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Pixel 7 + Pixel 7 Pro leaks — everything we know
Orbital
access_time2 days ago
Google is all set to launch two new flagship-grade smartphones next week - the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto and deputy news editor Siddharth Suvarna join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss Google's upcoming smartphones. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be the first high-end phones from the company to launch in India in nearly four years. The last flagship handsets to debut in the country were the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Could the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro provide substantial upgrades over their predecessors? What about the processor and hardware in the new handsets? And are these phones going to be extremely expensive in India? Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Life after Pixel 3 (01:31) Hardware concerns (10:00) Camera leaks (16:30) Design (22:09) Price in India? (27:08) Final thoughts (32:04) Outro (36:31) Photo credits: Google
Moto Edge 30 Ultra and Fusion review
Orbital
access_time9 days ago
Motorola has bigger ambitions in India, as it forays into iPhone and Galaxy S territory. Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto and reviewer Pranav Hegde join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss the Edge 30 Ultra and Fusion. Read: Edge 30 Ultra hands-on: checking all the boxes The Rs. 60,000 Edge 30 Ultra has everything on paper: the latest Snapdragon chip, 125W fast charging, and promise of three Android updates. Oh, I forgot the highlight feature: a 200-megapixel rear camera. But there are problems. Read: Edge 30 Fusion hands-on: a new flagship killer in town Its Rs. 40,000 sibling, the Edge 30 Fusion, is being dubbed a flagship killer. While it’s behind on the chipset, it doesn’t compromise elsewhere: lightweight, 8K recording, and a curved display. Is that enough? Tune into the latest Orbital episode, as Pinto and Hegde tell us more. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Edge 30 Ultra (00:23) The problems (05:56) The rest of it (09:59) Edge 30 Fusion (15:57) Cameras (23:52) Performance (26:31) Moto verdict (33:04) Outro (35:40) Photo credits: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360, Pranav Hegde/Gadgets 360.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G review
Orbital
access_time17 days ago
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is the latest entry in a long list of 5G capable smartphones that have launched in India before the next generation connectivity rolls out in the country later this year. Gadgets 360 reviewer Pranav Hegde and consultant sub editor Siddhant Chandra join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss Redmi's latest affordable smartphone. Buying an affordable 5G smartphone at this price point usually means you will end up paying a "5G tax". What does that mean for those looking to get access to 5G networks as soon as they launch? Should you buy a more capable 4G phone instead? Find out on this week's episode. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) 5G Support (01:44) Paying the '5G tax' (03:37) Camera (08:52) Display (11:26) Updates (18:05) The competition (19:43) Outro (22:09) Photo credits: Pranav Hegde/Gadgets 360.
iPhone 14 and 14 Plus + 14 Pro and Pro Max + Apple Watch Ultra
Orbital
access_time24 days ago
Eight — yes, eight! — new Apple devices were launched at the Far Out event. (Gadgets 360 was there!) And you can pre-order most of them this week. Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari, reviews editor Roydon Cerejo, and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss all of them. In India, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are more expensive than ever, starting at Rs. 1,29,900 and Rs. 1,39,900, respectively. For that money, you get an all-new design with Dynamic Island, an always-on display that looks cool as heck, and a new 48-megapixel main camera. The iPhone 14, however, retains pricing status quo — Rs. 79,900 — but sadly, it’s saddled with last year’s A15 Bionic chip. It’s also now the most affordable option, with a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus coming in at Rs. 89,900. Over in the wrist section, Apple has introduced the Watch Ultra with a bonkers Rs. 89,900 tag. It’s almost twice as heavy as the new Series 8, which has some new sensors but not much. There’s also a new Watch SE, with the same chipset as others, and the same old launch price. Lastly, there’s the AirPods Pro 2, which are also more expensive than before at Rs. 26,900. For that, you get a new H2 chip, longer battery life, and personalised spatial audio. Phew, we are done. Hit play to hear us delve into all those announcements, sprinkled with hands-on first impressions. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) iPhone 14, Plus, Pro, and Pro Max (00:26) Watch Ultra, Series 8, and SE 2 (20:09) AirPods Pro 2 (27:34) Outro (30:00) Photo credits: Apple
iPhone 14 leaks — everything we know
Orbital
access_time1 month ago
Is Apple committing a sin by splitting the iPhone 14 from the 14 Pros? Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Ali Pardiwala join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss all the leaks. The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max are said to be getting rid of the notch, and will instead opt for a dual cutout. They might also get a 48-megapixel rear camera, one that’s capable of 8K video recording. Who needs that? Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 will keep the notch, and its smaller sibling — the mini — is reportedly going away, to be replaced with a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max. Wait, why? Tune into the episode to discover. We might be getting three new Apple Watches, including an expected Series 8, a budget SE 2, and what some are calling the Extreme Sports. The last of them will be a rugged watch, and might be crazy expensive. Hit play to find out everything that could be announced at next week’s Apple event, including a never-seen-before chip split between the non-Pro and Pro iPhones. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) iPhone 14, Pro, and Pro Max (00:23) Series 8, SE 2, and Extreme Sports? (20:22) Outro (29:35) Photo credits: Victor Carvalho, Anh Nguyen
Android 13 review: building on Android 12
Orbital
access_time1 month ago
New Android 12 phones are still being launched, but Android 13 has arrived. Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto and video producer Aditya Nath Jha join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss Google’s newest offering — now out of beta. We talk about the improvements to Android 13 under the hood, how it performs on Pixel devices, and the additional theming customisation options at your disposal. Along the way, we touch upon Android 13’s dessert codename, and attempt to answer the biggest question of them all: when can you expect to get Android 13 on your phone? Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What dessert is it? (00:19) Ok Google, what’s new? (02:56) How does it perform? (12:54) More colours! (17:01) When do I get it? (23:14) Outro (34:57) Photo credits: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360
Chromecast with Google TV in India: All You Need to Know
Orbital
access_time1 month ago
The Chromecast with Google TV has made its debut in India two years after it was launched in the US. Is it too late for Google? Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss Google's latest streaming device. We discuss the differences between Google TV and Android TV, and the confusing naming strategy for the Chromecast with Google TV. The competition is also discussed. How does the Chromecast with Google TV compare to offerings from Amazon, Realme, and Xiaomi? Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What's in a name? (01:49) Google TV vs Android TV (04:53) Delayed India launch (15:15) The competition (17:20) The Google TV app (23:01) Search (29:42) Outro (31:32) Cover: Google. Photo credits: Google.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 + Z Flip 4
Orbital
access_time2 months ago
Do the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 offer enough over last year’s models? Gadgets 360 reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss Samsung’s newest foldables. We talk about the smaller hinge and bigger battery on the Flip 4, the Galaxy S22 features that are coming to Fold 4 and Flip 4, and the improvements to the display on the Fold 4. Along the way, we touch upon the new processor on both Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, the new Android 12L-driven taskbar on Fold 4, and why foldables might be maturing already. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Pricing (02:35) Galaxy Z Flip 4 (04:44) Galaxy Z Fold 4 (07:40) Durability (10:54) Software additions (13:01) Final thoughts (17:11) Outro (18:51) Cover: Samsung. Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360, Samsung.
