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 […]

 
     
 
 

Acer Launches the Liquid Z530 and the Liquid Z630s Selfie Smartphones in India

Acer Launches the Liquid Z530 and the Liquid Z630s Selfie Smartphones in India

Acer has released two new smartphones under its ‘Liquid’ series for the Indian market, the Liquid Z530 and the Liquid Z630s. The Liquid Z530 is priced at Rs. 6,999 and the Liquid Z630s costs Rs. 10,999, with both handsets currently being exclusive to Flipkart. Acer announced these two handsets back in September during IFA and they have now made their way to India […]

     
 
 

It’s Time to Stop the Smartphone Screen Size Madness

It’s Time to Stop the Smartphone Screen Size Madness

Guest Post by Rohan Naravane. Back in 2010, I had the misfortune of using the Dell Streak, a smartphone with huge screen size of 5 inches. Bear in mind that times were different back then — most phone screens measured anywhere between 3 to 4 inches. The first Galaxy Note that catapulted the big screen trend, was over a year […]

 
     
 
 

OMG! Pepsi is now Allegedly Working on a Smartphone

OMG! Pepsi is now Allegedly Working on a Smartphone

These days, you can get a feeling that almost everybody with enough money can make a smartphone. This is particularly true in China, where new phone makers are basically appearing overnight. But what really makes one raise eyebrows is when a non-tech company, or one that operates in another field, is willing to try its luck in the phone making […]

     
 
 

Six Gadgets That we Really Think Deserved More

Six Gadgets That we Really Think Deserved More

It has been raining phones over the past few months in the Indian market, and while this has resulted in a surfeit of choice for the consumer, it has also resulted in a number of devices getting ‘lost’ in the crowd. Had they been released in less competitive times, they would have perhaps fared far better than they actually have […]

 
     
 
 

The “I Want a Good Phone for Rs 10,000 ($150)” Guide!

The “I Want a Good Phone for Rs 10,000 ($150)” Guide!

“I want a good smartphone. My budget is Rs 10,000. What do you suggest?” That is a query that we have been hearing increasingly of late, thanks in no small measure to the profusion of devices that have arrived in the market with decent hardware, good software and surprisingly low price tags. A few years ago, getting a smartphone for […]

 
     
 
 

Top 10 Chinese Phones to Import: In Depth Info & Suggestions

LeTV S1, S1 Pro and the Le Max (left to right) during the launch event in China

Back in the time people used to throw away Chinese tech as garbage. But now, things have changed dramatically. On contrary to throwing away Chinese smartphones as cheap ones, many people are doing all possible and going through the hassle of importing smartphones from China. Are you contemplating to import a smartphones from China? If so you, are on the […]