As the year winds down, we have taken a look back at some of the best gadgets of the year, but that still doesn’t tell us what caught our readers’ imagination the most. So we checked back with our analytics tool and found the top 10 stories of the year, based on the number of views, in descending order.

Tips to book an IRCTC Tatkal ticket faster
It may surprise many, but it doesn’t surprise us. The most number of people flocked to our site to see how to book Tatkal tickets faster. The Indian Railway’s late-booking system is often subject to abuse for its many bugs and slow response. The article which looked at ways you can speed up the many steps was a big hit.

The most popular story on our site this year

The most popular story on our site this year

Download apps from Google Play directly to your PC
Android’s dominance in India is now old news. Thanks to a slew of low-cost smartphones from Indian companies, India is firmly an Android country. So this article resonated with the millions who jumped onto the bandwagon.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110 Review
Micromax was the top Indian player in 2013 and it all started with the Canvas series. Our review of the Canvas 2 A110 garnered many hits and was by far the most popular review this year. This was the third most-read article this year.

Your Aadhaar card hasn’t reached you yet? Download e-Aadhaar
India rolled out the biggest phase of its Aadhar initiative this year and there was quite a bit of anxiousness from our readers when it came to getting the UID. The e-Aadhar facility cleared some of the worry that citizens might have had about their Aadhar cards not arriving on time.

This could very well be the bestselling phone in India this year

This could very well be the bestselling phone in India this year

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review
Samsung is still the top smartphone seller in India, a fact underlined by the success of the Galaxy Grand. The second-most popular review on our site this year was for the Galaxy Grand, a phone that’s still a hot-seller despite launching in January 2013.

Micromax Canvas HD Review
Micromax released the Canvas HD at around the same time as the Grand and both phones were at loggerheads in the market. The Grand won comfortably thanks to Micromax’s failure to deliver its phones on time after the initial batch, but the Indian company made its intentions very clear to all in the market. It’s gunning for the top player i.e. Samsung. With an early 2013 release, Micromax scored a big advantage over its Indian rivals.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 vs Micromax A116 Canvas HD: Round 2
The market tussle between Micromax and Samsung meant its two phones were born rivals. This face-off (Round II) was a great hit among our readers. Who won? Click to find out.

The gamechanger for Micromax

The gamechanger for Micromax

Top 5 smartphones priced below Rs 10,000
More Indians opted for smartphones than feature phones this year and the market for entry-level smartphones is still ripe for picking. This article was easily one of the most viewed lists on our site and we suspect that its 2014 counterpart will be just as successful.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2: A specifications review
Samsung’s Galaxy Grand was not a specs monster by any stretch of the imagination. But the interest in this phone was such that even its middling specifications were devoured with fervour. The ninth-most popular article this year.

Make your own USB OTG cable for an Android smartphone
This one is for the tinkerers: A DIY guide to building a USB on-the-go cable for Android devices that support this feature. While we don’t know how many actually followed through and made their own cables, at least a lot went through the article to find out how.

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