With the DTEK 50, BlackBerry Becomes “Just Another Android Phone”

With the DTEK 50, BlackBerry Becomes “Just Another Android Phone”

So BlackBerry has attempted to go mainstream. Again. Pardon the slight tinge of sarcasm here, but honestly, this of late seems to be a cycle with the once-smartphone behemoth from Canada – the talk of a device that will revive its fortunes, followed by a device that is very good but a tad on the expensive, followed by yet another […]

     
 
 

Best or Brightest – Just What is a “Flagship” Device?

Best or Brightest – Just What is a “Flagship” Device?

As with so many things these days, it started with a few tweets. With all the phones being released these days, the question went up if “in this day and age” a company could call a device with a MediaTek P10 processor a flagship device – Gionee had used the term to describe its M6 and M6 Plus devices? Within […]

 
     
 
 

Phone Design: Thin is in, But Should Length and Width be out?

Phone Design: Thin is in, But Should Length and Width be out?

In late 2006, I got my first proper smartphone: the Nokia N70. It could handle mail, browse the Web, take decent photographs (for its time), and handled most routine tasks like calls and texts pretty well. It was 21.8 mm thick. My first ‘high-end’ smartphone was the N95 8 GB. And this brought a more powerful 5.0-megapixel camera to the […]

 
     
 
 

The Great Indian PR – Blogger Wars: Where Has the Love Gone?

The Great Indian PR – Blogger Wars: Where Has the Love Gone?

“Those who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind…” One cannot help but think of those words from the Bible as one sees some of the exchanges between “bloggers” and communications professional (PRs, corp comm, et al.). While there is no doubt that the “say something negative or complain and get a product/attention” culture seems to have gripped a fair […]

     
 
 

To Mi or not to Mi: If Shakespeare Had Tried Selling the Mi Max!

To Mi or not to Mi: If Shakespeare Had Tried Selling the Mi Max!

No, it is not a hard sell and evidently its first batch sold out in seconds, but given the comments about it being too large, we just wondered how the Bard – William Shakespeare no less – would have defended the rather massive Mi Max. We bet he would have called on Hamlet, Mack Antony, and Macbeth to aid his […]

     
 
 

Prisma: The Best App to Convert Photos into Art

Prisma: The Best App to Convert Photos into Art

Image editing apps have a special place in the hearts of pretty much anyone who has hit the shutter button on a phone’s camera. After all, not all of us (Yours Truly included) are great photographers, but with a bit of appy fizz and a few touches here and there one can make even a relatively ordinary picture look different. […]

     
 
 

The NDA Imbroglio: A Case of Two Paragraph Paranoia

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A number of mediapersons in India receieved an NDA – a non disclosure agreement – from a tech company yesterday morning (we are not naming it, because well, firstly it was a confidential document, and secondly, that this is not really about the company but about a due process). For those in the non-tech world, the NDA is generally a […]

 
     
 
 

Xiaomi Mi Max vs Lenovo Zuk Z1: Hulk vs Captain America

Xiaomi Mi Max vs Lenovo Zuk Z1: Hulk vs Captain America

They are perhaps two of the best phones out there in terms of hardware and software in the sub-Rs 15,000 category. But if you had to choose between the Zuk Z1 and the recently launched Xiaomi Mi Max, which one would you go for? Let’s try to answer that one. Design and Appearance They say that beauty lies in the […]

 
     
 
 

Dear Tech Brands, Can we Stop the Gifts at Events Already?

Dear Tech Brands, Can we Stop the Gifts at Events Already?

Just as the Mi Max launch was about to get underway at Delhi today, there was a disturbance in the crowd (which was large-ish, as a number of ‘Mi fans’ had been invited to the launch as well). It seemed to be about seating initially, hardly surprising as there had been large crowds outside the venue as the event got […]

     
 
 

Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Good Morning, Doctor Banner…ah, the Hulk!

Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Good Morning, Doctor Banner…ah, the Hulk!

“Oh no, you brought the monster…” Remember Loki using those words to a seemingly distraught Agent Romanoff in The Avengers? Well, he was referring to Dr. Bruce Banner, also known as the Hulk, a massive green creature whose strength and size are unmatched even in the Marvel super hero universe – heck, the guys even thumped Thor (the God of […]