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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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Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review: The perfect sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone?

By on March 23, 2015 at 4:22 AM.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review: The perfect sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone?

It hasn't even been a year since Xiaomi launched its smartphones in India and it has already had a significant impact on the industry and consumers. In these few months, the Chinese smartphone maker had made us realize two things - you don't have to pay through your nose to get the best hardware specifications and smartphones below Rs 10,000 can be usable too. The Redmi 1S is a great testament to the latter and its success led other smartphone brands to do a better job than throwing left-overs and run down products in the entry-level segment. However, that's not to say the Redmi 1S didn't come with its share of flaws, as you can read in my review. To address those concerns and to set new benchmarks, Xiaomi is bringing the Redmi 2 to India tomorrow. I have been using it as my primary smartphone for the last one week. The Redmi 1S had failed to dazzle me, can the Redmi 2 do any better? Let's find out. More →
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Xiaomi Mi 4 review: Stunning yet…

By on February 6, 2015 at 1:46 PM.

Xiaomi Mi 4 review: Stunning yet…

The past year has been a rollercoaster ride of sorts for Xiaomi in India. It sold a million phones in five months, got embroiled in a patent infringement case, and was even temporarily banned from selling phones in the country. But through all this, Xiaomi’s phones have sold like hot cakes during its weekly flash sales on Flipkart. After what has been a long wait for many — six months to be exact since its unveiling in China — Xiaomi launched the Mi 4 in India last month. Since the Mi 3 was discontinued, buyers have been waiting for Xiaomi to replace it with another flagship device, but unlike last year however, the market dynamics have completely changed. Will the Mi 4 still be able to make a similar impact as the smartphone it is replacing? We spent some time with last year’s flagship smartphone and here’s what we think of it. More →
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Yu Yureka review: Yu hits the right spots for Mi

By on January 12, 2015 at 1:09 PM.

Yu Yureka review: Yu hits the right spots for Mi

The launch of smartphone brands like Xiaomi and Motorola last year have been a major headache for existing players like Samsung and Micromax. Both the brands went the online-exclusive route and significantly undercut rival smartphones from existing players. The Xiaomi and Motorola model proved to be so successful that both players ended up selling over a million smartphones in five months, without having to endure the headache of setting up a distribution and retail channel or an expensive marketing campaign. India's second largest smartphone vendor, Micromax, isn't taking this lying down and has launched a new online-exclusive brand called Yu. Its first smartphone, Yureka, will go on sale tomorrow exclusively via Amazon. But will it be able to take on the juggernaut that Xiaomi has become?  More →
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Xiaomi Redmi Note review: Great value for money but…

By on December 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note review: Great value for money but…

When Xiaomi entered India in July, few could have anticipated the kind of impact it would have on the smartphone market. The Mi 3 with its great specifications at such a low price was practically lapped up by buyers, which was followed up by the Redmi 1S. Now, after two successful launches this year, the Chinese company has launched the Redmi Note, with an ultra-affordable price tag of Rs 8,999. There is also a 4G variant, which is priced at Rs 9,999, and will be launched sometime later this month. The 3G variant, keeping the tradition alive, is slated to go on sale tomorrow on Flipkart. We have spent some time with the smartphone and here's our take on what it feels like to use a Redmi Note. More →
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Google Inbox review: The most productive email app ever made

By on October 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM.

Google Inbox review: The most productive email app ever made

Google released a new email client last week. It’s called Inbox, and it packs several intuitive and enticing features such as built-in intelligent search, snooze buttons, attachment previews, and automatic labeling while maintaining a gorgeous user interface. With Inbox, Google wants to bolster your productivity, and for that it has made several radical changes to the way we approach and deal with emails. But has it succeeded? Let’s find out. More →
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: This is Sony’s finest hour

By on September 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: This is Sony’s finest hour

Sony has been releasing a flagship smartphone in its Xperia Z series every six months rather than the annual cycle that most other tier one brands follow. Every iteration is a slight improvement on its successor that don't exactly set the market on fire. While Sony has been focusing on positioning its flagship smartphones at a premium with its OmniBalance design and extensive use of glass and metal, the strategy hasn't quite worked in the commoditized Android ecosystem where hardware specs win over design and functionality. However, Sony had also launched a "Compact" version of the Xperia Z1, which floored us enough to call it the iPhone of Android smartphones. Today Sony has launched the second variant, which it calls the Xperia Z3 Compact (it being the compact version of the Xperia Z3) with the same philosophy of giving top-of-the-line hardware in a handy form factor. Can the Xperia Z3 Compact have us fall head over heels for it again? More →
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