Best or Brightest – Just What is a “Flagship” Device?

Best or Brightest – Just What is a “Flagship” Device?

As with so many things these days, it started with a few tweets. With all the phones being released these days, the question went up if “in this day and age” a company could call a device with a MediaTek P10 processor a flagship device – Gionee had used the term to describe its M6 and M6 Plus devices? Within […]

 
     
 
 

Analyzing the Upcoming 700MHz Spectrum Auctions in India

Analyzing the Upcoming 700MHz Spectrum Auctions in India

The telecom industry is a serious cash cow for the Indian government. The auctions in past two years have seen the government raise record amounts of money as incumbent telecom operators tried to renew their license in service areas where it was expiring. Telecom operators also bid for extra spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands to bolster […]

 
     
 
 

Is the Nexus Even Relevant Any More?

Is the Nexus Even Relevant Any More?

We keep saying that a year is a long time in technology and well, it seems to have taken exactly that long for Android’s flagship Nexus device to slip from uber desirable to also-ran. In case you think we are being too harsh, grab that time machine (the one in your mind or just search Google) and head back to […]

 
     
 
 

The Smartphone Experience vs Specs Debate

The Smartphone Experience vs Specs Debate

When it came to smartphones, what is more important: experience or specifications? The folks at Moto – very understandably, given the comparatively modest hardware lying within their device – had planted themselves firmly in the ‘experience’ camp as far as the Moto G went (they had interestingly not been as disparaging of hardware and spec sheets when they launched the […]

 
     
 
 

Gionee: Still Betting on Ye Olde Retail!

Gionee: Still Betting on Ye Olde Retail!

“They told me it is a business meeting. So I had to wear this suit.” Gionee India’s MD and CEO Arvind Vohra has the knack of getting the giggles going in any room, and yesterday was no different as he took the stage to announce his company’s association with some of the biggest tech retailers in the country – Croma, […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]