GREAT NEW STUFF: Our top gear and gad­gets from 2018.

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GREAT NEW STUFF Our favourite gad­gets and ac­ces­sories from 2018

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It’s that time of year when smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers un­veil their best de­vices and ev­ery­one asks, ‘Which is the best phone?’ or ‘Which one do I get?’

If you’re an An­droid fan, then there is re­ally only one de­vice you should be eye­ing – the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

It has a 6.39-inch 2K OLED dis­play, 3D Face Un­lock, a fin­ger­print scan­ner un­der the dis­play, 40 W Su­percharge (which can charge your bat­tery to 70 per cent in 30 min­utes), 15 W wire­less fast charge, as well as re­v­erse wire­less charge.

De­spite hav­ing the same size dis­play as the Sam­sung Galaxy Note 9, the phone it­self is smaller, more com­fort­able to use, and has a larger (4 200 mah) bat­tery.

A new Leica triple rear cam­era set-up rounds up the fea­tures and re­places the monochrome lens with an ul­tra wide-an­gle one. Huawei also has a nifty macro mode, which lets you take pic­tures as close as 2.5 cm from the sub­ject.

The only let-down is the soft­ware. The EMUI in­ter­face is lighter and cleaner than be­fore, but it’s still a long way from where it could be. Huawei’s new nav­i­ga­tion ges­tures are un­apolo­get­i­cally Ap­plein­spired, but they feel as smooth and in­tu­itive as any­thing Ap­ple has ever done be­fore – some­thing that no other An­droid man­u­fac­turer has ever man­aged.

This phone is so well thought out and put to­gether that it gets the ti­tle of our Phone of the Year. R18 999 (at net­works across the coun­try)

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