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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Google Nexus 5 review

By on December 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM.

Google Nexus 5 review

The first Nexus smartphone, the HTC-built Nexus One, was launched in 2010 as a developer-centric device. Back then Google was wary of competing with its hardware partners and had limited the phone's supply and availability. The trend continued for the following two successors - the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus - both made by Samsung. The turning point, however, was last year's LG-made Nexus 4 that proved to be immensely popular with consumers and also helped LG revive its smartphone fortunes. While previous Nexus smartphones provided the pure Android experience, they were not the best daily workhorse smartphones. The Nexus 4, for instance, had a terrible battery and could barely see through half-a-day on a single charge. And the lesser said about the camera, the better. But Google managed to get away with the hardware shortcomings of the earlier Nexus smartphones by claiming it was aimed mostly at developers and enthusiasts. That certainly isn't the case with the Nexus 5, which has seen a more aggressive roll-out, hitting India within weeks of its US launch. Can the Nexus 5 take on this year's flagship smartphones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G2? Let's find out. More →
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Sony SmartWatch 2 review

By on December 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM.

Sony SmartWatch 2 review

Smartwatches are the future… or something like that. As growth in the smartphone market slows, especially at the high end where companies have been making a killing, consumer electronics giants need to look elsewhere to bolster earnings growth. For Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Sony, LG and maybe even Apple, that “elsewhere” is wearable computing. The wearables category definitely has legs but no one knows where it will end up going. Are fitness bands the future? Will consumers clamor for connected eyewear? Or will top companies dump enough marketing dollars into smartwatches that we all forget how geeky they are and ditch our Tags, Fossils, Rolexes, Tissots, Seikos, Citizens, Bulovas, Breitlings, Weils, Cartiers, IWCs, Panerais, Jaegers, Omegas, Hamiltons, Ebels and Hublots in favor of a digital watch tied to a smartphone? More →
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Apple iPad Air review

By on December 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM.

Apple iPad Air review

When Apple first introduced the MacBook Air, the world looked on in amazement. What kind of sorcery was this? How could Apple squeeze a 13-inch laptop into a case so remarkably slim and sleek? But now we’re spoiled. Making gadgets thinner and sleeker with each new iteration isn’t impressive anymore — it’s expected. Forget the R&D, engineering and technology involved, this year’s phones, laptops and tablets have to be thinner than last year’s models. And so when Apple unveiled its completely redesigned iPad Air, people weren’t nearly as impressed as they were with the MacBook Air back in 2008. While the impact of the iPad Air on consumers can’t possibly match the wow factor Apple achieved with the MacBook Air, those who think Apple’s latest full-size iPad is anything short of a huge step forward should think again. More →
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Xbox One review

By on November 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM.

Xbox One review

When Microsoft decided to focus the Xbox One marketing campaign around the console’s media capabilities, my main concern was that everything would work just well enough, and nothing about the console would stand out. If the Xbox One was going to be a living room media device and a cable box and a video game console, something would have to give. But Microsoft proved me wrong: First and foremost, the Xbox One is a very capable gaming device, and a worthy successor to the Xbox 360. More →
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ZTE Blade G2 review

By on November 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM.

ZTE Blade G2 review

The sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone market is currently one of the most hotly contested segments in India and local and global players alike are trying their best to dominate it. Earlier this year, Chinese smartphone maker ZTE entered the Indian market with a slew of devices and among them is the Blade G2, which falls in the said category. In a price range where it is imperative to strike a balance between performance and value for money, can the Blade G2 succeed? Read on to find out. More →
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