Thursday, June 30, 2016

How to pronounce Android Nougat? 30 Different Ways recommended by our Readers

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Android N, the next version of Android after Marshmallow, was made official during Google I/O 2016. At the time of the announcement, Google didn’t tell us what it would be named. Instead, the company made an announcement stating the name of the next version of android will be decided by the public. An official web page was created by the company for people to go and suggest a name.

Yesterday, Google finally revealed the name of the next version of its operating system to be Android “Nougat”. Keeping up with the tradition of the name the versions after sweet treats, this is no exception. But the most anticipated name for this version of Android was “Nutella”. According to various polls and reports, it was confirmed by many, stating that the expected name would be “Nutella”.

But to our surprise, the company decided to call it “Nougat”. As surprising as it is, it is also not the easiest name to pronounce. People often get confused with various name and fail to pronounce it correctly. Upon asking our readers, we came across some of the most commonly mispronounced names for “Nougat”.

Here is the list of 30 different ways to pronounce the “Nougat”, recommended by our readers.

Android Nougat Pronounciations PhoneRadar

  • Nougat
  • Noughat
  • Noghut
  • Noga
  • Nougot
  • Nogurt
  • Noooghaat
  • Noghaat
  • Negut
  • Neghat
  • Nawgat
  • Nawget
  • Nogut
  • Newgut
  • Nowhgot
  • NowGat
  • Nouughatt
  • Nugget
  • Naget
  • Nou-ga
  • Noo-Gaa
  • Noghat
  • Nogaat
  • Nugat
  • Nutgut
  • Nougt
  • Nuoget
  • Noget
  • Nawghat
  • Noghot

As funny as these names might be, but these are the names that people often get confused with. This next version of Android is going to be launched publicly soon and will be available as an OTA update to existing Marshmallow users. Android Nougat is expected to bring a lot of new changes to the existing version. Even though, there are not many visual changes to the operating system, but there is a lot going on internally to make the user experience better.

Check out our list of top 15 features of Android Nougat here, to know more about the new features and functions in detail. Let us what do you think about this new name the company has come up with. Do you like it or you think it could have been something different? If you have any suggestions tweet your suggestions to us @phoneradarblog

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Review: Now TV

Review: Now TV

Introduction and what's on Now TV?

Update: Now TV has just received a significant overhaul. As well as adding a no-contract triple-play bundle which should act as a good budget alternative to Sky Q, Sky has also released a new Now TV Smart Box which includes a Freeview tuner.

This means that in addition to being able to stream Now TV's existing line-up, the Now TV Smart Box will also allow access to Freeview's 60 free-to-air channels, meaning it could just be the only box you need to plug into your TV.

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Now TV is a non-contract Video on Demand service powered by Sky TV and was initially launched in the summer of 2013. It's Sky's big push to counteract the might of VOD giants Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, and the broadcaster has big plans for the service.

Aimed at those that (for whatever reason) don't want to be shackled to a premium Pay TV contract, it offers a low-cost way to consume Sky's exclusive sports content, stream movies from its sundry film channels and keep up to date with some of the best entertainment telly around.

Unlike its on-demand rivals, Now TV is available in three entirely separate ways. There are sport, movie and TV content strands, plus live channel streams.

There is such an abundance of content, keep checking back to this review to see if anything has changed before you buy. As always we will keep it updated so you can make an informed buying choice.

So is Now TV right for you? And if so, what's the best way to watch it? Read on to find out...

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What's On Now TV?

Now TV offers timed chunks culled from Sky's various subscription channels. For many the biggest lure will be the movie package. Unlike Sky's satellite-delivered platform, Now TV is a dip-in/leave whenever proposition, useful when you've blazed through everything of interest.

New subscribers get a 30-day free trial for the movie service, which then migrates to a monthly fee. This auto renews, but you can cut the chord at any time, without penalty.

Once the 30-day free trial is up then the price for content differs depending on what you want. If it's the Entertainment Pass you are after, then it will be £6.99 a month. The movie pass is more expensive at £9.99.

And then there is the super-expensive Sports Pass. This is split into three variants: a £6.99 Day Pass, a £10.99 Week Pass and a mammoth £31.99 Month Pass.

Splitting the service into these three strands is a good idea, as long as you know what you want to watch. And that is both the beauty of this service and the frustrating side. Play it right and you can pay for the Entertainment Pass when all the big-ticket shows are on. Play it wrong and you could be paying for a month of content you don't really want.

Now TV review

The same goes for movies. Time your buy-in correctly and you can take big advantage of the broadcaster's comprehensive Hollywood deals, goggleboxing everything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Films here inevitably appear before they land on rival services such as Netflix and Amazon, and shortly after the DVD/Blu-ray release window.

Now TV review

Content for movies is themed by genre: Disney, All-Time Greats, Action, Comedy, Family, Crime and Thriller, Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama, Romance, Indie and Classics. Now TV also curates special Collections, such as Monsters, War and Christmas (when it's that time of the year), and also gets actors and actresses to curate lists of their best movies.

Entertainment

As explained above, the monthly entertainment pass is £6.99. This is up from £4.99 when it was first announced. Where it used to be the cheapest on-demand premium service announced it is now aligned price-wise with its rivals.

The service offers recent transmissions of some of Sky's biggest shows, including The Blacklist, Fortitude and Modern Family.

Now TV review

There's also a healthy selection of boxsets to gorge on. These include (but this is one of the most variable parts of the service) Game Of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and Mad Men. This list is ever-changing though, depending on things that fall out of season. So it is always worth checking the Now TV website to see if anything takes your fancy from month to month.

While you can watch live streams of select channels, not all programming appears, due to rights limitations. Similarly, boxset availability will churn.

Sky has made 13 of its channels available through Now TV. These are: Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Fox, Gold, Sky Living. Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, MTV, ITV, Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Jnr, ABC and Sky Arts.

Typically users have two ways to catch hot shows, either as they're broadcast or from the On Demand library; featured programmes tend to appear within 24 hours of transmission.

One of the frustrating things about the Now TV service is just how quickly its content disappears from the service. This is especially the case for shows on Sky Atlantic and must be because of the deal Sky has with HBO.

