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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, […]

 
     
 
 

Five Smartphone Trends That Ruled in 2014

Five Smartphone Trends That Ruled in 2014

Every year smartphone manufacturers try to come out with the ‘next big thing’, with expectations to stand out from the rest. While some companies managed to get it right (Motorola), some also terribly failed (we’re looking at you Amazon Fire Phone). A few just follow in the footsteps of what the successful ones are doing in terms of product design […]

     
 
 

“We Do it for the Users”: Opera’s Twinkle-Toed Tenor

“We Do it for the Users”: Opera’s Twinkle-Toed Tenor    

Twinkle toed. Those are not the words that come to mind when you see Lars Boilesen. The man, in true Nordic tradition, is tall. And with a great head of hair. And in supremely non-Nordic tradition, looks a bit like author-actor-iPhone fan Stephen Fry. And yet the man drove into an Indian mall in a rickshaw, got off and shook […]

     
 
 

Six Things Other Phone Brands Could Learn from the Chinese

Six Things Other Phone Brands Could Learn from the Chinese

In some ways, 2014 could well go down as the year in which Chinese brands finally grabbed a share of the mobile phone limelight. Yes, they had been around for a while, but this is the year when they have actually occupied centrestage in a big way, with the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei, Gionee, Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, and others […]

 
     
 
 

Google is Working on a Version of Android Auto to be Built Directly into Cars

Google is Working on a Version of Android Auto to be Built Directly into Cars

Google has announced Android Auto in June this year at the Google I/O conference. To put it shortly, Android Auto allow Android smartphones and tablets to be operated in automobiles through the dashboard’s head unit, offeing drivers control over GPS navigation, music playback, SMS, telephony, and web search. Both touchscreen and button-controlled head unit displays are supported and hands-free operation through voice commands is also possible. But […]

     
 
 

BlackBerry Classic: BlackBerry Falls Back to the Old Guard

BlackBerry Classic: BlackBerry Falls Back to the Old Guard

Almost two hundred years back, in the Battle of Waterloo, in spite of knowing that defeat is almost certain, Napoleon’s best soldiers, the ones that had served him the longest, the Imperial Guard, storm into the battlefield. Trying against all odds to turn the tide. Admiring their courage, an English general stopped his soldiers from firing at them and riding […]

     
 
 

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 […]