OnePlus 2 First Impressions: Nothing Like the One!

OnePlus 2 First Impressions: Nothing Like the One!

It has been easily the most awaited – and most thoroughly leaked – Android device of recent times. The rumor mills had been buzzing about its specs and its design in the weeks leading up to the launch of the OnePlus 2, and well, so many and so varied had been the “leaks” surrounding the device, that surprise was definitely […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Yureka Plus: Plus HD… and a Bit More

First Impressions: Yureka Plus: Plus HD… and a Bit More

It did sharply divide opinions – some called it a cheap knock off, others the coolest thing since sliced bread – but what cannot be denied is that the original Yureka, the first device under the YU brand, which represents the tie-up between Micromax and Cyanogen, was a massive hit. Online sales of the device often lasted lesser than a […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Xolo’s Black Mi 4i Challenger!

First Impressions: Xolo’s Black Mi 4i Challenger!

When Xolo first burst on to the Indian scene, it was through a relatively high end device, the Xolo X900, which was the first phone to come with Intel inside. The period since has seen the company come up with a series of devices that have varied from the innovative (Xolo Play, Xolo PlayTegra Note) to the relatively routine. With […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Yuphoria – YU Turns on the Style! [Video & Photo Gallery]

First Impressions: Yuphoria – YU Turns on the Style! [Video & Photo Gallery]    

The Yureka, the first phone launched under the YU brandname (which represents the Micromax-Cyanogen tie-up in India), was a runaway hit, selling almost half a million units in India. And while it had many virtues (good hardware, killer price, Cyanogen, et al), one department where it seemed to be on the ordinary side was appearance and design. No, the Yureka […]

     
 
 

First Impressions: BlackBerry Leap: The Z3, with More Muscle?

First Impressions: BlackBerry Leap: The Z3, with More Muscle?

Most people might identify the brand very strongly with the enterprise loving executive, but the fact is that for an all too brief time, BlackBerry did get a slice of mainstream glory, courtesy the surprisingly affordable (well, for its time) Curve 8520. It even spurred the company to make fun of its core crowd in the now (in)famous BlackBerry Boys […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Xiaomi Mi 4i – Nope, Not a Plastic Mi 4!

First Impressions: Xiaomi Mi 4i – Nope, Not a Plastic Mi 4!

The Mi 4i may have been officially unveiled only last week by Hugo Barra but it was leaked very thoroughly well before its launch. And although most predictions about its spec sheet were on the spot, the ones that claimed that the device was a stripped down version of the Mi 4 were perhaps a bit off the mark. For, […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]