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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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

Things Samsung Needs to do to Get Back in the Game

Things Samsung Needs to do to Get Back in the Game

If you are using an Android based smartphone for a long time then there are strong chances that you have owned a Samsung phone. They still own about a quarter of the world’s smartphone share. This may be due to their strong marketing which may have caught your attention or the fact that they have various phones in different price […]

     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

Hate Them, Curse Them, But Gadget Flash Sales are Here to Stay!

Hate Them, Curse Them, But Gadget Flash Sales are Here to Stay!

“___ (insert brand name) sells out ___ name of device in ___ (insert any number below thirty) seconds/hours on ___ (insert name of the website!)” Those headlines had surprised us when they first appeared on the horizon in 2014, following the surprisingly quick sales of the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Redmi 1S (we had written about it being a triumph […]

     
 
 

Key Tales – The QWERTY Story: Four BlackBerry Iconic Keyboards Compared!

Key Tales – The QWERTY Story: Four BlackBerry Iconic Keyboards Compared!

“So just how good is the keyboard in the BlackBerry Classic? How different is it from the Passport/ Bold 9900/ Q10?” We wish we had a Dollar for every time someone asked us that pair of questions after seeing our first impressions of the BlackBerry Classic, the standard bearer of the ‘proper’ QWERTY keyboard brigade (Hint: we would have made […]

 
     
 
 

Is it Mi or YU?: The Redmi Note 4G vs YU Yureka

Is it Mi or YU?: The Redmi Note 4G vs YU Yureka

They have both arrived with a lot of fanfare in the Indian market. Both their manufacturers have had more than their fair share of legal wrangles. They both offer very decent hardware at surprisingly low prices. They are both in limited supply and are sold only online. So which one is the phone for you – the Cyanogen-laden YU Yureka […]