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 […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Lenovo A6000: Redefining Value for Money Again?

First Impressions: Lenovo A6000: Redefining Value for Money Again?

When it comes to smartphones over the past few months, the pendulum of attention has swung decisively from the high-spec, high-price devices to the ones that come with respectable specs at surprisingly low prices. We have seen the likes of the Asus ZenFone 5, the Moto E, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, the YU Yureka and the Xiaomi Redmi Note prove […]

 
     
 
 

Dear Google, Whatever Happened to Android One?

Dear Google, Whatever Happened to Android One?

Google recently launched Android One in the Philippines. And as always it came with the promise of a pure Android experience (read “stock Android with no skins“) and automatic updates to the latest version of Android, all at a price of approximately USD 100 (give or take a few dollars). You know, we love those words. And we love the […]

 
     
 
 

A Look at Luxury: The Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri

A Look at Luxury: The Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri

Mention “style” and “fashion” with reference to phones and the geek squad will start wondering if you are thinking about the iPhone, the Moto Razr or the Galaxy Alpha. But go and ask the same question of the “swish squad” and it is a fair chance that their thoughts will turn to devices laden with crystals, bearing a touch of […]

 
     
 
 

Seven Things Tech Companies Could Learn from the Delhi Election

Seven Things Tech Companies Could Learn from the Delhi Election

The elections in India’s national capital, Delhi, have surprised a number of people with a relatively new political outfit upstaging an established, well entrenched political party. We would not like to get into specifics here, but we do think that these elections gave some pointers not just to political parties, but also to tech companies. So here, without naming anyone […]

     
 
 

Great Devices? Yes, But Xiaomi is a Software Company!

Great Devices? Yes, But Xiaomi is a Software Company!

“We are a software company” That declaration by Hugo Barra at the launch of the Mi 4 in Delhi surprised a lot of people. After all, for most people (the non-geeky mainstream), Xiaomi is best known for delivering excellent hardware at surprisingly low prices. Take the Mi 3 and Mi 4 for instance – both packed in some very good […]

 
     
 
 

Is Micromax Pulling a Samsung… on Samsung?

Is Micromax Pulling a Samsung… on Samsung?

Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it, George Santayana famously remarked. And well, we certainly got that feeling when we saw the battle between Samsung and Micromax in the Indian media today. It started off with some publications (including ours) carrying Canalys’ reports that Micromax had overtaken Samsung in the Indian smartphone market in the fourth quarter of […]