Now TV review

To Sky's credit it does have a Leaving Soon section, but if you miss an episode of, say, The Leftovers then the maximum you would have to catch up is two weeks. After that episode one would disappear, then the other in that sort of regularity.

This means that either you watch these shows like clockwork week on week, or that you binge watch in a rather short space of time. Each episode is given a day countdown, so at least Sky is trying to make viewers aware of when things will disappear.

Sports

Unlike its sibling services, Now TV's Sky Pass is either payable daily, weekly or monthly. Whichever pass you use they allow you to view all seven Sky Sports channels for the allotted time you have paid for.

There's no denying that sports is expensive through the Now TV service but the idea it is an event purchase, not necessarily a daily one. And Sky is hoping that the fee is split between a group of people watching a big match.

Now TV review

The ticket price is good value if you're not looking for a long term sporting commitment. Get some mates around, combine resources, and off you go. There's plenty to choose from, including the Premier League, UEFA Champions league, rugby fixtures, coverage of international test cricket and live coverage of the European and US PGA Tours.

If you would rather just a daily update of sports news, then you can also watch Sky Sports News HQ through the app on the Sky Now TV box - this app is unlocked with any Pass, not just a sports one.

Ways to watch Now TV and Performance

What's the best way to watch Now TV?

The number of platforms offering Now TV continues to grow. The service is currently available on: Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TVs, PC or Mac, plus apps for iOS and Android (4.0 and above) apps for both mobile and tablet.

Alternatively you can buy the dedicated Now TV box. Available directly from the Now TV website, there are a number of packages you can choose from (as we have outlined above) and you even get an HDMI cable bundled. The Now TV box is both a dedicated portal to Sky's own services, as well as host to a range of third-party streaming content, including BBC iPlayer.

Performance

Now TV doesn't promote itself as a high-definition service, instead using adaptive bitrate streaming to cope with different broadband speeds. A fast broadband connection will reward with very acceptable image quality. Viewed via a VirginMedia fibre connection, we found the service consistently delivered image quality comparable to DVD.

Navigating the user interface is reasonably quick and intuitive. There are usability caveats though. Buffering can be an issue, and when a big show like Game of thrones hits, the Now TV servers have experienced outages.

Arguably the best way to view Now TV is via the dedicated Now TV box which upscales content to 720p.

Now TV review

The Now TV service is a fantastic one when it works well and you can navigate your way through the myriad ways to watch the content.

For some, particularly those without a Smart TV or games console, then the Now TV Box is a super cheap device that's an essential purchase. Even if you don't buy into Sky's content then you will have iPlayer, 4OD and other to use as freely as you wish.

For others then the app is the way to go. The problem with this is that quality is changeable, and it is not necessarily the fault with Sky's own app. For instance, on the PS4 the app stuttered for us, but worked perfectly when used on the Sky TV Box.

The mobile versions of the app are buggier than the TV apps, though I didn't find much wrong with watching Now TV on iOS. It was on Android that I started to have intermittent sound issues and apps crashing.

On the whole, the app and the service worked well and you simply can't fault the content that is available through the service.

Now TV verdict

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We Liked

The content available through Now TV is superb. Movies are much closer to Blu-ray releases than Netflix can muster up and having HBO content one stream away, via the Sky Atlantic channel, is impressive.

The sheer amount of places you can watch Now TV is impressive as well. Having tried out the service on the PS3, PS4, Now TV Box and YouView, it's great to see the UI the same across the board.
Also, the ability to watch on two devices at the same time frees up the service no end.

It's also a great-value way to access Sky without having to strap a dish to your home or sign your life away on an 18-month contract.

We Disliked

You can only register on four devices. This may only be a problem for a technology reviewer but with the many places you can watch the service, this feels like a number than needs to be upped.

Quality is also currently capped at 720p, which will irk the Full HD crowd. You will need a strong-ish internet connection as well - otherwise you will face buffering issues.

The quality of streams does seem to vary from app to app as well. Although, having used this service for over a year now, I have seen a marked improvement in the adaptive bitrate that is being used by Sky.

Verdict

Now TV has evolved into a compelling alternative to the all-you-can-eat buffet offered by Netflix and Amazon, and the straight PPV of Blinkbox and its ilk. If you're interested in making a specific Sports grab, or simply want to catch up with some trending TV, it has much to offer.

While there are some performance niggles, those on the right end of a fast broadband connection should be able to watch a pleasingly smooth stream. Overall value for money is high.

Review: NOW TV box

Review: NOW TV box

Introduction and features

Update: Now TV has just received a significant overhaul. As well as adding a no-contract triple-play bundle which should act as a good budget alternative to Sky Q, Sky has also released a new Now TV Smart Box which includes a Freeview tuner.

This means that in addition to being able to stream Now TV's existing line-up, the Now TV Smart Box will also allow access to Freeview's 60 free-to-air channels, meaning it could just be the only box you need to plug into your TV.

Importantly this new box will not replace the existing Now TV box, but will sit alongside it as a premium £40 option.

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The NOW TV box has had an update this year, giving it a bit of a facelift, some new innards and improved connectivity. But given the stiff competition from the likes of Amazon and Netflix on the content side, and Fire TV, Apple TV and SHIELD on the hardware side, is there still a place for Sky's little media maestro?

Outside of the murky mobile phone world, contracts are becoming a bit of sticking point for the consumer. With Netflix pioneering the way for non-contract on-demand services, and the likes of Disney now following suit, Sky has found another way to get the contract-phobic signed into its ecosystem.

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The NOW TV service offers practically no-strings access to Sky content for an incredibly reasonable price. And in a pretty darned simple way too. The NOW TV box echoes that, delivering simple, cheap hardware that will instantly make your dumb telly just that little bit smarter.

There are other ways to get the NOW TV service into your home – some smart TVs, like LG's, carry the app, and you can also access it via a tablet or mobile and Chromecast it onto your screen. But for that plug-and-play aesthetic, the £15 NOW TV box is the one to go for.

Roku-lite

The original box was a subsidised, cut-down version of Roku's own player, and Sky has partnered up with Roku again, using what is essentially the Roku 3 box, with a few key differentiators that explain the much lower cost.

