Stuff UK October 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
USD 6.87
USD 33.01
12 Números

en este número

1 min.

It’s hard to comprehend this right now, after a month of basking in the consequences of global warming where raising an eyebrow was enough to break out in a sweat, but you’re about to be given even more reasons to stay indoors. If there’s one industry guaranteed to have a strong recovery in the run-up to Christmas, it’s entertainment. Coming at you in the next few months are not one but two next-gen games consoles, while shows that had their production halted due to the pandemic are soon to be back on the menu (if someone could prioritise Gomorrah that’d be swell). And new sporting seasons have kicked off – still without packed stadiums, meaning more armchair fans and bigger subscriber numbers. Yes, nature is healing. So what are you going to…

2 min.
phwoaring twenties samsung galaxy note20 & note20 ultra

When you add the word ‘Ultra’ to the end of something, it can be easy to assume that nothing else is worth bothering with. What could possibly be better than Ultra? But while the Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers a 6.9in curved QHD+ display with adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, a flagship Exynos 990 processor, 12GB of RAM and an enormous 108MP main camera sensor alongside a pair of 12MP pals, there’s still a lot to love about the standard Note20 – not least its price: £849 as opposed to £1179. Its slightly smaller chassis holds a 6.7in AMOLED screen with FHD+ resolution and standard 60Hz refresh rate, while the battery is 4300mAh rather than 4500mAh. It also loses the 108MP rear snapper, maxing out at 64MP. Whichever Note20 you plump for that’s…

2 min.
after the fold rush samsung galaxy z fold2 5g

Samsung’s first Fold wasn’t exactly a roaring success. Within days of review samples being sent out to the press they started to fall to bits, with the issues hastily patched up with quick fixes that made the thought of spending nearly £1200 on one seem completely ludicrous. But if people just gave up at the first sign of trouble, we’d never have TV, aeroplanes or the iPhone – and while the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G won’t have the same impact as Apple’s game-changer, the redesigned handset has more than just a new name. It still folds like a book, but with nearly edge-to-edge screens inside and out it no longer has the look of a first-gen device. This successor’s front screen is a larger 6.2in affair with a punch-hole camera, while…

2 min.
clone wears oppo watch

Say “Apple Watch” with a mouthful of raisins and it sounds remarkably like “Oppo Watch”. That might not be exactly how the R&D meeting that led to Oppo making its first smartwatch went, but there are enough similarities between the two products to suggest it’s not completely far-fetched. There’s the design for starters. With a 1.91in curved AMOLED screen, the 46mm version does a more than passable impression of its Apple equivalent; and while the cheaper 41mm model has a smaller 1.6in flat display, that too wouldn’t exactly stand out in a smartwatch identity parade. Both have always-on heart-rate monitors and GPS, and don’t mind going for a swim, while Google’s WearOS means you have access to thousands of apps via the Play Store, plus NFC payments via Google Pay. LTE…

1 min.
oblongs in the key of life lego ideas grand piano

There are some things you just don’t expect to be released as Lego sets: Coventry Central Police Station, the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon, Fred and Rose West’s house. A piano probably doesn’t immediately spring to mind either. After all, they’re complex beasts, seemingly unsuited to being replicated in plastic blocks… yet here we have a 3662-piece brick-built grand piano you can set on a desk. Its 25 fully working keys might not match the 88 of a real grand, but there is a top-lid to prop up and moving foot-pedals. Most importantly, there’s an authentic hammer action, so you can unleash your inner Beethoven (or, more likely, attempt a halting Chopsticks). It’s still made of plastic, though, so surely it can only make a dull thud when you hammer away at…

1 min.
a million beams benq v6050 & v6000

Like having a Jacuzzi in the en-suite or keeping a pet giraffe, owning a projector can seem impossible unless you’ve got a particularly spacious lounge. But while nobody has yet invented a short-necked micro-giraffe ideal for suburban safari lovers, ultra-short-throw projectors make big-screen movie nights a reality for those of us who don’t have spare rooms to turn into home cinemas. BenQ’s V6050 and V6000 are both capable of projecting a 100in picture from just nine inches (23cm) away, so you’ll still need a fairly sizeable chunk of empty wall to hang a screen in front of, but there’s no chance of anyone getting accidentally dazzled: a motion sensor will stop the projection if someone sticks their head too close. Well, you wouldn’t want 3000 lumens of 4K HDR pixels shone…