PlayStation 4 review: Sony scores a direct hit in latest console war

By on November 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

PlayStation 4 review: Sony scores a direct hit in latest console war

If the PlayStation 4 is any indication of the quality of the next generation of gaming, then it was worth the wait after all. I’m writing this review seven years to the day after Sony brought the PlayStation 3 to the United States, a console I swore I would never buy after Sony revealed the ridiculous price tag at E3. Seven years later, the Japanese electronics giant has value in mind and the PlayStation 4 is a bargain. More →
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Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)

By on November 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM.

Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)

It happened: the MacBook Air has officially been trumped as my recommended road warrior machine. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s another Apple product that’s doing the trumping. Released last month alongside the iPad Air and revised iPad mini with Retina display, the Haswell-infused 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been my sole computer for the past four weeks. For those who slept right through the announcement, here’s a bit of a refresher: it’s dramatically faster than last year’s model, it’s cheaper, and most impressive of all, it’s thinner. More →
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Nokia Lumia 1520 review: Nokia’s first phablet is full of surprises

By on November 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review: Nokia’s first phablet is full of surprises

Nokia, as we know it, is going away. The company itself will remain, of course. It might even be consistently profitable some day. But the face of Nokia that most consumers are familiar with will be a thing of the past. Nokia will soon sell off its devices and services business to Microsoft for about $5 billion as part of a $7.2 billion deal. But in the meantime, the company has a product pipeline to clear and the new Lumia 1520 is certainly one of the more interesting devices Nokia will be launching before the big changing of the guard. The 1520 marks Nokia’s first foray into the increasingly popular phablet category and if not for Apple, Nokia would be the last major smartphone vendor to enter the space. But is the company’s new 1520 just a bigger Lumia phone, or is it also a better Lumia phone that continues moving in the right direction and picks up where the Lumia 1020 left off? More →
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Uber’s car ride service impresses in Delhi but could be better

By on November 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM.

Uber’s car ride service impresses in Delhi but could be better

Uber launched its premium car pickup and drop service in Delhi last month. I had been itching to try the service as I had earlier used it in the US and was left very impressed. I wanted to see whether Uber could retain the same standards here in India and whether it could emerge as an alternative to popular radio cab services. For those unaware about Uber can find out more here. More →
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Google Nexus 5 review

By on November 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM.

Google Nexus 5 review

Remember when I said I couldn’t put Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 down? Well, I put it down. After months of rumors, leaks and speculation, Google finally took the wraps off of its new Nexus 5 smartphone last week and Android fans were elated. The sleek new handset started selling out in mere minutes and by the end of the day, it would be weeks until new orders of some Nexus 5 builds would be dispatched. Can Google’s new Nexus phone possibly live up to all the hype that has built up over the past few months? More →
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Batman Arkham Origins: Review

By on November 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Batman Arkham Origins: Review

Gotham City is in trouble again, which means it’s time for the Dark Knight to come out of his Bat Cave and save her from the clutches of the crime lords. Rocksteady’s Batman franchise is on its third outing after Arkham Asylum in 2009 and Arkham City in 2011, but instead of continuing from where the latter left off, Arkham Origins is a prequel. So does the third iteration raise the bar set by its predecessor, or does it fail to live up to the hype like many of the sequels that are meant to be prequels? Read on… More →
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LG G2 review

By on October 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM.

LG G2 review

A month ago if someone asked me to suggest an LG smartphone I'd divert them to something from Samsung or HTC. LG as a smartphone brand has mostly been in the periphery with some decent offerings but nothing outstanding. And somehow this is the same brand that Google has partnered with to launch its Nexus smartphones. LG is expecting the G2 to change that perspective about the brand, touting an edge-to-edge, almost bezel-less display, a brilliant 5.2-inch 1080p display and the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset from Qualcomm. But will that be enough considering it will end up competing with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Sony's Xperia Z1? More →
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Apple iPhone 5S review

By on October 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

Apple iPhone 5S review

Apple’s iPhone 5s represents the biggest “S” upgrade an iPhone has ever seen. The guts of the phone have been completely overhauled, just as BGR exclusively reported they would be back in May. Beyond the internals, Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint scanner also makes the 5s the first “S” upgrade ever to include a major new user-facing hardware feature. The processor is better, two of the color options are new, the battery lasts longer, the camera takes better photos and even the display is slightly easier on the eyes thanks to its cooler tone. But as a total package in the context of being an upgrade from last year’s iPhone model, Apple’s iPhone 5s may very well be the least impressive jump to date. More →
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

By on October 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

Being the world's largest smartphone brand is no easy job. Just ask Samsung. Not only does it have to ensure it is present across product categories and price points but also innovate continuously and look for new experiences or risk becoming tomorrow's Nokia or BlackBerry. Things get murkier when general consensus reckons that Samsung is not a trend creator but a follower, especially those set by Apple. That always leaves holes for a rival, that might not even exist today on a global scale, to suddenly spring up and catch Samsung by surprise. But it would be unfair of me to say Samsung does not innovate. Its "hit anything against the wall and see what sticks" attitude have had mixed results. The most recent ones like the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Galaxy Round smartphone with a curved display have been the butt of many jokes, but so was the first generation Galaxy Note, which was launched in late-2011 and most critics dismissed it (yours truly included) as being too big and unwieldy to use as a phone. Many were also bewildered for Samsung introducing stylus input, which was famously proclaimed dead by Steve Jobs when he unveiled the first iPhone in 2007. Many thought that Samsung was taking a step back with the Galaxy Note. Proving all critics wrong, Samsung has sold close to 40 million Galaxy Notes since then, which is massive, especially for what many consider to be a niche device. The Galaxy Note 3 continues the tradition of having an even bigger display than its predecessor, which now translates into 5.7-inches of full HD awesomeness. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II was in my books the best Android smartphone at the time of its launch. Can the Galaxy Note 3 be the same? More →
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Micromax Canvas A240 Doodle 2 review

By on October 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

Micromax Canvas A240 Doodle 2 review

Domestic cellphone brands always play the price card and their pitch has always been about how their phone's offer more features for almost half the price of established global brands. Micromax can be credited for kickstarting the trend and the angle has played in its favor, having overshadowed most of the global players in India. However, the company is now experimenting with stretching its products pricing to some extent. The Canvas Doodle 2 is the company’s most expensive handset till date, but the question remains whether it also offers features worth its price? Here is what we found out about the phablet.

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