The OS has been locked down to avoid giving too much access to Sky's content-providing rivals. You won't, therefore, be seeing Netflix on a vanilla NOW TV box, although as the underlying hardware's still the same I doubt it would be a particularly tricky thing to change with a little light hackery…

NOW TV

And while there are USB and microSD slots, on the side and rear respectively, you won't actually be able to do anything with them on the standard NOW TV box – I guess that with such a bargain-priced box there wasn't the budget for a new housing which covered them.

But there are new hardware goodies compared with the original NOW TV box, the main one being a hard-wired ethernet connection, enabling you to plug the box directly into your home network.

The original box relied upon the vagaries of Wi-Fi for its connection, but the ethernet port should put paid to any stuttering, buffering performance from the box. There is still a Wi-Fi connection, however, of the 802.11ac variety, which should also help alleviate any wireless woes.

The improved internal components of the NOW TV box also enable you to stream purchased content up to 1080p, over the HDMI connection – that's a welcome improvement over the 720p limit of the original.

The remote is pretty much identical – but the simple little device doesn't really need more than the direct NOW TV or Sky Store buttons.

NOW TV

Service, please

Content really is the name of the game for the NOW TV box. Its aim is to get Sky into as many homes as possible, and this versatile wee thing gives you myriad options for doing so.

The first is the bundle. When you pick up a box you can add another tenner onto the price of the box – pushing it up to £24.99 – and choose one of the three basic content packs to accompany the hardware.

NOW TV Bundle

There's the Movie pack, the Entertainment pack and the Sports pack. With the £24.99 bundle you get two days of sports (big whoop), two months of movies or a full three months on the entertainment side.

Picking up subsequent passes when those run dry will cost £9.99 for a month of the movies package, and £6.99 for a month's worth of the entertainment package.

On the sporting side though things are a little more complex, and far more expensive. Considering that this is the only way, outside of a lengthy Sky TV contract, to get access to Sky's sporting crown jewels that's probably not much of a surprise.

You can pay by the day if you simply have to watch what is known in the parlance of our times as 'the big match'. That will run to £6.99 per day, but if you go for a week it's a more reasonable(ish) £10.99.

And for a month? Well, that's a pricey £31.99.

NOW TV

What's different about the NOW TV service compared with other streaming options is that it's not just offering on-demand or catch-up content. The movie pass does give you that, but you also get 11 Sky Movies channels, the entertainment pass gives you 13 live channels, and the sport option nets you all seven Sky Sports channels.

You can go fully on-demand and rent/buy movies from the Sky Store if you wish.

Finally, the NOW TV box will also give you access to the main catch-up services, featuring iPlayer, All 4, ITV Player and Demand 5.

User interface

Sky has opted for an app centric home screen. On the left-hand side of the screen are a number of default apps, including Now TV itself and BBC iPlayer. To add more to the home screen, I had to go into the Roku channel store.

Here there were will around 50 apps available, the pick of the bunch being: Sky Store, Sky Sports News HQ, BBC News, Demand 5, TED, Spotify, Sky News, BBC Sport, ITV Player and All 4.

Now TV

Anyone familiar with Roku's lineup will know that this is an extremely cut-down version of what is available through the official channel store. Notable apps that are absent are Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Although I would have loved the Now TV box to come with those sorts of options, I can understand why Sky would want to ring-fence its own box from direct rivals.

This is definitely a closed Roku box. There's no Plex on board, so media streaming isn't available through the box (although a quick Google reveals that you may be able to side-load the app) and gaming is also non-existent, but the cut-down price does reflect this.

Now TV

XXXThere is an option to get rid of modifying the apps selection. To do this I pressed the Star option on the Now TV remote and found I could remove as many apps as I wanted. There is also a choice to move them around to suit preference. I could also rate content this way.

With apps on the left, on the right of the screen was a constant reminder of the content I could have.

XXXThis is the beauty of Now TV: you only pay for what section you want. So if you just want movies, that's all you pay for; if you want entertainment then you'll get those channels; if you want sport – well there are a options but this is by far the most expensive part of the package.

Now TV

It's worth noting, however, that you can watch Sky Sports News HQ with any of the Now TV packs that you choose, not just the sports one. This is a good move by Sky, as the channel is an essential addition to any package for sports lovers.

Regardless of the package you have, the UI is the same. At the bottom of the screen are the following options: Sports, Movies, Entertainment, My TV Search, Help and My Account.

Now TV

To make sure that Now TV isn't just seen as an on-demand platform, Sky has also added a Live section to Movies and Entertainment.

With Movies, this doesn't really make much sense – all it does is give you a list of what movies are playing on Sky at any given moment. Click into the one you want, and if you missed the beginning then tough – you have to watch it from that point. It makes much more sense to go and find that movie on-demand and watch it that way.

Now TV

Live works better on the Entertainment side of things. Here you can channel-hop between Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts, Sky 1, MTV, Gold, Fox, Disney, Discovery, Comedy Central, Nick, Nick Jr and ITV Encore.

Again, you have to watch from whatever the live point is, but it does mean that you can watch shows such as the Simpsons on Sky 1 – something that isn't in Sky's on-demand catalogue.

Now TV

Quality-wise, it all really depends on your internet connection. The Sky box can do surround sound, which is a bonus, and video quality is no longer capped at 720p – you can pick up Full HD 1080p content now as well.

I tried the box with an 8Mbps and a 100Mbps connection, and it worked great. There was very little buffering and startup was extremely quick.

One good thing is that there are no adverts to sit through – as you would expect in return for paying a premium – but you still have to put up with the Sky indents that appear throughout programmes. I didn't find them that distracting, but it's strange that these are still in place when they aren't followed by any advertising.

Verdict

The new NOW TV box retains the charm and simplicity of the original, while offering some genuinely useful upgrades to the hardware.

And the NOW TV service itself is still an impressive foil to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. The option for live viewing is one of the biggest feathers in its cap – although on the movie side I guess that's debatable.

Its simplicity, price and lack of contract are the other features which make NOW TV such an impressive product.

