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Gadgets 360

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A crisp weekly podcast where nerds from India discuss all things tech.
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access_time2 months ago
We talk about two smartphones on the bleeding edge of technology: Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X as reviewers Ankit Chawla and Shobhit Varma join host Pranay Parab.

Pricing and market positioning (1:30)


Vivo Nex price
Oppo Find X price
Are these phones ready to take on iPhone, Pixel, and Galaxy flagships?


The compromises for “all-screen” tech (5:00)


Vivo X21: Future of Smartphones or Overpriced Gimmick?
Call quality
Ergonomics
Headphone jack
Pop-up camera


Software (13:40)


Color OS and Funtouch OS
The problems with custom Android versions
Updates?
The lack of polish in UI


Should you pay flagship prices for prototypes? (18:45)


In-display fingerprint scanner
Camera quality
Not waterproof


The pop-up camera (20:45)


Dust and water resistance?
Will it survive a drop or two?


Should Vivo launch a cheaper variant? (25:08)


The Vivo Nex A
Will it come to India?
Vivo and Oppo’s product lineup in India
access_time2 months ago
Gadgets 360's deals expert Harpreet Singh joins host Pranay Parab to talk about the discounts you can expect during the Amazon Prime Day 2018 sale, which starts July 16.

What to expect from Amazon Prime Day (1:30)


The products we think will go on sale
Delivery timelines
Digital content that becomes available


Does Amazon Prime Day sale offer the best deals? (7:10)


How to find the best deals
The biggest deal on offer
Comparison with Diwali sale discounts


What to watch out for and what to be wary of (12:05)


Common precautions to take
Common scams you can easily detect


How Amazon is preparing for Prime Day 2018 (19:45)


The focus on deliveries
Customer support
access_time3 months ago
This episode centres around Asus Zenfone 5Z, Jio Phone 2, and Jio’s GigaFiber wired Internet service. Games editor Rishi Alwani and reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab to discuss.

Jio Phone 2 (1:00)


Jio Phone 2 vs Jio Phone
The price of the Jio Phone 2
Making BioShock in Mumbai: How Indiagames Developed the Feature Phone Version of the Landmark Game
Vaibhav talks about daily active users on Jio on his app
App Annie’s report on top iOS apps
App Annie’s report on top Android apps
KaiOS and the Google connection
Jio Phone Monsoon Hungama offer


Jio GigaFiber (19:41)


Jio GigaFiber announced
What we know about the service so far
How Jio plans to tackle ISP monopoly at the building level
The lack of details on pricing
Will GigaFiber disrupt broadband in India


Asus Zenfone 5Z (25:34)


How it stacks up against the OnePlus 6
Pricing and specifications
The “AI” features of the Zenfone 5Z


Privacy concerns
Battery charging features
AI in camera

Camera comparison with OnePlus 6
Display and the lack of always-on
Asus’ aggressive pricing


Is the Zenfone 5Z a flagship?

Performance
Storage variants
Contents of the box
The cons of the smartphone


Android update schedule
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 review
Availability

Flipkart exclusivity
access_time3 months ago
Games editor Rishi Alwani joins host Pranay Parab to talk about Reliance Jio's Rs. 199 postpaid plan and Vodafone's Rs. 299 plan that offer over 20GB of data and might herald a crash in postpaid mobile data prices.

Postpaid mobile data plans in India


Reliance Jio’s 199 plan (2:45)
Vodafone’s 299 plan (5:20)
Mobile data speeds in India (10:00)
What to look forward to (17:16)
access_time3 months ago
On this episode reviewer Aditya Shenoy joins host Pranay Parab to talk about the Xiaomi Redmi Y2, a selfie-focused smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (1:00)


What’s special about this phone?


Xiaomi’s product roadmap
Y2 variants and pricing
Redmi Y1 vs Y2
Where to buy this
Why flash sales?

Performance (4:32)


Benchmark scores
Day-to-day use
Gaming
Software


MIUI vs stock Android
Updates
Advantages of MIUI


Design and build quality (8:48)


Plastic feel
Headphone jack
IR blaster
Looks
Display quality

Selfie camera (10:38)


Xiaomi competing with Oppo
The selfie camera
Diffused selfie flash
Cameras and quality of photographs

The competition (14:37)


Oppo Realme 1
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Xiaomi’s own competing phones

Battery life (19:03)


Specs vs optimisation

access_time3 months ago
Reviewer Shobhit Varma joins host Pranay Parab to talk about three smartphones under Rs. 15,000 — Oppo Realme 1, Moto G6, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro — to help you decide which one to buy.

