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OnePlus 2 review: Hyped assassin

By on August 10, 2015 at 10:01 AM.

OnePlus 2 review: Hyped assassin

OnePlus came out of nowhere into the limelight last year with its first smartphone. The OnePlus One was popularly called the flagship killer as it offered specifications seen in flagship smartphones of brands like Samsung and HTC but was sold for half their price. The model worked extremely well for the company as it sold 250,000 units of the OnePlus One in India in slightly more than seven months and 1.5 million units globally in about a year. With the OnePlus 2, the Chinese startup is extremely bullish about doing even better and is already bragging it as the flagship killer of 2016. In essence, it is claiming that the OnePlus 2 would be better than the successor of the Galaxy S6 that Samsung is expected to launch next year. To find out whether the claims are valid or just a marketing gimmick, I put the OnePlus 2 through its paces for almost two weeks by using it as my primary smartphone. More →
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InFocus M350 review: Decent smartphone that lacks the killer punch

By on August 8, 2015 at 2:31 PM.

InFocus M350 review: Decent smartphone that lacks the killer punch

American smartphone maker InFocus is one of the newest entrants into the crowded Indian smartphone market, launching smartphones with prices ranging from Rs 5,000 and going up to Rs 15,000. One of these smartphones is the M350 priced at Rs 6,999 and a USP of 8-megapixel cameras at the rear as well as up front. We spent quite some time with it, and here’s our take on whether it is able to take on some of the heavyweights from Xiaomi, Lenovo and Yu in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. More →
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Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 review: Small price, but big on performance

By , on August 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM.

Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 review: Small price, but big on performance

Micromax launched the Canvas Xpress 2 last month, priced at Rs 5,999. With the specifications on offer, it not only competes against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 2, and Coolpad Dazen 1, but also takes the sheen off the Canvas Spark as well. We have spent some considerable time with the smartphone to try and find out if it can take on the aforementioned smartphones. More →
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Kindle Paperwhite 2015 review: Same price, more pixels

By on August 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Kindle Paperwhite 2015 review: Same price, more pixels

Since the time it was launched in 2012, the Kindle Paperwhite has been my constant and unflinching response to the question — “what e-reader should one buy?” Even when Amazon introduced the pricier, more loaded Kindle Voyage, I maintained that it is the Paperwhite that gave you more bang for your buck, without any great compromise on the reading experience. More →
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Motorola Moto G (third generation) review: Don’t judge a phone by its specifications

By on July 31, 2015 at 8:04 AM.

Motorola Moto G (third generation) review: Don’t judge a phone by its specifications

Of the many things the technology press is to be blamed for, giving far too much importance to hardware specifications and synthetic benchmarks would rank among the top. We don't take a minute to write off a gadget based purely on its specifications or what score it gets on some popular synthetic benchmarks. Hands-on "reviews" are written and filmed based on spending minutes with a device, that basically tell nothing but the specifications of the smartphone. If a smartphone with better specifications is available at a lower price, it automatically becomes a better device without any consideration given to the user experience. With the third generation Moto G, Motorola teaches an important lesson - we should stop judging a smartphone by its specifications. More →
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Yu Yureka Plus review: A worthy upgrade, but at what cost

By on July 24, 2015 at 10:43 AM.

Yu Yureka Plus review: A worthy upgrade, but at what cost

Micromax-backed Yu launched its third smartphone in India, called the Yureka Plus. As the name suggests, it is essentially an upgrade for the now-discontinued Yureka. This new smartphone looks identical, boasts much of the same specifications — albeit with a vastly improved display — and is priced a tad higher at Rs 9,999. At this price point, it takes the recently launched Lenovo K3 Note head-on, but just how good is Yu’s latest smartphone you ask. We spent the last few days with the Yureka Plus, and here are our two cents on it. More →
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: Samsung has an ‘edge’ with S6 launch

By on June 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: Samsung has an ‘edge’ with S6 launch

Samsung's S6 Edge was launched to bring back the innovation quotient to the Korean company. The phone, which had drawn significant amount of research and development from Bengaluru, was introduced in March at a starting price of Rs 58,900. Here is the IANS review of the Galaxy S6 Edge. More →
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Xiaomi Mi Band Review: The ridiculously cheap, no nonsense activity tracker for all

By on May 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM.

Xiaomi Mi Band Review: The ridiculously cheap, no nonsense activity tracker for all

A year ago if you asked anyone about Xiaomi in India, chances were they would not be aware of its existence and even if some did know about it, probably dismiss it as yet another Chinese company. Fast forward to 2015 and not only does everyone know about it, many would even fish out a "Mi" smartphone from their pockets or tell you about how they tried to buy one in a flash sale that finished before he could click on the buy button. More →
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Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: There’s no stopping the Xiaomi juggernaut

By on April 30, 2015 at 1:56 PM.

Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: There’s no stopping the Xiaomi juggernaut

In India, Xiaomi wants to be perceived as an Indian smartphone brand. The smartphone vendor has already had a great start since its India debut last July by selling over a million smartphones in less than five months and became the fifth largest smartphone brand in the country in the last quarter of 2014. However, Xiaomi is not content with that as it seeks for India domination in 2015. The Mi 4i marks the beginning of that journey, becoming the first smartphone it has launched first in India -- even before China. Priced at Rs 12,999, the Mi 4i plays on the standard Xiaomi promise -- high quality smartphones priced extremely competitively. Butdoes it deliver on the promise?  More →
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Kindle Voyage Review: Perfection, at a Price

By on March 30, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

Kindle Voyage Review: Perfection, at a Price

Well, let's face it. An e-book reader is not everybody's thing. More so, in an era of phones and tablets that have made reading on-the-go simpler than ever. But there are some, like us, who yearn for an e-reading experience that is satisfying, convenient, and takes us as close to the physical book reading bliss as possible. This experience is what the Kindle devices have been about all along. At its core, Kindle is just a reading device and does little else than enabling you to buy books and read them. But it does that to near perfection. More →
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