The base price is almost throwaway money, and even if you let your passes lapse for a few months over the summer you can always pick up a pass or two to while away those long, dark winter nights.

And it's smart. Not necessarily in terms of the technology, but in terms of Sky seeing a way to supplement its Sky TV customer base in the face of a contract-less, on-demand revolution.

NOW TV

We liked

NOW TV comes at a bargain price. The initial bundles are good value, and the one-month passes are a decent price once the first purchases run dry – apart, perhaps, from the sports programming that's so lucrative for Sky.

It's also super-simple to use. The setup and navigation are easy and enable you to get going with the minimum of fuss. I also love the fact that NOW TV gives you access to live channels, and not just on-demand content.

In terms of picture quality and stream I had no issues. Granted, I do have the luxury of a speedy city connection, but there were no dropouts.

We disliked

Those sports passes are still seriously expensive, especially compared with even the movie pass – the day pass, at £6.99, is particularly brutal.

You'll also find box sets coming and going with relative regularity from the service.

I also struggled a little with the remote – sometimes it required a few jabs to get it to respond to what I was hitting.

Verdict

NOW TV is still a superb service. It will give you hassle-free access to whatever Sky content you want whenever you want it, for a great price – mostly.

Sky is understandably holding back its HD content for its contract customers, or for direct purchases from the Sky Store, but given the general low price of the box and service that's not a huge issue.

If it only supported the Netflix and Amazon Video apps then we'd be hopelessly in love with it; however, we can understand why they're not available.

Given the £15 base price, and the fact you can pick up month-long free trials easily as a new user, there's almost no reason not to give NOW TV a go.

Hands-on review: Now TV Smart Box

Hands-on review: Now TV Smart Box

Let's make one thing clear right off the bat: Sky's Now TV Smart Box is a completely different beast from its existing Now TV Box.

As well as offering streaming services from Sky and the other major British broadcasters, it also integrates a Freeview tuner, meaning this could just be the only box you'll ever need to plug into your TV.

The Now TV Box was in essence a trojan horse for Sky's Now TV service. It was a rebranded and gated Roku box that offered a cheap way to hook up a non-internet connected TV with a streaming box carrying Sky's streaming service, in addition to a number of other apps.

But let's focus for a moment on the Now TV Smart Box's headline feature: the Freeview integration.

Now TV Smart Box: features

Open up the device's main menu and you can immediately see a thumbnail showing a live-stream of your most recently watched channel alongside Sky's other streaming content.

From there you're free to either jump across to an EPG to select which Freeview channel to watch, or you can select the thumbnail to start watching TV and jump between channels from there.

Once you're watching a live broadcast you're able to pause and rewind live TV by up to half an hour, but unfortunately there's no option to record live TV.

When I asked Damien Read, Now TV's Director of Product Marketing, about the omission he said that it was out of a desire to keep the box as affordable as possible: "We asked our customers what would you really value, especially what's affordable. This is very much that Freeview demographic."

By limiting the device's PVR functionality Sky can keep its price down by only including a single TV tuner and a limited amount of internal storage.

Also worthy of note is the fact that much of the need for recording is removed with the inclusion of streaming services. "You see the screen up there with all the catch-up down the left hand side and scroll to the right and get all the programs... catch-up with that 30 day window is starting to become the default screen" said Read.

With the majority of programmes now appearing on one catch-up service or another it could be the case that the lack of record functionality won't be a problem, but inevitably there are going to be moments where you'll wish you had the ability to record a film off BBC for example.

Now TV Smart Box EPG

Now TV Smart Box: performance

Moving beyond the Freeview functionality brings you to all of the streaming services offered by the device.

On the home menu each streaming service has its own row where you can either launch a dedicated app or else scroll left and right to see a curated selection of the top programs on each service.

If you choose to launch one of the dedicated apps like iPlayer then this gives you the alternative of streaming live TV over the internet.

Many people won't have a use for this functionality when live television is just a button press away, but should you live in an area with bad TV reception but good internet this could be useful for you.

Alternatively you can browse lists of programs drawn from Sky's own streaming services, which are shown depending on which of the four passes you're subscribed to.

Now TV Smart Box Interface

There are two downsides to Sky's streaming implementation. First is the fact that the Smart Box is limited to 720p and doesn't support 4K or even 1080p streaming. According to Read, "picture quality [of the existing Now TV box]... is really really good and customers love it, so that wasn't an area they said [Sky] needed to improve."

From the time I spent with the device the low resolution wasn't immediately apparent, but this may have been because we were watching fairly visually boring daytime TV. When we get the device in for full review we'll be sure to put it through its paces.

The absence of 4K isn't surprising when it has so far failed to come to even Sky's premium Sky Q service, but it's a shame to see 1080p absent when it was present on the last generation of Roku devices.

Now TV Smart Box: apps

The second downside is the lack of support for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which is a problem that's carried over from the original Now TV box.

It makes a certain amount of sense given that the two services compete directly with Sky's own, but with the Now TV Smart Box being positioned as the only device you need to have plugged into your TV this omission is a painful one.

During our interview Read mentioned that Sky has been "talking to people" about the inclusion of the service but that currently there are "no immediate plans" to do so.

To my mind this leaves any Smart Box owner with two options. Either they buy into Sky's ecosystem and rely entirely upon their Now TV subscription to watch film and TV shows (forsaking its competitors exclusives in the process), or they rely on a different device for streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Given the inclusion of these two apps on just about everything, including almost all smart TVs, it's unlikely that people won't have a device capable of streaming them. Still, having to switch between inputs is a shame when the Now TV Smart Box's interface is as well designed as it is.

Now TV Smart Box

Early verdict

It's hard not to love using the Now TV Smart Box. Its interface is clean and well designed, and the way the Freeview content sits alongside the streaming content from Sky and its partners is really smartly done.

But the absence of two of the biggest streaming services from the device is likely to really harm its chances of becoming the only smart device you need to connect to your TV.

You might question whether a dedicated streaming and Freeview box is necessary in this age of Smart TVs, especially with their respective operating systems getting better and better with each passing year.

But at just £40 the Now TV Smart Box looks like it could be the most affordable and polished way of bringing your 'dumb' TV into the streaming era.