Introduction (1:00)


Why these phones are being compared
The Moto brand
Too many smartphones launched?


Moto G6 (7:00)


Design
Performance
Comparison with Realme 1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro


Camera (14:00)


Front camera performance
Rear camera performance
Winner


Value for money (15:20)


Best value overall


Availability (21:00)


Flash sales vs open sale
Online vs offline
Which one is easily available?


Battery life and conclusion (25:10)


Best battery life
Overall best performance
Our pick
access_time4 months ago
Games editor Rishi Alwani and editor in chief Kunal Dua join host Pranay Parab to talk about the WWDC 2018 keynote, iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5, and to some extent tvOS 12 as well.

iOS 12 (0:41)


ARKit 2


Augmented reality games
Shared experiences
Persistent elements

iOS 12 performance on older iPhones


iPhone 6 and iPhone SE
Affordable iPhone sales in India
Features old iPhones will not get

Siri Suggestions and Shortcuts
SMS OTP autofill
Animoji
iPad gestures
Group FaceTime
ScreenTime


macOS 10.14 Mojave (26:00)


Dark Mode
Mac App Store
Safari and privacy
iOS apps coming to macOS


Easier for developers to bring iOS apps to Mac
When can we see more of these apps
Voice Memos, Stocks, and Apple News



watchOS (37:45)


Workouts app


Hiking and yoga
Automatic workout detection
New features for runners
Fitness focus

Walkie Talkie
Interactive notifications
Background audio
access_time4 months ago
Vivo X21 comes with a fingerprint sensor under the display, which makes it unique in the smartphone market. Reviewer Aditya Shenoy joins host Pranay Parab to talk about the smartphone and how it fares against the likes of the OnePlus 6 and the iPhone X.

Vivo X21


Pricing (2:00)


OnePlus 6 Face Unlock Seen to Be Fooled by Photo in New Video, OnePlus Responds

Is Vivo shipping beta hardware? (9:00)


In-display fingerprint sensor

Notch and other design elements (18:45)
Should you buy the Vivo X21? (24:13)
access_time5 months ago
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a great alternative to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, but which of the two is better? Reviews editor Jamshed Avari joins host Pranay Parab to discuss.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1


Specs and pricing (1:30)
Competition with Xiaomi (3:30)


MIUI vs stock Android
ZenUI vs stock Android

Asus’ smartphone pricing strategy (10:05)
The cons of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (12:20)
Asus’ make in India aspirations (16:58)
The Flipkart tie-up (17:56)
access_time5 months ago
Android phones are rushing to adopt the iPhone X ‘notch’ at the top of the screen, but do they need to do this? Is it justified to copy a hardware feature that’s a stop-gap or a compromise in order to accommodate certain other features? Android enthusiasts Aditya Shenoy and Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab to discuss.

Why copy the notch (1:25)


User demand?
Production issues
iPhone X notch experience
Android notch experience
Razer notch


Android P notch support (5:23)


How the notch hinders Android Oreo
People using devices for longer
iPhone battery replacements


The notch as a ‘stop gap’ (9:45)


The future of the all-screen design
Wireless charging
Ports or lack thereof
What about the front camera


Will Pixel 3 feature a notch? (16:14)


Headphone jack
Android P notch support
What the notch could add to the Pixel lineup
How the notch changed iOS
access_time5 months ago
Gadgets 360 experts answer all your queries related to buying smartphones. Reviewer Aditya Shenoy and video head Gagan Gupta join host Pranay Parab.


Best phone under Rs. 10,000 (1:00)
Oppo F7 vs Vivo V9 (2:35)
Redmi 5 3GB vs Redmi Note 5 (5:00)


Xiaomi’s glut of budget smartphones
Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5 comparison video

Redmi Note 5 Pro alternative (7:30)
How are flagship phones better than Redmi Note 5 Pro, OnePlus 5T? (9:20)
iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9 (13:16)


Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2

Rapid-fire round (16:42)


Google Pixel 2XL vs Samsung Galaxy S9+
Honor 9 Lite vs Honor 7x
Mi A1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro
Best phone with 18:9 display ratio
Camera: Google Pixel 2XL vs Huawei P20 Pro
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus Zenfone 5
Budget phone with 6-inch full-view display
Best phone under Rs. 20,000
Smartphone with 5000mAh battery at Rs. 7,000

access_time6 months ago
We discuss the three new phones HMD Global just launched under the Nokia brand name. The phones are Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 8 Sirocco. Reviews editor Jamshed Avari and games editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab.

