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C CO ON S S ON THE COVER p72 p10 p16 HOT STUFF 10 The Hot Three O Xbox One O Nokia Lumia 925 O Recon Instruments Jet 18 Vital statistics Nikon D7100 Nikon’s new enthusiast dSLR packs some loaded dice – you win way more than you pay for 24 Gigapixel Taking a wide-angle look at tech news O Pebble OBoeing Supersonic OAdobe OWindows Blue (8.1) 26 How Google plans to take over your world From quantum AI to games, the tech behemoth wants your soul 27 Start menu The month’s best concepts, start-ups, crowdfunded projects and plain crazy ideas 32 Games FIFA 14 pre-season fitness test, GTA V shootout with Saints Row IV 36 Apps This month’s mobile must-downloads 38 Calendar What’s crackin’ p14 p26 p54 p72 6 TESTS 62 Tested Large-sensor compact cameras Get DSLR-quality pics without the bulk OFujifilm FinePix X100S O Nikon Coolpix A OSony DSC-RX1 64 Tested 8in tablets They’re bigger than phablets but smaller than most tablets. Thablets? O Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 OApple iPad Mini OSamsung Galaxy Note 8.0 66 5 of the best Bluetooth speakers OBraven BRV-1 O JBL Charge OKitSound Hive OPhilips Fidelio P9 OSony SRS-BTM8 69 5 of the best Tough cameras These rugged snappers don’t fear a thing. OCanon PowerShot D20 O Fujifilm FinePix FP60 ONikon Coolpix AW110 O Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 OPanasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 72 Supertest Android superphones The best phones in the world, put through their paces in the toughest test out there OHTC One OSamsung Galaxy S4 O Sony Xperia Z 94 Tested BlackBerry Q10 It’s got real keys! And BB OS10! Rejoice! CON C CO S S 07.13 TOP 10 OF EVERYTHING Where’s the HTC One sitting? Which ‘phones have we fallen in love with? Who’s the new king of TVs? Find out from p102 p40 TOP TEN p93 OF EVERYTHING Smartphones 103 Laptops 104 Tablets 105 TVs 106 Compact cameras 108 DSLRs, etc 109 Games 110 Headphones 111 Have your say on the Stuff Facebook page tinyurl.com/StuffZA For reviews of products featured in the top 10s, visit stuff.co.za Prices quoted are the best available at the time of printing SLRs, ETC 109 T HO Y BU FEATURES 40 Cool List 2013 featuring… O Philips Fidelio PS1 O Traktor DJ O Netflix O Lehmann LA100 O HTC One O Vine O 4K O Songkick Detour O iMakr Store O Sony DSC-RX1 O Jaguar F-Type 97 The future is bent Flexi-tech will change the world, and it’ll change it soon. We talk to the key players behind the new technology and find out what it means for the gadgets in your pocket 112 Next big thing? Printer think Stick another cartridge in the printer, love, we need a new computer… PROJECTS 86 Beta yourself Short films Our tips and tricks for making a movie that’s longer than a Vine but shorter than a Peter Jackson Middle Earth epic 88 5 ways to… Re-awesomise your iPad 1 Give Apple’s original slate a new life as a studio light, weather station or Win 8 tab 89 Alternagadget Beats Vs in-ear brilliance Spend a fortune on Dr Dre’s Studio cans or get a pair of Sonys and a DAC instead? 90 How to build the ultimate tech home Part 2: Storage AKA: You’re gonna need a bigger… hard drive 92 Gadget doctor Your monthly tech prescription 93 5-minute hacks If nothing else, at least… Make a hyperlapse movie OSync your music to your runs O Cook perfect BBQ ribs p97 8 STUFF SAYS Olympus OM-D E-M5 1 ATE UPD After its success in resurrecting the PEN brand, it was inevitable Olympus would emblazon the legendary OM moniker across its first compact system camera with a viewfinder. And boy, does it live up to the name. This is a CSC with pro aspirations: astoundingly fast AF, 9fps burst shooting, an excellent EVF, weatherproof body, tons of controls and superb 16MP pics right through to ISO 25,600. Best of all is the Live Time mode for a live view of long exposures. It’s well-priced these days too. The best compact system camera so far, boasting super-fast autofocus and