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) Project CARS 2 is every petrolhead’s dream racer
We haven’t been short of decent racing games of late, but Project CARS 2 feels like a giant leap forward for the genre as a whole.
It may not seem the most polished of titles when compared to Forza and Gran Turismo Sport (it still looks glorious, mind you), but the sheer level of freedom and tweakability in this sandbox racer – the cars, the tracks, the conditions – turn it into nothing less than a love letter to motorsports.
Oh, and if you’ve got the necessary hardware you can play it in VR, which, trust us, could well become the future of racing games – or at least the one they deserve.
4) Insta360 One makes 360º video a breeze
There are now a few decent choices for those seeking a compact, smartphone-paired 360º camera, but we reckon the Insta360 One is all-round the best (no pun intended).
Not only does it offer the expected auto-stitched 360º photos and 4K video clips courtesy of its two fisheye lenses, it also comes with some nifty special modes. You can capture Matrix-style bullet time clips by twirling the One around your head on a string, or easily crop a “flat” 1080p video from a 360º clip. The latter mode, called FreeCapture, means you can relax when filming – just shoot everything around you, then edit to focus on the best bits later.
3) The ZenFone 4 is a dual-camera delight
Not everyone wants to spend £1000 on a new phone, and not everyone wants to put up with *only* one camera round the back. The ZenFone 4 is Asus' attempt to satisfy both groups: a dual-camera smartphone which will cost a mere £449.
The puts it squarely up against the similarly priced (and similarly dual-camera-packing) OnePlus 5, and if the ZoneFone 4 can compete with that phone in its other specs, it'll be well worth checking out. The attractive, glass-backed build is a good start, and while the 5.5in screen is only 1080p, that's not unusual at this price. Its Snapdragon 630 processor might hold it back a little, but at least that should make for a good battery life. We've been hands on with it here.
2) See who’s knocking with Nest Hello
Sick of getting doorstepped by cold callers, charity muggers, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other assorted irritants? Then Nest Hello might be the perfect doorbell for you. You old curmugeon, you.
Packing an HD camera with face recognition, night vision and a wide field-of-view, the Hello will beam pictures of whoever’s approaching your door straight to your phone – even if they don’t ring the bell itself. And thanks to its HD Talk and Listen feature, you can banish that double glazing salesman remotely, without ever needing to leave the comfort of your favourite chair.
1) iOS 11 hits new heights of slickness
iOS 11 is finally here - and it's brought with it a haul of new features that'll transform your iPhone and iPad experience.
What do we like best about Apple's updated platform? Could it be the simple drag and drop inclusion, which lets you move texts and images between apps with ease? Or the supercharged Siri, which (who?) leaps into action quicker than ever? Maybe the Mac-style pull-up dock for iPad, able to accommodate up to 13 of your favourite apps for easy access? What about the customisable Control Center, which you can now bend to your preferences?
In truth, it's all of them – as with most operating systems, iOS 11 is more than a sum of its parts. If you've got a compatible iDevice, you owe it to yourself to give it a spin. Just make sure you back up your data and apps first, eh?