Why You Should Never Buy Videocon d2h HD [Review]

Why You Should Never Buy Videocon d2h HD [Review]

In this post, I am going to tell you why you should never buy Videocon d2h HD. Basically it is a review of Videocon d2h.

If you are thinking of buying Videocon d2h, drop the idea. Seriously save your money and time.

When I bought our first HD LED TV from Flipkart, I started researching the best HD DTH service in India. Actually not best but cheap and value for money. I found Videocon d2h HD to be the cheapest provider of HD channels and I bought it. This was my biggest mistake. Not only pricing, their service also turned out to be cheap.
Pricing was the only advantage of Videocon d2h but now-a-days even that is not an advantage because they have started charging Rs.150 extra for availing the HD channels.

Below I am listing some reasons as to why you should never go with Videocon d2h:

1) RF Remote: This is what Videocon says about their remote which they give along with HD set top box(STB): “This unique feature is available at Videocon d2h, where the RF remote can be used to change channels or adjust volume, without pointing it at the STB. The RF remote can be pointing in any direction and will work even if there is an obstruction in front of the STB.”

This sounds great that you will get to use a remote which you don’t have to point to the TV. But what is the benefit of that remote if it only works for 2 months. Yes, you read it right. This remote’s lifespan is just 2 months. After 2 months, buttons will stop working. But whether some button or all buttons stop working depends upon your luck.

After 2 months, you will have to spend Rs.350 to get the new remote. This cycle continues. So basically you would have to shell Rs.2100 for remote every year. Also be ready to pay Rs.200 for the technician visit.

Also the buttons on the remote are hard to press and not smooth on the fingers. Having checked other DTH remotes in homes of relatives and friends, I would say Videocon d2h has the worst remote I ever used.

Tip: If you are buying a new remote from Videocon d2h, don’t give the old remote back. You are not entitled to give it back. You have paid Rs.350 for the remote. Last time I did not give it back and their engineer asked me to give him the old remote for Rs.100. He said he would take that remote. He would show the remote in the name of another customer who would have some problem in set top box. He would then tell the company that he changed the remote.

Even the engineers hired by Videocon d2h are busy in looting the customer as well as company.

2) Laggy Software: The set top box takes forever to process the commands given through remote. It takes about 5-10 seconds to change the channel.

The user interface is laggy and looks cheap. The set top box sometimes turn off itself in the middle of TV viewing and restarts. Booting takes more than 1 minute.

3) Rude and Arrogant CS Executives: The customer care people hired at Videocon d2h are unprofessional and don’t know how to talk to customer.

When I called their support number to ask why their remotes always stop working, the CS person said: “Sir, it’s simple. Remote has stopped working. Buy a new one. That’s it.”

I have taken the freedom to rephrase how he said it. He was speaking in Hindi. His tone showed rudeness and arrogance and he was talking like he was doing a favour to me.

4) Offers for Looting Customers: They run an offer called ‘Khushiyon Ka Weekend Offer’ in which they give an add-on channel or pack of channels for 30 days by paying Re.1 It seems awesome, no?

But it’s a trap to loot customers. Let me tell you how. Most people don’t read Terms & Conditions where they have mentioned the following(example of English Entertainment add-on) :

“Once subscribed @ Rs 1/-, ‘English Entertainment Add-on’ shall be available for 30 days & cannot be de-activated before that.

After the 30 day’s subscription period, the ‘English Entertainment Add-on’ will be auto renewed at the normal price of Rs 62/- or such price prevailing at that stage.

If the subscriber wants to discontinue the service post the Subscription Period, the subscriber needs to call the customer care one day prior to offer completion date (i.e. in this case he needs to call on the 29th day) to get it deactivated, else it will continue on the regular price of Rs 62/- or such price prevailing at that stage from the next month onwards, until requested for disconnection.”

So basically the customer cannot deactivate the add-on when he wants and he would have to wait for that one day before the offer completion. And if by any chance, the customer forgets to call the customer care, his account will be debited. This is the worst offer. Why cannot you simply give an offer which would automatically end after the offer or on a date specified by the customer.

5) Removing Add-On: When I wanted to watch the La Liga, I applied an sports add-on to my account. After the series ended, I wanted to remove the add-on but I wasn’t able to because of their policy according to which you can’t remove the add-on before 3 months.

6) Unwanted Calls and SMS: Videocon d2h sends numerous promotional messages to my phone. They also call my mobile in which an automated voice promotes her offers down my throat.

Verdict: Videocon d2h is in the business of looting customers. If you care for your time and money, don’t go with Videocon d2h. Go with some other DTH providers.

I am going to buy HD DTH of some other provider. If you are using some other provider, please share your experience and recommend which one should I buy?

Also share your experience and review of Videocon d2h if you are a customer or ever been?

I am soon going to do a list of top best HD DTH providers in India. Stay tuned !

WD My Passport Ultra External HDD Review and Benchmarks

When it comes to hard drives, WD or Western Digital surely comes to the mind. So in this post, I am reviewing the WD My Passport Ultra 2.5 inch 1 TB External Hard Drive.

