Phone Design: Thin is in, But Should Length and Width be out?

Phone Design: Thin is in, But Should Length and Width be out?

In late 2006, I got my first proper smartphone: the Nokia N70. It could handle mail, browse the Web, take decent photographs (for its time), and handled most routine tasks like calls and texts pretty well. It was 21.8 mm thick. My first ‘high-end’ smartphone was the N95 8 GB. And this brought a more powerful 5.0-megapixel camera to the […]

 
     
 
 

How Google is Envisioning the Future of Smartphones and Beyond

How Google is Envisioning the Future of Smartphones and Beyond

Almost two decades ago, Google was just a search engine with a textbox and a promising algorithm that curated the ever growing internet into a list of blue links. As technology paced further, the Mountain View based company invested in a bunch of rising platforms and ideas that revolved around the future of the World Wide Web. Spreading across soon […]

 
     
 
 

Chinese Smartphones are Now a Force to Reckon with Even Outside of Asia

Chinese Smartphones are Now a Force to Reckon with Even Outside of Asia

Despite continuous efforts and solid product launches, OEMs that used to lead the smartphone race are now struggling to get a hold of the market. As expected, the major reason behind this plummet is the ascending levels of more economical and attractive launches from Chinese manufacturers as well as other new entrants. Troubles for big names including Samsung and even […]

     
 
 

Hey RAM! How Much RAM do you Need on Your Smartphone?

Hey RAM! How Much RAM do you Need on Your Smartphone?

“I am planning to buy a Redmi Note 3. Should I go for the 2 GB / 16 GB version or the 3 GB/ 32 GB version?” “Ideally, you should go for the 3 GB / 32 GB version. You get more storageā€¦” “The storage is not an issue. It takes a memory card. Does the RAM make a huge […]

 
     
 
 

Smartphone OEMs are Finally Growing Up

Smartphone OEMs are Finally Growing Up

They reinvent, they succeed, they move on For years, smartphone manufacturers have tried to dominate each other by bringing some spectacular technologies to our handhelds. In a race for becoming the best in the market, OEMs have stuffed in features overlooking what customers actually need. This has been a periodical problem that has persisted over every season of smartphone launches. […]

 
     
 
 

Demise of Smartphone Contracts and its Effect in the US

Demise of Smartphone Contracts and its Effect in the US

The American smartphone market has been relatively stable compared to India and China. Apple and Samsung have managed to hold on to the No.1 and No.2 positions in the US for quite a few years now. A big part of this has been possible because of contracts, amongst various other factors. The Contract Mafia Contracts were in some ways a […]

 
     
 
 

Windows Phone: the Real Casualty of the Chinese Wave?

Windows Phone: the Real Casualty of the Chinese Wave?

“We used to sell several units a day. Before the Chinese phones started coming,” the executive at a Microsoft (formerly Nokia) store in Delhi is pretty clear about what really sent his brand’s fortunes into decline. And he does have a point. For while many might talk of the impact the high-performance-at-low-price phones from (mainly) Chinese brands have had on […]

     
 
 

Is 2016 Going to See the Return of the Compact Phone?

Is 2016 Going to See the Return of the Compact Phone?

“Yes, we can make a bigger phone. We have. But the question you need to ask is: how big can your hand get?” That was Xiaomi’s Vice President Hugo Barra’s response to a query from a member of the media about why Xiaomi had not endowed the Mi 4i with a larger display. It was mid-2015 and it was high […]

 
     
 
 

Is Rs 6,000 – 16,000 the New “Mid-Segment” in Smartphones?

Is Rs 6,000 – 16,000 the New “Mid-Segment” in Smartphones?

As with so many things these days, it all started with a tweet. We had seen some references to a phone that cost Rs 29,999 (about USD 440) as being a ‘mid-segment’ and felt that this was actually an expensive device and more on the high-end side in price terms. But when we said so, pat came the answer: if […]