Nubia Z11 Mini

NEW DELHI: nubia has entered the Indian smartphone market with the launch of its first smartphone – Z11 Mini. With an aim to attract photography enthusiasts, the smartphone is priced at Rs 14,500. It offers a 16MP rear camera with LED flash and flaunts a stylish metallic design . We spent some time with the Z11 Mini and here are its first impressions.

With a metallic and glass unibody design, the nubia Z11 Mini is definitely impressive. Despite having a 5-inch display, the phone is surprisingly comfortable to use with one hand. The round-shaped edges of the phone are surrounded by a metallic ribbon making it comfortable to hold the device.
The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right, while the SIM card tray is located on the left. The front panel houses three backlit soft keys and an 8MP selfie camera. The rear, is covered with glass and has a 16MP camera with LED flash accompanied by the nubia branding and a fingerprint sensor.

The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top, whereas the USB Type C charging port and speakers are located at the bottom. With a

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola has finally launched its modular smartphone Moto Z in India. Priced at Rs 39,999 the handset offers a good design and powerful specifications. It also comes with an interesting set of modifications to enhance user experience. We spent some time with the Moto Z and here are our first impressions.

With the Moto Z, Motorola has taken the term ‘thinnest’ to the next level. We were quite impressed with its design. The handset comes with a stainless steel frame measuring 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19mm and feels wafer-thin. It is light in weight as compared to its competitors. While the power and volume buttons are placed on the right, the SIM tray is located at the top. The 3.5mm audio jack is however missing with a USB Type C connector at the bottom. The rear panel has a protruding 13MP camera with dual flash and magnets for clasping different ‘mods’ on the device. The company is offering four different ‘mods’ with the device to enhance user experience (You will read more about ‘mods’ in our detailed review).
The front panel has a

Apps and gadgets for kids

There’s no doubting the fact that children today are much more tech-savvy than ever. They know all about the latest trends in technology and want to get their hands on the newest gadgets as soon as they hit the market. And that makes sense, as kids are (and have always been) inquisitive in nature and can’t wait to try out new things.
So here are some really good apps and gadgets that you can introduce your kids to on this Children’s Day.

YouTube Kids
Google recently launched the children-centric version of its YouTube app in India. Aptly named YouTube Kids, it’s a family-friendly app that allows children to easily find videos related to various topics.
The app’s UI consists of large images and easy navigation options to help kids. It also has voice search functionality so children can find videos by spelling their names out.Already available in 20 countries, YouTube Kids also offers some parental control features so that parents can monitor what their kids are watching.

CG Slate
Lenovo, along with educational technology company Convegenius, launched its CG Slate tablet earlier this year.

BlackBerry India MD is talking about the company’s future plans

The thing about being number one in the market is that you always have to reinvent yourself over the years to stay relevant. Something similar happened to the once dominant smartphone player, the erstwhile BlackBerry. Their devices were used by everyone from the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton to personalities like Dustin Hoffman.
As per reports, BlackBerry is shutting down manufacturing of their smartphones and will depend on third party players to build and sell their phones. They are planning to transform into an enterprise software services player.
In an exclusive interaction with ETtech, Narendra Nayak, MD, BlackBerry India talks about their India plans, acquisitions and what the future holds for BlackBerry.
How have the last few quarters panned out for BlackBerry keeping in mind the recent earnings report?
In the last 18 months, we have gone through a significant transformation. We have pivoted ourselves from a device led company to a software services set up. We have become an open company from our days of offering just BlackBerry OS devices. We went to android because it gave us an opportunity to reach a wider audience.
Moreover, we made our BlackBerry enterprise server multi platform and open. We just

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus

Having announced it at its Tech World conference back in June this year, Lenovo has finally brought the Phab 2 Plus to India. Bearing a price tag of Rs 14,999, the phablet-class smartphone is available exclusively on Amazon. We went hands-on with the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus for a little while, and here are our first impressions.

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has an all-metal body and comes in two colour variants – Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey. But even with a big display and sizeable battery inside, the phablet feels surprisingly thin and lightweight. While the SIM tray is located on the right side, the volume rocker and power button are on the left.The top of the display has an 8MP front camera, earpiece and proximity sensor, with three capacitive navigation keys being at the bottom. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a dual-camera setup at the back, with a fingerprint sensor placed below the camera modules.

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus features a 6.4 inch Full HD IPS display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution. During our limited time with the device, the display appeared quite sharp. Colours are vibrant and viewing angles are decent as well.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus

Hyve Pryme smartphone

Despite being a relatively fresh entrant in the industry, domestic brand Hyve has been aggressively at work to carve a name for itself in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market.
After barely five months of launching its Storm and Buzz smartphones, the company has made its third handset – Pryme, official. Bearing a price tag of Rs 17,999, Hyve claims that the Pryme is the first smartphone from an Indian manufacturer to come with MediaTek ‘s deca-core Helio X20 chipset.
It’s obviously too early to say how good the Hyve Pryme is. We went hands-on with Hyve’s newest offering, and here are our initial thoughts about it.

