-900x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Full spectrum </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So the aesthetics aren&rsquo;t particularly fancy, but Sony has sensibly refrained from stripping down the specs.</p> <p>What you get here is about as much as you&rsquo;ll get on any current set: four HDMI 2.0 inputs, three USBs and a bunch of legacy connections such as SCART and component (we do hope you&rsquo;re not using these anymore. There are Freeview HD and satellite tuners, and the t&rsquo;interweb connection can be hard-wired and wireless.</p> <p>Less visible but arguably even more important to a 4K telly is the internal HEVC decoder, which is what Netflix wants for 4K streaming. Considering the rarity of 4K footage right now, we&rsquo;d say that&rsquo;s pretty important. Bear in mind you&rsquo;ll need good internet speeds: 15-20mbps is recommended.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news" target="_blank">Netflix - by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&#39;ll be on to the next thing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony has the all-important HEVC codec on board - you need that for Netflix 4K" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-side-1200x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </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="550" height="900" title="Surely we can just do away with the Scart connections now, can&#039;t we?" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-back-550x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony KD-55X8505B 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 size</strong>: 55in</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: 3840 x 2160</p> <p><strong>Display technology</strong>: LCD with LED backlight</p> <p><strong>Speaker output</strong>: 20W</p> <p><strong>Built-in camera</strong>: yes</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Freeview, Satellite (x2), HDMI 2.0 (x3), USB (x3), Component, Composite, Scart, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Headphone, Optical output</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 79 x 123 x 28.5cm with stand, 74 x 123 x 6.6cm without stand</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 24.1kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K? OK! </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 that note, let&rsquo;s get playing. Who in their right mind would get a 4K TV and not immediately load up some 4K? It&rsquo;s straight to Netflix for a bit of <em>Breaking Bad</em>.</p> <p>We watch Bryan Cranston fiddle with blue crystals and it looks lovely. As is the point of 4K, the picture is superbly detailed and razor sharp. Edges are well defined without looking processed.</p> <p>Colours are rich, but skin tones remain convincing. We wouldn&rsquo;t call it a natural palette &ndash; it&rsquo;s a little punchy &ndash; but it&rsquo;s never noticeably unrealistic, and there&rsquo;s plenty of subtlety in gradation and shading. To say this is a step-up from Blu-ray doesn&rsquo;t do justice to how much of a massive jump it is.</p> <p>But the Sony does have a weakness, and it&rsquo;s the depth of the black levels. It never gets really, truly, inky dark, so very dim scenes suffer. The Black Corrector setting helps, but even so the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ue55hu7500-4k-tv/review" target="_blank">Samsung UE55HU7500</a> edges ahead.</p> <p>The Samsung also does better with the standard-def and 1080p stuff you&rsquo;ll be asking it to upscale on a regular basis. Sony always handles colours beautifully, but it loses out on fine detail and subtlety.</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;re one of the few people who actually enjoys watching 3D movies at home, you&rsquo;ll be pleased to hear that the Sony plays them well, with decent brightness, minimal crosstalk issues, and passive 3D glasses that are very comfortable. There&rsquo;s no escaping looking like a nerd, though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The passive 3D specs are light and comfy. But who watches 3D these days?" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-3D-specs-1200x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Interface-off </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 most TV manufacturers these days, Sony doesn&rsquo;t seem that fussed whether or not you watch actual TV on your TV, and so there&rsquo;s a fancy interface. It&rsquo;s nowhere near as ambitious as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/55ub950v/lg-55ub950v-4k-tv/review" target="_blank">LG 55UB950V&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;brightly coloured webOS UI of prettiness, but it does the job.</p> <p>What you get is a mature, neatly laid-out portal. The main categories of TV, Movies, Music and Apps are divided into neat panels, and navigation is intuitive.</p> <p>As is the case with most smart hubs, there are some questionable features. Take the Social View button, for instance. That turns the TV into a sort of Twitter (but worse) with a feed scrolling along the bottom of the screen. Less pointless is the Discovery feature, which gives access to favourite and oft-used services, while recommending related content.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s app offering is fairly strong, but not quite as comprehensive as Samsung&rsquo;s. There&rsquo;s still no sign of ITV Player or 4oD, but you do get BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix, as well as Sony&rsquo;s own on-demand Video Unlimited service, which gives pay-as-you-go access to loads of movies day-and-date with the DVD release, all in 1080p with surround sound.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bravia/sony-bravia-s90-sony-reveals-not-so-curved-new-curved/news" target="_blank">Not-so-curved is the new curved, according to the Sony Bravia S90 4K TV</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="It&#039;s neat and intuitive, but the Sony smart hub doesn&#039;t have quite as many apps as Samsung&#039;s" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-1-1600x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </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="Choose your weapon!" