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.
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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.
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 £75 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.
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.
2) Sony A1 TV
LG’s reign at the top of the TV world has finally come to an end, with Sony claiming the OLED crown from the Korean giant.
The A1 is an absolute stunner, with a barely-there bezel and a ‘stand-less’ design combining to make a TV that’s as good looking on as it is off. But this is a TV that will really make your 4K content shine thanks to its X1 Extreme image processor, which delivers more accurate colours, better contrast and top-notch upscaling.
It’s not cheap, starting at £3,500, but if you want the best TV there is, this is the one to go for.
1) HTC U11
We all thought the Android flagship smartphone race was over this year thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S8, but HTC has come out with a phone that’s both desirable and innovative.
The phone itself looks gorgeous, with a reflective, mirror-like Liquid Surface finish which catches the light brilliantly at almost any angle. But it’s the new “squeeze gestures” that really set the U11 apart, allowing you to gently press both sides of the phone to enable apps such as the camera.
It’s supposed to feel more personal than buttons or touch-screen interactions, and so far, we have to agree.