First Impressions: Xiaomi Redmi 2: In the Footsteps of the Redmi 1S

First Impressions: Xiaomi Redmi 2: In the Footsteps of the Redmi 1S    

It might not have been a flagship device like the Mi 3 or the Mi 4, but in terms of market impact, the Redmi 1S was perhaps Xiaomi’s star performer last year, pretty thoroughly redefining people’s expectations from a low-cost smartphone (it was launched at slightly over a hundred US dollars). The period following its release was marked by multi-second […]

     
 
 

First Impressions: Micromax Canvas Selfie: Canvassing for the Selfie!

First Impressions: Micromax Canvas Selfie: Canvassing for the Selfie!

Yes, the Canvas Selfie is Micromax getting into Selfie land – as is fairly obvious from the name. And with a proper vengeance too. The company has launched phones with very powerful front facing cameras before (the Canvas Nitro had a 5.0-megapixel front facing camera while the Canvas Knight had a 8.0-megapixel one), but the company has pretty much thrown […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Xiaomi Mi 4: NOT a Chip off the Old Block

First Impressions: Xiaomi Mi 4: NOT a Chip off the Old Block

Hugo Barra started off the presentation of the Xiaomi Mi 4 in India with a two minute video called The Journey of a Piece of Steel. And lovely though the video is (we got goosebumps when we saw the waterdrop test), it did for a couple minutes hide the fact that the Mi 4 is very unlike the phone that […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: HTC Desire Eye: Quite an Eye-ful

First Impressions: HTC Desire Eye: Quite an Eye-ful

It might not be doing as well as it once was, but when it comes to handset design, HTC is still considered one of the frontrunners in the cell world. And with good reason. The company has forged a reputation for being ready to try different materials, colors and even component placements in its handsets – remember the front facing […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: BlackBerry Classic: Well, Hello… Again!

First Impressions: BlackBerry Classic: Well, Hello… Again!

The more things change, the more they stay.. well, the same. You would be forgiven for thinking that when you clap eyes on the BlackBerry Classic. For after almost two years of going with a new look and concept, BlackBerry has returned to its roots – oh well, sort of anyway – with the Classic. No, contrary to some rumours, […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Yureka: Here’s looking at YU, Baby!

First Impressions: Yureka: Here’s looking at YU, Baby!

And we have YU. Pardon us, but the pun was just too hard to resist. Abandoning the word play, we have in our semi-frozen hands (it is two degrees in Delhi. Brrr…) the first fruit of the Micromax-Cyanogen union in India and of the YU brand that represents it, the Yureka. It was unveiled on December 18, and will go […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Microsoft Lumia 535 – New Brand, Old Spirit!

First Impressions: Microsoft Lumia 535 – New Brand, Old Spirit!

The Lumia 535 is the first device in the Lumia range to come without the Nokia brandname. And honestly, that has been a bit of a burden for it. For, everyone expects something unusual and special, and ah, un-Nokia, from it. “The first Microsoft phone” many whispered at its launch, blissfully forgetting about the unfortunate Kin One and Two, launched […]

 
     
 
 

Gionee Elife S5.1 Unboxing & First Impressions

Gionee Elife S5.1 Unboxing & First Impressions    

Some phones are known for their cameras, some for their price, and some for their design. The Gionee Elife S5.1 is known for its slim & sexy looks, and we unboxed this beautiful device which was just launched in India at Rs.19,899. Gionee’s S series is known for its style quotient and the S5.1 takes it to a new level […]

     
 
 

First Impressions: Lumia 830: A Flash of Metal!

First Impressions: Lumia 830: A Flash of Metal!

The word “Lumia” in most people’s minds conjures up images of gloriously colourful phones with curved edges. So anyone who claps eyes on the Lumia 830 will get a bit of a surprise. For, yes, you do get the different shades (we still ended up with a white one. Luck of the draw!), but this is perhaps the most boldly […]