Realme Pad X + Watch 3 + Buds Air 3 Neo
Orbital
access_time2 months ago
Realme has announced the tablet Pad X, “smartwatch” Watch 3, and TWS earbuds Air 3 Neo. Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Ali Pardiwala and reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss the three new Realme products. We talk about how the Buds Air 3 Neo continues a strategy that has introduced features at prices never seen before, and why you shouldn’t expect them to deliver. Later, we touch upon how the Watch 3 is essentially a ‘notifier’, and what we can expect from the Pad X as Android OEMs re-embrace the form factor. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Buds Air 3 Neo (00:36) Watch 3 (08:03) Pad X (17:32) Outro (25:52) Photo credits: Realme
Pixel 6a review: camera first, India last
Orbital
access_time2 months ago
Nearly two years — and two full generations — on from the last one, Google is back with a new phone in India. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Aditya Shenoy and Sheldon Pinto join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss the Pixel 6a. We discuss how it compares to its brother Pixel 6, what the Pixel 6a camera offers (and doesn’t), and why Google has more or less given up on the Indian smartphone market. Read: Pixel 6a first impressions Along the way, we touch upon Google’s Tensor chip, how we feel about the 6a given our experiences with the Pixel 4a, and the other phones you should consider at its Rs. 43,999 price. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) More SE or mini? (00:34) Pixel magic (07:00) Why not Pixel 6? (10:53) The software (14:31) Nexus to Pixel (18:25) The competition (23:54) Finicky fingerprint (27:03) The rest (30:45) Outro (35:47) Cover: Aditya Shenoy/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Jamshed Avari/Gadgets 360, Google, Shenoy/Gadgets 360, Kārlis Dambrāns, OnePlus.
Oppo Reno 8 and 8 Pro: OnePlus wine in a new bottle?
Orbital
access_time2 months ago
Why is Oppo making strange choices with its flagship Reno series? Gadgets 360 reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss the Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro. We talk about the heavy similarities with OnePlus 10R and Nord 2T — both share a parent company — the bewildering omissions vis-à-vis the OnePlus phones, and the design decisions that suggest little consistency. Read: Oppo Reno 8 Pro first impressions Along the way, we touch upon the two other launches — the Oppo Pad Air tablet, and the Oppo Enco X2 TWS earbuds — and Oppo’s reluctance to enter India’s premium smartphone segment that its sister companies have embraced. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Hello Reno (00:24) What’s new (05:11) vs OnePlus (08:22) Software and more (14:45) The competition (20:03) Pad Air and Enco X2 (29:07) Outro (31:44) Cover: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Pinto/Gadgets 360, Oppo.
Nothing Phone 1 review: master of none
Orbital
access_time3 months ago
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has launched a new phone out of nothing. Sorry, I mean Nothing. Gadgets 360 reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss the Nothing Phone 1. We talk about the Glyph lighting system on the back, the mid-tier Snapdragon chip you don’t expect in this segment, and how the Nothing Phone 1 price in India stacks up against the competition. Read: Nothing Phone 1 first impressions Along the way, we touch upon Nothing’s journey to date, the software that is rough around the edges, and the Phone 1’s terrible pre-applied scratch guard. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) All about Nothing (00:23) Pricing and variants (03:23) Glyph, what’s that? (14:41) Software promises (24:30) The cameras (29:26) Performance (38:38) Outro (46:27) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
What has Noise figured out about India’s smartwatch market?
Orbital
access_time3 months ago
Noise has been leading India’s smartwatch market for two years now. What’s its secret? Noise co-founder Amit Khatri joins Orbital host Akhil Arora and Gadgets 360’s smartwatch expert Ali Pardiwala to give us an inside tour. Khatri tells us what the Indian buyer looks for in smartwatches, why they are successful while Apple and Samsung struggle, and how Noise is doing beyond its core segment. Along the way, we touch upon Noise’s efforts to bring more of its manufacturing processes into India — and where the challenges lie in doing that. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What Noise knows (00:29) Beyond pricing (05:31) Design and function (10:19) Make in India (13:48) Future — and outro (17:16) Photo credit: Noise
The best tablets at every price
Orbital
access_time3 months ago
Are you looking to buy a new tablet — for work or entertainment? We have you covered. Orbital host Akhil Arora picks the brains of Gadgets 360 reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto to get you the answers. We talk about the tablets on offer across various price segments, be it Realme Pad and Xiaomi Pad 5 in the budget segment, iPad Air and Samsung Tab S7 FE in mid-tier, or iPad Pro, Surface Pro 8, and Samsung Tab S8 Ultra in the premium section. Along the way, we debate if tablets can be as productive as laptops, the benefits and drawbacks of iPadOS, Android, and Windows 11, and whether we will ever achieve the all-in-one dream. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Work or fun? (00:23) Android is back (04:34) Entry level (07:35) Mid-range (16:27) Top end (25:31) The winners (34:24) Foldable future? (37:10) Outro (40:53) Photo credits: Apple, Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Microsoft.
Poco F4 5G: best phone around Rs. 30,000?
Orbital
access_time3 months ago
Can Poco’s new phone emerge as the best phone around Rs. 30,000? Gadgets 360 reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to discuss the Poco F4 5G. We talk about the history of Poco phones, the features on offer here, and the brands and models Poco F4 is competing with, including possibly the upcoming Pixel 6a. Read: Poco F4 5G hands-on Along the way, we offer an explainer on IP ratings, touch upon the merits and demerits of fast charging, and pick apart the promises of Android software updates. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) How we got here (00:20) The competition (04:40) IP rating means? (08:23) Fast charging (13:15) Poco MIUI (17:55) Pixel 6a — and verdict (24:29) Outro (29:52) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360, Google.
Xbox Game Pass vs new PlayStation Plus: are video game subscription services worth it?