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-remotes-1200x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV 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>If you&rsquo;re after the very shiniest, most sparklingly advanced 4K TV out there, this isn&rsquo;t it. It doesn&rsquo;t have the sexiest styling. It doesn&rsquo;t have the fanciest interface. It doesn&rsquo;t have the very biggest app offering. And it doesn&rsquo;t have the absolute best picture quality.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not actually far behind in any of those departments, and when you consider that it&rsquo;s currently a good &pound;400 cheaper than the &pound;2200 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ue55hu7500-4k-tv/review" target="_blank">Samsung UE55HU7500</a> benchmark, that will seem a very reasonable compromise to lots of people looking to take 4K into their lounges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvs/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best TVs in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV verdict" alt="Sony KD-55X8505B 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-KD-55X8505B-4-1200x900.jpg?1409853687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> picture </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-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"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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-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"> 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"> 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&rsquo;s a little less brilliant than the most brilliant 4K telly, but it&rsquo;s a little less expensive, too</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/kd-55x8505b/sony-kd-55x8505b-4k-tv/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kd-55x8505b/sony-kd-55x8505b-4k-tv/review#comments 4K KD-55X8505B Sony TVs Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:01:29 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446600 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?1409881578" /> </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?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1409881578" /> </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?1409881578" /> </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?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 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 Sony brings PS4 Remote Play to Xperia Z3 range http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The devices will act as a remote second screen for PS4 games, even when someone else is using the console on your main TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PS4 Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" alt="PS4 Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-tablet-z3-ps4-remote.jpg?1409795476" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has announced that the forthcoming Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact will be the world&rsquo;s first smart devices to support PS4 Remote Play.</p> <p>It works in much the same way as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-ps4-games-will-support-ps-vita-remote-play-standard/news">Remote Play on the PS Vita</a>, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet as a dedicated remote screen for PlayStation 4 games. It&rsquo;ll even work if a friend is playing another game on the same PS4 via the living room TV.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony also recommends you use the same home Wi-Fi network as the host PS4 console, to ensure latency remains low, but in theory you could a different Wi-Fi network in a different house, or even your office. Sony says they won&rsquo;t actively promote such a setup, because it&rsquo;s likely to result in poor, choppy experience &ndash; but says you&rsquo;re welcome to try it. The company does, however, envision owners of Xperia phones going to a PS4-owning friend&rsquo;s house and playing his or her games.</p> <p>Remote Play will come to the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact in November. As for other devices, Sony says it may be available on existing Xperia phones and tablets at a later date, but there are as yet no plans to bring it to non-Sony Android devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Xperia Z3, Z3 Tablet Compact and Z3 Compact are all Remote Play compatible" alt="The Xperia Z3, Z3 Tablet Compact and Z3 Compact are all Remote Play compatible" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-family.jpg?1409795476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming PlayStation 4 Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Xperia Z3 Compact Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:47:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446359 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IFA 2014: Sony&#039;s first Android Wear watch and a new e-paper lifelogging band are official. We go wrists on with both </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&#039;s new &quot;SmartWear&quot; - yes it&#039;s insisted on renaming wearables " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sw3-sbt.jpg?1410859780" /> </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>Sony is going practical, not pretty, in wearable tech with two new wristputers launched at IFA 2014. &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"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> 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"> Wear Gets Practical - GPS &amp; Walkman app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Square of screen and sporty looking, the SmartWatch 3 doesn&#39;t exactly tear up the wearables design rule book.&nbsp;</p> <p>But that&#39;s OK. Available in Classic Black or Sport Lime, the watch core actually pops out of the silicon strap, also in pink and white. It&#39;s not designed to do this everyday (two of the prototypes we saw had broken home buttons) more that if you fancy a change after a few months, it can be done. The strap itself has a clasp to keep it in place and though we prefer a standard watch strap as on the G Watch, that&#39;s down to personal preference and it does at least feel secure.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a big watch with a 1.6in screen and a fair amount of bezel. Essentially if you&#39;re moving from a chunky, colourful Swatch it&#39;ll be an easier transition than from your fancy Breitling.