Gone in Five Seconds: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Xiaomi Mi 3 in India

Gone in Five Seconds: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Xiaomi Mi 3 in India

“Flipkart and Xiaomi today announced that this week’s entire Mi 3 stock was sold out in 5 seconds” So begins a press release that arrived in our inbox a few hours ago. On the surface, this is very good news for both companies, and Xiaomi in particular. There is a lot of interest in its products and its strategy to […]

     
 
 

Review: Xiaomi Mi 3 – Yes, Those Specs at THAT Price

Review: Xiaomi Mi 3 – Yes, Those Specs at THAT Price

It has become a fairly frequent occurrence of late. The sound of tech jaws hitting the turf in surprise on hearing relatively low prices of devices that boast decent hardware. We heard it when Moto unleashed the Moto G and Moto E, when Microsoft showed off the Lumia 630 and when Asus paraded the ZenFone 5. But none of those […]

 
     
 
 

Review: Asus ZenFone 5: Taking on – and Beating – the Moto G?

Review: Asus ZenFone 5: Taking on – and Beating – the Moto G?

Verily it is the season of devices which deliver dollops of superb performance at relatively low prices. We have already seen the Moto G and the Lumia 630 do just that, pretty much redefining what we can expect from a sub USD 200-225 device. And now, Asus has thrown the ZenFone 5 into the same ring – claiming to deliver […]

 
     
 
 

The Tablet Has Not Lost, the Phone Has!

The Tablet Has Not Lost, the Phone Has!

“The days of the tablet are coming to an end” goes the word around tech corridors, in the face of declining sales of tablets – even the mighty iPad has not had the best of times. Many are already writing the obituary of the tablet, saying that like the netbook, it was a 4-5 year phenomenon that after making history […]

 
     
 
 

10 MIUI Touches That We Would Love to See in Android… or Any Other OS!

10 MIUI Touches That We Would Love to See in Android… or Any Other OS!

Most people have been raving about the specs and the price of the Xiaomi Mi 3. However, one of the most notable features of the phone is also its interface, the MIUI. Although we are stubborn fans of stock Android, we must confess to being very impressed by Xiaomi’s overlay, which so far has not only not shown any sign […]

     
 
 

The Android Order Changeth? The Moto-Asus-Xiaomi Effect

The Android Order Changeth? The Moto-Asus-Xiaomi Effect

Time flies. But when it comes to technology, it pretty much wings along at warp speed. It was barely a few months ago that many people in India felt that Sony had pulled off a pricing coup of sorts when it launched the Xperia Z2 at Rs 49,990 but bundled its SmartBand worth Rs 5,999 along with it. That was […]

 
     
 
 

Xiaomi Mi 3: Initial Thoughts, Hands-On and Photo Gallery

Xiaomi Mi 3: Initial Thoughts, Hands-On and Photo Gallery

It is not often that we get astounded by new devices. The Xiaomi Mi 3 is therefore a bit of a rare breed. Its spec sheet puts it right alongside – and in some cases, even ahead – of the best devices in the business, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z2. […]

     
 
 

Spice Smart Pulse First Impressions: A Phone on Your Wrist for Less than $75!

Spice Smart Pulse First Impressions: A Phone on Your Wrist for Less than $75!

One of the complaints that we have had about smartwatches is that they tended to be too closely tied up to the smartphones, and in most cases were little more that wrist-bound notification centres. Well, Spice Retail pulled a wearable tech rabbit out of its hats when it announced the Spice Smart Pulse today, “India’s first SIM-enabled smartwatch”, to quote […]

 
     
 
 

Five Reasons to Buy – and Not to Buy – an Android Wear Smartwatch

Five Reasons to Buy – and Not to Buy – an Android Wear Smartwatch

The Android Wear smart watches – the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are officially up for sale. But is it time to invest in one? We make the case for and against them. Yes, go ahead and buy one! 1. They run the official Android Wear OS Yes, we have had smartwatches which ran Android before but […]

     
 
 

App Review: Yahoo Aviate Launcher (Android): A Launcher that Changes with Time

App Review: Yahoo Aviate Launcher (Android): A Launcher that Changes with Time

Contextual launchers or launchers that change as per location and time rather than on any tinkering by you, seem to be the rage these days. We saw Nokia using the concept in its very bare-bones Z launcher, which focused more on speed and simplicity, while sacrificing customization options. Yahoo! has however, chosen to blend these three together in its Aviate […]