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Stuff Magazine South Africa

Stuff Magazine South Africa January/February 2020

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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1 min.

By the time these words hit shelves it’ll be (nearly) 2020. 2019 was one heck of a year in tech, with Huawei taking quite the beating in the industry. Not so much for anything they’ve done to their phones – though the Americans don’t seem to like their network tech much. But they’ve soldiered on, even though there’s still no end in sight. That’s quite the example the Chinese company has set. 2019 was a rough year for many, whether people or industries. But as we enter a new year, as well as a new decade, it’s time to take stock of the previous orbital period. The point? To find out what worked and what didn’t, and then do more of the first and less of the second. We call those…

2 min.
our month

I WROTE ON MY PHONE’S SCREEN I’ve missed a few generations of Samsung’s excellent Note range, so I was pleasantly surprised at how darn useful the S Pen has become. It’s a small thing, but I make notes constantly. Things people say. Ideas for a column. I try not to scribble them on little bits of paper, as I used to before moving to a single notebook. Now, I use an app like Evernote. But: unlock phone, open Evernote, tap “new” and… yeah, #FirstWorldProblems. I know. But the Note 10+ I have been reviewing allows me to instantly write on the screen. Better yet, it converts my scrawl into text. It’s the little things that make the difference but this is really useful for a note-taker phone. Toby Shapshak, Publisher and Editor-in-chief I…

7 min.
hot stuff

HOT FOUR #1 INVISIBLE TOUCH Fujifilm X-Pro3 With its Leica-esque looks and titanium body, you could probably take Fujifilm’s gloriously retro mirrorless X-Pro3 back to the ’60s and it wouldn’t give you away as a time-traveller. Best keep that hidden 3in touchscreen flipped up, though, or you’ll give yourself away. Yes, the main display is hidden. You have to stop and fold it out to review your snaps or change any settings – a throwback to the days when you had to be more thoughtful about your shots rather than just snapping away and worrying about the results later. There is a 1.28in LCD screen on the outside; this can display either shooting settings or, in a nod to the days of tearing off the top of the film box and tucking it in…

3 min.
108mp camera is mi against the world

THE MAIN WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA IS 108MP AND THE DETAIL IT CAPTURES IS STAGGERING Xiaomi Mi Note 10 from R9 000 (import, for now) / mi.com This is getting silly now. Xiaomi has gone way, way over the top and slapped a 108MP camera on a smartphone. With their smaller-than-thimble-sized sensors, Apple and Google reckon 12MP is a rational limit for a main camera’s resolution, but oh no: Xiaomi, in partnership with Samsung, has broken the pixel-count continuum and gone into triple figures with the Xiaomi Note 10. ● Xiaomi the big picture Yes, the main wide-angle camera is 108MP, though it shoots at 27MP by default. There’s also a 12MP 2x zoom, a 5MP 5x zoom, a 20MP ultra-wide and a 2MP for macro photography. On paper, nothing comes close, and the detail it captures…

2 min.

1 Productive R45/m / Android, iOS Want to infuse good habits into your day? This app lets you set them up, bugs you at opportune moments, and lets you celebrate/sulk with stats. The sub’s pricey, but you get four habits for nothing. 2 NanoStudio 2 R300 / iOS The original NanoStudio was there before GarageBand, and now its follow-up is finally on iPhone. Its Obsidian synth is superb, giving you the means to craft mega-hits in your bathroom. Possibly. 3 Pocketcoach Free / Android, iOS If anxiety’s taking over, have a virtual chat with this app. It teaches relaxation techniques to calm you down and – unlike some – won’t ramp up stress levels by mugging your bank account. 4 Wild Bullets Free / Android Demon gunslingers have rocked up, and it’s down to you to blow their evil heads off.…

1 min.
not just an app

DUET DISPLAY R170 / Android & Mac/Windows If you have an Android device sitting around doing nothing, Duet Display makes it useful again by turning it into a second PC screen. Load up the phone app and its macOS or Windows companion, and you can zip windows between displays, along with transforming your computer into one you can prod and swipe at (if it lacks a touchscreen of its own). On Mac, you even get a Touch Bar. The app’s been around on iOS for a while, and this Android release almost matches it for performance. Use it wired for best results – but even on Wi-Fi it works nicely enough with content that doesn’t update too often.…