The Stuff Hot Five

Here are the top five products worth your time and money this week

We see a lot of products every week here on Stuff. But come Friday, which are the ones we actually want to take home with us?

Every week, we condense all of the many products we see into the Hot Five — the definitive list of the best new gadgets to lust after, buy and use. These are the best products, the top apps and games, and the best tech accessories to blow this week’s savings on.

Read this, and you’ll have absorbed the best of the week on the Stuff website! But please, do also read the rest of the website.

5) Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium isn’t quite good enough to propel it into the premier league of flagship smartphones, but for those of you who value screen quality above all else, it’s the one to go for.

It sports a ridiculously fancy 5.5in, 4K HDR display, which means Netflix shows look amazing. There’s also a ridiculously hi-spec slow-mo camera mode, 960fps to be exact, which blows all other phone-based slow motion out of the water, plus Sony LDAC support for wireless headphones.

In all other respects, there are better phones out there, but we still admire Sony for its extravagant approach to over-speccing certain elements of its flagship phones.

Go big or go home

4) Farpoint

VR games are being released regularly, especially on PC, but good ones are still relatively rare. And triple-A first-person shooters are still practically non-existent.

Enter Farpoint from Sony for PlayStation VR, which thanks to the Sony Aim Controller, is the closest you'll ever get to being a space marine says reviewer Marc McLaren. We’re still trying to get over the image of our web editor stood in his living room, holding a plastic gun, firing at imaginary aliens, but as he said, the game is totally thrilling in the moment.

The RM188 package isn’t cheap, but if you’re an FPS addict with access to a PlayStation VR headset, it’s well worth your time and money.

Alien Invasion

3) Google Lens

Google’s I/O conference was, in summary, a frightening look at a future dominated by AI overlords, but until then, let’s look forward to some of the cool new features that Google’s supercomputers are bringing to our phones.

Top of the list is Google Lens, which will allow you to point your phone at objects and do a whole host of cool things. Top of the list for most people will be the ability to scan a Wi-Fi router’s access details with your camera, and connect to the network without having to manually enter the details.

Other clever tricks include the ability to recognise objects, as well as point your phone at a restaurant and see more about it, such as the menu. It’ll be coming to Android phones soon.


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