 

In the month of March 2014, I was looking for external hard drives. On 19 March, 2014, I bought WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB External Hard Drive for Rs 3779 from Flipkart as a deal was running on it. I did not check any reviews due to the deal. Later on,I came to know that it was the fastest hard drive on the market at that time. Now it is the second fastest external hard disk after Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Drive as you can check on Top 10 Best External Hard Disks in 2014 in India to Buy Online.

The hard disk was delivered on 21st March, 2014. Now after using it for 3.5 months, I think it is the right time to do a thorough review.

In The Box Contents

 


Out of the box, I got the portable drive, a 15 inch USB 3.0 cable(compatible with USB 2.0), soft pouch, quick install guide and a 3-year limited warranty. Out of 1 TB , only 931 GB can be used for storage.

Design and Build

 The drive is light,compact and sturdy. The exterior shell is made of plastic which is good for home use and other applications ouside the home. The top of the drive features WD My Passport Ultra branding. The top side of the drive varies with colour which can be titanium, red, blue or black, in my case black. On the left side, there is a USB 3.0 connector which handles both data and power functions. This connector can work with USB 2.0 also.


Speed Benchmarks

 I tested the drive with CrystalDiskMark and here are the results :


The read speed maxed to 88.35 MB/s while write speed maxed to 88.03 MB/s.
In the screenshot, we are only concerned with Sequential read/write(marked by red box) because it measures the speed of hard drive when it comes to the transfer of large files (e.g. installing programs, copying videos, programs, photo albums or music libraries from one hard drive to another). High sequential read speeds will also shorten the loading time for large programs such as modern computer games and video editing software.

I also tested read speeds with HD Tune Pro and here are the results :

Here the minimum read speed was 46.9 MB/s and the maximum read speed was 104.1 MB/s.The avaerage read speed was 78.1 MB/s.

I also tried testing write speed but due to partitions in the drive, HD Tune did not allow write opeartion.

You can read more about Hard Drive Benchmark – How to Run a Hard Drive Speed Test.

Software
The drive comes with 3 softwares – WD SmartWare Pro for auto backup of data, WD Security for password protecting the drive and WD Drive Utilities for diagnostics testing.Honestly I did not like the softwares a bit.They are all laggy especially WD SmartWare Pro.Actually I can write more but a reviewer has summarised the crappiness of these softwares in this review on Amazon.com.

Capacities,Colour and Pricing
 The WD Ultra is available in three different capacities: 500GB, 1TB or 2TB. There are also four colour options: black, blue, red and titanium.

If you are going to buy WD My Passport Ultra external HDD ,I would recommend to buy an 1 TB or a 2 TB hard drive since 500 GB hard drive costs almost equal to 1 TB hard drive.

Buy WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB Now from :

Amazon India :  Red | Titanium | Black | Blue

Flipkart : Black | Red | Blue | Titanium

Snapdeal : Black | Red | Blue | Titanium

Amazon US : Black | Red | Titanium | Blue

Buy WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB Now from :

Amazon India : Black

Flipkart : Black

Snapdeal : Black

Sequential read/write – measures the speed of your hard drive when it comes to the transfer of large files (e.g. installing programs, copying videos, programs, photo albums or music libraries from one hard drive to another). High sequential read speeds will also shorten the loading time for large programs such as modern computer games and video editing software. – See more at: http://www.buildcomputers.net/hard-drive-benchmark.html#sthash.YSfOCaPF.dpu

Top 10 Best Earphones Under Rs. 1000 in India 2017

My SoundMagic ES18 Black
My SoundMagic ES18 Black Earphones

If you are looking for the best earphones under 1000 Rupees, then you are at the right place. In this post, I am going to tell you about the top 10 best earphones under 1000 Rupees in India.

Recently I bought Moto G Plus 4th Gen for my daily use. One of the daily use for which I bought it was listening music. Don’t think I am an audiophile or something like that. I needed to listen music only during commuting to college. But I was dissatisfied with the quality of bundled headphones with Moto G in the box.

It was not any more better than this earphone although it is good as a budget earbud; the only difference was colour as mine were white in colour. The problem with these cheap earbuds(not to be confused with ‘in-ear monitors’ [IEMs]) is that they cause pain in ear, sound poorly detailed and, because of their small size and lack of seal within the ear canal, they are also often woefully lacking in bass response. Continue reading “Top 10 Best Earphones Under Rs. 1000 in India 2017”

Dedh Ishqiya Review From a Typical Hollywood Guy

Even though, in spite of the fact that I am not that much into Bollywood as much I am in Hollywood,I was not able to resist when my friends forced me to go with them to watch the first day,first show of Yaariyan but all the three cinema hall which were in vicinity showed “Dedh Ishqiya”. Since we made complete mind to watch a movie,we bought tickets of Dedh Ishqiya.