Orbital
access_time4 months ago
The new three-tiered PlayStation Plus — out next week in India — is finally set to properly compete with Xbox Game Pass. Which one should you pick? Industry insider Rishi Alwani and video game enthusiast Pranay Parab — both Orbital veterans — join host Akhil Arora to discuss that and more. We talk about how the new PS Plus works, split into its three tiers Essential, Extra, and Deluxe. The last of them has a different name in some markets — Premium — and you can learn why on the podcast. Read: PlayStation Plus: India pricing revealed for PS Plus Deluxe, Extra, and Essential We delve into the differences between the new PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass (Ultimate), in terms of their India pricing, game models, and other associated benefits. Along the way, we touch upon the problems with Sony and Microsoft’s approaches, and how video game subscription services can be harmful to both gamers and the industry. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) New PS Plus (00:45) Reasons to be unhappy (07:55) What Sony and Microsoft really want (13:35) Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox in India (18:47) More benefits! Good or bad? (23:51) The classics (27:44) Are game subscriptions good? (32:17) Outro (44:49) Cover: Sony. Photo credits: Sony/Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360, Insomniac Games, Arora/Gadgets 360, Microsoft, Guerrilla Games, AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS Ventura, and new MacBook Air with M2
Orbital
access_time4 months ago
iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura are here. Apple unveiled the next iteration of software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch at its developer conference earlier this week, alongside two new MacBooks. Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari and reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to discuss all things WWDC 2022. We talk about the changes to iOS 16, including the new customisable lock screen, the ability to edit and unsend messages, and improvements to mail, dictation, and a shared photo library. We delve into the new MacBook Air with M2 that brings some welcome changes, and wonder if the introductions to macOS Ventura might be helpful or just a nightmare. And we close out by touching upon the features of watchOS 9, which is still catching up with offerings of rival wearable makers from years ago, it seems. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) iOS 16: what’s exciting? (00:20) New MacBook Air and macOS Ventura (13:47) watchOS 9: catching up with Fitbit (32:03) Outro (35:55) Photo credits: Apple
The best phone under Rs. 50,000
Orbital
access_time4 months ago
The flagship smartphone segment has the widest range of prices, but how much can you spend before you start seeing diminishing returns? Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to discuss just that. We talk about the features you cannot get outside of flagships, the compromises you would still need to make around Rs. 50,000, and the phones you should consider if you’re in the market for a value flagship today. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What makes a flagship? (00:17) Phones to consider (02:55) Software promises (09:22) Pixel 6? (17:32) Any iPhones? (21:24) How to avoid compromises (26:36) Outro (32:09) Cover: OnePlus. Photo credits: Motorola, Realme, Samsung, Google, Apple, Samsung.
How will India’s crypto tax hurt the cryptocurrency sector?
Orbital
access_time4 months ago
India’s crypto tax came into effect with the current financial year, and has further impacted a cryptocurrency market that was already reeling globally. Crypto exchange WazirX vice president Rajagopal Menon and crypto tax consultancy Catax founder Gaurav Mehta join host Akhil Arora to discuss the consequences of that. Menon tells us why the cryptocurrency sector is in a freefall since the start of the year — rising global inflation adding to worries over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — and how India’s crypto tax has compounded those miseries. Mehta believes the conflicting definitions of crypto — is it asset or a currency? — are adding to the chaos. If it’s the latter, then the incoming 1 percent TDS (tax deducted at source) from July 1 is unnecessary, Mehta notes. Menon says exchanges are happy to comply with government’s desires to track transactions, but the TDS rate has been set at a very high value. This, he believes, will stifle innovation in the crypto industry. Tune into our crypto tax special episode to hear our two guests delve deeper into all these facets. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Where crypto is at (00:31) Asset or currency? (04:11) High TDS rate (08:08) Working with the government (15:40) Are we going too far? (20:40) Outro (26:17) Photo credit: Ewan Kennedy
Vivo X80 and X80 Pro review
Orbital
access_time5 months ago
Roughly eight months on from X70 Pro+, which itself came just six months after the one before it, Vivo is back with another flagship phone. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to discuss the Vivo X80 series. Read: Vivo X80 hands-on: promising premium all-rounder We talk about Vivo’s attempts to simplify the new naming convention — this time, we have a Vivo X80 at Rs. 55,000, and a X80 Pro at Rs. 80,000 — and the resulting confusion it creates. We delve into what the two phones offer, be it their triple and quad rear camera setups, the high refresh rates displays on par with Apple and Samsung, or that humongous camera module on the back. Read: Vivo X80 Pro hands-on: worthy upgrade? Along the way, we touch upon how Samsung is pushing the industry to do better with their Android update promises, and why the likes of Vivo need to stop showing off a “cool” new feature with every launch. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Naming confusion (00:17) Trust in Vivo? (03:13) What you get (06:00) Camera, display, and design (11:41) Software and charging (17:47) Needs consistency (21:11) Who it’s for (23:49) Outro (27:44) Photo credits: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360 Disclosure: Vivo sponsored Pinto’s flights and hotel for the pre-launch event in Dubai.
Pixel 6a + Pixel Watch + Pixel Buds Pro + Pixel 7
Orbital
access_time5 months ago
New phones, new watch, new wireless earbuds, and even a new tablet. Is Google getting serious about hardware? Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to discuss the best of Google I/O 2022. The only bit actually confirmed for India is the Pixel 6a, a “budget” phone in the US that will likely end up around Rs. 40,000 or more in India. It’s not due before August, so who knows what that segment — already very competitive — will look like by then. With the Pixel Watch, Google finally enters wearables and puts its Fitbit acquisition to good use. No price on that though. The Pixels Buds Pro do have a price, and they seem to be going up against the AirPods Pro and others of its ilk. Google also teased a Pixel Tablet for 2023, and the next generation of its flagship phones — the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro — expected in late 2022. We also discuss Google Maps’ new Immersive Mode, and the new Indian languages coming to Google Search and Translate. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Pixel 6a (00:20) Pixel Watch (10:27) Pixel Tablet (15:49) Pixel Buds Pro (23:19) Pixel 7 (27:55) The rest (31:20) More of India (40:24) Outro (42:27) Photo credits: Google
Alexa, how well do you know India?
