> Rajat Agrawal
  • Reviews

    Apple AirPods Review

    By on February 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

    Apple AirPods Review

    The AirPods look stupid. There, I said it. They look like someone played a prank on you by snapping off the wires from your pair of EarPods that come with the iPhone, and the stalks just hanging out from the ears are a bit disturbing to look at. The design just feels wrong and incomplete. It's as if the first generation AirPods are prototypes, where engineers are still using the casing from the EarPods to hide the real thing -- ones that reside discreetly in your ear. More →
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  • Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi to return to Silicon Valley

    By on January 23, 2017 at 11:45 AM.

    Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi to return to Silicon Valley

    Hugo Barra today announced he is leaving Xiaomi. He was the Chinese startup's most high profile hire way back in 2013 when Xiaomi was an unknown company outside of China. Barra, who was the Vice President of Android at Google, was hired to expand Xiaomi's presence in international markets. Barra announced the news of his departure via Facebook. More →
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  • Opinion

    Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco investigation misses out on one major problem with every smartphone

    By on January 23, 2017 at 11:37 AM.

    Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco investigation misses out on one major problem with every smartphone

    Samsung today finally revealed the results of a months-long investigation into what caused the Galaxy Note 7 to catch fire. As expected, Samsung blamed the failure on the battery that were sourced from two different manufacturers. What's surprising, however, is that the failure was caused by two separate problems in both sets of batteries. In all fairness, no company is prepared for something like this happening and Samsung put 700 engineers to task to find out what exactly happened. The engineers tested 20,000 Galaxy Note 7 units and 30,000 batteries to find the cause of the failure. Samsung also hired three independent agencies to figure out the cause of the problem. More →
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  • Opinion

    iPhone at 10: A great run for Apple but challenges ahead

    By on January 9, 2017 at 10:18 AM.

    iPhone at 10: A great run for Apple but challenges ahead

    "Every once in a while there is a revolutionary product that comes along, that changes everything," that's how Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone 10 years ago. The first iPhone was nothing like anything anyone had seen before. It did not have any keyboard, which was one of the most sought after feature for the productivity conscious, thumbing (remember that?), BlackBerry toting enterprise user. For those wanting to live on the cutting edge of technology, preferred the Palm Treo with its keyboard and touchscreen phones, encased in premium metal body and the antenna jutting out. Full touchscreen phones existed before the iPhone, mostly Microsoft's PDAs, but they used a stylus. Nokia had a "portfolio" of smartphones and dismissed the iPhone by thinking one size did not fit all. More →
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  • Features

    BGR India Awards: Best Flagship Smartphones of 2016

    By on December 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM.

    BGR India Awards: Best Flagship Smartphones of 2016

    The year 2016 would be remembered for democratizing technology. This was the year when you need not have to buy the greatest hardware to access latest technologies like 4G. You could easily buy a smartphone for less than Rs 10,000 and use it with no compromises. High resolution 2.5D displays, metal unibody design, octa-core processors, high capacity RAM, water resistance... you could get just about everything without breaking the bank.  More →
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  • Opinion

    Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Raises the bar, for a price

    By on December 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

    Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Raises the bar, for a price

    Apple made the biggest change ever to its MacBook range since the first MacBook Air was launched in 2008. This time, it meant killing off the Air, in favor of the MacBook Pro which is now thinner than the MacBook Air but much more powerful. I have been using the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a few days and here are my thoughts about it. More →
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  • After 4G LTE, Reliance Jio sets eyes on DTH, broadband services

    By , on November 14, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

    After 4G LTE, Reliance Jio sets eyes on DTH, broadband services

    Reliance Jio is already breaking all sorts of records with its 4G services, but turns out, it is only the beginning and there's a lot more in store. After incumbent 4G network operators, Jio now has its eyes set of existing DTH and broadband service providers. Though there is no set timeline for a launch, Jio is working on soon offering broadband services with up to 1Gbps speeds, and a set-top-box with a host of HD channels. Last month BGR India visited Reliance Jio's Experience Centre to get a first-hand experience of some of the services the company has in the works, which could be launched soon. More →

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  • Opinion

    Why India’s demonetization of Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes is not affecting me

    By on November 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

    Why India’s demonetization of Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes is not affecting me

    Call me privileged, the one percent or whatever you may. But this week's surprise announcement by Prime Minister Modi to make Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes redundant overnight has not affected my daily routine in any significant manner. I was already living an almost cashless life and it continues as usual with little impact. More →
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  • Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to make Facebook video-first

    By on November 3, 2016 at 12:39 PM.

    Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to make Facebook video-first

    Facebook has been one of the rare companies that have successfully straddled the shift to mobile. While most companies and publishers struggle to monetize their ever increasing mobile users and declining desktop base, Facebook's mobile ads now account for 84 percent of its total ad revenue -- $5.7 billion in the latest quarter a staggering annual growth of 70 percent. For the first time Facebook had over a billion daily active users accessing the site from their mobile phones. But Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are already looking at the next big user behavior shift -- videos.  More →

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  • Reviews

    Apple iPhone 7 Plus ‘Portrait Mode’ review: Adding a new dimension to your photos

    By on October 28, 2016 at 12:46 PM.

    Apple iPhone 7 Plus ‘Portrait Mode’ review: Adding a new dimension to your photos

    Ever since the first camera phone was launched in 2002, a race of sorts to beat professional cameras had been flagged off. Over the years we have seen many smartphones being marketed to have cameras as good as DSLRs if not better. Yes, smartphones have overtaken stand-alone professional cameras in terms of their adoption and use, but they have never really been able to match the quality of DSLRs. While not claiming to trump DSLRs in all respects, Apple has launched a new feature for the dual-camera toting iPhone 7 Plus, which it believes brings one of the most sought after features of DLSRs to the iPhone.  More →
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