Xiaomi’s mystery device “markw” spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 625 SoC

Xiaomi Mi 5 - Mi Logo

Xiaomi had already launched quite a few smartphones in 2016, there ae few rumors suggesting the launch of high-end Mi Note 2 in the next couple of months that comes with edge display. But in between all this, a new Xiaomi smartphone codenamed “markw” is spotted on Geekbench without much details. But now we got even more specifications of the device through Antutu. From the Geekbench website, it appears that this “markw” is a solid mid-range smartphone with a decent specification.

It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor which is coupled with the Adreno 510 GPU. It also features a 3GB of RAM. The Geekbench listing also suggested the device to score 923 points on single core and 4537 points in multi-core tests. It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which is a nice touch. The Antutu screenshot revealed the device to run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which is a nice touch. On the camera part, the device sports a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front facing camera.

antutu leak

The device also sports 32GB of onboard storage. Even though the display size is not mentioned, the resolution appears to be Full HD resolution i.e., 1920 x 1080 pixels. This could most probably be a 5-inch display model as it will be perfect for the resolution given. As the smartphone sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it could support for Tango and Daydream VR. This could be Xiaomi’s take on the project Tango, and it could also be compatible with Daydream VR as the company is one of the partner with Google in manufacturing those headsets.

But note that, all these are assumptions, and we have no confirmation on these. But we are certain that more leaks will be out soon in no time. Stay tuned for more information on this.

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Android N officially called Nougat, Top 15 Features, Things to Know

Android N Preview Build

Straight out of corn field, Google announced the developer preview build of Android N in March. As of now, it is in Beta stage and is available for Nexus devices and few other devices. What’s more interesting is that the Android N is now officially named as Android Nougat. Users can sign up for Android Beta Program, which will allow you to upgrade via OTA update.

It’s for the people who like to upgrade without the hassle of going through flashing via few command lines. Before the OTA updates started to roll out, we flashed the device, which gave us more time to experience the changes in the new Android operating system. Below you can see the ten important tweaks done on the Android N. Note we would be updating this list as soon as we get to know more interesting changes as we use it on our Nexus device.

Revamped Settings Menu

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The company kept most of the new stuff in Android N under wraps before the surprise announcement of the developer preview. But one of the things that were alleged was a redesigned interface of the main settings app. And that rumor was spot on, as it’s the same. There are many small improvements; they all are mostly focused on bringing the relevant information to users quickly. Now there is no need to dive into a sub menu. As all the entries listed on the main page have a subtitle. Whenever you enter any sub-menu, there is a hamburger button on the left that makes it easier to quickly access any other part of the menu. Although, do make a note that, the menu is still split into sub-sections like Device, Sound, Notification, to name few.

Multi window

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We knew for ages that Google is working bringing multi-window mode to Android. Now it has finally happened in the Android N. It is a part of developer preview, you can now play around with apps in split-screen mode and picture-in-picture mode as well. Of course, app developers would have to target Android N APIs to build the apps, what’s incredible is that stock Android would be able to handle all the heavy lifting now. While the picture-in-picture mode option is a separate feature for developers to support. Google explains this feature by showcasing a video player; it essentially allows a windowed app to float around the UI. The company hints that it would also work for tablets and TVs powered by Android. Hopefully, Google’s own apps will have support for multi-window, although, it would take time for third-party developers to get their apps updated with such feature.

Night Mode

There are some features that don’t make the cut to the final build and the Night mode was one of such features that were pulled off from last year’s final build when compared to the preview build for the Marshmallow preview version. It has been seen implemented on some custom ROM skins like Cyanogen. But company finally thought it’s better to give its user an option to switch to dark color during night’s time as the white settings UI is unpleasant to look at. It is probably one of the welcoming comebacks on the Android N. Not only it has been back from the dead, but the company has moved it from the original place of Developer options to the UI system tuner. You can find it in the Color and Appearance option. There is an option to automatically switch to Night mode when the sun settles in your region.

New Quick Settings

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With a new version of Android on the horizon, the developer community is quite excited today. While they might know it all in details, where here top give you scoop to laymen on what are the important upgrades that you would see on the Android N. The quick settings have been changed, now when users pull down the notification shade, they are greeted with a single minimalized row of settings icons. Interestingly, it can be accessed without pulling down the shade twice, which is what one has to do in the Marshmallow. The default icons in this row include Wi-Fi, mobile data, Do Not Disturb and flashlight. It is a welcoming change and makes accessing some settings quite faster. Very Convenient!

Recent App UI

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There are some major tweaks that can be seen on the Android N Preview Build. We have addressed most of them, but since we have been using it for couple hours, we found out one interesting change that was going unnoticed. It’s the recent app menu; it showcases much larger cards, meaning you can see more of the App running in the background. The cards now take up a lot of area on the screen, thus revealing more of the App’s UI. You would have to scroll a little more to reach to other apps, as you go deeper down.

Doze when screen off

With Android N, Google makes its popular battery saving feature, the Doze mode, quite better. In Android Marshmallow, the Doze mode would not trigger when your device is switched off or in the pocket. It was meant as an inbuilt battery saving feature but hasn’t been fully living up to it’s potential. But now the much-needed feature that was missing from Android 6.0 has arrived on the latest Android N. It is not sure whether the latest mobile OS from Google would sport a 7.0 version of not, but it sure has brought in some much-required tweaks.

Project Svelte

In addition to the advanced Doze mode, the company is also continuing with Project Svelte. It is an effort that will make Android much more efficient in allocating memory. It would allow the possibility of smoothly running the latest Android OS version in a much broader range of devices. With background work being more efficient, the Android N must consume fewer resources and gain even more battery savings.

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Call Screening

This is not a major addition to the Android N, but it is quite the welcoming feature. Directly integrated into the phone’s default app, it will allow the application to screen the incoming calls. The users would see three options. With the first choice, they can reject the call while with the second alternative they can make the call not appear in the call log. The third option provides a way not to show the user notification of the call. Quite an advanced way to ignore the call isn’t it!