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s plenty to love, though. Elsewhere, the SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear device with GPS. Completing the killer combo is 4GB of on-board storage and a standalone Walkman app so that the SmartWatch 3 can be paired with Bluetooth headphones to track runs and provide tunes without a smartphone.</p> <p>Neither was ready for our early play and compatibility with third party fitness apps hasn&#39;t been confirmed yet but Sony will hopefully give us more details during IFA. With a price of &euro;229 (no UK price yet), that looks like a very good deal - a TomTom Runner Cardio, for instance, costs &pound;220 and won&#39;t even tell you the weather.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live smartwatch review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If lime green or candy pink don&#039;t work out, there&#039;s always black " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-open-on-phone_0.jpg?1410859780" /> </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="Clasptastic SmartWatch 3 " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-clasp.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony SmartWatch 3 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>: 1.6in 320x320 TFT LCD touchscreen<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core ARM A7<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 512MB &nbsp;<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android Wear&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 420mAh (claimed 2 days)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: IP68&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Compatibility</strong>: Android 4.3+&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 36 x 10 x 51mm<br /><strong>Weight:</strong> 38g (Classic), 35.7g (Sport)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Colours:</strong> Classic (Black) and Sport (Lime), straps avaialble in white and pink</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"> No Cradle Needed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It says a lot about the competition when we get all flustered over a microUSB port.&nbsp;After months of losing and finding the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">G Watch</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live&#39;s</a>&nbsp;charging cradles, no wonder we got a bit giddy when we saw that the SmartWatch 3 had kept at least one feature of its predecessor, the otherwise&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">frustrating SmartWatch 2</a>.</p> <p>It&#39;s the first Android Wear watch that you can just stick your smartphone&#39;s microUSB cable in. So it&#39;s much more likely to be useful on long days out of the office or weekends away.</p> <p>And all it needed was a neat little flap on the inside of the SmartWatch 3&#39;s (admittedly chunky) steel core.&nbsp;</p> <p>The battery itself is a 420mAh unit which Sony reckons will last two days. With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear&#39;s always-on notifications</a> and a bright, sharp 1.6in 320x320 screen, we wouldn&#39;t be surprised if it&#39;s more comparable to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live&#39;s day and a half battery life</a>. But every half day counts when it comes to smartwatch batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel smartwatch review&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="So simple LG and Samsung " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-microusb.png?1410859780" /> </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="Fairly big bezels and the pink strap colourway " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-pink-install.jpg?1410859780" /> </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="Would you want this strapped to your body? " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-inside.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Android Wear + Sony extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what does it actually do? As with other Android Wear devices, there&#39;s two big functions. The watchface, to show the time, which can be swapped for other designs. And notifications which come through from your smartphone via Bluetooth - phone calls, texts, emails, social media alerts. Anything that appears in your notifications pulldown or as a banner on your Android (4.3+) shows up on the SmartWatch 3&#39;s screen. Plus Google Now&#39;s genius calendar, search and location based updates when it thinks you need them.</p> <p>We got to see Facebook and weather alerts in action during our hands on but this is familiar stuff to anyone who has used an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a>. For more details on what Android Wear watches&nbsp;can do, head to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">in-depth review of the OS</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony has tweaked Android Wear more than most. As well as the Walkman app, it also adds its Lifelog app, TV Sideview and a remote camera app. Lifelog is designed to let you track the usual fitness metrics - steps, distance, calories - alongside entertainment and media info. What movies you&#39;ve watched, music you&#39;ve listened to, games you&#39;ve played or places you&#39;ve been. These appear on a timeline which will sync across to your Xperia Z3.</p> <p>Is Sony gunning to beat Facebook at its own lifelogging game? Its ambitions are probably smaller than that but we&#39;ll be keeping an eye on Lifelog to see what Sony does with all that data. &nbsp;</p> <p>TV Sideview is an app borrowed from Xperia phones that lets you see what&#39;s on the box on the SmartWatch 3 with wrist-based remote controls too. And the remote camera app will work with Xperia phones and accessories like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-qx10/review">Sony&#39;s QX10 lens</a>.</p> <p>So Android Wear is up for grabs, after all, but Sony&#39;s done well to keep its tinkering to a minimum. The growing number of third party apps can take care of the rest.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear OS review&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="Go on, shackle yourself to those Facebook (t)wits " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-facebook.jpg?1410859780" /> </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="Classic watchface x date = smartwatch win " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-clockface.jpg?1410859780" /> </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="Standard Android Wear settings " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-settings.png?1410859780" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Sporty SmartWatch with a sleek Xperia Z3 " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-with-phone.