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Coolpad Mega 2.5D review: Great looks, good enough performance

By on August 18, 2016 at 2:22 PM.

Coolpad Mega 2.5D review: Great looks, good enough performance

There has recently been an influx of smartphones in and around the Rs 7,000 mark that are changing the way we perceive budget smartphones. These devices are no longer built using outdated pieces of hardware, and are quickly pushing the boundaries of what all can be offered at a tight budget. It is at this price point that Coolpad recently launched the Mega 2.5D. The smartphone is aimed at the selfie-loving crowd, but at the same time is also capable of tempting those who are conscious about how their phones look. The Coolpad Mega 2.5D was launched in India last week for Rs 6,999 and will be going on sale exclusively via Amazon India from August 24. Here's our review. More →
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Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Review: The holy grail of smartphones

By on August 9, 2016 at 11:46 AM.

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Review: The holy grail of smartphones

Playing the price-specification game is nothing new for Xiaomi. Well, in many ways it started the trend. So the Redmi 3s Prime, with its metal body, 13-megapixel camera, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, doesn't really surprise. In fact, it is a natural adaptation of the Redmi Note 3 with a lower resolution HD display and a cheaper processor, which reflects in the price difference. However, the Redmi 3s Prime is more, much more, than just the specification and features, which you can only realize after using the phone. I used the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime as my primary smartphone for more than a week and here's my review. More →
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TRAI’s MySpeed app review: Impressive initiative, but bug-ridden

By on July 5, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

TRAI’s MySpeed app review: Impressive initiative, but bug-ridden

Earlier this week, the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) launched a new app called MySpeed, which lets users check their internet speeds in real-time. The functionality is similar to what you get with Ookla’s popular Speedtest.net app. There is however one big difference between the two apps. Where the Speedtest.net app lets you share the network speeds on social media, the MySpeed app lets you share the results directly with TRAI. We spent some time with the new app, and here's our review. More →
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JioPlay Review: Good service, let down by poor interface

By on July 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

JioPlay Review: Good service, let down by poor interface

Reliance Jio recently started its 4G LTE and VoLTE services in select cities across India. Along with the promise of faster and more affordable Internet connectivity, the company is also banking on its range of content services to differentiate itself from the competition. These services include JioMoney digital wallet, JioBeats music streaming service and JioOnDemand movie streaming service among others. Today, we’re taking a closer look at JioPlay, the live TV streaming service. More →
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Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Gulliver in the land of Lilliputs

By on June 30, 2016 at 6:23 PM.

Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Gulliver in the land of Lilliputs

There are a few things that anyone should absolutely never ever do. Like mixing soda in a fine single malt whisky. Or reaching an Indian wedding on time. Or trusting Bangalore's traffic. Or using a phone that's bigger than your face. The Xiaomi Mi Max barely makes the cut for the last thing in my 'never to do' list. More →
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Kindle Oasis review: Just another perfect (and pricey) Kindle

By on June 28, 2016 at 4:58 PM.

Kindle Oasis review: Just another perfect (and pricey) Kindle

Let me begin with a question to existing Kindle owners. Have you, ever since you have bought your Kindle, felt the need to upgrade? Well, chances are that your answer is No. And, Amazon is desperately trying to turn that answer into a Yes. E-book readers are a niche category, and with every new release Amazon is trying to make the Kindle more aspirational (and their pricing sure seems to reflect that). More →
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LeEco Le Max2 review: A powerhouse, but…

By on June 28, 2016 at 12:41 PM.

LeEco Le Max2 review: A powerhouse, but…

It has been roughly six months since LeEco entered the competitive smartphone market of India. During this time, the company has managed to keep the industry abuzz with a slew of aggressively priced devices, tie-ups with local content partners and more importantly plans to open single brand retail stores and locally manufacture under the government’s 'Make in India' initiative. LeEco has had some good devices as well. I had reviewed the Le 1s earlier, which was one of LeEco's first smartphones in India. It was a beautifully designed smartphone with top-of-the-line features and at an affordable price of Rs 10,999. More →
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HTC 10 review: Impressive, but shy of being brilliant

By on June 27, 2016 at 8:01 PM.

HTC 10 review: Impressive, but shy of being brilliant

I’ve been a big fan of HTC smartphones since the company's early days, starting from the Touch Diamond running on Windows Mobile 6.1 to the Wildfire, Desire HD and the One M8, which I still use as my primary smartphone. Needless to say, I was quite excited to try out the HTC 10. Somewhere in between all these smartphones, HTC lost its way. The One M8 took way to long to come to the market and cost CEO Peter Chou his job, while the One M9 ran on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chipset and had to bear the brunt of heating issues. The HTC 10 is the company’s ray of hope to revive its fortunes. Priced at Rs 52,990, can the HTC 10 survive fierce competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge? I find out. More →
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Asus Zenfone Max (2016) review: More powerbank, less phone

By on June 26, 2016 at 12:24 PM.

Asus Zenfone Max (2016) review: More powerbank, less phone

Asus launched the Zenfone Max last year, and it was a standout performer in the affordable price segment courtesy of its stellar battery life. Surprisingly within a couple of months, Asus launched a refreshed version of the smartphone with a few upgrades to the internals. What's bizarre though, this new smartphone is also called Zenfone Max. It now also comes in two variants, priced at Rs 9,999 for the 2GB RAM variant, and Rs 12,999 for the 3GB RAM variant. Despite the changes, the focus still remains on eking out as much juice as possible from the mammoth 5,000mAh battery. We have spent quite some time with the new Asus Zenfone Max, and here's our review. More →
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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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