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) YouTube takes on Spotify with its own streaming service
Most music streaming services are broadly the same, but Google’s upcoming YouTube Music offering is a much more video-skewed affair than Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer or Tidal. As you’d expect, given that it’s YouTube.
Giving subscribers access not only to standard album tracks, singles and playlists, the service also features the thousands (millions?) of cover versions, live songs, remixes and whatever else can be found lurking in its library. That, and it’s all tied up with a YouTube Red-replacing full YouTube Premium offering, which removes all ads from your YouTube experience. While UK users never got a chance to use Red, Google has confirmed that Premium will be coming our way “soon”.
4) Notched Nokia X6 is big screen on a budget
Despite a strong resemblance to the £1,000 Apple iPhone X, the Nokia X6 comes in at just £150. Sure, delve below the big-screen-with-a-notch design and you’ll find middle-of-the-road specs, but it’s hard not to be impressed by this Android handset’s sheer Apple-baiting chutzpah. Will it launch outside of China, though? We don’t yet know.
3) Call of Duty focusses on multiplayer mayhem
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will represent something of a departure for Treyarch’s long-running first-person shooter series: it’s ditching the traditional single-player campaign in favour of an all-multiplayer focus.
While it’s a move that’s already attracted widespread criticism among gamers (older gamers in particular), the developers claim that this give them more time and resources to craft the multiplayer experiences that have made the series so popular. They also say that narrative will be woven into each of the game’s modes, which will include the current game type du jour, a battle royale.
2) Adaptive Controller makes Xbox One more accessible
Gamers with mobility issues have long been sidelined when it comes to controllers, but Microsoft is making efforts to improve accessibility with its new Xbox Adaptive Controller. With two huge programmable buttons and 19 ports for hooking up third-party hardware (that’s one for each of the Xbox One standard controller’s inputs) there is virtually no end to the way in which this controller can be configured and mapped out. Kudos to Microsoft for making a significant first step towards addressing the problems faced by many gamers.
1) OnePlus 6 looks like another bargain flagship
£469 isn’t a lot to pay for a flagship phone in the year 2018, but that’s the typically accessible asking price OnePlus has slapped upon its latest phone, the 6.
Due to arrive on 22nd May, the OnePlus 6 comes with a nigh-on bezel-free front face dominated by a 6.28in AMOLED 19:9 screen. That means there’s a notch, natch, but that’s about all that potential buyers could find controversial. With 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 845, dual 20MP and 16MP rear cameras and Gorilla Glass 5 cladding both the front and back, this is a phone with the specs, features and design to rival anything put out by Samsung, Apple, LG or Huawei.
We’ve already had some hands-on time with this thrifty handset, but make sure to check back soon for a full review.