Orbital
access_time5 months ago
Alexa, what’s the latest episode of the Orbital podcast about? Amazon India’s Alexa chief Dilip R.S. and Gadgets 360’s in-house Alexa expert Ali Pardiwala join host Akhil Arora to discuss Alexa’s growth in India. The biggest challenge for any voice assistant is to make it understand its users. For one, Alexa must adapt to “Indian English” words and our varied accents. On top of that, it must also navigate the fact that we frequently use two (or more) languages in the same sentence. Still, Amazon Echo devices have been bought in 85 percent of pin codes in India, Dilip notes. Of course, it’s another matter how useful they are — and how many are actively being used. For more such trends, tune into the episode. We also touch upon how Amazon pushes to intergrate Alexa into non-Amazon devices and platforms, and how thanks to Alexa, voice is the first mode of interaction with the Internet for some. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) 4-year India journey (00:23) How Alexa has grown (03:39) Making it useful (07:35) Echo is everywhere (13:12) How Alexa learns (17:31) Building for India (20:35) Privacy issues (22:07) Outro (24:12) Photo credits: Amazon
Xiaomi 12 Pro fails to stand apart, but that’s good?
Orbital
access_time5 months ago
There isn’t a wow factor about the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but that might actually be a good thing. Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to discuss the new Xiaomi flagship smartphone. The 12 Pro boasts similar hardware to phones in its range, and it doesn’t have anything to set itself apart. Xiaomi has polished the look and feel though, and the 12 Pro feels like a premium device. Read: Xiaomi 12 Pro first impressions That said, it’s got the lot. A Dolby Vision display that can go down to 1Hz refresh rate, rear cameras with wider aperture than you normally see, quad speakers with Dolby Atmos, and 120W fast charging that’s in line what’s currently out there. But in terms of features, the 12 Pro is missing an IP rating, which you can in fact get on more affordable phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy FE range and even Xiaomi’s own budget phones. Hit play to hear us delve into each of those facets. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Pro is not Ultra (00:27) The cameras (06:03) The competition (12:02) The missing (14:48) Display and software (18:42) Outro (22:51) Photo credits: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360
Are affordable smartwatches worth it?
Orbital
access_time5 months ago
India’s smartwatch market is growing, but that depends on how you look at it. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Ali Pardiwala and Aditya Shenoy, and IDC India research director Navkendar Singh join host Akhil Arora to talk about that and more. As with all things tech, India remains a cost-sensitive market, with average selling price in fact going down in recent years, Singh tells us. Low-cost smartwatches have taken over from fitness bands (while the premium segment struggles). That’s because these ‘basic’ watches — Rs. 4,000 or less — are cramming in a lot of features, though they naturally don’t naturally fare well in accuracy. But does the Indian consumer care? Read: The best smartwatches to buy in India For those who do, you’re going to have to pay a lot — with premium watches from Apple and Samsung coming in at 5–10 times the price. They’re in the ecosystem play, which could’ve been Google’s were it not for its failures with WearOS. Hit play to hear us delve into each of those facets. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) How India is faring (00:24) The market split (05:00) Bands are dead (11:24) What Indians want (14:50) Buying advice (23:57) Ecosystem play (29:32) Outro (32:41) Cover: Samsung. Photo credits: Noise, Realme, Xiaomi, Fire Boltt, Ali Pardiwala/Gadgets 360, Apple
The best budget phones: should you go 4G or 5G?
Orbital
access_time6 months ago
With 5G services expected before the end of 2022 in India, if you’re in the market for a budget phone right now, should you go with a 4G or 5G model? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to answer that and more. Read: The best phones under Rs. 15,000 We discuss how several brands have been launching 4G and 5G variants of the same budget smartphone, why the 5G models are at times missing features that the 4G ones have, and what the whole 5G bands conversation amounts to. We also talk about some of the best budget phones, tell you what specifications to keep an eye on, and why you shouldn’t buy at launch (with caveats). Play the podcast to learn more. Read: The best phones under Rs. 20,000 Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) 4G vs 5G (00:16) The compromises (11:12) Best phones (18:19) Buying tips (24:37) Outro (30:08) Cover: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Xiaomi, Oppo, Aditya Shenoy/Gadgets 360, Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
Is it time for the Harry Potter universe to die?
Orbital
access_time6 months ago
A third Harry Potter spin-off movie — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — is now in theatres. Why is this still a thing? Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Ali Pardiwala and pop culture aficionado Nikhila Makker join host and entertainment editor Akhil Arora to talk all things Wizarding World. We discuss how we got here, from the craze around the Harry Potter books and films to dwindling box office returns for Fantastic Beasts chapters, and why Warner Bros. is bent on squeezing every last drop out of it. We also talk about the toxicity around the Potter universe, be it author J.K. Rowling’s repeated transphobic comments, or the several mistakes that Warner has made, with little attempt to show itself in a better light. Along the way, we touch upon other expansion attempts — apps, video games, reunion special, a stage play, and its companion book — and wonder the logical next step if all should fail. A reboot, always. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Rise and fall (00:22) The Potter lens (05:49) Universe expansion (08:06) Original movies (13:34) Rowling and beyond (21:15) Self-cursed (27:19) Outro (31:40) Cover: Warner Bros. Photo credits: Bloomsbury, WB, Rowling, Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360
OnePlus 10 Pro review: toying with the flagship
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access_time6 months ago
Is OnePlus’ new heavy-duty flagship — meant to compete with iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra — the phone to get in 2022? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to talk about the OnePlus 10 Pro. Read: OnePlus 10 Pro 5G review: a perfect ten? We discuss its pricing in regards to the OnePlus 9 Pro, the intriguing changes OnePlus has opted for with its top-of-the-line product, and the facets that haven’t changed (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Along the way, we touch upon the meaningless of CPU stress tests, the biggest competition to the OnePlus 10 Pro, and how OxygenOS is keeping ColorOS at bay following backlash from fans. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) The highlights (00:21) India pricing (01:43) 8 Gen 1 throttling? (04:52) Heating troubles (07:25) No official ‘IP68’ (13:06) The four cameras (17:26) Gaming buzzwords (27:27) Improved display (31:11) Software + battery (32:01) Outro (37:01) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
