Nokia 8 Hands On Impressions

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When HMD Global resurrected Nokia’s smartphones, a flagship was what everyone had in mind but instead we got the 3,5 and 6. Good devices to be sure but not quite trailblazers. There’s no doubt about the fact that enthusiasts and loyalists have been waiting for a new top end device from Nokia. With the launch of the 8, the company is aiming to deliver just that. So without further ado, here’s a closer look at the all new Nokia 8. Continue reading “Nokia 8 Hands On Impressions”

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

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When Xiaomi announced the Mi Max last year, nobody expected it to be particularly popular. The gigantic size was expected to be a deterrent but as it turns out, the phablet saw massive uptake amongst users. Serving as a good mid way ground between carrying smartphones and a tablet, the Mi Max delivered battery life, a large screen and a generally great experience in a well priced package. One year on, Xiaomi is back with the Mi Max 2. With a bigger battery in roughly the same sized package, the Mi Max 2 is already looking quite exciting but is it worth an upgrade? We discuss that and more in our full review.  Continue reading “Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review”

Moto Z2 Play Review

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Last year’s Moto Z Play was widely considered as one of the best devices in the company’s line up. A perfect balance between performance and stellar battery life, the phone also served as a showcase for the Moto Mod ecosystem at a lower price point. With the Moto Z2 Play, the company has the same goals in mind with refinements on most fronts. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Moto Z2 Play Review”

1MORE 1M301 Single Driver Earphones Review

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Little known fact, Xiaomi’s highly regarded Piston earphones are designed and manufactured by 1MORE. The Pistons are widely considered to outperform earphones at twice the price point so when California-based 1MORE got in touch with us to check out their single driver earphones, we were suitably excited. Follow on to read out review of the 1MORE Single Driver earphones. Continue reading “1MORE 1M301 Single Driver Earphones Review”

Google Daydream View Review

Google Daydream View Review -10VR done right has the potential to fool your brain into feeling emotions and sensations that can’t be replicated in a 2 dimensional medium. As technology moves ahead in its quest for achieving photorealistic virtual reality, we’re observing two distinct campaigns. Where the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Playstation VR focus on a top-notch experience that requires expensive headsets and equally powerful computing power, Google alongside Samsung and others have been focussing on bringing the VR experience to the most ubiquitous computing platform i.e. the smartphone. Between Samsung’s Gear VR that worked only with their handsets to the Cardboard which offers an introduction to VR but little more, Google’s work has been cut out for them. Called Daydream, the name itself evokes a sense of imagination and all the possibilities that come with it. Google’s all new VR headset was introduced a while back and finally made its way to India. Here’s our review of the Google Daydream View.  Continue reading “Google Daydream View Review”

Sony SRS-XB10 Review

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Over the last few years, we’ve seen bluetooth speakers of all shapes and sizes. From diminutive pocket-sized units to those that can get a neighbourhood bloc party started. Sony’s XB10 might veer towards the former in size but packs enough punch to suffice for a pool side gathering and might even survive a dunk or two while doing so! Here’s our review of the Sony XB10 Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading “Sony SRS-XB10 Review”

5 New Features of Oxygen OS That Make the OnePlus 5 Stand Out

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A big draw for the OnePlus smartphones has been the clean build of Android onboard. Called Oxygen OS, the operating system is nearly stock and devoid of most of the bloatware found on competing smartphones. The few additions included are meaningful for the most part and are well appreciated. With the OnePlus 5, once again the company has made a few more tweaks and additions that are bound to nudge the experience forward a small step ahead.

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We’ve been testing out the phone with Android 7.1.1 and the latest release of Oxygen OS 4.5.1 and have so far counted 5 major changes or tweaks that we’ll detail below. Continue reading “5 New Features of Oxygen OS That Make the OnePlus 5 Stand Out”

OnePlus 5 Review

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OnePlus hasn’t shied away from calling it’s phones, flagship killers. The company set out to build top-notch handsets with cutting edge specifications and offered them at bargain basement prices. The OnePlus 5 however has higher ambitions. With its sight set on top end flagships and a price that isn’t too far off, OnePlus has a tough uphill climb ahead of it. The company has endowed it with all sorts of hardware bells & whistles but hardware alone doesn’t make a phone. Let’s take a closer look and see if the OnePlus 5 really lives up to the hype.  Continue reading “OnePlus 5 Review”

OnePlus touts customer service improvements ahead of OnePlus 5 launch


As OnePlus gets ready to launch their next flagship, the company has left no stone unturned to build hype around the upcoming phone. From specifications to design and the camera, much has been said about the OnePlus 5. That said, in an offline first market like India, it is customer support & service that can often make or break a product. The company has now released a new video that talks about all the improvements and efforts that it has made to improve customer support.

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5 things you must know about the upcoming OnePlus flagship launch

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With the OnePlus 5 right around the corner, the company has predictably been teasing and hyping up the feature set of their upcoming phone. There’s a lot that has been rumored and hinted at in whispered tones about the upcoming phone but these are the five features that we’ve heard about straight from the horse’s mouth. So without further ado, here are the top five features that we think you should know about the upcoming OnePlus 5.  Continue reading “5 things you must know about the upcoming OnePlus flagship launch”

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Review

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Part of Sennheiser’s 2017 range of headphones, the HD 4.40 BT sits bang in the middle of the wired HD 4.30 and the 4.50 which includes active noise cancellation. Priced at Rs. 10,990, the pair is relatively pricey and faces a fair amount of competition. Will Sennheiser be able to strike that much vaunted balance between performance and price? We find out in our review. Continue reading “Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Review”

Sony MDR-XB950B1 Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones Review

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Sony has been a champion of the Extra Bass line of audio products for quite a few years. We might be guilty of grossly generalising popular music but looking at music charts it is easy to see that bass heavy pop and EDM music dominates and for obvious reasons, Sony has been targeting this massive user group with their audio products. At CES, the company introduced a few more products in this line up. Called the MDR-XB950B1, these wireless headphones predictably carry a massive punch on the bass side of things but also introduce niceties like app control which as you’ll find out, comes very handy. Continue reading “Sony MDR-XB950B1 Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones Review”

I/O 2017 shows signs of a more mature Google


There’s few industry events that get enthusiasts as excited as Google’s annual I/O developer gathering. It was ‘just’ four years ago that skydivers zoomed down on Moscone Center and streamed the entire thing via Google Glass. From moonshots to hardware efforts like the Nexus Q that never really saw the light of day, Google has been the adventurous, perhaps slightly reckless counterpart to the more reserved and cautious Apple. If I/O 2017 is any indication then it looks like that there’s a change coming and we might start seeing a more mature side of Google. Some might call it boring but boring too can be good.  Continue reading “I/O 2017 shows signs of a more mature Google”