Hyve Pryme has a metallic unibody. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the left, while the SIM tray is on the right. The front panel is home to a 5.7-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass design. Above the display lie a notification LED, an 8MP selfie camera, an earpiece and a proximity sensor.As for the rear, it’s where the 13MP primary camera with dual LED flash is. The bottom edge has a speaker and a USB Type-C port. A 3.5mm audio jack is at

Vivo V5

There’s no doubting the fact that the selfie craze is here to stay. Whether it’s parks, public transit, parties or just about anywhere, it is not uncommon to see people holding their smartphones with outstretched hands and clicking selfies (or even ‘groupfies’). It’s probably why smartphone manufacturers have started making devices that are specifically targeted towards selfie lovers.
Earlier this year, Gionee launched its S6s selfie-focused smartphone. Oppo, too came out with a refreshed version of its F1s selfie-expert handset , a while back. And now, it’s Vivo ‘s turn.
The company’s newest launch – V5, is a selfie-centric smartphone that comes with a 20MP front-facing camera. Priced at Rs 17,980, it also has a 13MP rear camera. We went hands-on with the Vivo V5 , and here’s what we think of it.

The White and Gold coloured Vivo V5 has a simple yet elegant design. The front is dominated by a 5.5-inch HD display, below which lies a capacitive home button. There’s also a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. Above the display is an earpiece, the aforementioned 20MP selfie camera with LED flash and the proximity sensor.The rear panel of the Vivo V5

The way smartphone users decide to buy online

Over the course of last 125 years, we humans have invented a number of wonder devices that serve us at our beck and call making our life easier and smarter. But no other device can match the extent to which the smartphone has embedded itself in our life and subconscious mind. In fact, our favourite device has long since discarded its utilitarian identity of being just a mobile phone that allows us to talk to others.
The smartphones have now become such a critical external appendage that users feel incomplete and lost whenever their device is not within their reach. Given that the smartphones play a key role in connecting device owners to the whole wide world, it is logical for the commercial microcosm to hail the device as its new poster boy. But we need to examine the smartphone user’s buying behaviour before we extrapolate it as the only transactional tool for online purchase.The present scenario: A recent study has revealed that over 90% of consumers now use their mobile devices for making impulsive purchase decisions on categories such as fashion, travel, music and movies. The same study also says that 36 % consumers place a higher

HTC Desire 10 Pro smartphone

HTC’s this year flagship – HTC 10 , reaffirmed the fact that the company isn’t renowned for making well-rounded and solidly-designed smartphones for nothing. But not everyone is looking to buy a flagship smartphone. For those who want HTC’s design and quality at an affordable price, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has launched a new mid-range smartphone – Desire 10 Pro.
Launched at an event in New Delhi, the HTC Desire 10 Pro was introduced back in September this year. It was introduced along with the Desire 10 Lifestyle, which itself launched in the country recently at a price of Rs 15,990.
We went hands-on with the new HTC Desire 10 Pro, and here are our initial thoughts on the company’s latest offering.

HTC Desire 10 Pro has an all-metal body and comes in three colour variants – Stone Black, Polar White and Royal Blue. It sports a 5.5-inch display. While the SIM tray is located on the left side, the volume rocker and power button are on the right. The top of the display has a 13MP front camera, earpiece and proximity sensor, with three capacitive navigation keys being at the bottom. HTC Desire 10 pro

HTC 10 evo smartphone

The Desire 10 Pro wasn’t the only smartphone that HTC launched at its Delhi event. In addition, the company launched the HTC 10 evo, the price of which will be revealed by mid-December of this year. However, going by the specifications, it’s quite likely that HTC 10 evo will be priced higher than the HTC Desire 10 Pro.
We played around with the smartphone for a little while, and here are our initial impressions.

