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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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Android One review: Impressive but not ground breaking

By on September 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Android One review: Impressive but not ground breaking

Google yesterday unveiled its first Android One smartphones in India. The idea behind Android One project was a powerful one — 80 percent of smartphones sold in India are priced below Rs 10,000 but none of these smartphones provide a great user experience. If Google could spearhead a coalition of manufacturers, device vendors and carriers, it could provide a pure Android experience at a great price achieved by economies of scale. I have been using the Spice Dream Uno Android One smartphone for a few days now to see whether Google achieved its objectives. More →
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Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review: Great price, but does it dazzle?

By on September 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review: Great price, but does it dazzle?

Xiaomi has been creating ripples in India ever since it launched the Mi 3 in July. The smartphone, which promises top-of-the-line specifications at half the price, has been selling out in mere seconds. Xiaomi plans to take the battle even further with rival smartphone vendors with the Redmi 1S, which priced at just Rs 5,999 provides features that many smartphones around Rs 15,000 fail to provide. The first batch of the Redmi 1S goes on sale at Flipkart at 2PM today. But I have been using the Redmi 1S as my primary smartphone for a week and here are my thoughts about it. More →
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Hyperlapse iOS app review: Simple, hassle-free time-lapse video creator unlocks loads of creative possibilities

By on August 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM.

Hyperlapse iOS app review: Simple, hassle-free time-lapse video creator unlocks loads of creative possibilities

Instagram has launched Hyperlapse, an app which lets you record videos with your smartphone and then converts them into cinematic time-lapse videos. Hyperlapse was launched for iPhone users earlier today and we decided to put it to test. More →
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Obi Octopus S520 Review: Will former Apple CEO’s first smartphone dazzle?

By on August 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM.

Obi Octopus S520 Review: Will former Apple CEO’s first smartphone dazzle?

Obi Mobiles is the newest entrant into the Indian smartphone market and is backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley. Unlike the Cupertino-based company however, Obi Mobiles is targeting the affordable segment with its focus on first time smartphone users and the youth in India. With that in mind, the company launched its first smartphone called the Obi Octopus S520. Priced at Rs 11,990, the S520 is currently the cheapest octa-core smartphone you can buy in India, but can it standout in a crowded segment? We spent some time with the smartphone to find out.  More →
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