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Stuff UK November 2017

Stuff inspires and nurtures a passion for gadgets. We make them look amazing and explain in a fast, confident and unfalteringly entertaining way how they will enhance our readers’ lives. Stuff is a celebration of the new, the innovative, the shiny and the cool. It’s pure gadget joy.

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So, which side are you on? With the iPhone X’s grand unveiling, a great divide has opened up at Stuff HQ. In the green corner, you have a bunch of Android loyalists who laugh in the face of a thousand-pound handset. In the rose gold corner, a select few Apple fans are cooking up ever more preposterous schemes to afford the thing. As for me, I’m just excited that Apple has pulled its finger out this time. The iPhone X is the most ambitious product it’s made in ages, and reading our coverage from the launch (p14) has only amped up my excitement. After all, it’s been almost five years since an iPhone climbed to the summit of our smartphones Top Ten. As revolutionary as the iPhone X is, it’s got nothing…

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I HAD A CHAT WITH MY HEATING As fun as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant are, I didn’t invite them into my house to be court jesters – I got them to control my smart home. So far, the novelty of telling my lights to turn on and off hasn’t worn off. But now I’ve got a new favourite, thanks to Tado’s Smart Radiator Thermostats. Because they do zonal control, I can say “Alexa, turn the heating in my lounge up three degrees” and immediately hear them whirring into action. This one’s going to be hard to beat. Mark Wilson, Features Editor SMART HEATING p93 I TURNED A GUITAR INTO AN ATARI 2600 Bitcrushers are all the rage at the experimental end of the axe-thrashing community, where the last thing anyone wants their guitar to…

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hot five #1

22 PAGES OF THE BIGGEST STORIES FROM PLANET TECH Light relief Apple’s gone all in on the iPhone X’s dual-lens camera. Its two 12MP rear sensors both have optical image stabilisation for better low-light snaps and a quad-LED flash that claims to tweak your portraits with studio-standard lighting. TECH SPECS SCREEN 5.8in 2436x1125 OLED with HDR OS iOS 11 PROCESSOR Apple A11 Bionic REAR CAM Dual 12MP (ƒ/1.8 wide angle, ƒ/2.4 telephoto) SELFIE CAM 7MP STORAGE 64GB/256GB BATTERY tba DIMENSIONS 144x71x7.7mm, 174g Turn and face the strang Rumour has it Apple initially wanted to embed a fingerprint scanner under the iPhone X’s screen. Instead it’s settled for a TrueDepth camera system that employs infrared and an ambient light sensor. GRAND DESIGN APPLE iPHONE X There’s never been an iPhone quite like this. Most times when Apple tells you that, it’s talking about Siri, 3D Touch or ditching the headphone jack. You know, the usual guff. Not so…

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hot five #2

HEART OF GLASS APPLE iPHONE 8 Fancy an iPhone X? Ha! Not on your salary you don’t. The new iPhone 8 is more likely to be in your price range, and do you know what? It’s actually worth getting excited about. With an all-new glass design, faster A11 Bionic processor and updated 12MP rear camera, it’s the iPhone 7 with a major facelift. Considering Apple hasn’t changed its smartphone design since the all-aluminium iPhone 6, this still amounts to a huge overhaul – not least because that glass back allows for wireless charging, a first for an Apple handset. Alas, not everything’s changed with the iPhone 8. A dual-lens camera setup is still reserved for the Plus version, and it doesn’t have that X-exclusive gorgeous, almost bezel-free OLED screen. As hot as… overheating…

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hot five #3

Battle of the bands Sure, the classic band comes in three different colour combos, but it’s still a little… boring. Fortunately, you can also buy a colourfully sporty £25 strap, or a stylish leather £50 band for a more classy look. HANDSGON WITH THE FITBIT IONIC Rob Leedham Editor Surprise! Fitbit has made a new smartwatch. Who saw that one coming? I’ve tried it on, seen how it works, and can report that it looks to be the absolute business. With a lightweight aluminium body and an interchangeable elastomer band, this ticker has clearly taken inspiration from Apple’s Watch. But thanks to its flatter profile, sharper lines and edges, the Ionic doesn’t seem quite so bulbous and cartoonish. And its heart-rate scanner sits flat on its back, rather than protruding out, which should help with…

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hot five #4

SETUPPA YA FACE LENOVO EXPLORER It was raining Windows Mixed Reality headsets at this year’s IFA trade show (we hope they didn’t land on anyone), with the pick of the bunch, we reckon, being Lenovo’s Explorer. The big selling point of this new wave of VR headsets is their simplicity. Dual front-facing cameras and sensors built into the device itself mean you can dive into virtual (mixed) reality without having to waste your time setting up external sensors. Inside-out tracking will also detect the bundled motion controllers, so it’s really a case of plugging the headset into your PC and you’re good to go. Microsoft expects us to use the lightweight Explorer for productivity as well as gaming, but it’ll partner up with your Xbox controller when the time comes to zap…