Nokia 6 (2018) (0:30)


Availability
Specs and pricing
Last year’s Nokia 6
Highlight features of the 2018 variant
The competition


Nokia 7 Plus (10:15)


The mid-range smartphone market
Competition from Oppo and Vivo
Nokia 7 Plus pricing
Specifications
Build quality


Nokia 8 Sirocco (17:47)


Pricing
Comparison with Nokia 8
Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 pricing
access_time6 months ago
We talk about the Oppo F7 and Vivo V9, two mid-range Android phones that are generating a lot of interest, and look at what these phones tell us about the upcoming OnePlus 6. Reviewers Aditya Shenoy and Roydon Cerejo join host Pranay Parab to discuss.

Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 (0:30)


The timing of the launches
The notch
Pricing
Specifications
The sub-Rs. 30,000 segment for smartphones
Design and build quality
Software
Face Unlock vs Face ID


OnePlus 6 (14:10)


The Verge’s interview with Carl Pei
Why Android phones have both notch and chin
What Oppo and Vivo phones tell us about OnePlus products
OP6 rumoured pricing
Features we want from OP6
Competition
access_time6 months ago
On this episode we talk about the Xiaomi Redmi 5, which could be the newest budget king in India. Reviews Editor Jamshed Avari and Games Editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab.

Xiaomi Redmi 5


Looks and pricing (1:17))
Specs and availability (3:30)
Competition (7:40)
Performance (Gaming review) (15:32)
Battery life and camera (23:38)
MIUI (27:00)
access_time6 months ago
We used the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ for a week to find out whether it pushes the boundaries in terms of performance or if it’s a conservative upgrade with not much better than the S8. Deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo joins host Pranay Parab to talk about the smartphone.

First impressions (0:40)


Design and build
Iris scanner
Software tweaks
Headphone jack
Bixby


Camera (10:14)


Hardware changes
Performance for photos
Video performance
Super slow-mo videos


Battery life (17:36)


Regular use vs heavy use
S9 vs S9+


Pricing in India (19:20)


Comparison with iPhone X
Pixel 2’s discounts
Samsung’s pricing strategy


Best and worst features (22:22)
access_time7 months ago
Xiaomi has now launched three TVs in India a rather short span of time and our TV expert Gagan Gupta joins host Pranay Parab to talk about this development. Can the company revolutionise the TV market in India? We discuss that and much more.

Xiaomi’s new TV launches


Is the pricing competitive? (1:28)
The Mi TV 4 with 4K HDR (4:20)
Free content with the TVs (5:58)
The problem with HDR support (7:26)
Availability (8:50)
Do you need a smart TV? (10:30)
Xiaomi’s pricing strategy (13:17)
Does viewing distance matter? (16:21)
Are these TVs future-proof? (19:42)
access_time7 months ago
We look back at Mobile World Congress 2018 and talk about the biggest launches and hottest products we spotted at the event. Reviewers Roydon Cerejo and Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab to discuss.

All the big announcements at MWC 2018


Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ (0:39)
Nokia phones (6:59)
Sony Xperia XZ2 (17:35)
Vivo APEX (20:57)
Energizer 16000mAh phone (24:44)
5G (26:32)
Android Go and Android One (27:36)
access_time7 months ago
On this episode, we discuss the leaks and rumours around MWC 2018 and look at what you can expect from one of the biggest tech events of the year. Reviewers Roydon Cerejo and Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab to talk about launches from Samsung, Nokia, Sony, LG, Asus, and Lenovo.

Samsung (1:24)


Galaxy S9 and S9+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
DeX 2
Smartwatches
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4


Asus (10:02)


iPhone X lookalike
Asus’ confusing lineup of phones
Android Go phone


Nokia (14:42)


1, 4, 8, 9
3310 4G


LG (18:33)


K series phones
V30 upgrade
What’s up with G series?


Others (21:20)


Sony XZ series
Huawei Matebook


Smartwatches

Moto G series phones
access_time7 months ago
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro have been launched in India, alongside the Mi TV 4. Members of our reviews team Aditya Shenoy and Roydon Cerejo join host Pranay Parab to talk about these new products.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (0:32)


Hardware
Camera performance
Pricing
Different Xiaomi phones in this price range
How it stacks up against the competition


Infinix Hot S3



Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (5:38)


The new Qualcomm chip
Performance overview
Its competition
Choice of ports


Xiaomi’s comparisons during the launch event (11:07)

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 (18:56)


Pricing
Why 4K HDR is a big deal
PatchWall software
access_time8 months ago
Samsung Galaxy S9 is all set to be launched at MWC 2018 in February. Android enthusiasts Roydon Cerejo and Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab to talk about our expectations from the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 leaked


Rumour roundup
Design (1:00)
Specifications (6:05)
Camera (10:42)
Pricing (14:55)
Competition (22:40)
access_time8 months ago
The Nokia 3310 4G has just been announced in China and with a global launch announcement expected at Mobile World Congress 2018 in the last week of February, feature phone enthusiast and Gadgets 360’s Hindi editor Sandeep Kumar Sinha joins host Pranay Parab to talk about this phone and why it’s a big deal in India.

