Hathway recently launched a very promising sounding 50Mbps internet service based on DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems. Normally, I stay away from such stupendously high speed plans, because they're either too damn expensive, or their FUP limits are ridiculously low. But this 50Mbps stuck out - it was only about Rs. 5,000 (incl. taxes)... for three months! Sure, there was a 50GB FUP limit, but even after that, the speed was a very usable 1Mbps. I went in for it.
I've been using it for about a month now. Very little downtime - it was down for a couple of days in the initial week, but it's been holding up pretty well after that. I'm also exhausting my FUP quota around the 20th of the month, so I have to make do with 1Mbps for around ten days, which is okay. The good thing is that this 1Mbps speed actually gets you 1Mbps and not a barely 256k, which is what my MTNL 1Mbps/2Mbps connection used to give me. Hathway is probably sharing each connection with a smaller pool of users, so everyone gets better performance. They give you a login/password to go and check how much you've used up in this month's limit, but other than that, you don't have to login every day just to access the internet.
Is is really 50Mbps? Well, obviously not. I've never really pulled down stuff at 6.25MB/sec and SpeedTest.net only went as far up as 25-26Mbps, but this is still way better speed than anything else I've used at this price point: only around Rs. 1,700 per month!
I've used Hathway for years a long time ago, and everything from the uptime to the customer service was terrible. But all that seems to have changed now. The customer service (at least for us DOCSIS 3.0 plan customers) is pretty good and I haven't had many issues getting my point across to them.
They have several other plans that are lower in speed, FUP and price. If your usage isn't too high, you can go as low as Rs. 700 per month. I figured there's not much of a difference between 700 and 1700, so I went for the top plan - Xstream 50. Also, these high-speed Xstream plans are currently only available within South Mumbai.
To avoid using up the FUP quota prematurely, I've capped my torrent downloads at a low rate of 64kB/sec, which I sometimes increase up to 80 or 90KB/sec. That's low, yes, but these are only low priority downloads. If I need something instantly, I'll uncap it. The browser is always uncapped, so you get full speed browsing and regular web downloads and it feels great!
The 5-blades + lube strip + microcomb + comfort guard rubber is so big for a normal sized face, they had to add another single blade on the rear to reach parts that the main front blade can't. But it all makes for one hell of a smooth shave.
The Power feature makes the razor vibrate gently and it's supposed to make it smoother to shave, but I shaved a few times with it and a few times without and I didn't feel much of a difference. Since the razor is a bit heavy, you might prefer keeping the vibration off. Even if you run out of battery, the razor still works fine as a manual one.
At around 600 bucks, it is a pretty pricey razor, but that's a one-time cost. The razor cartridges/blades, on the other hand, will make you feel the pinch at close to Rs. 200-250 per piece depending on what pack you buy. Fortunately, you don't have to use only ProGlide or ProGlide Power cartridges with this. Regular Fusion cartridges will work just fine, too.
I was really looking forward to watching Last Vegas, obviously because of the legendary cast. But instead of a wild weekend party filled with sex, drugs, and techno, what I got was a mirror image of the life of an average man crunched into an hour and 45 minutes: the first half is great with all the hope and promise and everything going according to plan, but in the second half, everything slows down to a crawl and it's such a drag and you're just waiting for it all to end, but it just goes on and on and on and simply shows no sign of ending, just like this sentence.
Rating: 2/5. Just like the first 30 years and then the remaining 30 or 40 years of a man's life.
I just switched from a Nexus 4 to a Nexus 5 and after only a few days, I've already got a list of reasons why I feel the Nexus 4 is the better of the two.
The default screen guard/cover has 'Nexus 5' written across the middle. You can't use the phone with it on, so you'll have to invest in a new screen guard or simply use it without one. The Nexus 4's default screen plastic was clear (apart from faint volume up/down and power icons), so you could actually just use the phone with that on. I went on for months like that.
The matte/rubberized rear looks meh. The glossy, glassy, shimmery back on the Nexus 4 is way better looking. Fragile, but better looking.
The Nexus 5 power button is a little too sharp-edged and a bit wobbly. The Nexus 4's is smooth and doesn't wiggle about, so it feels better.
The battery life is quite bad. You'll barely get through a day's working hours if you actually do a good amount of meaningful stuff on your phone.
The new Google Experience launcher is actually terrible: unnecessarily huge icons, no widgets in the drawer (hey, that was convenient), no Play Store shortcut (hey, that was convenient too), a stupid narrow Roboto font which is almost unreadable and completely bad UX. On the Nexus 4, even after upgrading to Kit Kat, you still have the good ol' Jelly Bean Launcher.
They've even removed the Holo blue from everywhere, including the status bar, so you can't figure out if your data connection is working or not. You now have to pull down the notifications and check if the icon in there is white or orange.
However, it's not all in the dumpster. There are a few things the Nexus 5 does have going for it.
In spite of being a 5-inch display phone (well, 4.95), it doesn't feel as ridiculously big as the Galaxy Note or most other 5-inch phablet wannabes. If you're moving up from a Nexus 4 to the 5, you'll barely feel the extra size.
The 2.3GHz processor moves things about really fast.
At Rs. 28,999, it's still the best phone you can buy.
Should you buy the Nexus 5? If you have a Nexus 4, then the answer is no. It's not better in any significant way. If you're using some other phone that isn't half as good as a Nexus 4, then yes, please go buy the Nexus 5.
Rating: 4/5. It's a good phone, but it's not the best.