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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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Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT712 review: A fine first-time effort

By on July 31, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT712 review: A fine first-time effort

Flipkart is one of the biggest online marketplaces in India, where you can buy many things including a smartphone or a tablet, and it only seemed like a matter of time before it lent its brand name to a mobile device. Last month, the e-commerce giant launched a tablet under its own branding called the Digiflip Pro XT712, available exclusively on its website for Rs 9,999. Aimed at a segment, where you wouldn’t usually find a good enough tablet, Flipkart has somewhat of an open field to itself. But can the company take advantage of the situation, or will the Digiflip Pro XT712 too disappear into oblivion like other products from local or Chinese brands? We spent some time with the device, to find the answer. More →
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Xiaomi Mi 3 Review: If Apple ever made an Android smartphone…

By on July 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

Xiaomi Mi 3 Review: If Apple ever made an Android smartphone…

Four years ago Xiaomi didn't exist and until earlier this year, the brand did not sell outside of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. So it isn't surprising when people ask Xiaomi, who? Yet, the Chinese sensation that is often called the Apple of the East, has its fan base all over the world, including India where over 100,000 consumers pre-registered to buy the Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone, which goes on sale today. More →
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Swipe Konnect 5.0 review: A decent smartphone, but nothing extraordinary

By on July 17, 2014 at 5:49 PM.

Swipe Konnect 5.0 review: A decent smartphone, but nothing extraordinary

Motorola is largely credited to have changed the face of the affordable smartphone market in India with its Moto G and Moto E smartphones. Local and tier-one companies alike have reacted by launching a plethora of devices to cater to the growing demand in this segment. One such company is Swipe, which launched the Konnect 5.0 in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment last month. Can the Konnect 5.0 carve a place for itself in this crowded market? We spent some time with the smartphone and here’s what we think of it. More →
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Asus Zenfone 5 review: A worthy mid-range all rounder

By on July 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM.

Asus Zenfone 5 review: A worthy mid-range all rounder

Asus, known for its laptops and motherboards, has finally entered the Indian smartphone market with its Zenfone range of devices. Announced at the CES earlier this year, the USP of these devices is to provide great quality and performance at an affordable price. The range of devices launched in India include the Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 6. We got to spend some time with the Zenfone 5, which at Rs 9,999 is all set to compete in a highly competitive market segment, and here's what we think of the smartphone. More →
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Gionee Elife S5.5 Review: Is being bold and beautiful enough?

By on June 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Review: Is being bold and beautiful enough?

It has been over a year since Gionee started its operations in India, and since then it has launched a couple of impressive smartphones including the Elife E7. The flagship device impressed us with its hardware, price-tag and performance, but was unfortunately let down by the UI. After about three months, the Chinese company launched the Elife S5.5 in India, which is touted as the ‘world’s slimmest smartphone’. But apart from that tag, which it struts like a beauty queen’s tiara, can the Elife S5.5 live up to the standard set by the Elife E7? We spent considerable time with the smartphone in the past couple of weeks trying to answer that question and here is what we found. More →
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