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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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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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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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