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> SmartBand Talk </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 SmartBand Talk, Sony&#39;s&nbsp;&euro;159 wearable e-paper screen on a silicon strap, is a curious beast.</p> <p>It&#39;s not as stylish as a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone/jawbone-up24/review">Jawbone UP </a>or as shiny and futuristic as a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review">Samsung Gear Fit</a>. But then again it&#39;s not as cheap as some of the other basic smartbands it resembles - like the incoming &pound;80 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news">Acer Liquid Leap</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a 288x128 e-paper screen that&#39;s non touch and an odd mix of features it&#39;s stuck somewhere in the middle. The altimeter is great as that means the SmartBand can track when you&#39;re going up stairs as well as the usual steps and distance to add to your Lifelog. Auto sleep detect is a nice addition too as on Sony&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature">first SmartBand</a> this mode had to be activated by a button press. IP68 dust and waterproofing is another plus.&nbsp;</p> <p>And it can talk. Well, you can talk to it. The SmartBand can handle calls, with a mic, speaker, HD Voice tech and a dash of Dick Tracey.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there&#39;s no standalone GPS like the SmartWatch 3. The 70mAh battery will last three days of normal usage, according to Sony, which isn&#39;t really good enough considering the screen. And in our hands on time with the admittedly unfinished software, it looked slow and very, very basic indeed. </p> <p>We&#39;re willing to have our minds changed when we test the final device. For now, we&#39;re more excited about the affordable, practical, Google Now-powered SmartWatch 3.&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="A bevy of SmartBands " alt="SmartBand Talk hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sbt-group.jpg?1410859780" /> </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="Touchscreen is MIA so get used to button presses " alt="SmartBand Talk hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sbt-side-view.jpg?1410859780" /> </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="Time &#039;n&#039; steps. Simple. " alt="SmartBand Talk hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sbt-steps.png?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony SmartBand Talk 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>: curved 1.4in e-paper 288x128 (192ppi)<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 70mAh (claimed 3 days)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 2MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: IP68&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Compatibility:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.4+&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 47.5 x 22.3 x 9.5mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 24g (small), 26g (large)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Wristband length</strong>: 232mm (small), 255mm (large)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Colours</strong>: Black/white, red, blue, pink, lime</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> <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 Sony&#039;s new smart wristwear </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review#comments IFA 2014 Smartwatches Sony Wearable tech Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:56:40 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446011 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: Sony adds SmartBand Talk and Android Wear SmartWatch 3 to its SmartWear Experience range http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/sony-adds-smartband-talk-and-android-wear-smartwatch-3-its-smartwear-experience-rang-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes folks, you’ve guessed it: “smart” is the watchword for these new wearables </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-smartwatch-3_0.jpg?1409796866" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has just added a couple of new wearable tech gadgets to its SmartWear Experience range, both of which will be on sale soon.</p> <p>The Sony SmartWatch 3 is, appropriately enough, the third iteration of the company&rsquo;s smartwatch wearable (the first one arrived, unbelievably, way back in 2007) &ndash; but more importantly it&rsquo;s the first designed for Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear</a> platform.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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"> Talk to the hand, or at least the wrist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the SmartBand Talk which, as you may have guessed, allows you to make calls (via a paired phone situated somewhere about your person &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t have its own SIM). You can also assign specific actions to your phone, which can be activated by barking custom keywords into the wristband.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s essentially an upgraded version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature">SmartBand SWR10</a> activity tracker we saw at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and comes loaded with an accelerometer and altimeter to provide more accurate data to the Lifelog app. It has a waterproof build and a 1.4in curved, always-on e-paper display.</p> <p>As for the aforementioned SmartBand SWR10, it&rsquo;ll soon be getting some new designer editions courtesy of brands like Barbour and Ted Baker.</p> <p>Finally, Sony is giving its <a href="http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/apps-services/lifelog/" target="_blank">Lifelog</a> activity tracking software a facelift, at least for its web interface. It says this&rsquo;ll make it easier to view and control the data that devices like the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk have accrued. Lifelog is also available <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.lifelog&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">as an Android app</a>, which can be fed data via NFC or Bluetooth.