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Nokia 6 — New Nokia, familiar looks – but that ain’t no bad thing

You can’t keep a good dog down – and apparently the same applies to phone companies. Nokia announced its resurrection earlier this year with a modernised 3310, but budget burnerphones will only get you so far. Now it’s time to talk business. With HMD Global behind the helm, the Nokia 6 is the first ‘real’ new Nokia phone. It’s a mid-range handset at heart, then,...[Read More]

Sonic Mania — After two decades of mediocrity, the ‘hog is finally back on track

Are you sure we’re not back in the ‘90s? With everyone playing Crash Bandicoot, Wipeout and a spiritual Banjo-Kazooie successor, we’re starting to wonder whether we somehow passed out in a DeLorean during the New Year’s celebrations. Most interesting of all these retro rebirths, though, is Sonic the Hedgehog. He was one of the biggest stars of the decade, but ever since? He crashed harder th...[Read More]

Fujifilm XP120 — This tough cam proves that indestructibility needn’t cost the earth

Stuff doesn’t review too many affordable point-and-shoot cameras these days – call it a symptom of everyone having a good quality snapper in their pocket. Thanks, smartphones! But we’re happy to make an exception for the cheap and cheerful XP120. Why? Because it’s not just a compact camera with a low price and a dazzling day-glo colour scheme. It’s also a rugged camera that’s almost impossib...[Read More]

Nokia 3 — Stand-out styling, but sub-power power

A flagship phone is like a tailored suit – sure, you pay more, but that’s because it’s been nipped and tucked in all the right places. The Nokia 3? It’s something you’d pick up in Mr Price, not from Prada. But when you’re paying less, it’s easier to forgive a few bulges and sags. With looks that punch well above the price and an unmolested version of Android, there’s a lot here to like ̵...[Read More]

Nikon D7500 — Nikon’s mid-range DSLR is anything but middling

Like photographers, most DSLRs have a preferred subject matter – whether it’s fast-moving wildlife or city nightlife. While a great all-rounder, Nikon’s D500 has a particular talent for the former, thanks to its speedy autofocus, blazing 10 fps burst mode and high ISO range. As the D7500 is effectively a ‘junior D500’, does that mean it inherits the same talents? Almost, but not quite. Sure, it ha...[Read More]

Splatoon 2 — The online shooter your Nintendo Switch has been waiting for

It seems obvious in hindsight: an online shooter where head-shotting your friends is totally irrelevant, why wouldn’t it be a cult classic? On Wii U of all consoles. And yet here we are with a second Splatoon for Nintendo Switch just two years after the first game wrapped its inky tentacles around our heartstrings. More of a Call of Duty-style sequel than a properly new game, Splatoon 2 polishes u...[Read More]

Olympus TG-5 – Rough, rugged and ready to shoot 4K video

Olympus’ Tough cams have long pitched themselves as the “premium” rugged compact option. And that continues with the latest TG-5 model, which costs a pretty penny. The R7,300 price tag might seem a bit steep for a point-and-shoot, even one as hardy as this. But there’s no doubt that the TG-5 comes with a lot more stuff than most of its competitors: built-in GPS and compass, 4K and slo-mo video rec...[Read More]

Apple MacBook (2017) — Surprisingly more than ‘more of the same’

There’s a sense of deja vu as you approach Apple’s 2017 MacBook. It still sports a super-skinny wedge design that suggests Apple won’t be satisfied until its laptops are thin enough to be used as weapons by ninja. It’s still ridiculously light: 920g – or roughly the same as if some idiot glued two of your iPads together. And it still comes in space grey, gold, rose gold, or silver, and costs more ...[Read More]

Huawei P10 Lite — Half the price of the P10, but loses a lot of features along the way

Mini-Bar Ones are great. Take a bite and you’ll get the same mouthful of chocolatey goodness as the real thing – but you won’t feel nearly as bad for polishing the whole thing off. That’s kind of the idea behind the Huawei P10 Lite. It’s a diluted version of the attention-grabbing P10, which ditches the Leica-branded dual cameras and just-gotta-see-it-in-the-flesh shades of green and blue fo...[Read More]

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) — The best way to get a rounded view of the world?

Playing VR games is no longer enough to mark you out as pioneering geek – these days, you need to be making your own VR films too. That’s where 360-degree cameras come in. Samsung’s original Gear 360 was a little disappointing – while it performed well enough, it was too fussy about what it worked with, too expensive and a bit too bulky to fit in your pocket. Samsung seems ...[Read More]

DJI Spark — Didn’t think you wanted a drone? You do now…

For most of us, drones are still a bit like camcorders were in the ’80s – great gadgets to have around, as long as someone else is responsible for them. They’re just a bit, well, needy. First, there’s the cost. Then carrying the thing around. Followed by finding somewhere to fly it. Then, most likely, a humiliating tree-based incident. But the Spark is different. DJI’s previous m...[Read More]

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) — Tablets just don’t get better than this

The iPad Pro 10.5 is absurdly powerful. Almost to irresponsible levels. If Tony Stark built tablets instead of mechanised suits of armour, we think he’d struggle to come up with something better. This is an iPad that’s truly deserving of that “Pro” moniker. It has a fantastic screen, a battery that will genuinely last you all day, and CPU grunt that’ll outpace a laptop. It is, hands down, the best...[Read More]

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