I didn’t want to write this column. Not at all. In fact I had a whole different column in place. But, to ignore what became a tsunami of questions and queries would have been pretty distasteful. What am I talking about? Well, there is a bit of chest thumping and self-praise here, so bear with me as I plough ahead.
Of late, each column here has led to some serious debate and interactions on Twitter and Facebook. It always happens, but of late it’s been amplified in both quantity and quality. I’m thrilled at this new level of response, but also find it impossible to handle answering all of them on a such a limited platform.
Thus, when the numbers became impossible to manage and I started getting flamed in all directions for ignoring such passionate queries, I decided to handle it right here. Thus, the other column was abandoned, and this one was slapped in.
Would I trust going to sleep in a driverless car hurtling down the road at 80kmph? Would I let my children go alone to school in a driverless car? What do I think would have happened if John Sculley hadn’t fired Steve Jobs and the two had continued to work together in Apple? From all these phone companies that sell top-spec phones at rock-bottom prices, which one would I buy? And my favourite question: how can Xiaomi sell out their entire stock of phones in five seconds?
I’m going to tackle the last two questions today as the others each need a column of their own.
Xiaomi Mi 3 v/s Moto G v/s Obi Octopus S520 v/s Asus ZenFone 5
Considering the specs, euphoria and demand, it would easily be the Xiaomi Mi3. Do I second that? Well, if you are in the market looking to buy a new phone and Xiaomi strategically stops putting out controlled number of phones to create the sold-out-in-seconds hype, and Flipkart stops doing flash sales and moves to a normal booking system, then the Xiaomi Mi3 should be one of your top considerations.
But if you aren’t in a tearing hurry to buy a new phone, then patience will pay off. The next three months will see headline-making phone launches at prices that will make your heart smile. Trust me, I know. And I’d tell you, but my non-disclosure agreements force me to stop right here.
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3
From HT Brunch, August 1o
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