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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]