great advanced features R16 0 00 +++++ (w/12-50mm lens) Canon EOS 650D 2 Our favourite DSLR contains a hybrid 18MP CMOS sensor that enables continuous autofocus during video recording, a responsive touchscreen and 5fps burst shooting. The 700D is out soon, but it’s not a massive upgrade, so the 650D remains a good bet. 3 Pro power has never come at such a reasonable price. A full-frame 24.3MP sensor combines with accurate 39-point autofocus for stunning results. Dual SD card slots, built-in flash and 5.5fps shooting speed complete a seriously powerful proposition. Nikon D600 Sony NEX-7 4 A host of manual photo and video controls are available via its gorgeously minimalist unmarked knobs, but it’s the exceptional quality of its 24.3MP images that really impresses. We suspect that an updated model may be just around the corner, though. 5 Improvements over our old favourite the D5000 are a vari-angle screen that’s grown to 3in, 1080p video recording and a 16.2MP chip sensitive up to ISO 6400. Its sensor is amazing in low light, serving up punchy stills and hi-def video. 6 The Canon 60D is a DSLR camera aimed at the serious amateur: a ruggedly built, feature-stuffed snapper that counts full 1080p video among its charms. An all-round great choice for the Canon user looking to step up from the entry-level models. Nikon D5100 Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 6D 7 Canon’s cheapest ever full-framer is an awesome little SLR with a few clever tricks up its lens. As well as its all-new 20.2MP sensor, it boasts a GPS receiver for geotagging your pics and Wi-Fi for direct uploading or remote control from an iPhone or Android device. 8 This Sony is super-capable, with continuous shooting speeds of up to 12fps, a 24MP sensor, rugged body and an absolutely stunning electronic viewfinder. Despite the A77’s SLR-ish looks, it has to make do with a digital eye viewfinder rather than an optical one. 9 Canon’s turned up fashionably late to the mirrorless interchangeable-lens party - but superbly dressed. The M is like a small EOS 650D, easy to operate, with an 18MP APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processing, a fast shutter and ISO extendable to 25600. 10 Like its D3100 predecessor, the D3200 has an excellent photography-course-in-acamera Guide mode, although that’s no longer the star attraction. This entry-level DSLR has a very non-entry-level 24MP sensor capable of producing truly professional results. Sony SLT-A77 Canon EOS M Nikon D3200 R6 400 (w/18-55mm lens) +++++ R23 0 00 (body only) +++++ BEST FOR ALL-ROUND VALUE BEST FOR SHOOTING LIKE THE PROS R16 000 (w/18-55mm lens) +++++ R5 700 (body only) +++++ R9 000 (body only) +++++ R19 000 (body only) +++++ R14 300 (w/16-50mm lens) +++++ R8 700 (w/22mm lens) +++++ R5 700 (body only) ++++, BEST FOR NEWBIE SNAPPERS PLUG INTO STUFF’S SOCIAL NETWORK facebook.com/stuffsa 106 T HO Y BU NEW TVs STUFF SAYS Samsung UE55F8000 1 The world’s best TV? No question. The 55in F8000 has the best picture, the smartest features, the biggest sound and the most innovative controls of any telly out there. This is a TV you’ll never tire of watching, which is just as well, because there’s plenty to watch on it: Freeview, Freesat and all the riches of the revamped Smart Hub, complete with Netflix, LoveFilm, iPlayer and more. Other highlights include the TiVo-style S-Recommendation tool and the Touch remote. Superb. Samsung UA55ES8000R 2 Samsung’s stunning 8000-series 55in/140cm LED TV range is available in four models, 46- through 65-inch (117 to 165cm) and all are excellent. As well as great 2D and 3D the Smart dashboard can be controlled through voice or gesture. Pricey, but superb picture. 3 With seven pairs of 3D specs in the box – two of which allow for full-screen gaming – this passive 3D TV is great for social occasions. It’s just been updated with the Game World portal, featuring 2D and 3D games – some playable with LG’s Magic Remote. LG 47LM9600 Samsung UA55ES6200R 4 The 3D upscaler and HyperReal image processing engine now have more horsepower to produce a better picture, it has both wifi and wired LAN and there’s 3D glasses thrown in. A quality buy at the price. 