HTC 10 evo has an all-metallic unibody design. An IP57 rating means that the smartphone is water, dust and splash resistant. The front panel has a 5.5-inch display with a layer of curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top.
While the nanoSIM tray is located on the left, the volume rocker and power button are on the right. Above the display lie a notification LED, an 8MP selfie-camera, an earpiece and a proximity sensor.
As for the rear, it’s where the 16MP primary camera with dual LED flash is located. The bottom edge has a speaker and a USB Type-C port. However, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack on the HTC 10 evo.Overall, we were quite impressed with the look and feel of

Huawei Honor 8

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has gained quite some fame in the Indian smartphone market, thanks to its well-specced yet affordable smartphones. But it seems that Honor now wants to come out of the shadows and compete in other segments as well.
Case in point is the recently launched Honor 8 , a smartphone that’s likely going to compete in the upper mid-range segment. It’s the first Honor smartphone to come with a dual rear-camera setup, similar to the one on Huawei’s P9 flagship.Priced at Rs 29,999 and having most specifications identical to the P9, the Honor 8 can be considered as a cheaper alternative of the P9. We played around with the device for a little while, and here are our first impressions

Design and build quality
The design of the Honor 8 is definitely something that Huawei could boast about. It has a slim profile and is available in refreshing colour variants. Honor 8 has a glass body with a metallic frame, which looks pretty great. However, it’s quite susceptible to fingerprints. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right, while the SIM tray is on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C

End of Samsung’s smartphone reign

Samsung killed Note 7. But the demise may have put massive dent on its chances of continued dominance in the smartphone universe.
Following weeks of reports of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets, concerned parents are asking their kids, “You have a Samsung phone na? Please be careful, beta .
They’re exploding!” As if every Samsung mobile device has turned into a highly unstable nuclear warhead with a fast degenerating plutonium core. Some people are seeing phantom smoke come out of Samsung washing machines even. Airlines and pilots are asking passengers to turn off Note 7 devices, calling out the brand by name in a never-seen-before move.
Last week, TechCrunch’s John Biggs wondered, “Could this be the end of Samsung’s smartphone reign?” It can’t get worse, right? And yet, over at Cnet, Chris Matyszczyk made the unkindest comparison of all: “Samsung or Trump: Which brand is in bigger trouble?” He wrote, “When the mighty fall, they don’t always know how to react. After all, they’re mighty. Falling is for lesser sorts. Yet the last couple of weeks have seen two famous brands fall into disrepute by their own hands. Careless hands, small hands.”
Samsung’s Note 7 debacle

Gadgets that simplify housework

Unable to find house help? Try these great gadgets to ease your burden.

Let’s do the Roomba!
iRobot Roomba: The acclaimed cleaning robot has finally come to India. This robot is one of the best in the market and smartly cleans up your home. Unlike other bot cleaners, Roomba maps the room with its intelligent sensors plus camera and vacuum cleans every nook and corner of the room. The user can control this robot with the help of the app and set a cleaning schedule as per their liking; after this Roomba will go back to its charg ing station and get into stand by mode. This one can be picked up for `59,990.

A new brew
Mr Coffee Smart Coffeemaker: All we need in the morning is a fresh cup of coffee. What if it could be ready without lifting a finger? Well some pre-taps on the mobile phone app are required, but once done the coffee machine will do the rest on its own. This coffeemaker connects easily to the home’s Wi-fi network and, in a matter of minutes, gets ready to brew a fresh cup of coffee (once set) every morning. Priced at

Applications favored by women

While majority of smartphone apps are equally useful for both men and women, there are some that are designed to cater specific purposes only relevant to either men or women.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the women members of Gadgets Now’s team have compiled a list of some apps that we think women would love to have on their smartphones.

App that gives driving tutorials: Time and again, you hear a lot of people say how girls are the worst drivers. While there is no logical sense behind it, there is no shutting them up. Regardless, it would be great to have an app with an integrated voice assistant that can use motion sensors to provide feedback in realtime. That way, you don’t really have to hire a “male” driving teacher who thinks ‘Women can’t drive’.

App that reminds you not to overspend: This is something everyone aims to do, not just women – the art of saving and spending money judiciously. Since now, online transactions and mobile wallets have become more popular, there could be an app that can keep an account of user’s mobile wallet. It can be compatible with e-wallet services

Lava Z25: First Impressions

NEW DELHI: After quite a few months, Lava has launched a new flagship smartphone . Dubbed Z25, the smartphone is part of the company’s new Z-series. Bearing a price tag of Rs 18,000, the Z25 is Lava’s costliest smartphone till date. The company says that it has worked hard on the design and camera aspects of the smartphone, and that it’s nowhere similar to Lava’s previous devices.We used the Lava Z25 for a short while at the launch event, and found it to be convincing in a few departments.

