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Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Gulliver in the land of Lilliputs

By on June 30, 2016 at 6:23 PM.

Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Gulliver in the land of Lilliputs

There are a few things that anyone should absolutely never ever do. Like mixing soda in a fine single malt whisky. Or reaching an Indian wedding on time. Or trusting Bangalore's traffic. Or using a phone that's bigger than your face. The Xiaomi Mi Max barely makes the cut for the last thing in my 'never to do' list. More →
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Kindle Oasis review: Just another perfect (and pricey) Kindle

By on June 28, 2016 at 4:58 PM.

Kindle Oasis review: Just another perfect (and pricey) Kindle

Let me begin with a question to existing Kindle owners. Have you, ever since you have bought your Kindle, felt the need to upgrade? Well, chances are that your answer is No. And, Amazon is desperately trying to turn that answer into a Yes. E-book readers are a niche category, and with every new release Amazon is trying to make the Kindle more aspirational (and their pricing sure seems to reflect that). More →
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LeEco Le Max2 review: A powerhouse, but…

By on June 28, 2016 at 12:41 PM.

LeEco Le Max2 review: A powerhouse, but…

It has been roughly six months since LeEco entered the competitive smartphone market of India. During this time, the company has managed to keep the industry abuzz with a slew of aggressively priced devices, tie-ups with local content partners and more importantly plans to open single brand retail stores and locally manufacture under the government’s 'Make in India' initiative. LeEco has had some good devices as well. I had reviewed the Le 1s earlier, which was one of LeEco's first smartphones in India. It was a beautifully designed smartphone with top-of-the-line features and at an affordable price of Rs 10,999. More →
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HTC 10 review: Impressive, but shy of being brilliant

By on June 27, 2016 at 8:01 PM.

HTC 10 review: Impressive, but shy of being brilliant

I’ve been a big fan of HTC smartphones since the company's early days, starting from the Touch Diamond running on Windows Mobile 6.1 to the Wildfire, Desire HD and the One M8, which I still use as my primary smartphone. Needless to say, I was quite excited to try out the HTC 10. Somewhere in between all these smartphones, HTC lost its way. The One M8 took way to long to come to the market and cost CEO Peter Chou his job, while the One M9 ran on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chipset and had to bear the brunt of heating issues. The HTC 10 is the company’s ray of hope to revive its fortunes. Priced at Rs 52,990, can the HTC 10 survive fierce competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge? I find out. More →
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Asus Zenfone Max (2016) review: More powerbank, less phone

By on June 26, 2016 at 12:24 PM.

Asus Zenfone Max (2016) review: More powerbank, less phone

Asus launched the Zenfone Max last year, and it was a standout performer in the affordable price segment courtesy of its stellar battery life. Surprisingly within a couple of months, Asus launched a refreshed version of the smartphone with a few upgrades to the internals. What's bizarre though, this new smartphone is also called Zenfone Max. It now also comes in two variants, priced at Rs 9,999 for the 2GB RAM variant, and Rs 12,999 for the 3GB RAM variant. Despite the changes, the focus still remains on eking out as much juice as possible from the mammoth 5,000mAh battery. We have spent quite some time with the new Asus Zenfone Max, and here's our review. More →
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OnePlus 3 review: A ‘flagship killer’ that really kills other flagships

By on June 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM.

OnePlus 3 review: A ‘flagship killer’ that really kills other flagships

Think about how difficult it is right now to break into the smartphone market. You’ve got Apple and Samsung at the top of the pile in developed world, gobbling up well over 90 percent of the global smartphone market’s profits each quarter and toppling former heavyweights like BlackBerry, Microsoft and Palm. Then you’ve got established players like LG, Sony and HTC struggling beneath them. Despite their big budgets and sleek smartphones, they haven’t been able to get much traction at all in recent years. More →
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Pebble Time review: The real ‘smart’ watch

By on June 7, 2016 at 11:08 PM.

Pebble Time review: The real ‘smart’ watch

Pebble, one of the very first consumer smartwatch makers, recently debuted in Indian market by launching its entire range of smartwatches. Selling exclusively via Amazon India, the smartwatches start at Rs 5,999 for the Pebble Classic version and goes all the way up to Rs 15,999 for the Pebble Time Steel variant. I recently got my hands on the Pebble Time, which is priced at Rs 9,999. I’ve put the Pebble Time through its paces for over three weeks now, and here’s my review. More →
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Lenovo ZUK Z1 review: A mighty powerhouse that doesn’t cost a bomb!

By on June 6, 2016 at 1:43 PM.

Lenovo ZUK Z1 review: A mighty powerhouse that doesn’t cost a bomb!

Off late, Lenovo has been on a roll with a number of winning smartphones, which includes the likes of the Lenovo K3 Note, the Vibe S1, the Vibe X3, the K4 Note and the recently launched Vibe K5 Plus. Lenovo also has two other brands under its umbrella – Motorola, which it acquired from Google in 2014, and ZUK, the online-only brand to take on the likes of Xiaomi and YU among others. The ZUK Z1 is the brand’s first smartphone which was launched in China last year, and now launched in India too. More →
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Vivo V3 review: All-rounder Android smartphone let down by its price

By on June 6, 2016 at 12:39 PM.

Vivo V3 review: All-rounder Android smartphone let down by its price

Vivo is no longer just another Chinese brand, and it has fast grown into one of the top-five smartphone vendors in the world. A recent report claimed that it is now the fifth largest vendor globally with a market share of around 14 percent. In the process, the company has toppled some biggies like Lenovo and Xiaomi. While it's been in India for the past couple of years, it is now making its presence felt by opening its manufacturing plant and also sponsoring this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier this year, Vivo roped in Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh as its brand ambassador and launched two new smartphones -- Vivo V3 and V3 Max. We have been using the Vivo V3 as our primary smartphone for a few weeks, and here's our review. More →
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Nextbit Robin Review: This cloud has no silver lining

By on May 30, 2016 at 7:18 PM.

Nextbit Robin Review: This cloud has no silver lining

Nowadays, smartphones come in different storage variants, and many with no expandable storage option either. More often than not the only solution is to shell out more money to buy a higher storage variant. Even I had to settle for a 16GB model of the iPhone 6, because the higher storage variants were beyond my budget. Another workaround involves buying a lower storage variant, and back up your content on cloud services like Google Drive, OneDrive or iCloud in case of an iPhone. But what if a smartphone is able to automatically back up your data, and even your apps when your internal storage runs out? US-based Nextbit is trying to deliver this through its first smartphone, Robin. More →
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