First Look: OnePlus 3 – the Design that Never Settles

First Look: OnePlus 3 – the Design that Never Settles

Accuse them of whatever you wish – invite based system that are a pain, software updates that are a trifle buggy, off-beat VR launches and the like – one accusation that cannot be levelled at OnePlus is of being consistent in terms of design. The company shot into the spotlight two years ago with the OnePlus One which came with […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: LG G5 – More Clark Kent than Superman!

First Impressions: LG G5 – More Clark Kent than Superman!

It is that time of the year when LG normally unleashes its flagship on the Indian market and to counter the offerings from Cupertino and its Android based rivals. This year, bearing the burden of expectation is the predictably named G5, which is thrown into the ring against the likes of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, HTC […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: YU Yunicorn – Here’s Looking at a new YU, Baby?

First Impressions: YU Yunicorn – Here’s Looking at a new YU, Baby?

Accuse it of whatever you wish, but one accusation that you cannot label at YU, Micromax’s sister brand targeted at geeks, is resistance to change. It has been a very eventful year and a half since the brand came into existence and in that period we have seen it flirt with different materials (all plastic, metal, metal frame), hardware and […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Sony Xperia X – Is it All About the Camera?

First Impressions: Sony Xperia X – Is it All About the Camera?

Sony is trying hard to swim out of troubled waters and stay relevant in the smartphone game, and to that effect, it seem to be making some big decisions like abandoning the Xperia Z series for the new X series and streamlining the offerings with a neat onus on the unique selling point of each phone. In that regard, the […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Zuk Z1 – Golden Oldie?

First Impressions: Zuk Z1 – Golden Oldie?

It was one of the most talked-about phones when it was announced in August last year, blending some very good hardware (for that time) with the CyanogenMod OS. However, the Zuk (pronounced ‘zee you kay’) Z1 took its time coming to the Indian market, evidently because Cyanogen in India already had a tie-up with Micromax’s sister YU brand. That particular […]

 
     
 
 

Nextbit Robin Preview: A Refreshing Hint of Mint

Nextbit Robin Preview: A Refreshing Hint of Mint

The Nextbit Robin has been one of the most talked about smartphones in recent times. And unlike many “in-the-news” smartphones, it has got attention not for its hardware but because of what it offers in terms of design and experience – most notably its leveraging cloud storage to ensure that you are never a byte short in terms of storage. […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: Oppo F1 Plus – Adding Muscle to the Selfie Expert

First Impressions: Oppo F1 Plus – Adding Muscle to the Selfie Expert

We had been pretty impressed with the Oppo F1, which the company had called the Selfie Expert. And it does seem to have spawned a few sequels. We first had the T20 World Cup edition of the device, which was similar to the original but had the tournament logo engraved on its back. And now we have its bigger cousin, […]

 
     
 
 

First Impressions: LG K10 and K7

First Impressions: LG K10 and K7

Most of the OEMs ensure that they reserve the best and most appealing designs for their flagships apart from loading them up with the latest and greatest hardware. But what if some of you just wanted the looks of the flagship but some mid-range hardware will just do fine for your usage? We saw Samsung do this with their “A” […]

     
 
 

First Impressions: CREO Mark 1 – Glassy, Glossy, Classy!

First Impressions: CREO Mark 1 – Glassy, Glossy, Classy!

One of the most remarkable things about the launch of the Mark 1 phone by CREO was the fact that there was little talk of the design or the hardware of the device – the Bengaluru-based company is looking to make a mark (pun intended) with the software on the phone, Fuel OS, which will be regularly refreshed, justifying its […]