Author Archives: Bharat Bhushan

Bharat is an associate writer responsible for weekend columns on SlashGear. Previously he writes for Bennett Coleman and Co (Times Group) publications. He earns a master of economics from the University of Delhi. Email

The best portable Bluetooth speakers in 2021

The best portable Bluetooth speakers in 2021

Talk of Bluetooth speakers and there are literally tons of them on the market by renowned brands, upcoming startups and ones developed by passionate audiophiles. While sound quality is something that every Bluetooth speaker needs to score at, there are other factors like waterproofing or battery life, that lead to the final buying decision.

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OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy S21 Plus: Expectations and more

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy S21 Plus: Expectations and more

One of the well-positioned flagships currently, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, is a perfect middle device in the Galaxy S21 series launched at the beginning of this year. As Samsung fans rejoice with the bigger screen and bloated features of the new handset; the level playing field could soon be crowded with the OnePlus 9 series comprising the higher-end OnePlus 9 Pro, which would present a viable option for Android takers out of the Samsung ecosystem.

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Best Chromebooks for the “old school” days

Best Chromebooks for the “old school” days

The pandemic has thrown life out of pace and stability. Almost every sector has been wedged by its effects. While travel and tourism is arguably the most impacted, classrooms have been running empty for almost a year now. Education has transferred to online formats and students’ dependence has grown on devices offering affordable computing solution.

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Spotify’s roadmap to dominate the music streaming industry

Spotify’s roadmap to dominate the music streaming industry

Listening to music has gone past the days when one had to download it on their devices. Music streaming services have changed that for good. These not only bring your favorite music right to your fingertips with the convenience of cross-platform accessibility but also do much more. The ability to discover new music, engage with the audiophile community, and share tracks seamlessly with fellow listeners are some benefits.

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Upcoming Nintendo Switch is worth the wait: All we know so far

Upcoming Nintendo Switch is worth the wait: All we know so far

We saw the Nintendo Switch hit shelves almost four years ago followed by the somewhat affordable Switch Lite couple of years back, and now news is almost confirming the future of the next Nintendo Switch variant. Yes, the handheld console is rumored to debut this year – most probably in the latter half – just in time for the holiday season. That’s set the cat among the pigeons in the Sony and Microsoft quarters.

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Best 5G phones to buy in first half of 2021 – Beyond iPhone 12

Best 5G phones to buy in first half of 2021 – Beyond iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 series comprising iPhone 12 Pro Max – finest 5G phone yet – is an outright choice for Apple fanboys. The 5G coverage is excellent and paired to the 5nm A14 Bionic chipset, these make a perfect combo of power and performance. The possibility of owning an iPhone 12 is bleak if you don’t fancy the Apple ecosystem and have an inclined preference for Android. What are the best handsets that you can gun for considering there are so many 5G phones cropping up with each passing day?

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Google Pixel 5a to make mid-range inroads – what you should know

Google Pixel 5a to make mid-range inroads – what you should know

The successor to Google Pixel 4a is going to be released this year and understandably it will be christened the Pixel 5a. While Google had a rough ride with the Pixel 3 series; the Pixel 4a, and Pixel 5 were launched with the right targeting approach, which paid off. It is expected that Pixel 5a is going to live up to the expectations, and here’s a rundown of what’s known so far about the device that’s set to create waves in the highly competitive mid-range segment.

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Huawei Mate X2 vs Galaxy Z Fold2: Head-to-head comparison

Huawei Mate X2 vs Galaxy Z Fold2: Head-to-head comparison

You’d have come to realize by now that foldable smartphones come for a premium. They are a luxury not meant for everyone. That said, the market of foldable phones is fiercely poised with Huawei introducing its third-generation handset in the Mate X2 that delivers a different, sleeker form factor than its predecessor. This new device unfolds an expensive rivalry by knocking at the door of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 which, after a head start of five odd months, finally has a competitor.

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Facebook, Google vs Australia’s demand for payment for news: The effect

Facebook, Google vs Australia’s demand for payment for news: The effect

The internet space down under was expected to split up in an uncanny manner. When the day of reckoning arrived, the two tech giants – Google and Facebook – took a drastically different approach to tackle the situation presented by the News Media Bargaining code in Australia. While Google chose to befriend the terms, Facebook walked off the bargaining deal to block all content from news sources in Australia – resulting in pages of news agencies like news.com.au and theage.com.au, among others, being completely wiped off their content on the social network.

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Android 12 Developer Preview: changes, additions in next OS version

Android 12 Developer Preview: changes, additions in next OS version

The next version of the Android operating system, codenamed internally as ‘Snow Cone’ has taken its maiden steps into the realm of inception with Google recently announcing the Developer Preview of the Android 12 OS, which is still around six months from the final release. After the excitement of Android 11 on flagship devices and newly released phones, the next thing for geeks to look forward to is the Android 12 operating system on their devices. The OS will go through eight release cycles in its evolution over this year - with a public beta expected in a few months before finally coming to the users in a stable release version in the latter half of 2021.

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Huawei Mate X2 foldable smartphone, as we know it so far

Huawei Mate X2 foldable smartphone, as we know it so far

It’s been a while since the launch of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 - arguably the best foldable smartphone yet – therefore there is a void in the foldable phone market which Huawei is planning to fill up soon. There is a confirmation that Huawei is going to announce its new flagship foldable smartphone on February 22. The information was made public through a teaser poster on the company’s official Weibo page.

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Best wireless ANC headphones for audiophiles in 2021

Best wireless ANC headphones for audiophiles in 2021

For audiophiles the music listening experience is on top of their agenda from any audio accessory they own. With active noise cancelling headphones adding another dimension to clean audio experience, while in commute or in a noisy environment, even audiophiles have a tough time choosing headphones that are just right for them.

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