Google Weblight – Move Fast, Break Things?

We just sent an email to the Google Weblight team and here is an edited version of the same. For the ones who aren’t clear on what GoogleWeblight is, look this up. Here is how Google describes it:

Google shows faster, lighter pages to people searching on slow mobile connections in selected countries. To do this, we transcode (convert) web pages on the fly into a version optimized for slow networks, so that these pages load faster while saving data. These optimized pages preserve a majority of the relevant content and provide a link for users to view the original page. 

Dear Google,

Thank you for trying to make the web faster (Again) with Google Weblight. I appreciate your efforts and also the fact that you are preserving ads on these pages. But It is not working and you need to work to fix it immediately. Read more →

Mobile Price Wars: Online Prices Vs. Offline Prices

Online vs Offline 4The mobile industry has seen a tremendous change in the past few years. On one hand, we have the established phone manufacturers demanding a premium price for their brand name, while on the other we have new entrants who have targeted the Indian consumers by selling their phones at competitive prices. This has resulted in a market shift as consumers are now more concerned about the specs and want to get the most value for their money.

Xiaomi, the Chinese manufacturer debuted in India with the flash sale model, where the devices were put on sale at a specific time and were usually sold out within a couple of seconds. The Xiaomi Mi3 was priced at Rs. 13,000 which had similar specs to the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 was at the time, priced around Rs. 28,000. Despite the infant age of the brand, the pricing alone was enough to generate curiosity among the masses and that lead to the Mi3 being one of the most stalked about smartphones of the year 2014. According to Xiaomi, at one of their events, the reason they can afford selling their phones at a lower cost is because they sell them initially at a no profit no loss margin, and make profits in the long run when the components used for the phone get cheaper over the period of time.

Another interesting case study of the offline-online juggle has been Motorola. In the good old days, Motorola was competing against the likes of Nokia and Samsung for offline supremacy. It was post the takeover by Google that the new Motorola, came to India as an online exclusive brand. Motorola’s Online-Only move, coupled with great pricing and good quality of products, proved really successful when one of their products, the Moto G was sold out within 40 minutes and it wasn’t even a flash sale (it is muted that the inventory during the first stage of the sale was around 10,000 units). Lenovo, who traditionally used to sell their phones offline has also now started maintaining a Online-Only portfolio thus jumping onto the bandwagon and trying to attract more users.

If a consumer wants to buy a phone that sells exclusively online, there is not a lot of debate that he needs to participate in. But what about phones that are available both, online and offline? Does it make sense to go to a brick and mortar store to make that purchase or order it online from the comfort of our homes,sitiing on the couch munching wafers?

This is precisely what we wanted to answer and therefore, tried to find out the answer to this question by seeing the online and offline prices for the top 150 phones sold on Pricebaba. The prices which were considered for online and offline platforms are the lowest offered by their respective sellers. Below are our findings, and they do make for a very interesting reading:

Out of the top 150 phones as per Pricebaba, 94 products were cheaper online whereas 56 mobiles were cheaper offline:

Online vs Offline

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How To Backup Your Phone? (Android/iPhone)



When you configure an Android phone for the first time, you are asked to login to your Google account. Every contact that you store after logon is directly updated with that Google account.

  • Make sure that you have enabled Syncing. You can check the same in Settings > Accounts > Google and check if the syncing is enabled for contacts.
  • If your contacts were stored on a SIM card previously, there will be an option in the contacts application to backup the current contacts to your Google account.
  • Easiest way to check if the contacts are backed up or not is to log on to
  • Whenever you login again with your Google account, the contacts will be resorted.

If you are running a slow connection or no connection at all on your Android device, the stock contacts application also lets you Import/Export contacts off and on from .vcf format. You can also import them to SIM card but it’s not recommended to do so because the SIM might not hold many contacts.

