Review: Kindle Voyage: Kindle with a Touch of Class

Review: Kindle Voyage: Kindle with a Touch of Class

In a world of increasingly large phones and tablets, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader is an aberration of sorts. It does not try to ape your phone or computer, but simply sticks to one main task – delivering a book-like reading experience on a digital medium. And while many have said that the bigger phones and tablets left no space for […]

 
     
 
 

Redmi 2 Review: Xiaomi Sets a New Budget Benchmark…Again

Redmi 2 Review: Xiaomi Sets a New Budget Benchmark…Again

Last year, the Redmi 1S laid down the benchmark for just how much one could expect for a phone that cost about USD 100 (Rs 5,999). At the time of its launch, the phone had literally no competition – it was more than a few notches above other contenders like the original Moto E and the Asus ZenFone 4. However, […]

 
     
 
 

The Seven Commandments of The New Phone Order

The Seven Commandments of The New Phone Order

Not everyone seems to get it, but the last twelve months have seen a radical change in the smartphone world. Last year at around this time, it was impossible to think of getting a decent phone for anything less than USD 200 and if you were looking for flagship material, you had to be ready to unburden your wallet by […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Xiaomi Redmi 2: In the Footsteps of the Redmi 1S

First Impressions: Xiaomi Redmi 2: In the Footsteps of the Redmi 1S    

It might not have been a flagship device like the Mi 3 or the Mi 4, but in terms of market impact, the Redmi 1S was perhaps Xiaomi’s star performer last year, pretty thoroughly redefining people’s expectations from a low-cost smartphone (it was launched at slightly over a hundred US dollars). The period following its release was marked by multi-second […]

     
 
 

Forget Apple vs Samsung! It’s now Lenovo vs Xiaomi

Forget Apple vs Samsung! It’s now Lenovo vs Xiaomi

For most people, last week’s Xiaomi event in Delhi was about the launch of the company’s Redmi 2 phone in India, and the rather announcement of the Mi Pad, which caught a lot of spectators by surprise. Well, it was that. But it was also about something else. Indeed, for us, the most interesting point of the event came in […]

 
     
 
 

Review: Lenovo A6000: Pre-empting the New Moto E?

Review: Lenovo A6000: Pre-empting the New Moto E?    

The year 2014 was the year in which the whole price-performance equation in smartphones (which incidentally goes thus: “the performance of a phone varies in direct proportion to its price” or in simple English: “you want a good phone? Pay up!”) was turned on its head. We saw devices like the Moto G and Moto E, the Xiaomi Redmi Note, […]

     
 
 

First Impressions: Micromax Canvas Selfie: Canvassing for the Selfie!

First Impressions: Micromax Canvas Selfie: Canvassing for the Selfie!

Yes, the Canvas Selfie is Micromax getting into Selfie land – as is fairly obvious from the name. And with a proper vengeance too. The company has launched phones with very powerful front facing cameras before (the Canvas Nitro had a 5.0-megapixel front facing camera while the Canvas Knight had a 8.0-megapixel one), but the company has pretty much thrown […]

 
     
 
 

Dear HTC and Samsung, Who is Your Competition?

Dear HTC and Samsung, Who is Your Competition?

Dear HTC and Samsung, We followed your events around the One M9 and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge last night with a good deal of interest. First off, a quick note of congratulations on what seem to be very good devices indeed in terms of design and hardware – a sight for sore eyes, be they mainstream or geek […]

     
 
 

Dear Moto, the Rules Have Changed… You Changed Them, Remember?

Dear Moto, the Rules Have Changed… You Changed Them, Remember?

A lot of things changed in the smartphone market last year, but no change perhaps was as radical as the dramatic decline in the prices of smartphones. After years of the “you want good performance, you will have to pay” rule, consumers suddenly got access to a plethora of devices that performed brilliantly and yet cost much lesser than their […]

     
 
 

Happy Birthday, Steve: Fifteen Awesome Jobs Quotes … As Free Verse

Happy Birthday, Steve: Fifteen Awesome Jobs Quotes … As Free Verse

He would have been 60 today. And you bet he would have been looking for ways to change our lives. We remember perhaps the most iconic CEO of them all, Steve Jobs by recalling fifteen of his greatest quotes. And well, as so much of his prose was close to poetry, we put it down as free verse. Our way […]