January-February 2019/Issue 92
There was gnashing of teeth. There were raised voices. Neighbouring offices were disturbed by the sounds of positions being very strongly stated. Yes, some insults were hurled, along with the odd inanimate object. But the bruises have healed, we’ve righted the knocked over furniture, and most of the team are back on speaking terms. Why the turmoil? Because, dear reader, it’s awards season. Nope, not the Oscars or the Grammys. We’re talking, of course, about a far more hotly contested showdown: The Stuff Awards.
Samsung squared up to Huawei, BMW leered at Land Rover, and Red Dead challenged God of War to a duel. This time around the contenders were especially strong, and there’ve been a few upsets in the big categories. This year’s selection of apps is also bigger than ever, because there are just so many excellent ones from which to choose. The awards action starts on p36 and includes your votes (thank you!) for phone and gadget of the year.
Now, of course, we get to start the process all over again, and there are some early entrants for 2019 from Apple right up front (p8) in the form of the new iPad Pro and the oh-so-long-awaited updated MacBook Air. But as the Bay Area proverb goes, “a year is a long time in tech”, and it’s anyone’s guess what the tablet and laptop categories will look like come year-end.
In the meantime, we’re thrilled to bring you in-depth reviews of the new Fitbit Charge 3 (p72), Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (p78), Apple’s iPhone XR (p80) and Fujifilm’s X-T3 (p84), along with less conventional fare like toasters worth toasting (p68), and a how-to for Amazon’s digital comic service, Comixology (p74).
Whatever the rollercoaster we’re calling 2019 brings you’ll find the best of its tech here, so thanks for strapping in with us (and not vomiting on our shoes).