Micromax has long dominated the smartphone market in India. Its strategy of aggressive pricing along with competitive hardware has evidently worked for the company, and even inspired several new entrants in the Indian smartphone market.
Motorola set the benchmark for Android Wear smartwatches last year with the Moto 360. It was the face of Android Wear by being among the first smartwatches with a round display, metal finish and overall premium design. It was probably the only smartwatch that looked like a watch and something that didn't make the 'nerd alert' alarms to go off when worn. The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) retains almost everything good about its predecessors and improves on its shortcomings.
Micromax s YU may be doing well with its geeky Cyanogen-powered smartphones, but the Indian smartphone vendor hasn t forgotten about the masses. While it has frequently launched smartphones in its Canvas range, it has been nearly two years since it launched the Canvas 4. Earlier this month however, the company launched the fifth iteration of the flagship smartphone the Canvas 5. Unlike its predecessor which was priced close to Rs 18,000, the new smartphone is much more aligned with the current trends, and is aggressively priced at Rs 11,999. We have spent quite a bit of time with the Canvas 5, and here is our review.
Lenovo recently launched a slew of smartphones in India, all targeted towards different audiences at different price points. The Vibe Shot is a camera-centric smartphone that resembles a point-and-shoot camera, the Phab Plus is a phablet with a massive 6.8-inch display, the Vibe P1 comes with a humongous 5,000mAh battery whereas the Vibe P1m is a slightly toned down version of the Vibe P1. Latest to join the family is the Vibe S1.
OnePlus came out of nowhere last year with its sensational flagship killer, the OnePlus One, which offered high-end smartphone specifications at a third of the price most tier one brands would command. This year the company launched the OnePlus 2, which received mixed reviews. However, OnePlus had one last trick for the year - a mid-end smartphone focused on premium design and build quality. A lifestyle smartphone, if you may. Say hello to the OnePlus X.
Gionee has been in the Indian market for about couple of years now.
Back in August, Asus hosted the ZenFestival in Delhi where it unveiled a bunch of smartphones like the Zenfone 2 Laser, Zenfone 2 Deluxe, and the Zenfone Selfie. It also quietly took the wraps off two tablets, one of which was the ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL). Priced at Rs 14,999, the tablet comes with voice calling capabilities and focuses on offering a good multimedia experience without having to spend a fortune. We have spent quite a bit of time with it, and here is our Asus ZenPad 8.0 review.
Smartphones have become commodities. Just one glance at the ways brands are positioning smartphones will tell you it is all about specifications and pricing. This is especially true for most of the new brands that are using this strategy for gaining market share. At times like these, the Lenovo Vibe Shot comes as a whiff of fresh air by having camera performance and design as its USP. Priced at Rs 25,499, let's see if the Vibe Shot impresses us and is able to stand out from the clutter in the Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000 price segment. Read on:
This year, Google roped in two manufacturers LG and Huawei for its Nexus smartphones. LG developed the Nexus 5X, while Huawei developed the more expensive Nexus 6P. Both smartphones were recently launched in India, and are set to go on sale tomorrow. With the first batch of reviews surfacing online, here s a look at how good is the LG Nexus 5X.
American smartphone maker InFocus is one of the newest entrants into the crowded Indian smartphone market, launching smartphones with prices ranging from Rs 5,000 and going up to Rs 15,000. One of these smartphones is the M350 priced at Rs 6,999 and a USP of 8-megapixel cameras at the rear as well as up front. We spent quite some time with it, and here's our take on whether it is able to take on some of the heavyweights from Xiaomi, Lenovo and Yu in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment.
Since the time it was launched in 2012, the Kindle Paperwhite has been my constant and unflinching response to the question what e-reader should one buy? Even when Amazon introduced the pricier, more loaded Kindle Voyage, I maintained that it is the Paperwhite that gave you more bang for your buck, without any great compromise on the reading experience.
A year ago if you asked anyone about Xiaomi in India, chances were they would not be aware of its existence and even if some did know about it, probably dismiss it as yet another Chinese company. Fast forward to 2015 and not only does everyone know about it, many would even fish out a "Mi" smartphone from their pockets or tell you about how they tried to buy one in a flash sale that finished before he could click on the buy button.
The past year has been a rollercoaster ride of sorts for Xiaomi in India. It sold a million phones in five months, got embroiled in a patent infringement case, and was even temporarily banned from selling phones in the country. But through all this, Xiaomi s phones have sold like hot cakes during its weekly flash sales on Flipkart. After what has been a long wait for many six months to be exact since its unveiling in China Xiaomi launched the Mi 4 in India last month. Since the Mi 3 was discontinued, buyers have been waiting for Xiaomi to replace it with another flagship device, but unlike last year however, the market dynamics have completely changed. Will the Mi 4 still be able to make a similar impact as the smartphone it is replacing? We spent some time with last year s flagship smartphone and here s what we think of it.
The launch of smartphone brands like Xiaomi and Motorola last year have been a major headache for existing players like Samsung and Micromax. Both the brands went the online-exclusive route and significantly undercut rival smartphones from existing players. The Xiaomi and Motorola model proved to be so successful that both players ended up selling over a million smartphones in five months, without having to endure the headache of setting up a distribution and retail channel or an expensive marketing campaign. India's second largest smartphone vendor, Micromax, isn't taking this lying down and has launched a new online-exclusive brand called Yu. Its first smartphone, Yureka, will go on sale tomorrow exclusively via Amazon. But will it be able to take on the juggernaut that Xiaomi has become?
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. [nggallery id=329]
It is considered poor form to begin a review with the conclusion, but there s really no reason to drag this out: the HTC One (M8) is the best Android phone the world has ever seen. Period. Full stop. Of this, there is no doubt. In many ways, in fact, it is the best smartphone the world has ever seen. From the design of the device, to the power of its components, and everything in between, HTC s new One is better than its predecessor. And its predecessor, as you might recall, was the best all-around Android phone the world had ever seen last year.
Four years ago Xiaomi didn't exist and until earlier this year, the brand did not sell outside of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. So it isn't surprising when people ask Xiaomi, who? Yet, the Chinese sensation that is often called the Apple of the East, has its fan base all over the world, including India where over 100,000 consumers pre-registered to buy the Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone, which goes on sale today.
It has been over a year since Gionee started its operations in India, and since then it has launched a couple of impressive smartphones including the Elife E7. The flagship device impressed us with its hardware, price-tag and performance, but was unfortunately let down by the UI. After about three months, the Chinese company launched the Elife S5.5 in India, which is touted as the world s slimmest smartphone . But apart from that tag, which it struts like a beauty queen s tiara, can the Elife S5.5 live up to the standard set by the Elife E7? We spent considerable time with the smartphone in the past couple of weeks trying to answer that question and here is what we found.
I can still recall the general shock and collective groans that permeated through the Internet on February 11, 2011 when Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop announced he had tied the Finnish smartphone giant's fate with that of his former employer Microsoft. While we now know how that story ended, many wanted to know if things would have panned out any differently for Nokia had it chosen Android instead of Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform. Just before Nokia changed its call sign it decided to launch its range of Android smartphones under the Nokia X series. The existence of this series of smartphones is said to have pushed Microsoft to acquire Nokia's handset and services business. So does Nokia's Android smartphone deliver what its fans hoped for? Let's find out.
Love it or hate it, there's no question that Apple's iPhone lineup brings some things to the table that rival devices do not. Specifically, Apple's designs and its attention to detail are completely unmatched. There are some Android phones with gorgeous designs and there are some with sleek software enhancements, but none offer the total package that Apple's iPhone affords.