Vivo X5Pro: Good Looks Don’t Come Cheap

Vivo X5Pro: Good Looks Don’t Come Cheap

Chinese manufacturer Vivo has been a player in the global smartphone market for the last couple of years. The Vivo XPlay 3S was the world’s first smartphone with a quad-HD (2560×1440 pixels) display when it was revealed back in 2013. Earlier this year, the Vivo X5Max staked claim to the title of slimmest smartphone in the world, with a thickness of just 4.75mm. With technical achievements such as these

Android 5.0 Lollipop: A Sweet Upgrade

Android 5.0 Lollipop: A Sweet Upgrade

  Android’s sweet new “Lollipop” flavor brings security improvements and easier ways to view and respond to notifications. The new Google software for mobile devices even lets you lend out your phone without worrying about a friend circulating your naked selfies on Facebook. I tested Lollipop on Google’s new Nexus 6 phone, which comes out this week. I can only hope that as other phones get the upgrade over time, it will be as good as what you get on the Nexus. It’s a shame many phone manufacturers that use Android believe they have to tweak it extensively to make the software…

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL First Impressions

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL First Impressions

It hasn’t been very long since Microsoft took over Nokia’s smartphone division, but the software giant hasn’t been standing still. Two of the latest devices to launch are the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. Four versions of each will be produced – single-SIM 3G, single-SIM LTE, dual-SIM 3G and dual-SIM LTE – but availability will depend on regions and carriers. We were able to spend a little time

Phicomm Passion 660: Another Day, Another Chinese Smartphone

Phicomm Passion 660: Another Day, Another Chinese Smartphone

From being comprehensively dominated by Nokia just a few years ago, the Indian mobile phone market has come a long way. With the advent of smartphones, the market is now a free-for-all with a growing list of players. With India on track to become the world’s second largest smartphone market by 2019, everyone wants to get in on the action. A long list of Chinese companies are already present and well-established in

Google Glass project has a new name: Project Aura

Google Glass project has a new name: Project Aura

Google has changed the name of its Glass project to Project Aura, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Keep in mind that Project Aura is different from Project Ara, the company’s modular smartphone effort. The report also says that engineers, software developers, and project managers that previously worked with Amazon’s Lab126 hardware division have been hired as part of the new Project

4GEE Action Cam

4GEE Action Cam

Build, features and performance Fast frame rates and 4K video are the big hit features for action cameras, enabling you to capture high-quality footage. However, once the action has been captured that footage still needs to be edited and uploaded, and this process usually takes place some time after the event. That’s set to change with the arrival of the 4GEE Action Camera, which features the same tough build and latest video

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330

Introduction and features The Panasonic FZ330 builds on the success of the ground-breaking FZ200 bridge camera, launched back in 2012. The FZ200 set the bar high with its 24x zoom lens, constant f/2.8 aperture and its ability to capture raw files as well as JPEGs. Whilst its relatively small sensor size may be regarded as a handicap, the FZ330 boasts SLR-rivalling functionality,

ZTE Grand S II: First Impressions

ZTE Grand S II: First Impressions

Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment, the Chinese multinational better known as ZTE Corporation, has launched more than 25 handsets in India so far. It expanded its smartphone portfolio by introducing two new handsets on Tuesday: the ZTE Grand S II and ZTE Nubia N7 Mini. While the ZTE Nubia N7 Mini will enter the Indian market in or around December or January, the Grand S II is set to launch on November

Micromax Canvas: It’s All About the Price Tag

Micromax Canvas: It’s All About the Price Tag

Micromax really wants to be taken seriously. As a fledgling company, its products were considered low-quality, low-value knock-offs. “Chinese” wasn’t just a description, it was a condescending insult, but somewhere along the way Micromax found its balance and momentum. It didn’t matter that its phones weren’t built to last; they were priced to move and that’s exactly what they did. Customers have clearly been happy

