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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review: A value for money proposition

By on April 27, 2016 at 4:10 PM.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review: A value for money proposition

After launching the Vibe K4 Note and the Vibe X3 flagship smartphone, Lenovo has introduced yet another budget smartphone in India called the Vibe K5 Plus. The successor to Lenovo A6000, the Vibe K5 Plus is priced at Rs 8,499. It is equipped with a metal design, octa-core chipset and Dolby ATMOS audio enhancement with dual speakers at the back. At this price point, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus goes heads on with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (16GB), Coolpad Note 3, Honor Holly 2 Plus, LG K7, Samsung Galaxy J3 and LeEco Le 1s among others. We used the Vibe K5 Plus as our daily driver for more than a week, and here’s our detailed review. More →
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Juggernaut Books Android app review: Tailor made for Indian readers and writers

By on April 22, 2016 at 5:21 PM.

Juggernaut Books Android app review: Tailor made for Indian readers and writers

Life in a city is hectic and there's barely time to breathe when juggling between family and work. It is little wonder then smartphones have become such an important tool for entertainment purposes. Notice how many people watch TV series or movies on their phones when in buses or trains. Even book lovers are now gradually shifting to the likes of Kindle and e-books stores on Android and iOS. While Google Play Books, iBooks and Kindle are already growing in popularity, a new app called Juggernaut Books has launched in India. The app already has grabbed a lot of attention with its association with actor Sunny Leone, who makes her debut as an author on the platform. We have spent some time with the app, and here's our review. More →
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Reliance Jionet free Wi-Fi service review: Watching Cricket at stadiums just got better

By on April 11, 2016 at 5:44 PM.

Reliance Jionet free Wi-Fi service review: Watching Cricket at stadiums just got better

The Cricket season is in full frenzy mode, and barely days after the conclusion of the ICC World T20, it's now time for IPL 2016. Besides the sixes, wickets, and Cricketing stars, there is one other thing that has caught our attention. Reliance Jio has been offering free Wi-Fi services, called Jionet, to spectators in six stadiums across India. We tested the Jionet service at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium in a couple of matches, and here is our review. More →
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Apple iPhone SE review: Small, powerful

By on April 10, 2016 at 7:32 PM.

Apple iPhone SE review: Small, powerful

"Honey, someone has shrunk my iPhone!" That was my first reaction when I held the tiny iPhone SE for the first time. I'm an iPhone 6s Plus user and my hands felt really large while holding the iPhone SE. Heck, everything feels large in front of it -- I slid the phone into my pocket and it disappeared into the void, unlike the iPhone 6s Plus, which kept peeking out of the other pocket. It's been years since I used a 4-inch iPhone and I'm now accustomed to massive displays. Will I even be able to go back to a tiny display? More →
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: The perfect smartphone money can buy

By on April 5, 2016 at 5:49 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: The perfect smartphone money can buy

During the decade I have spent reviewing smartphones, I had realized early on that there is no such thing as a perfect smartphone. A running joke in our community used to be that all companies leave out at least one feature willingly in order to be able to sell a better successor or other models in its portfolio. Think about it, how many times have you come across a smartphone with a great camera but pathetic battery? Or one that has everything going for it but it requires you to have palms the size of a gorilla's in order to comfortably use it (I'm looking at you, iPhone 6s Plus)? But things are changing, and of all companies, it is Samsung that is changing the status quo with the Galaxy S7. I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S7 as my primary smartphone for the last fortnight and my decade long search for the perfect smartphone is finally over.  More →
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iRobot Roomba 886 review: A robotic maid you deserve, but may not need

By on March 21, 2016 at 1:46 PM.

iRobot Roomba 886 review: A robotic maid you deserve, but may not need

US-based iRobot has been making robotic vacuum cleaners for decades now and we have seen those circular bots moving around a house in many Holylwood movies and television series. Last year, the company finally made its debut in India with its range of Roomba vacuuming and Braava mopping bots. We spent a considerable time with the Roomba 886, which is currently the most expensive in the range with a price tag of Rs 69,990. We have extensively tested the Roomba 886 at our home and office, and here's our review. More →
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Asus Zenfone Zoom Review: The wannabe sharp shooter

By on March 16, 2016 at 5:01 PM.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Review: The wannabe sharp shooter

Asus had been on a roll last year with its mid-range Zenfone 2-series smartphones, which includes the Zenfone 2, Zenfone Selfie and the Zenfone 2 Laser. This year the company kick-started with a sub Rs 10,000 smartphone called Zenfone Max with 5,000mAh battery, followed by a camera centric flagship, the Zenfone Zoom. Besides the premium design and top-of-the-line hardware, one of the main talking points of the Asus Zenfone Zoom is its 13-megapxiel rear camera with 3x optical zoom. More →
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: The game changer, again!

By on March 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: The game changer, again!

Xiaomi had a relatively quiet second half of 2015 with no major device launches. It almost seemed as if the company had forgotten about India. It was something that Hugo Barra spent some time explaining, in his own emotionally charged manner, during the launch event yesterday. But things are changing, for the better. Xiaomi has finally launched the Redmi Note 3 in India and will follow it up with the Mi 5 next month. I have been using the Redmi Note 3 as my primary smartphone for over a week and here's my review. More →
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Lenovo Vibe X3 review: A flagship smartphone to rule the sub-Rs 20,000 segment

By on February 16, 2016 at 10:18 AM.

Lenovo Vibe X3 review: A flagship smartphone to rule the sub-Rs 20,000 segment

Lenovo has been on a launching spree recently, and you can choose from among some impressive devices like the Vibe S1, Vibe Shot and the K4 Note. Adding to this list is the Vibe X3, which the company considers as a flagship smartphone. It was launched towards the end of last month, and is priced at Rs 19,999. Lenovo has crammed a lot into this smartphone, and the list of specifications and features really stand out in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment. On paper, the Vibe X3 seems capable of standing tall against tough competitors like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X and the YU Yutopia among others. We spent a considerable time with the smartphone to find out if it is really as capable in the real world too. More →
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Logitech K380 multi-device keyboard review: Essential for road warriors

By on February 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM.

Logitech K380 multi-device keyboard review: Essential for road warriors

Smartphones and tablets these days are powerful enough to do most of the common tasks one does on a PC or a tablet. But one of the biggest pain point most face is typing on a tiny touchscreen, which deters most users, yours truly included. One solution is to have Bluetooth keyboards but they tend to be tiny and cramped, which might not give the best user experience. That was my biggest apprehension when I started using the Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard. More →
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