Indian Independence Day Special: Three Indian Phones That Dare to Stand Out

Indian Independence Day Special: Three Indian Phones That Dare to Stand Out

About three years ago (around 2013), it seemed that Indian phone brands were turning the corner – Nokia was in decline, Samsung seemed to be stuttering, Motorola was busy being sold, BlackBerry was passive, and LG and Sony oddly indecisive. Yes, the upper echelon of smartphones was still ruled by the traditional powers but if you needed a smartphone that […]

 
     
 
 

Samsung’s Secret Ingredient for Succeeding in the Smartphone Market

Samsung’s Secret Ingredient for Succeeding in the Smartphone Market

If you haven’t realized yet, Samsung makes a lot of phones and despite potential ups and downs, they still lead the smartphone rivalry by an immense percentage. Sales blasted off with affordable Android handsets and massive “phablets” customers started buying over feature phones as time passed by. Their smartphone line-up has encountered several iterations throughout the journey, the latest flagship […]

 
     
 
 

Why it No Longer Makes Sense to Enter the Smartphone Market

Why it No Longer Makes Sense to Enter the Smartphone Market

Over the past few weeks, a lot of reports have shown how the small players of the mobile ecosystem were struggling to make meaningful inroads in the competitive smartphone industry. This industry has enjoyed rapid growth over the last decade, but the fuel seems to be running out. Long gone are the days of explosive growth, if anything, we should […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

     
 
 

Ten Phone Tech Spec Figures You can Safely Ignore

Ten Phone Tech Spec Figures You can Safely Ignore

Buying a phone these days is akin to looking at a school report card – you are hit by a deluge of figures. And just like the aforementioned report card, the tendency is to look at all figures carefully, and in fact just as the school will insist that every figure matters, so will the manufacturer of the phone. Be […]

 
     
 
 

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 storage…” “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 […]