Nokia 3310 4G (1:33)


Specifications and why this phone matters


How HMD Global has been viewing India
Smart 4G phones in India

Comparison with Jio Phone (8:21)


The biggest weakness of 3310 and Jio Phone
Nokia’s sales numbers
Tech aapki zubaan mein
Jio’s data offer
Wi-Fi hotspot on Nokia 3310 4G

The pricing and expected launch date (16:48)


Competition from Xiaomi Redmi 5A and 10.or D
Is Nokia relying only on nostalgia?

access_time8 months ago
We discuss Reliance Jio’s leaked Republic Day offer, which offers up to 50 percent more data per day for prepaid customers. Gadgets 360’s telecom expert Ravi Sharma joins host Pranay Parab to talk about how long these discounts are going to keep flowing and whether it makes sense to be on postpaid anymore.


Reliance Jio’s rumoured Republic Day Offer (0:30)


What the offer features
Prepaid packs targeted
Reliance Jio’s price changes in 2017
What to expect for postpaid

Competition from Vodafone and Airtel (6:00)


Airtel’s competing packs
How much the price of voice and data has decreased since 2016
Other players in the market
Can we expect prices to fall further?

The caveats of Jio’s constant discounts (10:30)


Will you have to cancel your plan?
The downside of being on prepaid
What about postpaid customers?

When will telecom companies raise prices? (13:20)


Average revenues per user
How long we expect discounts to last
How telcos could try and raise their revenue per user
Network quality and congestion

access_time8 months ago
On this episode, we talk about the Honor 9 Lite — an aggressively priced budget smartphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Android experts Aditya Shenoy and Roydon Cerejo join host Pranay Parab to talk about the phone and whether it can take on the competition in this segment.


Build quality (0:47)
The different variants and their pricing (1:40)
All-screen design (4:43)
Quality of the display (6:44)
Other devices in the Honor brand (8:03)
Huawei’s aggressive pricing (10:21)
Emotion UI and Android (12:55)
Performance (16:59)
access_time8 months ago
What Indian Companies Are Doing at CES 2018

Gadgets 360 attended the 2018 edition of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA. On this episode, deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and host Pranay Parab recap all the major announcements from the expo. Disclosure: Intel and Dell respectively sponsored Roydon and Pranay’s tickets and hotel for the event.


Intel’s announcements (1:25)
Dell’s launches (8:10)
Alexa versus Google (11:49)
All the big Indian announcements at CES 2018 (16:38)
Nvidia GeForce Now (26:00)
access_time9 months ago
On this episode of Orbital, reviews editor Jamshed Avari and games editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab to look at potential smartphone trends of 2018.

Bezel-free design (0:25)


Are phones really bezel-free?
Will we see a truly bezel free phone in 2018?
The compromises phones make for this design choice


Biometrics (2:23)


Security versus convenience
Face ID
In-screen fingerprint scanner


AI (5:50)


Uses of AI in phones
What we will see in the future


Battery life (10:40)


Smartphones didn’t get thinner
Battery technology
Will battery life improve in 2018?


Android Oreo adoption (14:45)


Google needs to fix OS adoption
How it can begin this
Why this is a big issue for Android users


Flagship chipsets (17:24)


What to expect from Qualcomm and competitors


Digital payments (18:38)


UPI v2
Why cash is king in India
Will this change in 2018?
access_time9 months ago
Has Apple Made a Big Mistake by Not Informing People About iPhone Slowdowns?

On this episode of Orbital, reviews editor Jamshed Avari and games editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab to talk about iPhone slowdows. A new report emerged recently claiming that Apple is indeed slowing down older iPhones with worn out batteries. This turned into a big controversy for one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers.

Apple is slowing down older iPhones with worn out batteries (0:50)


How this was discovered
The heart of the problem
The iPhone 6s shutting down randomly
Which iPhones are affected by slowdowns (3:40)
How Apple handled the situation
How we feel Apple should’ve responded (6:01)
Effect of this on resale value of iPhone (16:24)
Jamshed’s opinion piece on what he wants from laptops
Should you spend more than Rs. 50,000 on phones? (22:30)
access_time9 months ago
The Most Memorable Phones of 2017

Orbital’s year-ender episode is here, where we look back at the best smartphones and feature phones released in 2017. Phone enthusiasts Roydon Cerejo, Aditya Shenoy, and Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab.