iPhone SE (2022): pros, cons, and the India story
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access_time6 months ago
At launch, Apple’s “budget” 5G iPhone SE is flailing in India’s mid-range segment. Can it compete with older iPhones and an army of Android contenders? Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the iPhone SE (2022) that’s now in our hands. We discuss the missing “wow” factor (a non full-HD screen), its outdated design (Jamshed likes the bezels surprisingly), and ponder the future of iPhone SE with Apple rumoured to kill off the iPhone mini. Along the way, we touch upon alternatives from the house of Apple and beyond. Thanks to the Rs. 43,900 price in India, it’s worth looking at iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, and even the iPhone XR, depending on what you want from a phone. And of course, there’s no shortage of Android competition if you’re willing to look beyond Apple. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) First impressions (00:19) That design (02:56) And that price! (05:27) Make in India benefits? (11:15) vs Android (13:57) Future of SE and mini (18:38) Who it’s for (24:44) Outro (27:45) Photo credits: Jamshed Avari/Gadgets 360
How Asus is planning to win the laptops market in India
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access_time7 months ago
Asus is one of the known players in the PC and laptops market in India, with a range of ZenBook, VivoBook, and ROG models that cater to a wide range of audience. Gadgets 360 Executive Editor Jamshed Avari joins host Akhil Arora to talk with Asus India Business Head of System Business Group for Consumer & Gaming PC Arnold Su to understand the laptops market in the country and how the company is planning to grow its presence. Su talks about how COVID-19 impacted the PC and laptops market in the country. He also details the online vs offline sales of laptops. Alongside detailing the market trends, Su mentions plans to bring some of the latest models to India in the coming future. He also reveals that Asus is set to bring its foldable ZenBook 17 Fold to the market. We also talk about the market performance of affordable laptops in India. Asus has a list of models under the VivoBook series that target consumers looking for affordable options in the market. The discussion also revolves around how the market is shifting towards form-factors including thin-and-light and 2-in-1 models. And we conclude the talk by discussing how Asus as a brand is received in India, and how buyers in the market rate the company compared with other possibly more familiar names in the PC laptop industry. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) COVID emerged as an opportunity (00:57) Market of budget laptops in India (07:42) Online vs offline sales (12:16) What's coming from Asus? (16:42) Foldable laptop and other exciting models incoming (21:36) Smartphones challenging PCs these days? (26:39) Outro (30:28) Photo credits: Asus, Samsung
iPhone SE, Mac Studio, M1 Ultra, Studio Display, and iPad Air 2022
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access_time7 months ago
Apple’s spring 2022 event — dubbed “Peek Performance” — brought a 5G iPhone SE, iPad Air with M1, a Retina 5K display, and an all-new Mac Studio with the all-new M1 Ultra chip. Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to take us through all the Apple launches. We discuss who the 2022 iPhone SE is for, given its India starting price of Rs. 43,900, a design that feels ancient, and a screen that lacks full-HD resolution. That said, it does have the iPhone 13 chip. We delve into the M1 Ultra chip — an upgrade to M1 and M1 Max — that powers the new Mac Studio, a supersized Mac mini or a more affordable Mac Pro, depending on how you see it. Along the way, we touch upon the improved 27-inch 5K monitor called Studio Display that has a Center Stage-equipped webcam, and the 2022 iPad Air that becomes a more affordable iPad Pro with compromises. And we close shop by discussing that new Apline Green colour option for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro range. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) iPhone SE (00:19) Mac Studio (17:42) iPad Air (30:55) Green! (33:04) Outro (35:38) Photo credits: Apple
MWC 2022: return to Barcelona and the big announcements
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access_time7 months ago
The year’s biggest phone trade show — Mobile World Congress — returned to the ground in Barcelona, after two years of being cancelled by COVID-19. Counterpoint global content manager Ritesh Bendre and Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to talk about all things MWC 2022. Read: The 10 biggest announcements from MWC 2022 Bendre tells us what it was like to be back on the show floor — the good and the bad of it, from getting more time with preview units to the restrictions on movement and, well, breathing. Along the way, we discuss the major highlights from MWC 2022, including foldables from TCL, an E-ink tablet from Huawei, and the promises of 150W fast charging from both Oppo and Realme. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Back on the ground (00:29) Exciting devices (11:50) Super fast charging (26:41) Outro (41:21) Photo credits: GSMA.
How Gaana and Spotify are navigating India’s unique music streaming landscape
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access_time7 months ago
Spotify is celebrating its third anniversary in India, while Gaana is approaching its twelfth. What have they discovered about this diverse market? Gaana CEO Sandeep Lodha and Spotify India market operations head Akshat Harbola join host Akhil Arora to talk about India’s unique music streaming landscape. We discuss what has and hasn’t worked for both — Gaana is veering away from its TikTok strategy, and refocusing on music and podcasts — and what they have planned for the rest of 2022. We delve into the music subscription business’ big challenge: making Indians pay regularly. Gaana and Spotify bust the myth on India’s paid subscriber base. Lodha points out the factors that are limiting growth, while Akshat thinks it’s about figuring out use-cases. With the music catalogue being more or less the same for everyone, original podcasts are one big differentiator. But India’s podcast industry suffers from monetisation challenges, as we also touch upon in the podcast. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What excites them (00:27) Spotify’s 3 years in India (02:24) Gaana is refocusing (09:36) Figuring India out (12:59) Why won’t Indians pay? (19:50) Original podcasts (26:45) Podcast monetisation (32:09) Roadmap for 2022 (36:39) Outro (39:03) Illustrations: Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Gaana/Spotify/Screenshot by Arora/Gadgets 360.
Realme 9 Pro+ review: the new mid-range king?
