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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 […]

 
     
 
 

Eight Years, Eight Things That the iPhone Got Us Hooked To

Eight Years, Eight Things That the iPhone Got Us Hooked To

On 9 January 2007, Steve Jobs had announced that Apple was going to reinvent the phone while launching the very first iPhone. Eight years down the line, he must be smiling at his own foresight (he would!), from wherever he resides these days. Yes, Apple alone cannot take credit for the smartphone and app revolution (a competitor that Jobs wanted […]

 
     
 
 

The Best of 2014: The Phone-y Hollywood Awards

The Best of 2014: The Phone-y Hollywood Awards

As we reach the end of 2014, we remember the most notable devices of the year in a Hollywood inspired ceremony. Any similarities to films, celluloid or digital, is purely coincidental. The “Exodus: Gods and Kings” award for Biggest, Most Magnificent Device Just like the film named after it, it might have attracted more attention for its appearance and presentation, […]