System level number blocking

Now we have native support for blocking the numbers, which would allow users to keep those unwanted callers at bay. In the past couple of years, there are many third-party apps seen a tremendous growth in offering such feature. But with the inbuilt support of blocking the numbers would make it more intuitive to users. Once a user blocks a particular number, they will not receive the text or calls from that specific number. It’s interesting to see that the blocked numbers list will be persisted through your Google account. Thus, even if you switch to a different handset, the same settings would be applied to your new device, once you enter that Google account in the new handset. Meanwhile, the company has also added a separate API that will allow third-party apps to use the same blocked list if you’re willing to give permission.

Always-ON VPN

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VPN, Virtual Private Network, is quite a useful thing when it comes to browsing anonymously and moreover, it makes your device much secure. So with the introduction of the Always-ON VPN, the company is aiming for more secure Nexus devices. If you have heard about the recent security case of San Bernardino, where Apple is being a force to unlock the iPhone. There is a huge debate going on in this case among security experts. An Android device may not be as secure as an iPhone, but with company gunning for an Always-ON VPN feature, it’s quite clear that Google wants to make Android devices more secure.

Data Saver

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Background data usage can pose a problem, especially if you’re on your monthly data plans. See, with Android Marshmallow, the feature got some tweaks, but it isn’t what was expected of it. But with Android N Preview Build we already like what company has tweaked in this part. The Data Saver is a new option in the Settings app, which aims to make your smartphone use fewer data. The company figures that you’re more likely to switch the toggle at the end of the month, as well as while you’re roaming. Or maybe you simply have a small prepaid data pack. Additionally, apart from blocking the background data usage, it also keeps us informed about how much data pack are the apps using.

Emergency Information

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I know, nobody wants to think about it, but what if you’re in some kind of medical or accidental emergency, wouldn’t it be helpful to keep your emergency information available when needed. That’s what Google has thought this through on their new Android N Build. Information like medical details, personal contact info and even details of the emergency contact, all these information is made readily accessible to an emergency responder at the site. While setting up the phone for the Android N Preview Build, you will be asked to enter these details. But if you skipped it, you can head over to the Settings app and find the option under. Note you can even add Blood Type, for it would be easier to get ready in any medical emergency. This all information can be accessed by tapping on the “Emergency” button on a locked phone, then further double-tapping the Emergency Info button.

New File Manager Features

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Android M might have introduced the much-needed file explorer, but it has lacked a notion of features like moving a file from one folder to another, as well as it wouldn’t let rename the file or folder. If Google really wanted to integrate a File Explorer, it should have given such features. Well, I think they finally understand it, as the company offers these features on the Android N Preview Build. It is still accessible from the Settings> Storage > Explore, with a similar interface to the Android Marshmallow. The new side menu brings up the system File Picker; it’s the one you see when trying to attach or send a file from other applications. This type of menu makes it easier for you to access the specific file types like Images, Videos or Audio. As well as directories like Downloads and Documents. Even, the recently modified or added files and the content on your Google Drive storage. We hope to see some additions on this feature in future updates as this is the beta build.

Change screen zoom levels (DPI)

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This is a refreshing feature, as earlier there were specific size fonts that one can select. But with the introduction of changing the DPI, this has completely changed. Previously applying different font size was only applicable to Settings area, but now the new build allows three elements change – messaging, app drawer and settings. These various areas offer different types of size change; small, default, Large, Larger and Largest. This is the feature that developers would applaud, as well as many power users would love it. Making the system think that it’s got a larger or small screen depending upon the needs is possible with DPI change. It was previously possible with third-party apps when rooted, or else with adb on non-rooted devices. It has now become a system-level feature, thus making it easy to switch back and forth when needed. You can access this feature from Settings> Display> Display Size.

In case you are wondering about the Android N wallpaper. It is noticeable that the new wallpaper, which is quite pretty and brings the first new change. You’ll be seeing this everywhere today, well, at least on all developer’s hand with Nexus devices. Currently, it is the only wallpaper that is available as a fresh part of the Android N. And for your information, it has a default resolution of 2880 x 2560. Yes, it’s that huge. We have been using the Android N Preview Build for couple of hours since it came out. The above features are some of the highlight of the latest build. If you have any queries, we are looking forward to that in the comments section below.

Note: If you want to try out the Android N Preview Build, join the Beta Program from the Google’s official website. This year company has made it quite easy for users who don’t like hassling through the factory images to try out the early release of the latest mobile operating software from the company. With the beta program, you can easily get the latest build via OTA update as well as unroll the old update if you don’t like the build.

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Review: Sony RX10 III

Review: Sony RX10 III

Introduction and features

The Sony RX10 III was announced in March this year, less than a year after the RX10 II which, according to Sony, the new camera doesn't replace. The most noticeable difference is the inclusion of a variable aperture (f/2.4-4) mega zoom lens, with a reach of 600mm (25x optical and 100x digital zoom), and with this comes a substantial increase in size and weight.

Like the Mk II, the RX10 III is aimed at the serious enthusiast end of the market – photographers looking for ultimate image quality and telephoto reach in a bridge-style package.

The RX10 III has the same 20.1 million pixel 1-inch stacked Exmor CMOS sensor, and offers the same excellent 4K video functionality, as the Mk II. In fact most features and functions are identical, and the main talking point is the large and impressive Zeiss 24-600mm lens. Only the Canon G3 X has the same reach, if we compare other bridge cameras with 1-inch sensors, with the much older Panasonic FZ1000 only going to 400mm.

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The variable aperture of f/2.4-4 still makes this a pretty fast lens, certainly compared to the competition, and it boasts hugely impressive minimum focusing distances of 3cm at the wide end and 72cm at the long end.

As with other Sony compact and bridge cameras, a large range of shooting options and photo modes are included, with 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 formats for both raw and JPEG images. Maximum resolution is 5472 x 3648 pixels in its native 3:2 format. Sensitivity ranges from ISO100-12,800, expandable to ISO64-25,600.

Single shot autofocus (AFS), continuous (AFC), direct manual focus (DMF) and full manual focus (MF) are available, with Sony's very effective focus magnification and focus peaking options making the latter easy to use.