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access_time8 months ago
Realme has only been around for four years — and it’s already on its “ninth” phone generation. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Realme 9 Pro and 9 Pro+. We discuss Realme’s decision to jump on the colour-changing trend for the back of the 9 Pro+, and the experimental heart rate sensor inside the fingerprint sensor that is under the display. Read: Realme 9 Pro+ review: excellent value for money The camera on the back has optical image stabilisation (OIS), a feature you can’t get on smartphones that are Rs. 15,000 more expensive. We also touch upon the 9 Pro+’s three variants and their pricing. Along the way, we delve into how Google’s Material You push is not only causing delays with Android 12 rollout, but also making custom OS skins like Realme UI 3.0 feel incongruous. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) ‘9’ phones in four years (00:20) Colour-changing 9 Pro+ (01:52) Heart in my finger (04:34) Android 12! (08:26) Super cameras (15:28) 60W charging (20:17) Pricing? (23:49) The affordable 9 Pro (27:22) Outro (33:26) Cover: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Pinto/Gadgets 360, Realme
Samsung Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series
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access_time8 months ago
They are here — Samsung has announced its flagship phones and tablets for 2022. And they are synchronising, with both the S22 and Tab S8 series now sporting a base model, a Plus, and an Ultra. Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series. We discuss why the Galaxy S22 Ultra is more like a Note and doesn’t belong in the S22 family, how it improves upon the S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro, and what might happen to its predecessor. We delve into the level of changes Samsung has reserved for the Galaxy S22 and S22+, how we feel about Samsung’s new promises on Android updates, and whether the Tab S8 Ultra can go up against the iPad Pro. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) The new phone trio (00:27) Ultra or the Note? (01:34) S22 and S22+ (15:44) Worthy upgrades? (21:18) iPad (Pro) competition (27:30) Outro (34:44) Photo credits: Samsung
Oppo Reno 7 and 7 Pro review
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access_time8 months ago
Oppo’s flagship smartphones for 2022 are here. But are they any good? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Reno 7 and 7 Pro 5G. We discuss the role reversal that’s going on in the design space — Oppo has given the Reno 6 design to 7 Pro, and vice versa — the new SoC that’s more marketing than features, and Oppo’s love for the AI buzzword. Read: Oppo Reno 7 first impressions: a lukewarm upgrade Along the way, we touch upon the (better) alternatives to the Reno 7 and 7 Pro, and wonder why Oppo has reached a stage in India where it doesn’t seem to have its heart in the race. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Oppo’s 2022 (00:20) Reno 7 Pro (03:11) What’s new (08:36) Competition (21:46) Reno 7 (25:20) Competition (29:56) Why are we here (33:09) Outro (37:42) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
5G in India: everything you need to know
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access_time8 months ago
When will 5G come to India? And what should I expect? COAI director general Lt. Gen. Dr. S.P. Kochhar and Deloitte India telecom sector leader Peeyush Vaish join Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and host Akhil Arora to offer their expert insight. Expect an initial rollout by August 2022, Kochhar says, though it won’t be at the same time for everyone. After all, India needs 8 lakh new towers for 5G, in addition to 1.5 lakh we have today. Moreover, the approach must be different for rural vs urban areas. Along the way, we delve into how 5G is a lot more than an upgrade to 4G. It allows for dozens of B2B applications (revenue for operators), and new government rules afford more freedom with B2C applications. 5G is set to change cars, gaming, weapon systems, telemedicine, and the Indian Railways. Fire up the episode to discover why. What you pay hence will depend on what you want out of 5G. Beyond the obvious B2B and B2C, there are a lot of acronyms in this episode. Here’s a quick guide to the most used ones: COAI = Cellular Operators Association of India DoT = Department of Telecommunications TRAI = Telecom Regulatory Authority of India mmWave = millimeter wave spectrum (30 GHz to 300 GHz, between microwave and infrared waves) eNB = eNodeB, type of radio base station ARPU = average revenue per user OTT = over-the-top (streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar) TSP = telecommunications service provider (such as Jio and Airtel) Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Rollout and hype (01:06) What to expect (09:58) Different models (16:46) Tariff = apps (21:08) 5G use-cases (27:42) And beyond (34:03) Conspiracies (39:32) Outro (45:10) Cover credit: Z z. Photo credits: Ben Vaughn, Frederik Lipfert, Jakub Pabis, Lipfert, Ryland Dean, Vishnu Vardhan, Robert Gale
Headphones 101: what to know before you buy
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access_time8 months ago
Looking to buy new headphones? You have come to the right place. Gadgets 360 audio guru Ali Pardiwala and Headphone Zone founder and CEO Raghav Somani join host Akhil Arora to offer up their expert advice. We discuss the minimum you need to spend to get good earphones and headphones, why the Rs. 10,000 price bracket is really interesting, and what you get when you pay for top-end cans. Read: The best active noise cancelling headphones and earphones in India We dispel layman misconceptions along the way, from the promise of hi-res audio to why headphones that reproduce sound well aren’t always the best. We also briefly dive into the world of drivers — don’t worry we won’t put you to sleep. Along the way, we tell you what you should avoid, and what you can get at different price points, as we namecheck several models that are the pick of the lot. Read: The best true wireless earphones in India Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What our experts want (00:22) The entry level (04:21) The next level (09:46) Something for everyone (18:01) Talk drivers to me (21:49) The best you can buy (25:54) Hi-res audio? (30:34) What to avoid (34:52) Outro (36:59) Cover credit: Luke Peterson. Photo credits: Yu Hai, Ali Pardiwala/Gadgets 360, Nothing, Hostaphoto, HifiMan, Pardiwala/Gadgets 360, Apple, Lee Campbell
OnePlus 9RT, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, and the trend of stop-gap budget flagships
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access_time9 months ago
The Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10 series are nearly here. Why then are we getting new entries in the old series? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to discuss the Galaxy S21 FE and OnePlus 9RT. Read: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G first impressions: riding the wave We put the new Samsung phone up against the S20 FE — Samsung is switching from Snapdragon to Exynos here — and talk about why that might be a better option. Later, we wonder how the launch of 9RT will impact the OnePlus 10 series, why the OnePlus 9 is effectively dead, and touch upon OxygenOS being taken over by ColorOS. Read: OnePlus 9RT 5G first impressions: a beautifully crafted powerhouse Along the way, we delve into why these new Samsung and OnePlus phones are launching now — and the alternatives you might wish to consider. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Shared thinking (00:27) S21 FE vs S20 FE (05:01) Where the fans? (11:18) A complete package (14:26) Destroying the 9 (19:07) Made for India (25:04) Less Oxygen (28:39) Outro (33:12) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
Best Games of 2021
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access_time9 months ago
It’s been a big year for gaming, be it the next-gen consoles, industry malpractice revelations, or the games themselves. Gadgets 360 chief sub-editor and gamer Shayak Majumder and industry insider and Orbital veteran Rishi Alwani join host Akhil Arora to talk about the year of 2021 in gaming. Read: Gadgets 360’s favourite games from 2021 We discuss our favourite games from the year that was, the struggles to get your hands on a PS5 and Xbox Series X in their first year of launch, and how that’s likely to change in 2022. We also touch upon the various reports of sexual harassment and abusive workplaces at major gaming studios. And we close out by discussing our hopes and dreams for 2022. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Our favourites (00:44) Cross-play still lag (07:34) Next-gen consoles (15:01) Demand is there, but… (20:21) Bombshell issues (26:28) Exciting for 2022 (33:52) Outro (48:21) Photo credits: Aneesh Arora, Square Enix, Rockstar, Akhil Arora, Bloomberg, Xbox. Cover composite: Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360
How Oppo Find N improves over Galaxy Z Fold 3
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access_time9 months ago
A new foldable is in the house, though sadly it won’t be in stores anytime soon. Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Oppo Find N. We discuss how the Find N compares to the foldable leader, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The hinge sits flush and offers multiple angles, the battery is bigger, and the display is shorter but wider (less annoying black bars in video). Read: Oppo Find N first impressions But it lacks an IP rating, ample software optimisation, and under-display camera (though that is good). Some of that is because the Find N is only launching in China. That said, it does have gestures and intuitive tricks like the Fold 3. Along the way, we delve into its many cameras, and speculate why Oppo is not bringing the Find N to India. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) vs Galaxy Z Fold 3 (00:24) Hinge and heavy (07:06) UI and UX (12:40) Premium and solid (17:02) The cameras (20:55) Why it’s not in India (24:22) Outro (30:32) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
The Best Phones of 2021
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access_time10 months ago
The end of 2021 is nearly here, and it’s time to take a look back. Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari, deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo, senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto and techARC founder Faisal Kawoosa join host Akhil Arora to talk about the best phones of 2021. We discuss if phones have become boring: 5G chips are leading to feature compromises, supply chain constraints mean brands have to play it safe, and the industry has become increasingly commoditised. Read: The best smartphones of 2021 That said, there is innovation happening in foldables, with Samsung leading the charge. And despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, buyers inched upwards the premium ladder in 2021, Kawoosa notes. Along the way, we touch upon the best phones that didn’t make it to India, and delve into what we want and expect from smartphones in 2022. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Are phones boring? (00:28) Trends, trends (03:37) Older is better (08:42) Best budget (10:31) Why so similar? (12:55) Premium shift (16:53) Moving upwards (19:09) The missing (21:47) Incremental iPhones(25:08) The best Android (28:42) 2022 expectations (30:26) Outro (34:10) Cover credit: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Aditya Shenoy, Cerejo/Gadgets 360, Google, Samsung
Why does Redmi Note 11T 5G exist?