Design and display
Lava seems to have played it safe when it comes to the design. The Z25 has a smooth body made of Series 5 metal and looks decent from the front. However, the back panel is nothing interesting and looks exactly that of the Redmi Note 4 , Lenovo K6 Note or Coolpad Note 5 Lite . That said, it’s not bad overall.
During our limited testing, the fingerprint sensor was quite fast and recognized fingerprints every time. Lava claims that it can unlock the smartphone in 0.1 second.
The smartphone weighs 163g and has an 88.6% screen-to-body ratio. What we found to be baffling is

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi launched the successor to its Mi Max smartphone in India. Dubbed Mi Max 2, the phablet is priced at Rs 16,999. The Mi Max 2 comes with a 6.44-inch full HD display and is backed by a massive 5,300 mAh battery, with fast charging support. We spent some time with the device and here are our first impressions of the same.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is pretty good upgrade to its predecessor Mi Max in terms of design. The phablet now flaunts a curved design and matte black colour body which gives a stylish look to the device. The rear panel houses a 12MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash along with a fingerprint sensor and the company logo. The front of the device is home to a 5MP selfie camera and three capacitive keys for back, home and options. The right side has the power button and volume rockers while the SIM card tray sits on the left. The bottom of the device consists of USB Type – C and stereo speakers, while the top has the 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster. The device is quite big in size but is not

Coolpad Cool Play 6

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad launched its first budget smartphone with 6GB RAM in India. The Coolpad Cool Play 6 comes with a price tag of Rs 14,999 and is available in Soft Gold and Black colour options. We got our hands on the Coolpad Cool Play 6 and used it for a limited time at the time of the launch and here are our initial impressions.

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 looks quite similar to the Cool1 smartphone. The smartphone has an all metal unibody design with a matte finish back. Despite a 5.5-inch screen size, the handset doesn’t feel big and is comfortable for one hand operation. The rear panel houses the dual rear camera setup, 13MP+13MP with dual LED flash. Underneath the camera, there is a fingerprint sensor and the company logo. The front of the device has an 8MP selfie camera at the top, along with the earpiece and a proximity sensor. At the bottom, there are three backlit capacitive keys that are not part of the display.
Moving on to the sides, the right side houses the power button and volume rockers while the SIM card tray sits on the left. The

Dell XPS 13 2018 hands-on

Since changing its look, Dell’s XPS 13 has been one of the best laptops of the last three years. It’s one of the main challengers to the various MacBooks for those wanting a powerful laptop that is also all about premium materials, zingy screens and tasteful design flourishes.

And let me tell ya, I’ve seen the 2018 model, and it delivers.The latest model comes in HD and UHD versions and houses a choice of Intel 8th Generation Quad Core processors. While it might not feel like a huge leap forward from the (already pretty oomphy) previous one in terms of innards, it is actually now “twice as powerful” as the first ever XPS 13, which only dropped in 2015. Which goes to shows you that all those seemingly minor processor improvements actually add up pretty quickly.

We can take it as read nowadays that a laptop costing over a grand is going to be powerful enough for most non-gamers’ needs, but laudably, Dell really tries to push the envelope, and is claiming that the new XPS 13 is the most powerful in its class, the smallest 13-incher ever (‘a 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch case!’) in

Google’s Pixel 2 Is the Best Android Phone

The good: Clean interface, great camera, long battery life.
The bad: Underwhelming screen, no facial recognition or iris scanning, not much that makes it stand apart from Samsung and Apple.
Who should buy: Any Android fan that values clean software and camera quality, particularly those looking for something beyond what Samsung’s offering.

When Google unveiled its first Pixel smartphone last year, it felt like a giant leap for a company better known for its software and search engine than its gadgets. Google’s message was clear: Apple and Samsung aren’t the only tech giants capable of making high-quality gadgets. That remains the case with the company’s impressive new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.

Both of the new Pixels take what already worked and complement with admirable new features. The larger Pixel 2 XL includes a nearly borderless screen that dominates the phone’s face: a design approach Samsung, Apple, LG and Essential staked out first. Like other recent phones, the new Pixels have adopted basic water resistance. And the camera boasts some fancy new features, like the ability to capture a few seconds of footage around a still photo to create images that move, and a

Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones

If you’ve ever thought your old iPhone was feeling sluggish, you’re not alone. And you’re not imagining it: Apple has confirmed to multiple media outlets that it slows the performance of older iPhones in order to prevent their aging batteries from causing unexpected shutdowns.

Apple says it began slowing down the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE last year, and just began doing so with the iPhone 7, which is little more than a year old. The company’s statement came after a recent Reddit post and blog post on benchmarking tool Geekbench’s website sparked a conversation around the relationship between flagging iPhone performance and battery condition.

Apple may have the best of intentions. Having your phone occasionally slow down is probably preferable to coping with total shutdowns, as is prolonging the overall life of your battery. But some are reading the company’s statement as confirmation of a longstanding myth: Apple slows down old iPhones to get users to upgrade to newer, pricer models as a form of planned obsolescence. (The company also charges about $80 to replace an old iPhone battery with a fresh one.)
Either way, Apple is in some hot water over the