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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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Ford Endeavour Parallel Park Assist and Ford Sync Review

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM.

Ford Endeavour Parallel Park Assist and Ford Sync Review

If you are a car owner, you might have already experienced the hassle of finding a right parking spot and cumbersome efforts to park your vehicle correctly. Most of the parking lots, especially in the Delhi-NCR malls and other hangout zones, are highly crowded and chances are you spend a lot of time finding a space. It gets more difficult to parallel park, even for the experienced drivers. Ford is trying to address this age-old issue with its Semi-Auto Parallel Park Assist technology. We recently tried out this feature along with Ford’s built-in infotainment system ‘Sync’. Here is our experience with the latest Ford Endeavour SUV. More →
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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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