</p> <p>Pricing for the new wearables is yet to be confirmed, but Sony says both the SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3 will be on sale in &ldquo;Autumn 2014&rdquo; &ndash; which means sometime in the next three months.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature">Hands on with Sony&rsquo;s life-logging SmartBand SWR10 fitness band</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartband-talk_0.jpg?1409796866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-adds-smartband-talk-and-android-wear-smartwatch-3-its-smartwear-experience-rang-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Wear IFA 2014 Sony Wearable tech Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:55:33 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446350 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IFA 2014: Sony&#039;s new barely-there 8in Android tablet is wordy by name, nerdy by nature. Here&#039;s our first impressions. </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&#039;s been on a bezel-killing rampage and we love the new look " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3-tablet-front.png?1409798632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s a big day for Sony fans. We&#39;ve lost count of how many devices it&#39;s announced today - in fact, it&#39;s the biggest haul of mobile devices and wearables it&#39;s ever launched in one go.</p> <p>Choice is the buzz word. Big phone, small phone. Big tablet, small tablet. So it&#39;s not surprising there&#39;s an 8in tablet in the new Z3 line-up.&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"> £-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"> Be gone bezels </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 era of Stuff being at odds with Sony&#39;s OmniBalance design is over.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve always appreciated the care, attention and craftsmanship that&#39;s gone into building Xperia smartphones and tablets. But there&#39;s also been a part of us that thinks mobile devices, designed to be held in the hand, need to be practical and human-friendly as well as beautiful.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is just that - much easier to pick up, hold one-handed and generally get on with than actually say out loud. It&#39;s like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">7.9in iPad Mini </a>in that you&#39;ll use it in portrait mode of the time and though you can get one hand around, it makes more sense to rest the Tablet Compact in your palms, thumbs easily moving around the 8in touchscreen.&nbsp;</p> <p>The all-metal frame is gone, just stainless steel corners, but it&#39;s now rounded and there&#39;s still tempered glass on the front. It&#39;s as ludicrously skinny as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Xperia Z2 Tablet</a> at 6.4mm but somehow in this smaller, supremely portable size, it works. On the larger tablet it meant that the tab flexed worryingly in the middle and wasn&#39;t very satisfying to hold. Here it adds to the sleek build and handbag/big pocket-friendly dimensions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Because it doesn&#39;t look like a scaled-down Z2 Tablet. The huge bezels all around that slate have gone, transforming it somewhat and if anything this looks like Sony&#39;s take on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>. At 270g - nearly 30g less than the still-plasticky Samsung - it&#39;s a great move for Xperia tablets.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the same IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance ratings as its smartphone siblings, the Z3 Tablet Compact will also make a great cooking or even bath time companion. The Galaxy S5 might be waterproof but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;sure isn&#39;t.</p> <p>If you&#39;re planning to dunk it (in up to 1.5m of water for half an hour) just make sure all those flaps covering ports like the microUSB are closed. Or floods of your tears will soon be joining all that water.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tablet Compact gets PS4 Remote Play too " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-dualshock-4.png?1409798632" /> </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="Familiar Sony flaps mean one thing - waterproofing " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-ports-1.png?1409798632" /> </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="Xperia by numbers - the prominent power button is present and correct " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-power-button.png?1409798632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 8in 1920x1200 TFT<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB&nbsp;<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8.1MP rear, 1080p video; 2.3MP front, 1080p video<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (+ microSD up to 128GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 4500mAh (19 hours talktime, 15 hours video playback - claimed)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G (with nanoSIM), NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 270g&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"> 2K isn&#039;t everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Sony Xperia Z3 isn&#39;t bowing to pixel pressure by going 2K and neither is the Z3 Tablet Compact.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike Samsung with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">super sharp 2560x1600 Tab S 8.4</a>&nbsp;and Apple with its Retina display-rocking 2048x1536<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini</a>, Sony is sticking at Full HD. And at first glance, we&#39;re not terribly annoyed.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Full HD <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Z2 Tablet </a>is a monster movie tablet, in part thanks to Sony&#39;s TV tech such as Triluminous for mobile and - to a lesser extent - X-Reality for mobile which pumps up contrast and saturation. And the Z3 Tablet Compact is just as capable at displaying pure whites and vibrant colours. Samsung keeps its edge for deep blacks thanks to its use of SuperAMOLED screens but this screen is just as brilliant as we&#39;ve seen on past Xperias. It&#39;s bright too, holding up well in direct sunlight.