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“F**k You, Xiaomi” – A great price for a great phone isn’t enough if you don’t respect your customers

By on July 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM.

“F**k You, Xiaomi” – A great price for a great phone isn’t enough if you don’t respect your customers

In slightly more than 12 hours from now, Xiaomi will start selling its second batch of Mi 3 smartphones in India via Flipkart, its official retail partner. The first batch sold out in under 40 minutes last week and it wasn't exactly surprising considering the raving reviews the smartphone received. Priced at just Rs 13,999, the Xiaomi Mi 3 promises features that smartphones from rival brands priced at Rs 35,000 provide. Even I was impressed and recommended the Xiaomi Mi 3. But having a great device at a great price isn't enough. More →
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Samsung Galaxy S5 4G edition: Too little, too late

By on July 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S5 4G edition: Too little, too late

Samsung finally righted one of its wrongs by launching the Qualcomm Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S5 in India three months after introducing the Exynos version. At the time of the launch, Samsung executives had hinted that launching the Snapdragon variant would have made the smartphone even more expensive than the Rs 51,000 the Exynos version was priced at. More →
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Opinion

Two must-have features missing from Amazon’s Fire Phone

By on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM.

Two must-have features missing from Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon today finally unveiled its smartphone, which it calls the Fire Phone. In more ways than one it is an innovative product starting from its Dynamic Perspective UI that brings an immersive 3D experience to all the Amazon services including Firefly that can recognize over 100 million items. But there are two key features that the Fire Phone misses out on, which could be the deal breaker for many users. More →
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Here’s why Micromax hired Vineet Taneja as CEO

By on May 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

Here’s why Micromax hired Vineet Taneja as CEO

Micromax chose a sleepy Sunday afternoon to make one of its most important announcements of hiring Samsung India's mobile chief Vineet Taneja as its CEO. The move might come as a shock to many but it was an open secret among insiders for whom when and not if was the question. More →
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Why Motorola Moto E could shake up the entry-level smartphone market

By on May 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM.

Why Motorola Moto E could shake up the entry-level smartphone market

With Motorola sending out invites for its next smartphone launch on May 13, speculations are rife it will launch a sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone called the Moto E. Former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had earlier hinted that the company was working on a smartphone cheaper than the Moto G. “In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179. We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that,” Woodside had said in one of his interviews prior to his departure. More →
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Smartphones may have gotten ‘boring’ but they’re still the most interesting tech around

By on April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Smartphones may have gotten ‘boring’ but they’re still the most interesting tech around

It’s become fashionable lately to whine about how “boring” smartphones have become, especially among Wall Street analysts who insist on telling us that Apple/Samsung/Microsoft/Everyone is “doomed” if they don’t come out with the “Next Big Thing” soon. This sort of absurdity reached amazing new heights recently when Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdry said that Apple only had 60 days left to release an “iWatch” before the company disappeared forever. More →
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Here’s what’s wrong with HTC, it believes it is the Rolex of smartphones

By on March 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM.

Here’s what’s wrong with HTC, it believes it is the Rolex of smartphones

HTC makes great smartphones. Heck, the One has been among my favorite smartphones for 2013 and it shows what the Taiwanese smartphone maker is capable of doing. Yet, the company is down in the dumps as far its quarterly results are concerned. Its phones are not selling as fast as anyone would expect and it is not entirely because of the strange marketing commercials it spent a billion dollars in making. But it is not just HTC's inability to market its products that is really killing the company. More →
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The one thing Nokia got wrong with its Android smartphone

By on March 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM.

The one thing Nokia got wrong with its Android smartphone

Since its launch in India earlier this week, the Nokia X is getting pretty strong reactions over its low-end specifications and the convoluted way in which one can download Android apps on it. There is also a lot of confusion around what apps would work on it and what won't work. All these points would not have been an issue had Nokia gotten one thing right - the price. More →
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Nokia X to destroy Android: It is a bird, it is a plane, no it is Nokia again!

By on March 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

Nokia X to destroy Android: It is a bird, it is a plane, no it is Nokia again!

“Nokia X will give users the confidence to move to Windows” is the thundering title in Business Standard derived from a statement by Nokia's Viral Oza. “The strategic intent of the X is to get people to upgrade to Lumia. To execute the strategy, we wanted to offer users what they want (Android apps) but also something that is differentiated. Our primary platform continues to be the Windows Phone and the primary range Lumia.” More →
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Why is Samsung in a mess in India despite being the number one smartphone brand?

By on March 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM.

Why is Samsung in a mess in India despite being the number one smartphone brand?

Samsung India's management is currently under a lot of pressure from its Korean HQ for delivering results for its smartphone business unit, BGR India has learned. Even though Samsung is the country's largest smartphone vendor according to shipments, the India unit has struggled in 2013 in both in the mid-level and high-end smartphone space. More →
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