"There is nothing to catch up to"
In terms of build quality and design there most certainly was.
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"There is nothing to catch up to"
In terms of build quality and design there most certainly was.
You are more than likely quite right about muppets and lemmings, but it doesn't alter the fact that the average punter British seems to think in terms of Apple, Samsung and Other Stuff.
Probably, but using the given weight for the battery pack the arithmetic doesn't work out. I'm guessing the calculation is based on the battery weight minus the control hardware but since I couldn't lay hands on that info for the Soul or the Leaf or the Zoe I can't make any comment as to the accuracy of the statement.
That's exactly right. I should have said "rather than purely with good old discs".
Fair point but as Toyota/Lexus refer to the transmission in the NX300h as a CVT system I thought it best to stick with their nomenclature but include a short para about how the system actually works. As you say, it is extremely complicated.
Complexity aside it feels very much like a belt CVT system from the driving seat.
You can change the overall screen rez but the result looks pretty dire. You can change the size of content text in the browser panel but not in the menu, tab and bookmarks bar. That's the stuff that looks too small to my eyes.
"for such a pricey phone"
I'd not call £420 pricey for a mobe with this spec.
The reflections look much, much worse in the pics than in real life. More a testament to my lack of photographic expertise than anything else.
No space for a multi-paragraph analysis of the respective qualities of the webcams in the iP6 and the Alpha but a quick comparison demonstrated to my personal satisfaction that the Alpha's camera has the iP6's beaten in terms of both colour accuracy and image brightness. The extra pixels are the least of it.
This feels more like glass than whatever was on the back of the Z2 so yes, I'm (pretty) sure it is toughened glass rather than some sort of plastic.
Hmm...that drop down spec list wasn't there when I wrote the review.
Probably all the same data they glean from your Clubcard?
Yes, Ingress runs just fine
Yup, spot on,.
Not as you'd notice despite the way it looks. You are aware that there is "something" lurking above your right eyebrow but you soon forget it's there as you would a thick pair of spectacle frames.
Re. getting a headache, surprisingly not. I longest I had them on continuously was just over two hours (while driving) and though I expected a headache, none arrived.
In regard to the vignette with the satnav showing, the navigation box actually appears a little larger than that by a factor of about x 1.5. Also, as you move your head to the left and/or down the box appears to move more into the centre of your line of sight.
Incidentally I wear contacts (+2.25 left, +2.5 right) but found that this caused no issues with Glass.
You may be right, and sadly it's nothing to do with Glass.
When I ran a few dedicated graphics benchmarks like GFXBench 2.7 the Tab S 8.4 didn't perform as well as the Snapdragon 801 Galaxy S5. I didn't go into greater detail in the review because frankly it's a bit irrelevant. Sorry for any confusion.
No it's not. I took that as read but in retrospect should have clarified the point.
For what it's worth I loaded up the same sixty-odd apps that I have on my Moto G onto the MeMO Pad 7 and they all ran perfectly.
Of course the 61st or 62nd app may have decided to play silly buggers...
Note to self, musty stop obsessing over exotic German armoured vehicles of WW2.
You'll get no arguments from me - the EU's consumption and emission test for plug-in hybrids makes little sense as the real world figures are entirely dependent on how much plug-in charge you use every time you drive. On our test run we close to drained the battery at the start of the day so we'd get a better idea of average economy without the aid of further external charge. I maintain that 33mpg is very good for a car of this type driven the way it was driven. But if we'd plugged our i8 in for two hours at lunch we could have probably doubled the mpg figure. As I said in the article, it's an entirely movable feast.
That term just scanned more agreeably than "Scottish plod". And being half Scot myself I'll call my compatriots anything I like. Besides, if it's good enough for Siegfried Sassoon, it's good enough for me...
"If the dock also has an audio jack then this is forgivable."
"Is thinner than an iPad Air really necessary?"
after you've held both in one hand for any period of time the answer is, I can assure you, yes.
Quite right, the fixed focus camera does indeed put the kibosh on scanning bar codes. I should have mentioned that in my review.
I'd challenge anyone to tell the difference between the pixel density of the Z1 Compact and iP5 when they have both devices side-by-side WITH a microscope! But since the main gist of my review was to look at the Z1 Compact as a potential alternative to the iP5 for people who think the current crop of Android flagships too large a brief comparison of the technical details - size, weight, screen dimensions and dot density - seemed not just appropriate but essential. Whether or not any of the differences matter a rat's ass is up to the reader. Comment - intelligent or otherwise - is in paras 4, 5, 6 & 7 after the basic facts in para 3.
As for using 'mAh' in regards to battery capacity, yup, it is far from ideal, I agree, but the full technical specifications of phone batteries are nigh on impossible to get hold of in these days of sealed devices so it's really the least worst option.
I mean't to remove the word "Android" when I added the Nokia to the list.
But you get the gist.
