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Android Needs Killer Apps, Not Better Hardware

Android Needs Killer Apps, Not Better Hardware

“Our community demanded a newer, faster processor than the one we had originally planned. So we put a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor in the OnePlus One,” a OnePlus spokesperson said on stage a few days ago, detailing the role the user community played in determining the hardware of the OnePlus One. A number of people in the audience applauded, but […]

 
     
 
 

But Seriously, It’s Time to Show Micromax Some Respect

But Seriously, It’s Time to Show Micromax Some Respect

“In this business, it is volumes that count, not brand stature” – we wish we had a penny for every time we have heard those words (they would make such a massive difference to our revenue stream) from mobile industry experts. And indeed, at the end of the day, even the biggest brand would concede that all the brand equity […]

     
 
 

Smartphone Price Revolution? Not Yet, Not Just Yet

Smartphone Price Revolution? Not Yet, Not Just Yet

At the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note yesterday, Hugo Barra put up a slide that showed the price, specifications and performance comparisons of a number of devices, ranging from the Galaxy Note 3 to Xiaomi’s own Note. The idea was simple: to highlight how Xiaomi was offering more than the competition and yet managing to keep prices astonishingly low. […]

     
 
 

5 Practical Ways to Solve the Smartphone Battery Life Problem

5 Practical Ways to Solve the Smartphone Battery Life Problem

There are countless how-tos written on how to save your smartphone battery life. All those ask you to turn off your WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, reduce brightness, use task killers, disable GPS for location reporting, disable Google Now… basically turn your smartphone into a dumbphone. So then, what’s the point of spending tens of thousands of rupees every few years on […]

 
     
 
 

Honey, Did the Chinese Just Go from Copycats to Creative?

Honey, Did the Chinese Just Go from Copycats to Creative?

“You know, actually the Chinese brands are doing more innovation than the likes of Apple and Samsung…” It was a remark by one of my colleagues at the launch of the Lenovo Vibe X2. My first reaction, conditioned by habit, was almost one of dismissiveness. The Chinese were, after all, supposed to be many things, but not innovative. Nay, China […]

 
     
 
 

The Great iPhone Camera Battle: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

The Great iPhone Camera Battle: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

For many people, the iPhone is the gold standard when it comes to smartphone photography. The iPhones may not have always yielded the highest quality of imagery – the others caught up in that department a couple of years ago – but their sheer ease of use, speed and consistency, topped off with a terrific dollop of photo editing and […]

 
     
 
 

Asus ZenFone 5 with PixelMaster Camera Review

Asus ZenFone 5 with PixelMaster Camera Review

Asus has done reasonably well with the new ZenFone series in India and elsewhere. In addition to pricing the phones competitively, Asus has managed to stuff in decent hardware with superior performance. More importantly, the company has struck gold with its new ZenUI which sits on top of Android. It’s been a while since we started using the ZenFone 5 […]

 
     
 
 

Why Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the Best ‘Mini’ Flagship Smartphone?

Why Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the Best ‘Mini’ Flagship Smartphone?

The world is succumbing to bigger displays. Even the long time naysayer, Apple, accepted defeat and introduced a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Almost every single flagship Android smartphone announced in 2014 has boasted of bigger 5-inch+ displays. Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), LG G3, Moto X, Xiaomi Mi 4, OnePlus One and Sony Xperia […]