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iOS 7.1 review: Apple finally gets it right with iOS 7

By on March 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM.

iOS 7.1 review: Apple finally gets it right with iOS 7

When Apple unveiled iOS 7 last June, it was clear that it was going to be a drastic change from what we had known iOS for six years. It was also the first ever design overhaul, headed by Jony Ive and not Scot Forstall. However, when iOS 7 was released to public with the new iPhone 5S, it became apparent that the new UI was still a work in progress and had quite a few rough corners. Last night, Apple started rolling out the first major update to iOS 7 after its release in September last year. iOS 7.1 not only brings new features, but also fixes quite a few issues and bugs that have plagued users for quite some time now. As mentioned in our earlier story, the update also breathes a fresh life into aging devices like the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the iPad mini. Let's take a look at how iOS 7.1 performs.  More →
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South Park: The Stick of Truth Review

By on March 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review

South Park: The Stick of Truth is, among other things, the best episode of South Park I’ve seen in years. Matt Stone and Trey Parker went as hands-on with this project as they have with anything outside of the actual cartoon, and it shows. It’s belligerent, horrific, hysterical and it feels fresh. But woven between the hysteria, there’s a game that you’re going to have to play. So is that game any good? More →
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Motorola Moto G Review: A budget smartphone that punches above its weight

By on February 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

Motorola Moto G Review: A budget smartphone that punches above its weight

In 2013, four out of every 10 smartphones sold in the world were priced  below $200 (approximately Rs 12,500), according to IDC. Shocking as it may sound, there is not a single Android smartphone in this price segment that stands out. Most smartphone vendors manage to hit that price point by cutting corners and using inferior quality components. This is more the case with tier one vendors, who struggle to let go of overhead costs and margin pressures. The result is that users are expected to make compromises and they have been forced to adhere to the notion that you can only get so much at this price. Motorola seeks to change that with the Moto G. Priced at Rs 12,499 for the 8GB variant and Rs 13,999 for the 16GB version, Motorola claims that the Moto G can provide the same experience as a flagship smartphone at a third of the price. Does it? Let's find out. More →
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Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review: The best e-book reader gets better

By on February 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review: The best e-book reader gets better

How do you make the best product in its category better? Especially when the existing product does not have any real competition and the product is loved globally. Amazon was faced with a similar problem with its Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader, which was by far the only e-book reader one should buy. Yet, Amazon had to come out with a new version in order to keep the sales up and keep people interested in its e-book reader in an era of tablets and phablets. The result is what Amazon calls the All-New Kindle Paperwhite, which should be an indication of the lack of any new groundbreaking feature when compared to the earlier generation Paperwhite. More →
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Nokia Lumia 1520 review

By on January 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Nokia has been pretty aggressive with its Lumia smartphones in the past one year. Being the underdog for long, the Finnish giant took things in its own hands rather than waiting for Microsoft to step on the gas. The Lumia 1520 is the result of that aggressiveness as Nokia does not intend to lose out on another trend, that of super sized phones popularly known as phablets. The Lumia 1520 brings a series of firsts for Windows Phone, being the first Lumia smartphone to sport a full HD 1080p display, the first to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset, the first to sport a Nano-SIM card, the first to support saving photos in DNG RAW format and many more. But will that be enough for Nokia to finally have a commercially successful smartphone in the high-end segment? Will finally having top-of-the-line specifications make the Lumia 1520 competitive to what Android and iOS as platforms offer to users? Or is Windows Phone a platform just for entry-level smartphones? Let's find out... More →
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Google Glass review

By on January 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Google Glass review

I’ve been fortunate enough to use Google Glass in some form or another for months now, but just recently procured a pair of my own. Wired’s Mat Honan penned my favorite Glass review, and his words so similarly mirror my own overarching viewpoint that I’ll simply redirect you there if you’re looking to spend a hefty chunk of time reading. For the purposes of this article, however, I’m going to focus on brevity. I’ve just recently returned from a week at CES, where I used Glass during some portion of each day there, and I’ve reached a point where I feel comfortable opining on the unit’s strengths, its shortcomings, and my hopes for its future. More →
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Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review

By on December 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM.

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review

If one is in the market for a 7-inch tablet on a shoestring budget, more often than not the device of choice is a Nexus 7. Google set a high standard with the original Nexus 7 last year, which offered impressive performance at an equally impressive price. Earlier this year, the search giant again roped in Asus to launch the successor — oddly still called the Nexus 7— and subsequently launched it in India last month with prices starting at Rs 20,999. The new version, as expected, gets a boost in specifications including a 1,920x1,200 pixels IPS display, rear and front cameras and wireless charging among others. We put this 7-incher tablet through its paces to find out if it will manage to carve a market for itself or fizzle out under the massive shadow of its predecessor. More →
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Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 review

By on December 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM.

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 review

Micromax took everyone by surprise last year when it launched its first Canvas smartphone, which was essentially an affordable phablet with a 5-inch display for Rs 10,000. Until then, the only phablet worth buying was the Samsung Galaxy Note, which was priced about three times higher. What started as a fad, soon became the biggest selling category of smartphones in the Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 segment. Encashing on the popularity of the first Canvas device, Micromax launched almost half-a-dozen products under that range in less than 18 months. The latest Canvas smartphone, the Canvas Turbo A250, pushes the envelope a bit further, being the Indian smartphone vendor's first smartphone with a full-HD 1080p display. Micromax is so confident of the Canvas Turbo that it has roped in Hugh Jackman as its brand ambassador, the first time a local brand has roped in a Hollywood star. Of course, that would come in handy to connect with audiences abroad as Micromax embarks on its expansion plans starting with Eastern Europe, but it also raises expectations from the Canvas Turbo. Does the Turbo live up to the hype? Let's find out. More →
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Apple iPad mini with Retina display review

By on December 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM.

Apple iPad mini with Retina display review

Listen, I don’t have the greatest history when it comes to tablet relationships. We have… a checkered past. I was pitched on this fabled third device long ago, but I can’t help but feel that we’ve all been hoodwinked. I’ve found myself maximally productivity on a flash-based laptop, and on the go, with a phone at least keeps me in the game. I’ve been struggling to figure out how a tablet fits into such a workflow for years, and after living for a while without one, I talked myself into giving the whole thing another whirl. More →
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Pebble smartwatch review

By on December 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Pebble smartwatch review

It’s the Kickstarter project that has largely defined what’s possible on the service, and if you’re reading this, you’re well aware of how many millions the Pebble team raised in order to concoct a wrist-worn notification device. A device that just so happened to emerge as the term “smartwatch”, was taking hold. It was something of a perfect storm, really; years ago, Fossil and Sony Ericsson tried to bring the Dick Tracy motif to the masses, but the world wasn’t yet ready. Today, we’re all ready. Despite shipping to backers around a year ago, Pebble only recently added full, unabashed support for the iPhone (iOS 7, to be exact). As it turns out, the addition of full Notification Center support makes Pebble one of the only smartwatches on the market (hello, Metawatch) that’s tailored for Apple. I set out to investigate one thing: is the Pebble the smartwatch that Apple has yet to build, and is really good enough to work in tandem with an iPhone that’s constantly buzzing? More →
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