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access_time10 months ago
It’s only been five months since the Redmi Note 10T, and its successor is already here. Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Redmi Note 11T 5G. We discuss why Redmi — along with its parent Xiaomi and the likes of Realme — refresh their phones so soon, how different models of different phones overlap one another, and hence why there isn’t much to set them apart. Read: Redmi Note 11T 5G review But the Note 11T is also hobbled due to other factors. With chip shortages and supply chain constraints driving the price of components up, Redmi has had to compromise on features here. For one, we’re going from a 120Hz AMOLED to 90Hz LED display. And while the Note 10T could record 4K video, the Note 11T can’t. And it only has dual cameras at the back, which can be enough but they aren’t here. Is this what happens when manufacturers go all out on a new-age 5G chipset? Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) 10T to 11T in months (00:18) T for technology?! (02:46) Overlaps, compromises (04:36) Refreshing too soon (08:22) Dual cameras (12:36) Older is better? (18:29) 5G cutbacks (20:25) It’s all marketing (26:17) MIUI 12.5 (27:21) Outro (28:15) Photo credits: Aditya Shenoy/Gadgets 360
Snapdragon’s new 2022 chips
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access_time10 months ago
Qualcomm Snapdragon is now simply Snapdragon, as the company looks to new frontiers and rebrands itself in more than one way. Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to talk about Snapdragon’s new 2022 chips. We discuss why Snapdragon is shifting to the 8 Gen 1 nomenclature (it ran out of numbers?), what its new 18-bit ISP camera tech means for most users, and whether it can deliver on some suspect AI-based features it’s touting. We touch upon Snapdragon’s renewed push for Windows on ARM with 8cx Gen 3. While Apple is now all in, it hasn’t worked out historically on Windows. The 5nm chip — available in the first half of 2022 — looks promising though, as always. We delve into Snapdragon’s new (handheld) gaming ambitions with the G3x. This seems like a response to Nintendo Switch (Nvidia) and Steam Deck (AMD) where Qualcomm clearly missed the boat. First, it needs to create a market for itself among developers. And we close out by addressing the elephant in the room — if you’re going to talk about chips today, you have to talk about the great chip shortage. When will it end? Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) 8 Gen 1?! (00:21) Camera tech (06:56) It’s in the chip (14:31) 8cx Gen 3 (18:19) 5 nanometer (22:38) G3x for gaming (23:46) Chip shortages (30:25) Outro (32:55) Photo credits: Qualcomm
Black Friday + Cyber Monday 2021: all you need to know
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access_time10 months ago
The American holiday season is in full swing — and it’s time for deals galore. Gadgets, clothes, subscriptions, you name it. Gadgets 360 community manager and deals expert Harpreet Singh joins host Akhil Arora to talk about all things Black Friday 2021. We discuss how you can shop Black Friday deals while sitting in India, the things you should know about shipping and customs, and the best product categories that are worth exploring. Read: The best Black Friday 2021 deals We touch upon the early Black Friday deals we have seen at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target — and the plethora of video gaming offers from Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, and Epic Games that are also available. Along the way, we look at why you shouldn’t hang around too long on a good deal this year, and what you can expect from Black Friday’s counterpart Cyber Monday. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) What is Black Friday? (00:22) How can India shop? (02:14) The varied routes (03:58) Customs, customs (06:10) Ship with travellers (08:12) Deals, deals, deals (09:54) Best for India (13:12) Cyber Monday! (15:52) Tips and advice (17:29) Outro (20:19) Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska from Pexels
PUBG: New State Review
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access_time11 months ago
There’s a new PUBG in town — there’s no creative naming this time, to get around the bans and the controversies — and it’s already crossed the 10-million download mark in less than a week. Gadgets 360 deputy video head Cyrus John and in-house PUBG expert Robin John join host Akhil Arora to discuss PUBG: New State. We talk about what the return of the PUBG moniker means to Indian players. Though frankly, it’s the return of international servers that is arguably more important. You can play PUBG with the world again. Read: PUBG: New State first impressions We delve into how it compares to PUBG Mobile, I mean Battlegrounds Mobile India — it looks better (close to PC), and plays a bit different (you’ve drones, EV cars, and the gameplay is more realistic). But will players migrate? Gamers have invested a lot of time and money in PUBG Mobile. And there’s less incentive for pros as well, given BGMI players can qualify for e-sports at the 2022 Asian Games. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Breath of fresh air (00:27) Global servers (again) (03:15) New State vs BGMI (05:37) Realistic, futuristic (08:50) Huge community (11:13) PUBG split (15:04) A better game (18:38) Drones?! (19:47) E-sports and beyond (23:59) Outro (28:55) Photo credits: Robin John/Gadgets 360
Red Notice Review
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access_time11 months ago
Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot in one Netflix movie. Made with a budget of $200 million (about Rs. 1,489 crores). What could go wrong? Turns out, everything. Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo joins host Akhil Arora to discuss Red Notice. We talk about what the superstar trio bring to the film — Red Notice is all about them and no one else, with audiences turning up to see what they do best. Naturally, they are not playing characters, but a version of themselves. Read: Red Notice review And though Reynolds supplies plenty of one-liners and Gadot charms her way through Red Notice, the action in what is meant to be an action comedy is entirely forgettable. Plus, you never feel like you’re there on location. What did Red Notice do with its $200 million, beyond the $20 million (about Rs. 149 crores) salaries paid to the three stars? Along the way, we touch upon Johnson’s career and how that affects this film, and delve into Netflix’s desperate hunt for an action franchise. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Not much of a plot (00:29) Playing themselves (03:12) Random stuff happening (06:30) Forgettable action (09:50) $200 million?! (13:06) Heavy creative control (15:40) Netflix is in it for IP (18:18) Johnson is the franchise (21:34) Content factory (25:14) Outro (28:53) Photo credits: Frank Masi/Netflix, Netflix