Compared directly in sunlight in a garden in Salford in February, yes. The X and G were compared with screen brightness on 'auto' and also when set to maximum. The X was easier to read than the G in both cases. As has been said, mileage may vary if you try the same comparison some place where the sun is turned all the way up to 11. If it's an S3 in question it may worth having a fiddle with the various Samsung-added contrast settings as they can make quite a big difference.
Good point, it didn't occur to me at the time of writing that the shake-to-launch sensor for the camera was working off the same core as the voice command system. Makes perfect sense.
Prestigio phones are indeed cheap but the MediaTek 1.2GHz dual-core chips they use are gutless (no thanks to the 512MB of RAM they are lumbered with), the cameras poor and the displays utterly dismal . That fact they have two SIM card slots is handy but otherwise you get exactly what you pay for and not one Euro more.
Yes, cabled keyboards and mice work just fine but you need a USB/micro USB adapter or a hub if you want to connect anything else at the same time. Given the absence of a full sized USB port I'd suggest Bluetooth is the best option.
....speaking personally, because I can't review something that doesn't exist.
Fair comment, but the point I was making was that on a purely aesthetic basis the Toshiba doesn't match the likes of the Nexus 7 Mk. 2 or the iPad mini. Feel free to argue that aesthetics are irrelevant or that the different OSs predicate a different consumer expectation but in my opinion for £300 the Encore could and should be a thinner, lighter and generally smarter looking bit of kit.
Doh! Of course it is. I've been looking at it for over a week and the coin still hadn't dropped.
With a linux distro running on the dock the OS swap function would vanish thus negating the entire point of this device.
Remove "Catholic takes to guilt" and replace with "duck takes to water".
Fair comment about LTE. Personally I fail to see the point of 4G at the moment, and if I did take the plunge I'd go for a 4G wireless router and a stand-alone. But each to his/her own. And again, something has to give to keep the price down. You just don't 100% of a £400 device for £135. As for build quality, the body of the G doesn't appear to be made out of anything fancy, but it feels every bit as robust and sturdy as the iPhone 5C I've got at the moment,
"This leaves Moto G's volume buttons on the crotch side of the device."
That works for me.
In a word no, the microUSB port does not output AV. And yes, I should have mentioned that in my write up.
The Skifta app should do the trick if you want to throw audio and video to a DLNA/UPnP network-attached stereo or telly.. And there is always Chromecast (when it gets an official UK release).
As for ring and speech volume, they are no worse, or better, than any of the other handsets that have landed on my desk of late. Can't say that I recall the Nexus 4 being unusually loud..
Nope, you'll need to find your own microUSB - USB cable.
As the eagle-eyed have already noticed, between me writing this review and it going up (about 36 hours) HP has dropped the UK price by £20.
This is Sony's exact wording in regards to the Z1's dust and waterproofing
"Water and dust resistant (IP55 & IP58), durable tempered glass with a solid one-piece aluminium frame"
As for the infra red transmitter I have to put my hands up and say I was wrong, the Z1 does not have one. I can only assume I was reading from my LG G2 notes when I wrote that. Apologies to one and all for the error which was wholly mine.
Like all (the latest) Xperias - Z, Z Ultra, SP etc - the Z1's battery is most definitely fixed in place.
Nope, the control layout, three capacitive buttons on the front, is the same as the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra.
As for viewing angles, OK, they are not as robust as the very best - the HTC One in my opinion - but they are far from "terrible" and certainly not a reason to avoid buying a Z1.
You may we right about that. I asked the curator of BMW's museum in Munich about the design a few years ago, and he said it was indeed based on an aircraft propeller but I suspect the actual truth is lost in the mists of time.
BTW, I notice I forgot to mention the power output of the two cylinder petrol engine in the REX version, it's 25kW or 33.5bhp. The electric motor which is the same in both vehicles is officially rated at 125kW peak, 75kW nominal.
With luck I'll be giving the REX version a week long test in December.
As other posters have mentioned, the site has devoted a fair bit of space to this topic.
The only way I could think of making a substantive contribution to the argument would have been to ask Samsung to send me an unopened region locked handset, run a UK SIM in it for a few days then fly to another continent and try it with a local SIM. (using an overseas SIM in the UK wouldn't have given a reliable answer. I've had several handset/SIM combos over the years that refused to work while in the UK but worked fine when in the SIM card's home territory). Clearly that would have been impractical.
I should perhaps have linked to the Reg's coverage of the issue, and for that omission I apologize.
Yes, but you can't remove the Samsung apps without rooting. Choice is great, duplication less so.
My understanding of this is that Samsung devices with a regional lock will work just like before so long as the first SIM card that is used to activate the device is from the region that the device is locked into. That means that if you get a European Galaxy Note 3, you'll have to activate it with an European SIM card first but once that is done you can use any SIM card you wish. My review unit didn't have the tell-tale region lock sticker on the box so even had I been able to try it overseas during the loan period I'd have been none the wiser.
I am assuming Samsung is doing this to avoid transshipment issues though that is just an assumption.
Strange, the gallery on my review handset renders near instantly no matter how many accounts I have it set to show.