We reviewed the Google Pixel 7 Pro a couple of months back, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. From pure Android 13 to the renowned Pixel cameras, it was a great phone that we happily rated as one of the very best of 2022. Having said that, its price tag isn't something that many would find affordable. Enter Pixel 7, which isn't exactly inexpensive by any standards, but is a lot more affordable than its Pro variant, while retaining a lot of its goodness.
31 Jan 2023Speakers
We have been reviewing a lot of upper midrange and high-end earphones lately. It is equally important to gauge what's going on at the other end of the spectrum as the majority of the users do not want to spend that kind of money on earphones. And honestly, you do find hidden gems under Rs. 1,000 if you look hard enough. So when Singapore-based Costar approached us for reviewing their budget wireless neckband, we thought of giving it a try.
24 Jan 2023Speakers
The Momentum series of TWS earbuds from Sennheiser are considered among the best in the segment. And naturally, I was excited to try out their Momentum 4 Wireless headphones. I know, it's a completely different category but the company has been delivering some stellar audio products across different form factors. In India, when one talks about the best headphones around Rs. 30,000, the Sony WH-1000X series is the first that comes to mind.
04 Jan 2023Phones
Realme released a couple of neat tablets over the past year or so. While the Mini was decent, we truly liked the first Realme Pad. It wasn't exactly a performance topper, but it did have a sharp display and a sleek design. It was generally great for entertainment courtesy of its Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. Despite all its goodness, like most budget tablets, it was better suited for content consumption rather than content creation.
02 Jan 2023Speakers
Continuing with our exploration of Google-branded products, we now have the flagship true wireless (TWS) earbuds from the company. The Google Pixel Buds Pro aims to take on the likes of Sony WF-1000XM4 and Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro which are the best under Rs. 20,000 in India currently. On paper, it doesn't seem equipped with all the tools it would need to dislodge the two from the top.
27 Dec 2022Phones
After a gap of several years, Google has been quite active in the past two quarters launching their Pixel phones in India. It started with the Pixel 6a in the previous quarter, which though not bad at all, seemed like a consolation prize given what the Google flagships are capable of. The following quarter, to everyone's surprise, the company decided to launch both their Pixel 7 phones here.
08 Dec 2022Speakers
A couple of months back we reviewed a highly unusual pair of true wireless (TWS) earbuds from Sony called the Linkbuds. Yes, those 8-shaped buds! We now have a successor for the device, but it sports a lot more traditional in-ear design. Gone are the ring drivers that stayed outside the ear canals and the extended touch zones that would let you tap your earlobe to register a touch input.
02 Dec 2022Fitness Bands
The budget fitness watch segment in India is packed to the brim with multiple brands plying their trade. Not long ago, Fire-Boltt claimed to be the number 1 brand in the category. I did not read the fine print but that's when I took notice of the brand for the first time. When we got an opportunity to review one of their products a couple of weeks ago, I was curious enough to try it out to see what all the buzz was about. And with a model name like Hulk, it also had my attention.
22 Nov 2022Speakers
The WH-1000X series of headphones from Sony have been incredibly popular over the years. I have had the good fortune of experiencing the Sony WH-1000XM4 for a considerable amount of time. It's been over two years since I reviewed it, and its successor has now arrived. Unlike smartphones, the XM4 is still available in India, and more importantly, still relevant courtesy of its excellent sound quality and category-defining active noise cancellation (ANC).
17 Nov 2022TV
QLED TVs seem to be gaining in popularity this festive season given the availability of several budget options. Just recently, we reviewed the Thomson Q55H1001 model and we now have one from the popular German brand Blaupunkt. While the brand licenses for both are held by Super Plastronics in India, and there are a few similarities as one would expect, there are enough differences between the two.
10 Nov 2022Speakers
Realme already has far too many TWS earphones in the Indian market. They probably have half a dozen options under Rs. 3,000 itself. And I am not even talking about the ones from their sub-brand, Dizo. To be honest, half that number would have been good enough to have a stranglehold on the segment, and the other half just makes up the numbers anyway.
03 Nov 2022Fitness Bands
The Nord sub-brand continues to grow. And by that I do not mean the excessive number of Nord phones released this year with multiple suffixes. From phones to earphones to now a fitness watch, the portfolio just got more interesting. The idea behind Nord was to have competent yet affordable products, and the Nord Watch that we have for review today adheres to that philosophy.
1 Nov 2022Speakers
There are times when it feels like it's a lot easier to come up with a flagship product than one on a much tighter budget. Don't get me wrong, both have their own individual challenges. While you can pack the flagship with everything you got, it's a fine balancing act with the entry-level product deciding what features to include and what to leave out in the given budget. Needless to say, the competition is often much stiffer at a lower price point.
