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Gionee Elife E7 Review: Exceptional hardware, not so great UI

By on March 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM.

Gionee Elife E7 Review: Exceptional hardware, not so great UI

The Elife E7 is probably the most ambitious of all Gionee products so far - featuring top of the line hardware components and a custom-made camera module. It might be too soon to say it is the coming of age product from the relatively new brand but after using the smartphone for a fortnight, it certainly feels like that. More →
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Motorola Moto X review

By on March 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Motorola Moto X review

The Moto X is a big bet for Google and Motorola. It’s a phone that wouldn’t have existed if Google had not paid $12.5 billion for Motorola, and one that lets Google introduce its vision of a mass-market Android smartphone without taking center stage. In a world filled with everything from major smartphone manufacturers to non-name white-box vendors producing Android devices, why and how does this new flagship phone from Motorola shine through? It all boils down to something very Googley — data. More →
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: The iPhone of Android smartphones

By on March 18, 2014 at 5:28 AM.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: The iPhone of Android smartphones

There is a natural tendency among Android smartphone makers to make their latest flagship smartphone thinner, faster and for some reason larger than the previous generation. If you were in the market looking for a top-end Android smartphone that would easily fit into your hand, there were none. The closest you'd have gotten is the HTC One, which too has a 4.7-inch display. Not exactly comfortable for one-handed use but close enough. Sony wants to change that and rightfully so. The Xperia Z1 Compact is a top-end Android smartphone with the latest hardware and easily fits in the hand with its 4.3-inch display. Rather than going with the current trend of "mini" smartphones that translates into smaller phones with stripped down features, the Xperia Z1 Compact does not compromise on any features. You essentially get the same hardware as the Xperia Z1 (barring the display) in a much handy form-factor. What's not to like? More →
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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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