&nbsp;</p> <p>That said, the Samsung does have its advantages. Loading up Stuff magazine in Samsung&#39;s new Papergarden store on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a> shows just how crisp text looks. Opening up Stuff.tv on the Z3 Tablet Compact and zooming out on a full screen of (lower res) text in an epic review shows that, while we agree 2K can be overkill, sometimes extra pixels help.&nbsp;</p> <p>It might not be futureproof but for now, the Z3 Tablet Compact shouldn&#39;t be too ashamed of its resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A set of stunning screens from Sony - with the Z3 " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-with-phone.png?1409798632" /> </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="Bright and vivid even in direct sunlight " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-umbrellas.png?1409798632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 only tablet that can play PS4 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 think a small Android tablet could really trouble the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini</a> without a miracle but here it is. PS4 owners, listen up. You can now play PS4 games on the Z3 Tablet Compact - as well as the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. It&#39;s the same in-home game streaming tech found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PS Vita</a> and the Z3 Tablet Compact makes a tidy set-up with Sony&#39;s mount and a DualShock 4 controller. We haven&#39;t had a play yet but stick to Stuff.tv for our first impressions.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s the biggest news but Sony really doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong anywhere. With the same largely fuss-free Android skin that we&#39;ve come to expect from Sony and a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor plus 3GB of RAM under the hood, it&#39;s no suprise that the Z3 Tablet Compact ran <em>sans</em> stutter during our hands on time with it. We&#39;re sure it will be a hoot 24/7 but we&#39;ll put it through the full streaming, multi-tasking and gaming paces when we get a final review unit.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s a pair of decent 8MP and 2.3MP cameras front and rear which both shoot 1080p video in case you need them. The Tablet Compact is treated to the same hi-res audio, uprating and digital noise cancelling (with Sony headphones) as the Xperia Z3 smartphone too.</p> <p>And there&#39;s a fairly beefy 4500mAh battery inside to keep all that ticking over. Sure, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4 </a>has a bigger 4900mAh unit but that has hundreds more pixels to push. Sony reckons the Tablet Compact will last an impressive 15 hours of video playback. That would be a compact all-day tablet to be reckoned with if it stands up.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s Android skin hasn&#039;t changed in a while " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-whats-new.png?1409798632" /> </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 back of the Tablet Compact is lovely to stroke " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-rear_0.png?1409798632" /> </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="Nvidia&#039;s Shield weeps quietly in the corner " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black.jpg?1409798632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>Convincing people they need an Android tablet - let alone a premium one - is no easy task.&nbsp;</p> <p>But the Z3 Tablet Compact is a lovely thing. It&#39;s slim, light and feels well made. The screen looks brilliant despite &quot;only&quot; being Full HD. The waterproofing may sway people away from choosing an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>We just hope Sony will be sensible and price it slightly less than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4&#39;s</a> steep &pound;320. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7 is &pound;200</a> and when you can&#39;t beat the iPad&#39;s unrivalled design and tablet-optimised apps, asking for more than &pound;300 for a tablet gets risky.&nbsp;</p> <p>Either way, if Samsung&#39;s software puts you off a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a> or your gamer eyes light up at the mention of PS4 remote play on a tidy Sony tab, this 8in Xperia might be the right tablet for you. Stay tuned for an in-depth review and comparisons to the Samsung and iPad on Stuff.tv very soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The ten best tablets - tested and rated by Stuff&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&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"> 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/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review#comments IFA 2014 Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:50:27 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446068 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s &quot;no compromise&quot; Compact gets a reboot after 9 months - and we&#039;ve wrapped our hands all the way around it </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="Small but perfectly formed" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-front-orange-1.png?1411440134" /> </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>Until the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Z1 Compact</a> came along, small-handed gadget lovers had two choices: buy an iPhone or settle for a cut-spec &quot;Mini&quot;.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&#39;s 4.3in Xperia changed all that and now the Z3 Compact has arrived to continue this worthy work.</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"> Just Mini Enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s get matters of size out of the way.</p> <p>This is a 4.6in smartphone calling itself compact. That means the screen is bigger than that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>&nbsp;and almost matches the 4.7in display on the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>. But it&#39;s all about dimensions. Put simply, you can hold this comfortably in one hand, even if said hand is tinier than average.&nbsp;</p> <p>Build-wise, the Z3 Compact puts most Android smartphones to shame.