Yotaphone http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/features en-GB Video: Yotaphone 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/mwc-2014/video-yotaphone-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a larger screen, more powerful guts and full capacitive touch control of its E Ink screen, the second-gen Yotaphone looks set to impress </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="Video: Yotaphone 2 hands-on review" alt="Video: Yotaphone 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2015.23.29.png?1393984447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3287925796001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3287925796001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Info from your phone is squirted to the rear screen via Bluetooth 4.0, so it doesn&#39;t use much power and won&#39;t clog up your Lightning-hole.&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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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>Unlike the Yotaphone the InkCase will only display information from the three specific apps made by its manufacturer, Oaxis, so you can&#39;t currently read a book on it (the iPhone version is a bit small for that, anyway). There&#39;s also a larger version for the Note 2, and Oaxis will be bringing the cases to Europe in a couple of months.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</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="InkCase turns your iPhone into a Yotaphone " alt="InkCase turns your iPhone into a Yotaphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/inkcasegalaxy.jpg?1393464329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/yotaphone/inkcase-brings-e-ink-second-screen-your-iphone/news#comments iPhone & iPad MWC 2014 Smartphones Yotaphone Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:59:37 +0000 Will Dunn 1432925 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with Yota Devices' next-gen Yotaphone http://www.stuff.tv/android/hands-yota-devices-next-gen-yotaphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A dual-screened Android that&#039;s surprisingly swish [updated with video] </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="Yota take a look at this" alt="New Yotaphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Yota2main.jpg?1394332244" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first Yotaphone was a good idea: a regular Android phone on the front, an E Ink screen on the back that delivered notifications, tweets, faceblurts and so on without draining your battery. Also, you could read books on it! But the first Yotaphone felt like a prototype; a brilliant idea on paper, but not quite there yet. The new Yotaphone, which will be released in a few months, is an altogether slicker slice of multiscreen mobile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/review" target="_blank">Yotaphone review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you&#39;re thumbing the 5in AMOLED on the new Yotaphone&#39;s front it seems like a fairly standard Android phone, with a fairly standard Android UI. With its lozenge-like form, curved edges and lack of massive logos it feels a bit like a Nexus S or a Nexus 4, which is a big improvement over the boxy design of the first phone. The USB port at the base has a pair of speakers on either side, and overall it feels like a proper current-gen smartphone, albeit one with a unique extra selling point.</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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3287925796001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3287925796001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </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="Yotaphone 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2633.jpg?1394332244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the flipside, the new 4.7in E Ink screen is a huge improvement. Where the first Yotaphone relied on a fairly clumsy swipe-panel, the new one has full touch control. This makes the second screen genuinely useful: you can use it to make calls, type messages and tweets and even play a few (fairly limited) games. With a nice curve to the edge of the screen (and the camera in the right place this time), it doesn&#39;t seem to add any bulk, and because it requires next to no power, it could be enormously useful.</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="New Yotaphone demo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2640.jpg?1394332244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>As with the previous Yotaphone, this prototype has been announced to the world about eight months before it actually goes on sale, so it&#39;ll be a while before you can get your hands on one. By then there might be more tempting goodies on offer - you could argue that the Galaxy S5&#39;s power-saving tech makes the Yotaphone&#39;s E Ink screen redundant - but we&#39;re really looking forward to seeing this sleeker, more sculpted Yotaphone later this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</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="Yotaphone 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2650.jpg?1394332244" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/android/hands-yota-devices-next-gen-yotaphone/feature#comments Android MWC 2014 Smartphones Yotaphone Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:39:50 +0000 Will Dunn 1432889 at http://www.stuff.tv YotaPhone http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two screens on one phone, the YotaPhone is a geek pioneer&#039;s dream come true, even if it is a bit rough around the edges [UPDATE: now with video] </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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN0018_0.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the vast and ever-growing ocean of Android smartphones, it&rsquo;s all too easy for devices&nbsp;to get lost in the stormy sea of competition, which is why we like to see manufacturers try something a little different.