The EVF and tilting rear LCD are both high quality; the latter isn't a touchscreen, but unless you're using the camera on a tripod a touchscreen wouldn't be particularly practical given the size and weight of the camera.

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There's no getting around the bulk of the Sony RX10 III. It's very well made and comfortable in the hand, but I suspect many more casual users will be deterred by its size (and price) and, if they want such long telephoto reach, may opt instead for the Canon G3 X or possibly the Panasonic FZ330/300, which has a smaller sensor but also offers 4K shooting, and impressed us last year. The Canon suffers from a slower lens and no included EVF by comparison, but the FZ330/300 does benefit from a constant f/2.8 aperture, albeit with a much smaller sensor.

However, if you want the ultimate image quality in a bridge camera, it's hard to look beyond the class-leading performance of the RX10 III's Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, and I'm sure enthusiasts looking for more reach and a highly specified camera will be attracted to this. Whether they'll be prepared to pay the £1,250 ($1,500, AU£2,150) price tag is another matter. That price is likely to fall post-launch, but at the moment it's around double the cost of both the G3 X and the FZ1000 (the FZ330/300 is cheaper again). That said the RX10 III is in a league of its own in some respects, so it's likely to find a market, albeit a niche one.

Build quality and handling

The first thing I noticed when I took the Sony RX10 III out of its box was just how large and weighty it is compared to other bridge cameras I've used. At a little over a kilo in weight (1050g or 2.3lbs with battery and SD card) it feels more DSLR like in-hand. It measures 132.5 x 94.0 x 127.4mm (5.25 x 3.75 x 5.12 inches), and feels substantially larger and heavier than the likes of the Canon G3X. Much of this is down to the sizeable glass of the 24-600mm equivalent, 72mm diameter lens.

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Although plastic-feeling, the build is reassuringly solid and its generous, protruding-front grip and rounded body style means you're able to grip the camera securely and comfortably. Those with small hands may find the grip a little too large, but it feels in proportion to the size of the camera. I found the ergonomics very good, with buttons and dials falling in the right place for my hands.

The on/off switch is toggle-style, and is incorporated into the shutter button on top of the front grip; it's easy to access and clicks reassuringly. A lever to the front of this allows you to zoom the lens. The shutter button is also threaded, meaning you can use an old-style cable release. The RX10 III powers up pretty quickly, although there's inevitably a short delay while the lens extends to its start-up position of 24mm.

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The mode dial (left) and exposure compensation dial (right) both have a textured side and just the right amount of resistance, making them easy to adjust precisely. Two customizable function buttons, an LCD light and the pop-up flash button are also included on the right, and behind these is a small LCD panel that displays key settings. The small but solidly built pop-up flash and hotshoe complete the top plate layout.

An aperture ring is included to the rear of the lens, and can be de-clicked for video use. There are also two textured rings for zoom and focusing. I found it easier to zoom in small increments using the lens ring rather than the lever on the front grip. I found the focusing ring responsive and easy to use, with a conveniently located focus hold button to the left of the lens. A focus mode switch is included on the bottom left of the camera body; I found it slightly fiddly, but quick access to this feature is welcome.

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Much of the rear of the RX10 III is taken up by the impressive 1,228,800 dot, tilting 3-inch LCD screen. The XGA OLED electronic viewfinder is excellent and boasts a 2,359,296 dot resolution. It's responsive, clear and bright, and works well with glasses. It has 0.7x magnification, an eye sensor to allow automatic switching between EVF and LCD, and a generous diopter adjustment. A lens hood is included, as well as a pinch-style lens cap.

Menu and movie buttons sit either side of the EVF. The rear control dial and control wheel operate smoothly and are easily accessed, enabling you to select and adjust various menu items and settings. The control wheel and center button also enable you to change the placement and size of the focus area when using flexible spot AF. AE lock, quick function, playback and delete buttons complete the line-up; the latter can also be used as a third custom function button.

Performance

Based on my experience with the Mk II version of the camera I was expecting the new 24-600mm lens on the Sony RX10 III to impress, and I wasn't disappointed. The lens performs extremely well throughout its zoom range; details are perhaps not quite as crisp as from the Mk II's lens, but given the far greater reach of this lens that's not surprising.

At most focal lengths the lens is remarkably sharp wide open. At its wider end I did notice softness at the far left side of the frame, suggesting possible decentering in my review camera, as the right side was tack-sharp. However, at telephoto focal lengths, the image is impressively detailed across the frame, right up to 600mm.

Sharpness increases marginally when stopping down slightly, but there's very little in it. Diffraction becomes more noticeable by f/11, although with a little more sharpening applied details are still very good. I would avoid going much above this if possible – by f/16 there's a noticeable fall-off in quality, as you'd expect.

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Out of focus areas are rendered pleasingly, although f/2.4 is only available up until 35mm, with f/4 the widest aperture available above 100mm. This does mean that isolating subjects from their background can be a challenge at times, but the RX10 III still beats most of the competition in this respect. Distortion and chromatic aberration are both very well controlled throughout the range; I struggled to notice any examples of either, after photographing a range of subjects in varied conditions.

The lens is able to resolve both close and distant details, and its impressively close focusing distances of 3cm at the wide end and 72cm at the long end make it extremely versatile. Most potential purchasers of this camera are likely to shoot primarily in raw, but I was also impressed by the quality of the RX10 III's JPEGs. Colours are punchy and pleasing, with plenty of options for customization, and resolution and dynamic range are both very good.

Even at higher sensitivities I was impressed with the quality of the JPEG files. I found that using noise reduction at its lowest setting gave a good compromise between detail and noise, with files very clean and detailed up to ISO1600; the raw files do have more detail but the difference is surprisingly small. Above ISO1600, JPEG quality is still remarkably good, with very manageable noise levels, and I'd have no hesitation making A3 prints from files at ISO6400. Above this the files are certainly usable, but I wouldn't want to be making large prints.

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Metering is accurate, and I was impressed with the dynamic range of the sensor, for both raw files and JPEGs, even without utilizing any of the HDR options. Auto white balance (AWB) is very accurate in sunny conditions, but tends to be a little on the cool side in shade, with a slight magenta bias; in such conditions selecting Shady gives a pleasing image, if very slightly on the warm side.

