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Top 3 Gadgets of the Month: Smart Scales, Powerful Snappers, & Slick Smartphones

Which gadgets should you be considering this month?

From camera-boosted smartphones to bone density-measuring scales, there are a few things that have locked our attention this month; and we’ve rounded them up to showcase the very-best gadgets you need to check out.

Nokia X10

Price: R6,799

Nokia, the original king of cellphones, is making some pretty impressive devices that are, to an extent, slipping under the radar. The X10 is the perfect example of this, and one of the more unique and practical phones on the market. The X10 features a large 6.7-inch display, making it a bit bigger than some of its competitors, while also having 6GBs of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. Throw in the fact that the X10 is using a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, and you’ve got a pretty robust package. Of course, the real allure with any modern Nokia is the camera, and the X10 doesn’t disappoint. Featuring a 48 MP quad camera (48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP) with Zeiss Optics, along with an 8MP front-facing camera, the X10 delivers crisp high-end shots and has the capability to shoot in RAW format, making this a real treat for budding photographers. The video capabilities won’t set the world alight, and the stabilisation could be better, but there is Nokia’s ‘cinematic’ mode, which does add some satisfying colour-grading to videos.

Essentially, the X10 isn’t a high-powered beast that you’ll be playing games on; it’s more of a photo-centric device that works perfectly for normal work and lifestyle functions, and for that at its price-point, it’s a good option.

Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale 2

Price: R399

Xiaomi has been doing some great things in the smartphone market in recent years, but many tend to forget that the Chinese brand is a whole lot more than slick cellular devices. Xiaomi sees itself as a lifestyle tech brand and one of the areas they’re showing focus in is the health and fitness space, with the Mi Body Composition Scale 2 (yeah, the name is a mouthful) being one of the highlighted products. This scale is not your run-of-the-mill bathroom scale though, as it tracks a ton of metrics, including Weight, Muscle mass, BMI, Bone Mass, Body Fat, Water Content, Body Score, Basal Metabolism and Visceral Fat. It uses metal footplates and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to deliver these results, along with a companion Mi Fit app to show you all your stats.

How accurate is it though? Well, we compared it to an InBody scan using the latest tech, and with certain metrics, it is close, but with others, it seems to miss the mark by a few points. It may not be 100 percent accurate with the finer and more complex measurements, and does rely on some algorithms which will always miss the outlying factors, but if you want to keep tabs on the main components of your health, such as weight, water content, BMI, and the changes in those categories, it’s well worth having one on your bathroom floor. Not to mention that it comes in at a price-point that rivals normal scales.

Fujifilm X-E4

Price: R16,888

If you’re making a concerted foray into the world of photography, and want to upgrade from your usual point-and-shoot camera, the X-E4 is a logical step and a great release from Fujifilm. Featuring a notable retro style, classic rangefinder, and rotating dial design, the X-E4 immediately feels a lot more tangible and nostalgic than some of the more high-tech designs out there at the moment. While the aesthetic of its appearance may look vintage, the features under the hood are as modern and well-implemented as they come. There is a flippable 3-inch digital display that also supports gesture control, and the overall quality of the LCD is excellent too, giving you a good representation of what the final product of the image will look like. The one minor downside is that there is no onboard memory, so you will need a decently-sized SD card on hand.

Indoor test with the Fujifilm X-E4

The X-E4 features a 26MP sensor, which is prominent across most of this Fujifilm X line, along with a wealth of enhancement options to really give you more than enough power to capture just about anything under the sun in glorious detail. And while there are tons of focus and shutter options to try out, the Autofocus mode is actually sublimely implemented, and will allow the X-E4 to do all the heavy lifting (and very quickly, we might add) to allow you to just focus on your angles, lighting, and subject matter.

Will you be picking up any of the above gadgets? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA, posting on our Facebook page, or commenting below.

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