</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> €500 </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"> Two screens are better than one </div> <div class="field-item even"> E-ink screen is always on </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"> Humdrum looks and build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Frustrating to operate </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Weak camera, despite the specs </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"> Not exactly a looker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s get this out of the way &ndash; the YotaPhone isn&rsquo;t going to win any smartphone beauty pageants.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little on the heavy side, 10mm thick and looks unassuming if you&rsquo;re feeling charitable and downright weird if you&rsquo;re not.</p> <p>It looks normal enough from the front, minus the huge top and bottom bezels (more on that later) and its sides taper to a narrower point towards the top of the phone, presumably in an effort to make it feel thinner in the hands.&nbsp;In reality though, it just looks&hellip; odd.</p> <p>The e-ink screen on the back blends in smoothly enough, though, but the bottom-left placement of the camera is just plain weird.&nbsp;We can only assume that the camera module wouldn&rsquo;t fit above the e-ink screen in a more traditional position, as that would leave less room for the touch-sensitive area beneath the display &ndash; a feature that&rsquo;s also present on the front of the device, hence the huge bottom bezel.</p> <p>The plastic body of the YotaPhone feels solid enough, but there&rsquo;s little to love about the power button, which consists of a removable plastic strip that hides the micro-SIM slot.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s quite possibly the cheapest button we&rsquo;ve ever felt, is far too springy and just offends our fingers in ways never before thought possible.</p> <p>Overall the YotaPhone is an embodiment of no-nonsense function over form, and we can&rsquo;t really blame it. It has got to fit in two separate screens after all, a challenge that no other smartphone manufacturer has even taken on.</p> <p>Besides, there&#39;s a certain geeky charm to the YotaPhone. It&#39;s not wearing the prettiest dress at the prom, but its got two freaking screens, damn it, and it faintly echoes the same feelings we felt when we held our first colour smartphone.</p> <p>This is a geek pioneer&#39;s phone and make no mistake.</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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2945527656001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2945527656001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0008.JPG?1389071179" /> </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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0010.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A respectable &quot;normal&quot; screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The YotaPhone&rsquo;s front-facing 4.3in 720p LCD display is no pixel-packing marvel, but neither is it a disgrace.</p> <p>You won&rsquo;t notice the pixels unless you really want to, and it&rsquo;s pleasantly bright, with decent viewing angles and colours that aren&rsquo;t oversaturated.</p> <p>While its whites are pretty decent, its blacks are nowhere near as deep as those found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3&rsquo;s</a> AMOLED or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2&rsquo;s</a> IPS LCD.</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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9899.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> But what about the other screen? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re glad you asked.</p> <p>The YotaPhone&rsquo;s 4.3in e-ink display has a passable 360x640 resolution, offering 171ppi. This pales in comparison to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-paperwhite-2013/review" target="_blank">Kindle Papwerwhite&rsquo;s</a> excellent 212ppi display and our eyes find text on the YotaPhone&rsquo;s e-ink screen to be a little blurry at times, which is disappointing.</p> <p>The e-ink screen isn&rsquo;t a touchscreen, either. Instead, a touch-sensitive area beneath it is used for navigation, with a double-tap used to lock and unlock a special live wallpaper screen that refreshes weather, battery life and the clock in real time.</p> <p>This screen is one of few &lsquo;live&rsquo; pages that can be viewed on the YotaPhone&rsquo;s e-ink display.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t navigate Android on it, play games or use apps, but then again, thanks to e-ink&#39;s low refresh rates, you really wouldn&rsquo;t want to do those things anyway, unless you&#39;re a masochist.</p> <p>Instead, the e-ink screen is intended to supplement the main LCD display, and slipping it out of your pocket to check the time and remaining battery without having to turn on the main screen is a nerdy pleasure.</p> <p>A two-fingered swipe from above the LCD screen towards the bottom-front bezel pastes a screenshot onto the e-ink display &ndash; you can use that for things such as shopping lists or maps, to save a little extra juice by keeping the power-sapping LCD display off.</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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0005.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> E-ink apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The YotaPhone comes pre-loaded with a number of &lsquo;Put2Back&rsquo; applications designed to make use of the e-ink display.</p> <p>The best one is the Wallpaper app, which lets you choose from a selection of quality wallpapers (you can of course add your own), before throwing in a decent collection of customisable widgets, including clocks, weather and battery information.</p> <p>The second most useful app is Bookmate, which lets you read e-books on the e-ink display, turning the pages with swipes in the gesture area beneath the screen.</p> <p>Sadly the gestures are hit and miss a lot of the time, and you&rsquo;ll find yourself having to swipe a few times in order to turn pages. It&rsquo;s a real shame, as reading e-books should be the most useful way to utilise an e-ink display on your smartphone.</p> <p>Notepad and Organiser are pretty self-explanatory, the former allowing you to pin notes to the e-ink display, and the latter serving up a handy list of events and appointments that you&rsquo;ve got during the current day.</p> <p>This is when the e-ink display comes into its own, and we found it rather useful to check up on meetings with a quick glance, without having to press any buttons to turn the screen on.