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Stuff Magazine South Africa July/August 2019

Stuff Magazine, the world's best-selling gadget & technology magazine. Stuff is your expert, up to the minute guide on gadgets, gear, technology - and how to play with them. Our expert reviews and tests sort the best from the rest in digital cameras, cellphones, computers, games, fashion, wheels, lifestyle products and the weird and wonderful. Stuff is a magazine about technology, but it’s more about how a product looks and how it fits into the reader’s life.

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As anyone who’s ever broken, lost or been relieved of their cellphone will attest to, you don’t realise how dependent you are on technology until you don’t have it. On the day this issue went to print our art director Brandon’s iMac decided to shuffle off this mortal coil. Cue panicked installation of everything needed to wrap things up on another device, a slew of extremely inventive cursing, and collective relief from the rest of the Stuff team that you can’t fit an iMac out of our office’s windows. What our art director needs now is a bit of a break from all things computing. Perhaps some time outdoors. At the very least a luminescent drink with a small umbrella in it and a rum-to-juice ratio that’d rattle a pirate… or…

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Advertising Business director Sally Hudson Senior account manager Thalia Pallotta 083 375 2418 Account manager (Cape Town) Bernice Blundell 073 618 1882 Management Stuff South Africa is published by the Stuff Group (Pty) Ltd. Directors: Toby Shapshak, Sally Hudson Making Stuff up Publisher and Editor-in-chief Toby Shapshak Editor Craig Wilson Digital Publisher Nic Boerma Digital Editor Brett Venter Deputy Digital Editor Marcé Bester Art Director Brandon van Rensburg Selling Stuff Business Director Sally Hudson, Senior Account Manager Thalia Pallotta 083 375 2418…

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our month

I TRIED THE HEIR TO THE AIR The new AirPods from Apple have gotten some wonderful upgrades. The new H1 chip that Apple designed and developed itself gives them longer talk time, better quality calls and support for Siri. The second-gen white ’pods also have the option of the (imaginatively named) Wireless Charging Case, which is surprisingly helpful if, like me, you’ve invested in a wireless charging pad. Unsurprisingly, the AirPods work best with Apple products (sync with your phone and they’ll seamlessly work with your MacBook, too). If you take them out of your ears, they pause the music or podcast you are listening to, and unlike most other ’buds have microphones in both left and right ears – instead of just the usual right one. Right on. Toby Shapshak, Publisher…

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hot stuff

HOT FIVE #1 NOTHING HERTZ LIKE THIS OnePlus 7 Pro For a long time, OnePlus was known to cool kids as the cheap and cheerful alternative to Apple or Samsung. But even the budget-priced trailblazer of the smartphone world couldn’t resist slapping a ‘Pro’ label – which, as we all know by now, is code for ‘very expensive’ – on its latest handset. That’s not to say the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t worth plumping up the extra pocket money for, though (read our full review on page 33 if you’re in any doubt). That rather magnificent curved 6.67in AMOLED display also happens to be 90Hz, which comfortably bests the 60Hz panel you’ll find on most of its rivals. In day-to-day use, the superior refresh rate means super-smooth scrolling and better gaming performance. Meanwhile,…

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slice of the action

R7 000 / From now on, DJI isn’t just a drone maker – it’s an action cam company too. Look no further than the new Osmo Action, the first true rival to the GoPro Hero7 Black we’ve seen… and it’s the same price to boot ● Double take With a proper 1.4in front display supporting the main 2.25in rear touchscreen, the Osmo Action suits self-shooters more than any other action cam on the market – and lessens the chances of mis-framing your epically, extraordinarily extreme tombstoning/mountain-biking/ bellybutton-picking exploits. It’s such a simple addition we’re shocked no other action cam maker has done it before. ● Video star The second screen won’t mean much if the footage is rubbish, but the Osmo Action matches the GoPro flagship’s 12MP sensor and ability to record 4K footage…

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action cam alternatives

GoPro Hero7 Black Rand for rand, this is – for the moment, anyway – the best all-round action cam on the market, thanks to its slick software and exceptionally strong image quality. R7 000 / Sony RX0 II More than just small and tough, Sony’s powerful premium model offers superb low-light performance and astounding 1000fps slo-mo. Rtba / Insta360 One X It’s not built to survive an ocean dunking, but this clever camera records great-looking 360° content – a neat trick if you don’t want to miss anything around you. R8 000 /…