Opinion

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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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola explained

By on January 30, 2014 at 5:12 AM.

Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola explained

Moments ago Lenovo signed an agreement to acquire Motorola for $2.91 billion from Google, which is selling it at a massive loss after buying Motorola for $12.5 billion less than two years ago. So what does this deal mean for all the three companies involved? Here's our take... More →
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BlackBerry finally gives an OS its users deserve

By on January 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

BlackBerry finally gives an OS its users deserve

BlackBerry has finally started rolling out BB OS 10.2.1 update for all of its BB10 smartphone users. In a closed door briefing yesterday, the company took us through the new features and how it listened to its customers and added features they wanted. Despite having used a BlackBerry smartphone only briefly, I found myself making mental tick marks as the BlackBerry spokesperson introduced one feature after another. Yes, these were the issues I faced on BB1o and they have been resolved. More →
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Are Chromebooks the future of personal computing?

By on January 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Are Chromebooks the future of personal computing?

At a time when smartphone makers are going after the next billion users with a focus on first-time Internet users with low-cost smartphones, for some reason laptop manufacturers are going the other direction. Instead of launching affordable and usable laptops with bare-minimum hardware specifications, what we are witnessing is a quest to cram features like touchscreens and whatnot - two Windows 8 laptops I am currently testing out both cost upwards of Rs 100,000. And the cheapest MacBook one can get starts from upwards of Rs 60,000. More →
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The only tech trend to watch out for in 2014

By on January 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM.

The only tech trend to watch out for in 2014

The new year is finally upon us and the first day has to be about what to expect in the coming year - very much like the trend of doing the top things that happened in the entire year on December 31. We have covered that as well (the top five gadgets of 2013, the 13 big tech stories of 2013 and the top gadget of 2013). Peering into the proverbial crystal ball is not as big a deal as it is made out to be. The usual suspects for 2014 would be 4K UHDTV; 2K displays in smartphones; wearable tech going mainstream; every Apple product being thinner, faster and lighter than the previous generation; flexible (or at least curved) displays; 64-bit processors in smartphones and tablets; cheaper and faster data; the NSA getting better at snooping and tech companies getting better at denying any knowledge of their involvement; Indian politicians attempting to launch an even cheaper tablet; 4G LTE networks finally taking off in India... More →
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HTC’s new smartphones leave a lot to be desired

By on December 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM.

HTC’s new smartphones leave a lot to be desired

HTC today launched a trio of smartphones under its Desire series - the Desire 501, Desire 601 and Desire 700. All the three smartphones have dual-SIM card slots and solid build quality that one expects from the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. All the smartphones feel great to hold and are the kinds I would happily like to be seen with. Yet, barring the Desire 501, which offers excellent features for its Rs 16,890 price tag, the remainder leave a lot to be desired. More →
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