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re only really saving half a second, of course, but it&rsquo;s nice to have the information just there without having that extra step.</p> <p>Lastly, InternetHub displays Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds on the rear e-ink display in almost-realtime. Again, though, it&rsquo;s let down by the very poor swiping recognition, and we found our unregistered swipes to be increasingly frustrating.</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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0019.JPG?1389071179" /> </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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0039.JPG?1389071179" /> </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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0013.JPG?1389071179" /> </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="YotaPhone review" alt="YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0015.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera - not as good as the numbers suggest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite the 13 megapixels on offer, the YotaPhone&rsquo;s snaps aren&rsquo;t particularly impressive and they can&rsquo;t begin to come close to the detail offered by other devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>.</p> <p>Low-light shots also serve up quite a bit of noise and muted colours, and occasionally the camera freezes for half a second between shots.</p> <p>The odd position of the lens itself can also get annoying as your finger frequently drifts over the lens and ruins your shot.</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=" YotaPhone review" alt=" YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0035.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Fast 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>The YotaPhone&rsquo;s dual-core 1.7Ghz processor won&rsquo;t set your heart racing, but it runs 3D games such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_row&amp;hl=en" target="_blank"><em>Real Racing 3</em></a> without any problems, no doubt thanks at least in part to the lower screen resolution.</p> <p>Flicking through apps and web browsing are also all slick experiences, as long as you&rsquo;re not relying on the dodgy gesture controls. Speaking of which&hellip;</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=" YotaPhone review" alt=" YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0029.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> OS and navigation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android purists will enjoy the stock version of Android 4.2 found on the YotaPhone, but in the end that only serves to make it an even greater shame that it&rsquo;s so frustrating to actually navigate.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no capacitive Home, Back or Menu buttons like the ones found on Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy devices. Nor does it have on-screen navigation buttons enabled by default. Instead, the touch-sensitive bottom bezel is used to go back to the home screen, bring up menu options and recent apps.</p> <p>Swiping left takes you back, swiping right takes you home, while a long press brings up Google Now.</p> <p>It sounds fine, but unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-z10/review" target="_blank">BlackBerry Z10&rsquo;s</a> excellent gesture-based navigation, the YotaPhone is once again frustratingly unresponsive, and simple actions such as going back to the home screen can take a couple of swipes.</p> <p>Thankfully you can bring up the standard on-screen Android navigation bar in the settings, and given the choice we&rsquo;d have ditched the touch navigation for a bigger screen, at least until the operational kinks have been ironed out.</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"> YotaPhone 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>Operating System - Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)</p> <p>Processor - Dual Core 1.7 GHz Krait</p> <p>RAM - 2GB</p> <p>Front screen - 4.3in LCD with 1280 x 720 resolution (341ppi)</p> <p>Rear screen - 4.3in EPD with 640x360 resolution (171ppi)</p> <p>Camera - 13MP rear, 1MP front</p> <p>Storage - 32GB</p> <p>Connectivity - LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p>Battery - 1800mAh</p> <p>Dimensions/weight - 133.6 x 67 x 9.99mm/146g</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-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The YotaPhone is definitely not a high-end superphone. It&rsquo;s got an average build, an average LCD screen, acceptable power and a camera that is comfortably out-performed by the competition.</p> <p>But then again, the YotaPhone isn&rsquo;t trying to take on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2&rsquo;s</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s&rsquo;</a> of the smartphone world.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s arriving with a novel second e-ink display, and we respect it for being a pioneer and for trying something different.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a true geek&rsquo;s toy, and while we certainly wouldn&rsquo;t use it as our daily driver, we&rsquo;re intrigued enough to want to see more. Thank you, YotaPhone, for daring to break the mould and dream your e-ink dream. Na zdorovye.</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=" YotaPhone review" alt=" YotaPhone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0016.JPG?1389071179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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"> 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"> 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"> 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 class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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 mediocre smartphone that packs in an intriguing party trick. Just a shame it&rsquo;s so rough around the edges.</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"> YotaPhone review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two screens – but is it twice as nice? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/review#comments Smartphones Yotaphone Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:51:11 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430308 at http://www.stuff.tv