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THE BEST GAD­GETS OF 2016

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - BY / JEN­NIFER DUDLEY-NI­CHOL­SON & ROD CH­ESTER

GOOGLE PIXEL XL

The first smart­phone de­signed by Google was well timed, well made, and well re­ceived. Its 12.3-megapixel cam­era stands up to the best of them, its rear fin­ger­print sen­sor opens and con­trols the phone ad­mirably, and its voice as­sis­tant is smarter than Siri. from $1249 / store.google.com

CANON 5D MARK IV

This fresh 30-megapixel, full­frame DSLR cam­era fea­tures 61point aut­o­fo­cus, wi-fi im­age trans­fers, and can shoot seven pho­tos each sec­ond. A new for­mat even lets you shift fo­cus af­ter tak­ing a photo. $5200 body / canon.com.au

BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35

Quite sim­ply the qui­etest head­phones on the mar­ket. Bose took its ex­cel­lent ac­tive noise-can­cel­la­tion tech­nol­ogy and added wire­less con­ve­nience. Will dull the din for up to 20 hours from one bat­tery charge. $499 / bose.com.au

AP­PLE IPHONE 7 PLUS

Ap­ple both gives and takes away with its lat­est smart­phone, adding a much wel­comed wa­ter re­sis­tance, but re­mov­ing the head­phone jack. While the 4.7inch iPhone 7 is good, the 5.5inch Plus with twin lens cam­era and Por­trait mode is far bet­ter. from $1269 / ap­ple.com/au

SONY PLAYSTA­TION VR

The cheap­est and eas­i­est way to see ad­vanced vir­tual re­al­ity is in­side this head­set. The PlaySta­tion 4 pe­riph­eral fea­tures a 5.7-inch OLED screen, a fast re­fresh rate to limit nau­sea, and can be used with a grow­ing list of games. It’s also the only VR head­set to com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date spec­ta­cles, though you will need to buy the PS Cam­era and Move Mo­tion con­trollers to make the best use of it. $550 / playsta­tion.com.au

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