Reviews

Battle Royale: OnePlus 6 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z vs Huawei Nova 3 vs Poco F1

The 20-40k price segment in the Indian smartphone market used to be a barren wasteland not too long ago. You either spent under 20k and get a decent budget smartphone or just blow all your load on a fancy Galaxy S or the iPhone. The few phones that existed in this price range did nothing to justify their existence.

But that’s not the case anymore. Ever since OnePlus came into existence, this space has always had a worthwhile contender. Well, to be fair, the OnePlus One and 2 weren’t that good but with the launch of the 3 and subsequently, the 3T, you never really had to look anywhere else if you had a budget somewhere between the Xiaomis and the iPhones.

But today, we have all sorts of phones from multiple manufacturers being launched in this segment, after they all came to this shocking conclusion that people like having flagship features without spending flagship money.

Today I’ll be talking about four such phones, the OnePlus 6, the Asus ZenFone 5Z, the Huawei Nova 3, and the Poco F1.

Reviews

OnePlus 6 Review

It doesn’t even seem that long ago that I reviewed the OnePlus 5T, but that’s only because it was four months ago, in January. Tied to making just one phone at a time, OnePlus has to update it every six months to stay relevant, so now we have the OnePlus 6, six months after the OnePlus 5T and not even a full year after the OnePlus 5 before that. This does create some problems but I’ll get into that later. For now, there is a shiny new phone to review.

Reviews

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review

Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of story telling and character building. Disney was right, it really is the most ambitious crossover that we have ever seen on the big screen in our lives. With dozens of characters crammed into a two and a half hour movie, there was every opportunity for this to go wrong. Yet, Infinity War does a lot right and at its best it is easily one of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen. But it’s not perfect so there’s a lot to complain about as well.

Opinion

Smartphone Buyer’s Guide: March 2018

These are some of the best smartphones available in the market today. Instead of choosing arbitrary price categories, I’ve just listed all the phones I think are worth buying and the reader can choose whichever fits their budget. The phones are chosen based on my personal experience with them, unless mentioned otherwise. Below each are links to purchase them.

Reviews

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that the Redmi Note has become one of the most important smartphones on the Indian market today. It started back in 2014 with the launch of the original Redmi Note but what really brought the series to people’s attention was the launch of the Redmi Note 3 in 2016, which was just an incredible value proposition at the time. The phone packed a big screen that Indians love so much with the fastest processor you can buy in that price range and a battery that could power a small house. The formula was perfected last year with the Redmi Note 4, which was even more refined than its predecessor and at the same great price.

This year, Xiaomi is not fucking around. We get not one but two Redmi Note phones, the more expensive of which I have today. The Redmi Note 5 Pro brings forward everything its predecessors were known for but this time with a new display and high quality cameras front and back. It’s also debuting alongside a new processor from Qualcomm that promises to once again be the fastest in its class.

This should be interesting.