“There is no lag on iOS”

You’ll often hear Apple fans say how smooth and lag-free iOS is, and how Android is the paragon of everything sluggish and buggy. While this may have been true in the past, it couldn’t be farther from the truth today. While Google has been working hard to eliminate lag in Android, Apple seems to be going in the opposite direction.

The video below demonstrates the lag on my iPad Air 32GB. iOS has always been shit on iPad. Never mind the fact that Apple treats it pretty much like an oversized iPod touch and does little to take advantage of the bigger display. But the performance on the iPad is also horrible now, and has been since iOS 7.

The iPad Air I have is one of the most powerful iOS devices out there (it was the most powerful until the new iPhones came out this month). You wouldn’t expect it to lag with such hardware and Apple’s pedigree. But it does. Badly.

To be fair, I restarted the iPad before this video and closed all the apps (except the App Store, which otherwise would take ages to load). I really wanted to shoot this in 60fps because that shows some of the minor stuttering and frame-drops better than this 30fps video but YouTube still doesn’t support 60fps.

Anyway, watch the video, and use it the next time an Apple fanboy tells you how smooth iOS is. Continue…

Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 Hands on

Yesterday, I got to spend a few minutes with the new Motorola devices. The first of the lot was the new Moto X, which has been completely revamped and is bigger and better in every way than the previous Moto X. I’m not the biggest fan of the original model, but I did like this new one quite a lot. I hope they price it around ₹35,000, which should make it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high-end Android device. Continue…

LG G3 review

After what seems like an eternity I was finally able to get this video review out. If it were up to me, this would have been up a month ago. But thanks to an incompetent PR, I was sent not one but two pre-production devices, both of which are in the video below, and then I had to spend time getting them up to the mark for this review.

Excuses aside, the video is finally up now and if you’re still interested you can check it out below. Continue…

The truth about Beats

Marques Brownlee talks about Beats headphones in his latest video.

Now I know how the internet works. Despite the general misconception that it is made up of intelligent people, there is an inherent sheep mentality here, where people will blindly hate something others hate on and like what others like. You can see this in the hatred for Justin Bieber or Chetan Bhagat or the overwhelming love for Jennifer Lawrence or bacon. I’m not saying the reasons for this love/hate are unwarranted, but most people don’t actually know the reasons and do it just because everyone else does it.

The hate for Beats is also quite universal on the internet but never have I felt it was more appropriate than in this case. I have heard a few Beats headphones and in most cases they have been terrible to average at best. Now, I have no problem with mediocre headphones; many of the other companies such as Sennheiser and Sony too have some mediocre products in their product range. But Beats’ entire range consists of mediocre products.

That would still be fine but then you realize how expensive most of its products are. And then worst of all, just how popular they are. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said Beats is the most popular brand of headphones in the world. And why is that the case? Simple: marketing. Continue…

Sony Xperia Z2 review

The Xperia Z2 is one of the best phones available on the market today. It looks great, has an excellent display, powerful hardware, great camera and good battery life. There is really very little to complain about here.

That aside, there is something more interesting that I have to talk about today. Normally I’d have a long and boring text review for you to read, but this time I have done a video review. The idea really belongs to Preshit, who also shot and edited the video you see below (honestly, I did very little other than writing the script and doing the voice-over).

So now for the first time (for most of you, at least) you get to hear my funny voice and even funnier accent on the video. Let me know what you think about it, as that would tell me if I should be making more of these.