JioPhone Next Review
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access_time11 months ago
It’s finally here — the fruits of Jio and Google’s partnership have come home this Diwali with a new entry-level phone that Reliance hopes will be the 4G smartphone for everyone. Gadgets 360 video producer Aditya Nath Jha and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to discuss the JioPhone Next. We talk about the phone’s 5.45-inch 720p display and the 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 quad-core processor, neither of which is class-leading. The JiPhone next is also stuck with Android Go — rebranded here as Pragati OS — though thanks to Google, the camera’s AI processing is definitely class-leading. Watch: JioPhone unboxing, in Hindi But there are problems elsewhere too. The JioPhone Next must have Jio as its primary SIM, Jha tells us, while the secondary SIM is restricted to 2G network. So much for Reliance’s ‘2G-Mukt Bharat’ vision. And though Jio is bringing EMIs (that can also be paid in cash) to low-cost phones with the JioPhone Next, there are catches. With the most affordable EMI plan, the JioPhone Next will end up costing you over Rs. 13,000. Yes, that includes Jio data and voice plans but they are quite limited. Additionally, if you fail to pay EMIs on time, the phone can be locked by the financier. No word on whether that will affect basic features such as calls too. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) Basic build (00:23) Removable battery (01:33) Jio 4G, rest 2G (02:45) Performance? (04:11) EMI plan combos (09:03) Defaulting locking (13:30) Google camera AI (15:35) Custom features (18:22) Alternatives (23:30) Made for India (26:18) Outro (33:31) Photo credits: Aditya Nath Jha/Gadgets 360
How HMD Global Is Planning to Make Nokia Phones Successful in India — Orbital exclusive
Orbital
access_time11 months ago
Nokia brand licensee HMD Global has launched a list of smartphones and feature phones in India in the last one year. But how it is planning to take on the likes of Realme and Xiaomi? We discuss. Gadgets 360 Senior Reviewer Aditya Shenoy joins host Akhil Arora to talk about the past, present, and future of Nokia phones in India with HMD Global VP for India and MENA Sanmeet Singh Kochhar. Kochhar tells us about the different Nokia smartphone series that are aimed to target a variety of Indian consumers. He also talks about the newly launched Nokia XR20 and encourages our listeners to drop the phone to test its ruggedness live. We also discuss on the ongoing 'Make in India' moves by HMD Global and how it is doing research and development (R&D) natively in the country. Kochhar also reveals plans to start importing Nokia phones from India to global markets. Apart from phones, HMD Global also has accessories under the Nokia brand. Kochhar tells us that there are plans to launch the Nokia T20 tablet in India soon — alongside maintaining the phones and accessories. We wrap up by asking the executive on how HMD Global stands against the legacy Nokia brand that once became a household name in India and around the world. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) COVID-19’s impact and outcomes (01:36) Sudden shift in the smartphone market (11:06) Nokia phones against Realme and Redmi models (15:22) What’s in store for the premium market (24:31) The rugged phone (29:08) ‘Make in India’ moves by HMD Global (32:42) Company's first Android tablet (37:16) Nokia as a household name (39:54) Outro (43:05) Photo credits: HMD Global, MakeinIndia.com
MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max, AirPods 3rd Gen, and Apple Music Voice
Orbital
access_time12 months ago
Time to go Pro — Apple announced two new MacBook Pros with its new powerful chips M1 Pro and M1 Max this week, alongside Pro-like features for the new AirPods and a Siri-driven Apple Music plan. Okay, that last one may not be Pro. Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to discuss the MacBooks and the chips. We talk about what Apple is promising with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, and why they can’t be compared directly to laptop chips by other manufactureres like Intel and AMD. We dive into the pricing for the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, which might seem incredible but there’s more to it. Along the way, we touch upon the good (ports are back!) and the bad (Jamshed rants about the notch). Later, senior reviewer Ali Pardiwala hops on to talk about the third generation of AirPods with Roydon and Akhil. Ali explains how useful the Pro-like features are, be it spatial audio, head-tracking, or the supposed “superior” codec. We delve into the long-term battery issues with AirPods — and all other truly wireless earbuds. We wrap up by wondering who the new Apple Music Voice plan is for that works only with Siri, and discuss the upsides and downsides of the HomePod mini that is now available in funky new colours. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) M1 Pro and M1 Max (00:19) New MacBook Pros (09:59) That notch (18:15) AirPods 3 (25:50) Better alternatives (31:51) AirPods battery ded (33:45) HomePod mini, in colours! (44:10) Apple Music Voice (47:38) Outro (52:14) Photo credits: Apple, Samsung
Realme’s Madhav Sheth — Orbital exclusive
Orbital
access_time12 months ago
Realme isn’t just a leading smartphone brand anymore — it’s also number one in tablets, laptops, smart TVs, and ANC earphones (on Flipkart). How did this happen? We hear it from the horse’s mouth. Madhav Sheth, Realme VP and CEO for Realme India, Europe and Latin America joins Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and Orbital host Akhil Arora for a wide-reaching conversation. Sheth talks about why Realme is making so many products, some that are not even connected to its Internet of Things ecosystem, why Realme and other brands are so big on 5G chipsets, and their plans for the new Realme GT series that expanded this week with the GT Neo 2. Along the way, Sheth touches upon Realme’s Make in India push that he hopes will move beyond “Assemble in India”, and why Realme doesn’t have different local and global strategies. It’s about understanding the consumer — someone in Mumbai and Madrid might be more similar than next-door neighbours. Sheth also dicusses deceiving marketing tactics from companies, and advocates for more transparency within offline traders and promoters, who have developed a reputation for recommending brands that provide financial incentives. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00) New GT Neo series (00:20) Make in India (07:49) Local is global (12:23) Online revolution (14:26) Small (town) is big (19:36) A Realme every week (21:52) Realme laptop (27:33) Misleading buyers (30:02) Why the overlap (34:44) The 5G push (36:33) Outro (40:54) Photo credits: Realme
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