Oppo R7

Oppo R7

Introduction and design Oppo isn’t a household name in the west, but that probably won’t be the case for much longer. Ever since the firm’s inception just over a decade ago, the Chinese manufacturer has been renowned for producing high-quality, affordable consumer electronics. Originally specialising in MP3 and DVD players, Oppo recently moved into the smartphone sector, and has enjoyed booming success in mainland

Xolo Q2100: First Impressions

Xolo Q2100: First Impressions

Xolo is an Indian manufacturer that’s not afraid of trying something different. Recently, the company experimented with launching Hive UI, its radical skinning on top of Android. We quite liked the new approach, though fans of stock Android may not understand what the fuss is all about. Earlier this week, we learnt that the company is planning to launch the Xolo 2100 and shared the information with our readers.

Honor 4C: First Impressions

Honor 4C: First Impressions

  At a glitzy launch event in Mumbai on Friday, Huawei unveiled a new phone in its Honor range of smartphones: the Honor 4C. The new phone, which could be considered the younger sibling of the more expensive Honor 4X, is now available exclusively on Flipkart for Rs. 8,999. As was the case with the Honor 4X and the Honor 6 Plus, Huawei claims that the design of the Honor 4C was conceived in Europe by design experts. The phone does look strikingly handsome, especially from the rear. It is available in two colours, and the white variant of the phone looks…

Moto G 3rd Gen: Experience Trumps Specifications

Moto G 3rd Gen: Experience Trumps Specifications

The smartphone industry has a specifications problem and the tech press must share a large part of the blame. We are living in a world that’s obsessed with octa-core processors, 13-megapixel cameras, and gigabytes of RAM, but we don’t spend enough time talking about the thing that really matters – how it feels to use a phone on an everyday basis. In a bizzaro alternate reality where the iPhone 6 launch happened

DxO One

DxO One

Introduction and features DxO has a background in creating software for correcting optical and digital imperfections in images. As well as offering desktop software to make these corrections, the company’s technology is found in around 300 million imaging devices, including many popular mobile phones. DxO is also the company that produces the software that we use to analyse camera performance. This means that it has an in-depth

Epson EH-LS10000

Epson EH-LS10000

Introduction, features and performance The EH-LS10000 (called the Powerlite Pro Cinema LS10000 in the US) is Epson’s flagship projector for 2015. It also broaches the subject of 4K, but although it claims to present 4K-like detail and accept 4K video signals the LS10000 is resolutely a Full HD projector, albeit a very, very capable one. However, since it’s selling for £6,000 (about $8,000), is this high-end

iPhone 6S best deals in September 2015

iPhone 6S best deals in September 2015

Best iPhone 6S deals The iPhone 6S is the latest and greatest iPhone ever. Featuring all of the excellence of the worlds’ best selling phone – the iPhone 6 – with added features like improved battery life and 3D touch, where you can press a bit harder on the screen to get a different response, it’s the most advanced smartphone Apple has ever made. On this page you’ll find a comparison 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Mi Note

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Mi Note

Xiaomi has been a significant part of the Android ecosystem for a number of years – even before they had ever launched a phone, they were already getting some level of attention from XDA-Developers and other custom ROM communities in the form of ports for MIUI. The launch of the Mi1 smartphone went almost unnoticed in places like the US, and compared to something like the Galaxy S2

Oppo R5: Haute Couture Candidate

Oppo R5: Haute Couture Candidate

Haute Couture is a French phrase used to refer to the practice of creating high fashion, custom-fitted garments which are mostly suited for models walking the ramps in cities like Paris, London or Milan. With smartphone manufacturers across the world racing to launch models that can turn heads, we might be looking at a new wave of phones that can be elevated to the level of haute couture. From painstaking

Intex Aqua Style Pro: Average Performance, Average Value

Intex Aqua Style Pro: Average Performance, Average Value

For a company known for making computer accessories, Intex’s transformation into a mobile-first company is a sign of the times, where smartphones are the most important product category. Competition is fierce and price wars are constantly being fought. The entry of Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S in the sub-Rs. 8,000 price segment has heated things up even more. Intex’s new offering, the Aqua Style Pro, touts the latest