Photos & Videos

We all keep on generating content out of our phones with photos and videos. It is the most personal and second most crucial data because it cannot be recreated once lost. So backing that up is important. Google, like for Contacts, also provides method for backing up photos with their Photos app.   Read more →

The Perfect Entry Level Android Smartphone

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It is safe to say that “Entry Level” smartphones can be phones that cost under Rs. 10,000. Within this range there is a big cluster of phones and almost all brands target this bracket primarily to claim the throne in the Indian market. And the easiest way to go by is to release a new competitive smartphone every other day. Usually the USP feature is called out which could be either the camera, a multi-core processor or a gigantic battery. This is what an average user falls for and gets trapped because they would have overlooked major aspects that a perfect smartphone should have. While the smartphones have become an unavoidable companion helping everybody to stay on top of their game with emails, social media, apps and what not, choosing the right device is definitely important.

So what a consumer should really look for when buying a good budget phone? And what the heck is a “perfect entry level smartphone”? This guide covers various aspects of phones that you need to know before you buy. All the products will also be linked to where you can find the best prices for the suggested phones. Read more →

Introducing ‘Our Picks’ — Helping People Make Better Choices


Dear Pricebaba user,

It is our ongoing endeavour to help you make better shopping decisions. A small but useful step into doing that is to put a seal on products that we think you should buy. We’re calling it — ‘Our Pick’.


When you’re filtering through thousands of products available in the market, this seal will help you identify ones that we feel are worthy of purchase. They are handpicked by our mobile editors at Pricebaba; a team of experts who are passionate & knowledgeable about mobile phones. These are the same set of people whose phone reviews you’ve seen on our Youtube channel.

So the next time you’re confused about which phone to buy or recommend, keep an eye out for ‘Our Pick’. And buy one with ease of mind :)

PS: We want to give honest buying advices using this feature. It is completely an editorial decision, and no brand or 3rd party can buy a recommendation from us.  

PS 2: Want to glance over all ‘Our Picks’ in one go? Click here to see the entire list!

The Future Of Cash Is Hazy


2012 was a great movie. Interstellar was even better. Jurassic Park is a classic which was recently revisited with Jurassic World.

I do not care much for John Cusack’s acting, because there was not much of that. Nor do I care for the fact that Jurassic World made Irrfan the No. 1 Khan in the world, he already was the Khan around when it came to acting. And although I would be lying if I said I did not care much for Nolan’s directing, that is not where I am getting at.

So what is it that I am trying to say, one might ask? The answer is imagination. These movies were good simply for the reason that they opened a window for us. Through this window, we were exposed to the awesome and terrifying possibilities of an apocalyptic world. What if the oceans go wild? What if genetics succeeds in reviving the dinos? What if humanity’s last hope lies halfway across the universe?

But there are no movies for other equally promising premises. What if the world ran out of oxygen? What if there was no Metallica or Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin? What if there was no war? What if being straight led you to be judged?

There is one such question which would be quite interesting. What if cash, as a form of realising monetary agreements, became obsolete? Read more →

Mobile Insurance in India

Insurance is based on the philosophy of risk sharing. For example, collecting a nominal amount from a large number of people and compensating the ones who actually suffer a loss.

Many people do not believe in the philosophy of insurance since they consider it to be a waste of money. Modern-age smartphones have become complex computing devices and it has become equally expensive to repair them in case they’re broken. As per our analysis it costs almost 30% of the price of the phone to replace a broken screen. Then there’s always the chance of losing your phone or it getting stolen. Taking these points into consideration maybe it isn’t such a bad idea to spend a few thousand rupees to insure the many tens of thousands we spend on smartphones. Especially when some companies offer free pick up and drop services, which saves the insurer from the hassles of repairing the device. Read more →

Say Hi to Our New Logo!

Social new logo fb twitter announcement postPricebaba was started by a bunch of geeks, wanting to help their friends find prices of mobile phones. After three years, it has evolved into a market leading brand for online-offline price comparison in India. Before we branch out to new opportunities and aim for the next 10 million users, the team felt it was the right time to find ourselves a more modern, friendlier identity that reflects what we as a company stand for. So here it is, the all-new Pricebaba identity.

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PriceBaba Redone: More Than Just a Coat of Paint


PriceBaba started a little over 3 years ago as a website that listed local prices of mobile phones. Since then, it has come a long way. We kept adding thousands of local stores across India to our platform. We added listings from popular ecommerce sites after the rise of exclusively sold brands like Motorola. We kept building and refining the feature-set, but there was one thing that we admit took little longer to do — a visual overhaul.

But it is finally here! And it’s a lot more than just a fresh coat of paint. Read more →