The LG G6+ is the flagship the company should have released first

If you haven’t made your mind up in the 2017 smartphone awards just yet then you may want to hold your horses. The newly-announced LG G6+ is on its way and it’s set to be the phone that LG should have released the first time around. The LG G6+ is (obviously) an upgrade on the G6. The specs aren’t in for a major bump in terms of processor and RAM — those aren’t going t...[Read More]

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Eye-popping specs aren’t enough to lift Sony’s latest into the top tier

Ever wanted to go to a restaurant and ask for everything on the menu? The burger, the seafood, the chicken, and the ribs? Tell them it’s your birthday, when it’s actually just a Wednesday? This sort of excess is what the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is about. It has a 4K HDR screen, one of the fastest phone processors currently available, 64GB storage and a 19MP camera. The only downside, other than the...[Read More]

You Jelly? This tiny little Android on Kickstarter runs Nougat

The Stuff team has been around. Like, long enough to remember a time when you weren’t cool until you had the smallest feature phone possible. That was a weird time. Well it might be rolling back around, if the response to the Jelly smartphone Kickstarter is any indication. That’s because the Jelly is billing itself as the world’s smallest 4G smartphone and with dimensions of R...[Read More]

Is your smartphone making you shy?

During the three years I’ve spent researching and writing about shyness, one of the most common questions people ask is about the relationship between being shy and technology. Are the internet and the cellphone causing our social skills to atrophy? I often hear this from parents of shy teenagers, who are worried that their children are spending more time with their devices than with their peers. ...[Read More]

Vertu’s next massively-expensive star is a shiny new Constellation

Which smartphone do you buy when you have all the money in the world? You could buy an iPhone and gold-plate it or get the new Vertu Constellation, which isn’t made out of gold. It’ll likely cost about the same as a gilded smartphone, though. But if you have all the money in the world, who cares? Vertu is known for making bonkers-expensive smartphones that routinely come in at around o...[Read More]

Meizu M3 Note – Looks the part but can the pieces keep up?

Meizu. That’s not a name that we’ve seen often in South Africa in relation to smartphones and based on what we’ve seen from the Meizu M3 Note that’s a shame. This mid-range handset from the Chinese company counts the likes of Xiaomi as its closest competition. It’s certainly got the looks to take the Apple of China on but does it have the stamina? Let’s find out...[Read More]

Xiaomi Mi Max – Not all good things come in small packages

TV junkies and mobile gamers can appreciate the appeal of a massive phone. A big screen is ideal for catching up on shows when there’s not a bigger screen around – either because you can’t be bothered to haul yourself up off the couch to find the remote, or you’re outside and on the move. That’s where the Mi Max comes in. Hot on the heels of Asus’ cinematically-...[Read More]

Toyota’s Smart Key Box will turn your smartphone into a car key

Gaining access to your car can be a chore. Find keys, fumble with keys, drop keys, realise you’re going to have to put things down to open the door… Toyota’s Smart Key Box is hoping to change all that. Even though that’s not its actual intention. The Smart Key Box is a little Toyota addition that adds a very special Bluetooth function to vehicles that it is installed in. Th...[Read More]

Do you buy a smartphone for its curves? Do you buy a car for its cup holders?

On Oct. 7, Samsung found itself facing an unpleasant result in one of the many patent lawsuits it’s a part of: A federal appellate court reinstated a jury verdict of US$119 million against Samsung in favor of Apple. In that case, Samsung was found to have infringed three Apple utility patents on how smartphones function. The first related to a smartphone’s ability to create links automatically to ...[Read More]

And the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is toast. Er… so to speak

That’s it. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is gone. It’s a shame, too, as we were quite fond of the non-exploding version of the company’s stylus-toting flagship. But Samsung has pulled the plug on its Galaxy Note 7, so those of you with 11 November marked should replace it with something else. We’re not sure what, exactly, but you’ll find something. Samsung, in a very ...[Read More]

Xiaomi’s not done – here is the Xiaomi Mi 5s in all its brightly-lit glory

We really can’t conceal the fact that we’re oddly fond of Xiaomi’s smartphones — and most of their other products, come to that. The newly-revealed Xiaomi Mi 5s is just another addition to the list of ‘Xiaomi kit that we like’, by the look of things. And the Mi 5s isn’t alone. The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus has also been announced. Gee, we wonder where we’ve ...[Read More]

Apple iPhone 7 Plus – Superb camera skills and better battery make this the iPhone to get

Fact: things are better when they come in pairs. The cops would have a hard time arresting anyone with a single handcuff. Good luck knitting that ugly Christmas sweater with only one needle. And as if a solitary KitKat finger could ever last your entire coffee break. The particular pair we’re interested in, though? The two cameras pointing out the back of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. What used to just...[Read More]

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