5 While not the very latest incarnation, outperforms most other sets in this class. It’s a safe buy; there’s wifi and wired LAN, no corners cut and with the superb build quality you’ll get great performance for the longer term. Great price, but no 3D glasses. 6 The strong picture quality and no-fuss, passive 3D are matched by great styling, minimal brushed metal finishes and an “almost gone” 5mm bezel. Wifi and LAN, 4 pairs of glasses, dual fiull screen gaming, Magic remote and Smart dash come standard. 7 Surprisingly for this price range LG has cut no corners. Picture quality is welll above average then there’s LG’s passive Cinema 3D, smart dashboard for downloading apps and wired and wireless networking and a bevy of HDMI and USB ports. 8 9 10 Sony KDL-46HX750 LG 47LM8600 LG 42LM6610 Sony 40EX650 Featuring Sony’s top-end X-Reality image engine this edge-lit LED panel outclasses sets costing much more. There’s no 3D but this smart TV holds the sweet spot for pairing great picture quality with smart connectivity. Samsung 32ES5600 It’s definitely trailing in the high spec TV race, but as a second screen for your guest room, garage or kitchen you won’t be embarrassed by this full HD picture, the 100Hz motion smoothing and video capable USB port panel. Sony KDL-24EX430 It’s small but potent with the full HD image quality capabilities of it’s much bigger siblings in this range. With a reasonably slim profile its the perfect size for the kitchen or workshop to catch the news or cricket score. STUFF PICK NEW BLU-RAY Start saving up now – the super-smart Samsung F8000 is the TV your eyes have been waiting for R35 000 +++++ R40 000 +++++ R20 000 +++++ BEST FOR 3D MOVIES WITH FRIENDS R19 500 +++++ R12 000 +++++ R17 000 +++++ BEST FOR SPECS-FREE 3D VIEWING R9 000 +++++ R6 300 ++++, R5 500 ++++, BEST FOR BUDGET BIGSCREEN FUN R2 500 +++,, Jack Reacher Life of Pi Pitch Perfect Quartet “So we need someone to play this 6’5” action hero… how about guarantee of box office success Tom Cruise?” As it is, ’ol Mr Scientology’s modest height doesn’t get in the way of a hard-hitting performance. Add a fairly intelligent plot and some brilliantly written action and you’ve got a solid thriller. ++++, An overly life-affirming tale, told through the medium of overabundant CGI. Yes, it’s a technical masterpiece, but overall the film suffers from a long runtime and somewhat saggy pace. Those metaphors about spirituality and morality are also rammed down your throat slightly too far. +++,, Musical comedies aren’t only aimed at teenage girls, as this one demonstrates. Pitch Perfect is weirder than Glee would ever dare to be – and much funnier – and while it doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny, 30 Rock scribe Kay Cannon’s script ensures it’s always an entertaining romp. ++++, A few times a year, Hollywood throws a bone to the older crowd. This one is destined to be double-billed with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It’s sincere and endearing, with some great performances, but there’s not much here that we’ve not seen before. Charming, but rather clichéd. +++,, HEADPHONES 111 T HO Y BU 1 STUFF SAYS Sennheiser RS220 The specialised lossless encoding and transmission system makes these the closest we’ve ever come to perfect wireless sound across all music types, and despite its intimidating size, the low weight and luxuriant fit helps you forget you’re wearing headphones at all. Sony MDR-1R 2 You get the feeling Sony put everything they know about sound into these headphones, cutting no corners and sparing no expense. The result is an audiophile’s delight: a “true”, but still exciting sound across all music genre. Pricey and too big to lug around. 