24 Oct 2022TV
Not long ago, QLED TVs were quite expensive. Some even thought of them as an alternative to OLED TVs and were priced accordingly. In reality, they aren't very different from the usual LED TVs. In fact, they are pretty much LED TVs with an extra layer of quantum dot filter in the backlighting. Now with the technology getting affordable, many brands are looking to jump on to the bandwagon, and Thomson has recently done the same.
17 Oct 2022Fitness Bands
About this time last year we reviewed the Realme Watch 2 Pro which offered some interesting features like built-in GPS and a sizable display, among other things under Rs. 5,000. The company has looked to add more features to its successor while keeping the price constant.
2 Oct 2022Speakers
JBL has a variety of true wireless (TWS) earphones in India that cater to different needs and budgets. The Endurance Race TWS buds are specifically meant for people with an active lifestyle who wouldn't want to use bad weather as an excuse to skip their daily run or workout. Such users demand products that can endure the elements and serve as a durable workout companion.
1 Oct 2022Speakers
Not too long ago, we reviewed Sony's SRS-NB10 wireless neckband speaker, a first of its kind. The broad idea there was to stay connected with your work, entertainment and the world around you. The company has now brought a similar concept to TWS earbuds. Right from the design to engineering, the Sony LinkBuds WF-L900 strive to stand out from the crowd and deliver a different experience to the user.
1 Oct 2022Phones
Google's Pixel phones have been the most desired devices for those who like pure Android experience, early OS updates and of course, great cameras. For some reason or the other, most of the Pixel smartphones never made it to the Indian shores through official channels. If I remember right, the last one released here was the 4a. And though the Pixel 6 did not bother to show up, the newly launched Google Pixel 6a has.
05 Sep 2022Fitness Bands
Amazfit has been raising the bar in the affordable fitness watches category in India over the past few years. Their detailed companion app and battery life figures are still hard to beat in the category. We have closely analyzed three generations of their GTR and GTS series watches over the years, and while not perfect to begin with, the progress has been noticeable with every new release. Their fourth generation is upon us, and the teaser campaigns have already started.
30 Aug 2022TV
From the Q series, we moved to U and then to Y as OnePlus TVs started getting more affordable. In that sequence, the company has cut down on the frills to keep the price in check. That's not particularly a bad thing as the different series have managed to appeal to a broader audience. The Y series has typically been part of OnePlus' budget line-up of TVs, but with the Pro suffix, the specifications are a lot closer to the U series, which makes things more interesting.
30 Aug 2022Speakers
It has been well over a year and a half since OPPO launched its Enco X TWS earbuds in India. It was a category defining product that raised the performance bar in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment. While a couple of rival products managed to compete hard, neither could truly surpass it till date. Understandably, when the company announced its successor recently, there was a wave of excitement. What would OPPO's new flagship bring to the table this time?
19 Aug 2022Speakers
Sony needs no introduction. It is synonymous with premium electronics products in India and generally operates in the upper mid-range to high-end segment. The budget wireless earphones category in India has been booming with bulk of the sales numbers coming from products priced under Rs. 2,000. If you divide the segment further, brands like Boat and Realme have a stranglehold in the sub-Rs. 1,500 range, while the likes of OnePlus have been doing well in the upper half.
12 Aug 2022Fitness Bands
Noise has been active in the budget fitness watch segment for a while, though we haven't had the chance to test one from the brand before. A few days back their newly launched Noise ColorFit Pro 4 came our way and we thought of figuring out what all the noise was about. OK, I will avoid noise puns (as much as possible) in the remainder of this article.
11 Aug 2022Phones
After reviewing the mid-range Nord 2T 5G last week, we now move to absolute flagship territory and take a look at the best that OnePlus has to offer currently. As expected, the OnePlus 10 Pro is a powerful phone that not only employs the fastest processing hardware around but also promises to deliver improved performance in other departments like camera and battery backup, courtesy of second generation Hasselblad cameras and higher capacity battery with faster charging, respectively.
01 Aug 2022Phones
In many ways, Nord 2 has been the best all-round smartphone launched by OnePlus in the past 12 months or so. On either side of it, you either had some of their overpriced flagship phones or the under-powered Nord CE phones that also lacked a couple of key features. The Nord 2 had a great mix of features and performance under Rs. 30,000 and seemed to adhere to OnePlus' old business strategy of creating 'flagship killers'.
26 Jul 2022Fitness Bands
Boat has been a major player in the budget wireless audio segment, capturing a huge chunk of the market courtesy of its wide range of wireless neckbands and TWS earbuds, among other things. The company has also been present in the fitness watches category, again offering basic and affordable options to potential buyers. They now seem keen to up their game in that segment with their latest offering.