Autofocus is a bit of a mixed bag with the RX10 III. At wider focal lengths the AF is pretty snappy, working well for both still and moving subjects. At the longer end of its range, however, AF is really very slow, even with still subjects; it's accurate, once it's found its target, but the lens is prone to hunting.

Not surprisingly, this is exacerbated if you're trying to track a fast-moving subject at longer distances: my usual test, trying to focus on my dog as it ran towards me, was definitely a step too far for the RX10 III. For closer and slower-moving subjects I found I could get good results using centre lock tracking and the slow burst rate. The lack of blackout during continuous shooting is a definite bonus, and makes it far easier to follow your subject.

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Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization is very effective and, with Auto ISO enabling you to set a minimum shutter speed, you can customize the settings to ensure camera shake shouldn't be an issue. It's a big camera, though, and a long lens, particularly when extended, so I found a minimum setting of 1/125 sec was a safe option at longer focal lengths; at the wider end 1/25 sec was readily achievable.

Although the RX10 III is suited more to enthusiasts, Sony has included a wide range of scene modes, creative styes and picture effects, which are fun to use and will no doubt be welcomed by some users. At the opposite end of the scale it's good to see options such the ability to use the self-timer in conjunction with bracketing, as well as many other features found on Sony's higher-end system cameras.

Video enthusiasts won't be disappointed with an excellent range of filming options, with 4K and HD modes and the ability to extract 8MP stills from 4K movies. The High Frame Rate (HFR) feature is a great option, enabling you to create slow-motion videos; and I was also very impressed with the camera's ability to handle mixed and contrasty light when shooting movies.

Lab tests: Dynamic range

We chose three rival cameras for the Sony RX10 III to see how it measured up in our lab tests: the Sony RX10 II, the Canon G3 X and the Panasonic FZ1000.

We've carried out lab tests on the Sony RX10 III across its full ISO range for dynamic range and noise (including signal to noise ratio). We test the JPEGs shot by the camera, but we also check the performance with raw files. Most enthusiasts and pros prefer to shoot raw, and the results can often be quite different. We were unable to record accurate resolution results for the RX10 III – we hope to restest the camera at a later date.

Dynamic range is a measure of the range of tones the sensor can capture. Cameras with low dynamic range will often show 'blown' highlights or blocked-in shadows. This test is carried out in controlled conditions using DxO hardware and analysis tools.

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Read: Noise and dynamic range results explained

Dynamic range is measured in exposure values (EV). The higher the number the wider the range of brightness levels the camera can capture. This falls off with increasing ISO settings because the camera is having to amplify a weaker signal. Raw files capture a higher dynamic range because the image data is unprocessed.

Sony RX10 III dynamic range charts

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JPEG dynamic range analysis: JPEG files show broadly similar results across the group at lower sensitivities, with the RX10 III, again surprisingly, faring a little less well than the competition at higher sensitivities.

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Raw (converted to TIFF) dynamic range analysis: Surprisingly, the lab results show the RX10 III scoring less well than both the G3 X and FZ1000 at almost all sensitivities. Comparing results from out in the field, however, the RX10 III more than held its own.

Lab tests: Signal to noise ratio

This is a test of the camera's noise levels. The higher the signal to noise ratio, the greater the difference in strength between the real image data and random background noise, so the 'cleaner' the image will look. The higher the signal to noise ratio, the better.

Sony RX10 III signal to noise ratio charts

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JPEG signal to noise ratio analysis: Interestingly, the RX10 III shows quite an improvement over the Mk II. Scores at higher sensitivities are particularly impressive, bettering the G3 X and matching the FZ1000; the FZ1000 leads the way for lower sensitivities, however.

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Raw (converted to TIFF) signal to noise ratio analysis: The RX10 III lags behind both the Canon G3 X and Panasonic FZ1000 at lower sensitivities. At ISO3200 and above it betters the G3 X, but scores significantly less well than the FZ1000.

Verdict

The Sony RX10 III is an extremely capable camera, offering a huge focal range and excellent image quality, and I found it intuitive and great fun to use.

As well as producing superb still images, video quality is truly impressive. The camera is packed with useful functions and features, and offers fun creative modes for those who like to experiment. As we've come to expect from Sony, dynamic range is really impressive, particularly when you consider this is only a 1-inch sensor. JPEG quality is excellent straight from the camera, while the raw files are great to work with for those who prefer to fine-tune images in post-processing.

Sony RX10 III review

The slow autofocus at its longer end is frustrating, and this isn't a camera I'd want to use for action photography. As a general shooting and travel camera, though, the RX10 III is hard to beat, as long as you don't mind its bulk.

For those already using a DSLR or system camera with several lenses, I suspect it might be a bit too large as a second camera. However, for those wanting a one-camera solution, with great functionality, versatility and image quality, the RX10 III should be high on their list.

The price is high, though, and this may deter some potential buyers. It will be interesting to see what replaces the Panasonic FZ1000 which, although now two years old, still offers great functionality and much better value for money, albeit with a shorter maximum reach of 400mm. Elsewhere the Canon G3X looks a smaller, cheaper and attractive alternative for those who don't mind forgoing an inbuilt EVF and 4K video.

We liked

The Sony RX10 III is a hugely versatile bridge camera, offering class-leading image quality and superb video functionality. JPEG files have very pleasing colour and are impressively detailed, even at higher sensitivities, while raw files offer that little bit extra malleability.

We disliked

Autofocus at longer focal lengths is very slow, even with static subjects, and continuous autofocus really struggles with fast-moving subjects. It's considerably larger, heavier and pricier than the competition.

Final verdict

The Sony RX10 III is thoroughly enjoyable to use in most situations, with a superb 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens and a bright and detailed electronic viewfinder. It's packed with features and functionality for both stills and video enthusiasts, and delivers class-leading stills and movie image quality.

It's let down somewhat by its autofocus, and some may be put off by its relatively large size and weight; however, as long as action photography isn't high on your list the RX10 III is hard to beat as an all-in-one and travel camera, albeit one that comes at a price.

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