3 Hifi maker Harmon Kardon has managed to meet and exceed unreasonably high expectations. Noise cancelling helps you appreciate the full range, detail and balance of this rousing audio performance. Smaller CL and cordless BT models also available. 4 5 6 7 Harmon Kardon NC Sennheiser Momentum Luxuriantly finished in soft leather these high-end Sennheisers are designed to be out and about. They’re light and extremely comfortable. Whether you’re on the couch or at the airport, the signature uncompromised sound quality is now always at hand. Sony XBA3 They’re not cheap but they are, quite simply the best sounding in-ear phones you can get. Balanced Armature technology means there’s dedicated high, mid and bass frequency drivers, and standard one-driver earbud models aren’t even on the same playing field. Skullcandy Navigator In this first headset sporting Skullcandy’s own Rex 40mm drivers emphasis has shifted away from making a brash personal fashion statement towards sound quality. They’re a practical size and weight, they’re extremely comfortable and they sound fantastic. Audiofly AF78 The unusual design of these phones extends from odd-shaped memory-foam buds to a combination of both dynamic and balanced armature drivers, but the neutral sound is perfect for music purists. The package includes a bunch of neat accessories. Monster DNA 8 These well-padded on-ear cans deliver a good dose of bass and frenetic highs that brings the bounce to contemporary pop. We like the compact shape, compared to some gratuitously oversized competitors. 9 It’s past time for Apple to upgrade its standard buds and this thoughtful re-design is right on the money, from the unique, sculpted shape to the common-sense bass expansion ports. Not the ultimate but at this price who cares? 10 Apple Earpods Marley Zion Purpose built to deliver all kinds of bass-heavy pop music these buds do a great job getting the best sound out of your smartphone. They’ll get attention on the street and, made from a variety of recycled materials, they also make a gnarly social statement. STUFF PICK NEW MUSIC Wireless was never a word for lossless or ﬁdelity until Sennheiser made it so. The ultimate cans. R5 400 +++++ R2 500 ++++, BEST FOR ON-EAR EXCELLENCE R3 150 ++++, R4 330 ++++, R800 ++++, BEST FOR IN-EAR EXCELLENCE R1 000 ++++, R1 420 ++++, BEST FOR SHUTTING OUT THE WORLD R2 000 ++++, BEST FOR QUALITY AND STYLE IN ONE R300 ++++, R600 +++,, Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze The Knife – Shaking The Habitual British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy Kurt Vile’s mumbling, slacker rock is normally so laidback it’s practically horizontal and while Wakin On A Pretty Daze is hardly a Ramones-esque blast, it’s definitely his sunniest, most upbeat record yet. It might not reinvent the wheel, but then it can’t really be bothered. +++++ Listening to this album through a good pair of headphones is like having a pair of telepathic crows squawking a sexually arousing nightmare directly into your mind, in the dark, in Sweden. All of which makes it perfect for commuting, or maybe a spot of shopping. +++++ Like sunny days, roast potatoes and test match cricket, BSP are incapable of being anything other than brilliant. Their fifth album is slightly more abrasive than its predecessor, but that’s no bad thing and the title track is up there with their very best. ++++, BEST FOR TUNE-LOVING EARTH FANS The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO The Besnard Lakes make huge, riff-heavy alt-rock that sounds like glaciers tearing new valleys through Alaska… or at least they did. A subtler beast than 2010’s ‘…Are The Roaring Night’, this is more iceberg than glacier, but it’s no less lovely for it. ++++, OUR PRICES Prices in Hot Stuff are RRPs. Prices in features, tests and Top 10s are the best we could find from a reputable online retailer at the time of going to print.
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