&nbsp;Sure, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a> has a curved aluminium body but its insides don&#39;t exactly match its outsides. And most other scaled-down handsets stick to plastic, big bezels and telltale signs of corner cutting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not so here.&nbsp;</p> <p>While Sony&#39;s decided to drop the metal frame from the Z3 Compact, it still looks and feels beautifully well made.&nbsp;The all-glass rear is present, as are the love-it-or-loathe-it aluminium power button and shallow volume rocker. The dedicated camera button returns and apart from a few minor tweaks - the LED flash has been moved slightly further away from the rear camera, for instance - this is the same shrunken down OmniBalance design we fell for in January. </p> <p>Like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Z1 Compact</a>&nbsp;it&#39;s waterproof, with the same newly improved dust resistance as the larger Z3 - that&#39;s IP65 and IP68 certified. But like the Z1 and Z2, neither Xperia sacrifices any style to practicalities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plus, while we&#39;ve moaned in the past about the ergonomics of Sony&#39;s smartphone builds, this time round both the Z3 and Z3 Compact are easier to hold.&nbsp;Both get nylon caps on their corners (to help prevent smashes) and there are so many buttons, pogo pins and port flaps that there isn&#39;t much room for untouched edges to run your fingers along anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>The bezels are still a little on the roomy side, but overall it&#39;s a big improvement over Z1 Compact, with Sony somehow managing to fit a 4.6in screen into a handset that&#39;s roughly the same size as its 4.3in predecessor. It&#39;s also much slimmer - 8.7mm rather than 9.5mm - which all adds up to it looking and feeling much classier. It&#39;s still not as light as an 112g&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>&nbsp;but 127g is light enough for us.&nbsp; </p><p>And last but not least, to signify this as a fun, mass-market smartphone Sony is adding bold orange and green colour options to the existing black and white versions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini 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="And I want my corners.. " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-compact-back.png?1411440134" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-compact-side.png?1411440134" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-compact-back-stack.png?1411440134" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.6in 1280x720 Triluminous display with X-Reality engine <br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB <br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat <br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP rear, 1080p/4K video<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (+ microSD)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2600mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: x8.7mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 129g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sticking at 720p, bold battery claims </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&#39;s said no to 2K on the 5.2in Xperia Z3 and no to 1080p here on the Z3 Compact.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why? Two reasons. Sony reckons the human eye finds it hard to discern the extra pixels. And it wants to save us all from having to recharge at work and in bed by virtue of a claimed two-day battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p>The slight problem here is that by sticking with a 720p resolution while making its screen bigger, Sony has effectively reduced its sharpness. So while the old Z1 Compact&#39;s 1280x720 resolution on a 4.3in display equates to&nbsp;341ppi, when stretched across 4.6 inches that falls to 320ppi. Will that difference be noticeable? We&#39;ll have to wait until we get a review model back to Stuff Towers to answer that. </p> <p>What we can say already is that when we loaded up the same image on both the Z3 and Z3 Compact, we did spot some loss of detail on the smaller unit next to the full HD screen of the bigger model.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, while full HD would have been lovely - and would have made it one of the sharpest phones on the planet - it&#39;s still bright, with natural but appealing colours. It&#39;s also slightly bigger than the 4.5in 720p screens on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">One Mini 2</a> and Galaxy S5 Mini and if you like things punchy, you can turn on Sony&#39;s X-Reality for mobile tech to boost contrast and saturation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&#39;s battery strategy for the Z3 Compact extends beyond giving it fewer pixels. As well as the extra efficiency that the fast and powerful Snapdragon 801 processor brings (the Z1 Compact ran on the 800), Sony has also worked to make the display more efficient. There&#39;s no name for the tech but Sony claims that the display retains a memory of the picture onscreen, so that it doesn&#39;t need to reload it over and over again.&nbsp;</p> <p>When we tested the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review"> Z1 Compact</a>&nbsp;we got a full day&#39;s use out of it.&nbsp;But Sony says that in its own tests both the Z3 and Z3 Compact make it through two days of normal usage versus 1.4 days for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a>. The Z3 Compact has a bigger 2600mAh battery than that in the mini Z1 and in our brief play, the battery percentage on the Z3 Compact barely dropped. All of which bodes well, but we&#39;ll be putting Sony&#39;s claims to the test in our full review.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-what-it-needs-do-reclaim-top-spot/feature">What the iPhone 6 needs to do in order to reclaim top spot</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z3 (top) and its smaller Compact sibling" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-compact-screen.png?1411440134" /> </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="Note: Using both phones together like this is a waste of money" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-compact-top.png?1411440134" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera Tweaks and Hi-res Audio </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 many ways the Z3 Compact is identical to the Z3. For starters both get the aforementioned Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is clocked at 2.5GHz and which should make moving around homescreens, the web and menus as smooth as full-fat butter.