The top trends in 2017 (0:55)


Bezel-free phones
Smart 4G feature phones
Honourable mentions


The most memorable phones of 2017 (9:25)


Xiaomi Redmi 5A (9:44)
ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S (12:24)
Motorola Moto G5S Plus (13:06)
Xiaomi Mi A1 (13:56)
Nokia 8 (16:23)
LG V30+ (19:00)
Google Pixel 2 (20:20)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Samsung Galaxy S8+ (28:43)
iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (32:25)
access_time9 months ago
Xiaomi Mi A1 got a pretty significant price cut recently, but does that make it the best smartphone under Rs. 15,000? Android enthusiasts Aditya Shenoy and Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab to discuss.

Stock Android vs MIUI (1:23)


Why stock Android is great
What you lose if you don’t have MIUI
Are fast updates guaranteed?
Why does Mi A1 not have Android Oreo?


What you get when you buy Mi A1 (7:10)


Strengths of the phone
Camera
Performance


The permanent price cut (11:27)


Why the price cut happened so soon
Competing phones


The Android One program (14:30)


How it has failed in the past
Will there be more Android One phones in the future?
Should that impact your purchase decision?


The competition (18:22)


Xiaomi’s muddled product strategy
Phones that compete with this one


The case for a bezel-free design
Should you buy budget phones with this kind of a display?
Micromax Canvas Infinity review

access_time10 months ago
Google announced Android Oreo Go, Google Maps' two-wheeler mode, and a bunch of other India-focused features. Android enthusiast Aditya Shenoy and games editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab to discuss.

Introduction (0:00)


Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Devices


Google Maps’ two-wheeler mode (1:13)


Our Google Maps wish list
How useful is this two-wheeler mode
Potential pitfalls
The staff member who got lost thanks to Google Maps
Wrong way shortcuts?
Where is Android Wear?


Android Oreo Go (7:42)


Google Go, Files Go, Android Oreo Go launched
The Jio effect
Who this is for
What we like about these announcements
Android Go: The Details Google Didn’t Reveal During the Keynote
Do 'Lite' Android Apps for Entry Level Phones Involve Much Compromise?
Google’s Project Treble


OnePlus 5T and Its Predecessors Won't Support Project Treble

Our Reliance Jio podcast


Google Assistant coming to Jio Phone (21:31)


Google Assistant Gets Further Optimisations for Indian Users


Google Tez (24:51)


Google Tez Now Has 12 Million Users in India, Gets Bill Payments Feature
access_time10 months ago
We talk about Xiaomi’s most affordable smartphone in India — the Redmi 5A — on this week’s episode as reviews editor Jamshed Avari and games editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A


Look and feel (1:30)
Introductory pricing offer (3:20)
Online and offline availability (7:10)
Why Xiaomi launched this phone (8:45)
Our first impressions (11:00)
Xiaomi's India lineup (12:35)
Who should buy Redmi 5A (17:49)
access_time10 months ago
On this episode of Orbital, Bitcoin enthusiasts Kawaljit Singh Bedi and Aqiul Colombowala join host Pranay Parab to talk about the world’s most popular cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has delivered 500 percent returns in 2017 and we answer all your questions about it.

How currencies work (2:10)

Inflation and exchange (5:00)

How Bitcoin works — slightly technical video that does a great job at explaining basic concepts (7:30)


What Is Blockchain? Blockchain Technology Uses Beyond Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
Newsweek’s attempt to find Satoshi Nakamoto
RBI Looking Into Cryptocurrencies, 'Not Comfortable' With Bitcoin (17:10)


Should You 'Invest' in Bitcoin? (18:25)


How to Buy and Sell Bitcoin in India (19:30)
Mt. Gox and the risk of losing Bitcoin (25:25)
If you had invested $1000 in Bitcoin 7 years ago… (28:20)
Trezor hardware wallet
‘I forgot my PIN’: An epic tale of losing $30,000 in Bitcoin (29:35)
access_time10 months ago
Flipkart has launched a new smartphone and that means Android enthusiasts Rishi Alwani and Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab to talk about it, and whether it stands a chance in a crowded budget smartphone market.Flipkart Billion Capture+ launched


Why Flipkart launched a phone
The future of Flipkart exclusives
Which phones does it compete against?
Who this is for
Flipkart’s hardware ambitions
Launch offers and discounts
What you should worry about
Will Flipkart go offline?
access_time11 months ago
access_time12 months ago
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