The Stuff Hot Five

Counting down the five things that have rocked our world this week

What do we really care about? And what should you really care about?

Each week, we'll be counting down the five most important things in our world right now. The new gadgets that we're excited about - and that you should be excited about too. The games and apps we're desperate to play - and that we want you to enjoy too. The best phones and tablets and cameras and laptops and smartwatches and all the rest that we've reviewed that week - and that you should go out and buy.

Think of it as a condensed version of the whole site. But don't forget to read the rest of it too, eh?

5) Apple gets red in the rear

There’s a new iPhone. And it’s red. Or, rather, it’s (Red).

Earlier this week, the internet almost caught fire when Apple’s store was taken down - something that usually signifies the imminent arrival of a slick batch of new Cupertino gear.

A few hours later we had a new iPad (of sorts), an iPhone SE with more capacity and an iPhone that’s red in the name of charity.

That’s it. Really. It’s the same iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus), just with a new shell on the back - in a lovely shade of red. Which is nice. It’s all part of Apple’s ongoing support of AIDS charity (RED) with its PRODUCT(RED) series, which, again, is nice.

4) Panasonic takes snapping to the next level

When you spend £1700 on a CSC camera, you probably expect it to have an excellent build, perfect controls, eminent usability and astounding picture quality. Thank the photography gods, then, that Panasonic’s new, spenny GH5 serves up all of the above.

Decidedly cutting edge, it’ll shoot 4K video at 60fps, delivering silky smooth footage in almost all situations. Sure, it struggles a little in low light, but almost everything else about the GH5 is excellent.

Ask any YouTube star (we don’t know any) and they’ll likely tell you that the Sony A7S II is their camera of choice. The GH5 has double the frame rate and will offer HDR, too, after an April update. The king, it seems, has a new challenger to its throne.

Smooth snapping

3) Mass Effect explores new worlds

If you make a trilogy of games that steals the hearts and minds of players the world over, some would say that you have a duty, if you decide to make a follow-up, to deliver something at least half as good again.

So it is that Mass Effect: Andromeda, which launched this week, takes players to a new galaxy, in search of a new home for humanity, delivering a raft of new gameplay mechanics, stories and planets to be explored in the process.

Yes, there are some distracting graphics glitches - namely trippy character faces – but this remains at its heart a game about relationships and exploration. And it’ll keep you going for days.

A whole new world(s)

2) Sky becomes a voice-controlled trivia machine

Ever had a moment when you remember a great film quote, but can’t remember the movie it’s from? As of 22 March, Sky Q users won’t have that problem. Voice search has now rolled out to Sky Q boxes and it works really well. Almost too well, in fact.

From screeching “my precious” to “don’t call me Shirley,” give your box a line and it’ll search its vast catalogue for the film you want. It’s as easy as holding the mic button on the remote, delivering your line and - near-instantly - Sky will serve up the results.

It works for filtering, too, so you can ask for one-star comedies if you’re feeling particularly depressed. Who needs Siri, eh?

1) Huawei makes the world’s best iPhone clone

Huawei’s P10 was a great phone - even if its battery life and 1080p screen left a little to be desired. Huawei’s P10 Plus? Well, it takes the P10, increases the screen size by 0.4 inches, crams in a bigger battery and, basically, makes an ace smartphone.

With a 2K screen resolution and a cell that’ll easily last a day, this is a phone well worth paying for - even at £680. Yes, it still looks like an iPhone, but a brilliant, versatile camera, stacks of power (how does 6GB RAM sound?) and 128GB of storage should mean this is a phone that’ll go the distance.

It’s easily Huawei’s best phone to date and, indeed, one of the best plus-sized numbers you can currently buy.