</p> <p>Another thing they share is the camera. Now we&nbsp;didn&#39;t get much of a play with it during our hands-on time, so we&#39;ll save judgement for the full reviews. But the headlines are that it takes the superb 20.7MP sensor from the Xperia Z2, complete with&nbsp;excellent Superior Auto mode,&nbsp;and gives it a new 25mm wide-angle G lens, higher 12,800 ISO sensitivity and tweaked SteadyShot software.&nbsp;It also gets a few more social camera apps, the best being live YouTube broadcasting.&nbsp;</p> <p>In our brief experience,&nbsp;framing and AF are as fast as ever, while&nbsp;its ability to see in the dark looks especially promising.&nbsp;Frankly, we can&#39;t wait to pit it against whatever Cupertino is cooking up - with all the rumours at the moment pointing to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">4.7in iPhone 6</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Music is another area where it matches its bigger sibling. Xperias have long ranked alongside iDevices as our favourites for music playback, but the Z3 and Z3 Compact promise to take things up a level. Both get hi-res audio capabilities, if you can get hold of the right files, but even if you can&#39;t then they&#39;ll use Sony&#39;s own DSEE HX uprating tech to turn lowly MP3s into near hi-res audio tracks.</p> <p>Finally, there are no real differences between the handsets in terms of their Android skin. Both get the usual What&#39;s New widgets recommending content to consume and both also get the new Lifelog app - intended to work with new wearables such as the SmartWatch 3. However, this wasn&#39;t quite ready for our hands-on time with it. We&#39;ll hopefully have more on it very soon from the IFA 2014 showfloor.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term test - Sony PS4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z3 Compact&#039;s skin is identical to that on the Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-compact-homescreen.png?1411440134" /> </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="Best head down to your local hi-res audio store quick " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-compact-audio-settings.png?1411440134" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Play PS4 games on your Z3 Compact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then there&#39;s the PlayStation connection. Like the&nbsp;Z3 and Z3 Tablet Compact, the Z3 Compact will&nbsp;get&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4 Remote Play</a>&nbsp;in November. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PS Vita-style</a>&nbsp;tech will enable gamers to play PS4 titles on their Xperia smartphone or tablet with a DualShock 4 controller. It&#39;s not supposed to be played on the bus, mind, as Sony is recommending it&#39;s used at home on the same Wi-Fi connection as your PS4. We haven&#39;t tried Remote Play on an Xperia out yet but if it works as well as on the Vita, we&#39;re sold.&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="A little mount goes a long way " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-compact-ps4-remote.png?1411440134" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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 fondle, the Xperia Z3 Compact isn&#39;t precisely the zero compromises smartphone Sony says it is - the 720p screen and missing metal frame suggest otherwise. But it sure is close.&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, on first impressions the Z3 Compact is shaping up to be a bit of a gadget hero. It&#39;s fast, it&#39;s pretty and it&#39;s very, very capable. If you want the best of Android in a smaller package there are now two viable options - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a> and this. And with what should be a better camera, longer-lasting battery and cleverer tricks, the Z3 Compact should see off HTC&#39;s finest small phone easily.</p> <p>Then again with a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">4.7in iPhone 6</a> rumoured for a mid-September announcement, it looks like the Z3 Compact will face some seriously stiff competition before it&#39;s even released. Check back soon for our full in-depth review.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review#comments IFA 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:49:40 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446070 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: Play PS4 games in the bath with the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-play-ps4-games-bath-sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s super-light slate is dinky, waterproof, and streams next-gen games over Remote Play </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 Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-01.jpg?1409759343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&#39;s latest tablet has wafted into IFA 2014 &ndash; a slimline 8in slab whose 270g weight barely registers in your hand.</p> <p>It may not look like a gaming powerhouse, but it&#39;ll play next-gen games &ndash; using Sony&#39;s Remote Play service to stream PS4 titles.</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>Inside, you get a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, plus 3GB RAM and 16GB storage (expandable to 128GB using microSD); the tablet will run Android 4.4 KitKat at launch. You also get a 4500mAh battery to keep things chugging along &ndash; Sony claims it&#39;s good for 13 hours of video playback &ndash; plus 8MP and 2.3MP cameras.</p> <p>The 8in, 1080p resolution packs Sony&#39;s own Triluminos technology &ndash; as seen on the Xperia Z2 Tablet &ndash; which it claims delivers a wider colour gamut. It&#39;s also IP65 and IP68 waterproof and dust-resistant, and can survive a dunk in up to 1.5m of water for half an hour.</p> <p>Pricing and availability have yet to be revealed, but expect LTE and Wi-Fi variants in the shops from Autumn 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-02.jpg?1409759343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ifa-2014-play-ps4-games-bath-sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-play-ps4-games-bath-sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact/news#comments IFA 2014 Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:47:55 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446354 at http://www.stuff.tv