Dedh Ishqiya is a story of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense, passion & deceit directed by Abhishek Chaubey and produced by Vishal Bharadwaj.

The story is connected to the first part.Babban Hussain(Arshad Warsi) and Khalujaan(Naseeruddin Shah) are still doing theft like stealing jewellery from a store.Khalujaan is shot by the bullet while running with necklace.Babban is alone with his brother-in-law who wants his money and threatens to bury him alive if don’t return his money.But Babban cleverly get the pistol and run away.And the his brother-in-law says the epic dialogue to one of his thugs : “Joker mar gaya toh Batman kya karega !”.

Since I am a Batman fan,it touched me 🙂 No matter these days,coming Bollywood movies are very inspired by Christopher Nolan’s movies like Dhoom 3 is with Prestige and Joker is there too.

Anyways Babban sees Khalujaan on TV going to Mahmudabad to take part in Swaymwar of Shahi Begum(Madhuri Dixit) whose husband has died and now wants to check who is best out of all in Shayaris and other stuff like shooting.She is accompanied by his companion Munira(Huma Qureshi).

The movie then takes twists and turns.Some scenes seem very boring when you don’t understand the Urdu language in Shayaris. Anyways Arshad’s comedy timing adds life to the movie.His dialogues are funny throughout the movie.How can I forget Vijay Raaz,the main villain in the movie whose Shayari can made you laugh too.He is the one who want to become Nawab of Mahmudabad.Although he has all property and Bangla of Begum yet he wants her to accept him.

But in the end,both the heroines escape and both the heroes get caught by police which are then bailed out by Babban’s brother-in-law.

I am giving it a 3 star rating out of 5. Must watch at this weekend.

Why Should I Have Waited for The New Lenovo Yoga Tablet ? A #BETTERWAY

As I was planning to buy a tablet from few days, I recently bought one for myself. I was searching for a decent tablet which will give me comfort, ease-of-use and satisfy all my needs like watching HD videos and movies, web browsing, video chat, reading eBooks, playing games and listening songs. But I was disheartened when I looked at all the tablets because the tablet category is a “Sea of Sameness”. So at last I had to choose one of them because I had no choice.
But now I am thinking that I should have waited for some time for Lenovo Yoga tablet. Read my story below to know why I think so. Now my everyday life like with a tablet chosen from the “All Look Alike” is listed below :
1) Watching HD Videos and Movies – Yes, I watch HD songs but not movies though I want to. The reason is that my hands start paining if I keep tablet in my both hands for more than 15 minutes. This prevents me from watching a movie of 90 minutes.
2) Web Browsing – Due to tilting to get comfortable while browsing websites, it gets rather uncomfortable due to less than ideal viewing and typing angles.
3) Video Chat – While video chatting, I can’t do that for more than 10 minutes because it results in an uncomfortable hand-held viewing experience.
4) Reading eBooks – When I read novels, I usually like to complete one novel in one go on a weekend. I thought of doing same with ebooks on the tablet but I was wrong because it proved impossible due to poor ergonomics & uncomfortable to hold in one hand.
5) Playing games and Listening Songs – I had planned to play high end games and listen songs for long in it but I was disappointed due to its less battery power. Not only the tablet I bought, rather all tablets in market were same so you cannot say that you should have bought another.
Now I come to the reason why I think of I should have waited for some more time. Actually there were just 15 days passed when Lenovo launched their new Yoga tablet series and I was surprised at its multi mode capability. Yeah you heard it right – Multi Mode that means one can use it in any of 3 modes – Hold, Stand and Tilt.

Now let me tell you what its matters for and how I could come up with better ways to use the new Lenovo Yoga tablet; had I waited for Yoga tablet :
1) Hold Mode – The Yoga Tablet eliminates twisting force and creates comfortable one-handed holding with its unique battery cylinder best suited for reading ebooks, browsing network and shopping on your favourite e-retailer.
2) Stand Mode – With its unique kickstand, one can let go and enjoy the comfort of a hands-free viewing experience. It’s is ideal while watching movies, listening songs and video-chatting on Skype.
3) Tilt Mode – The Yoga Tablet’s battery cylinder provides the perfect angle for touch interaction which makes web browsing, gaming and typing on it a breeze.
The awesomeness of this Yoga tablet doesn’t end here. While my tablet’s battery dies out in less than 5 hours; the Yoga tablet give 18 hours of battery life for all day computing. Last but not the least, its innovative hinge design provides effortless open, easy viewing angle adjustment and dual tilt angle selection. Does one want more than these features in a tablet ?
There are two models of Yoga tablet : Lenovo Yoga 8 having 8 inch screen and Lenovo 10 having 10 inch screen.Check out Lenovo for the new Yoga tablets.
In my opinion,an ideal tablet should have an enormous battery and ease-of-use anywhere and Lenovo Yoga tablet is an ideal tablet in this category.
If I had bought the Yoga tablet instead of this,I would have been writing the review of Yoga tablet instead of writing “Why Should I Have Waited for The New Lenovo Yoga Tablet ?”

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