Making the Smart(phone) Choice


The Ultimate Guide to Smartphones

2011 was a year of great changes and shake-ups for the mobile landscape. Samsung finally overpowered Apple as the world’s top smartphone maker in the July-September period, toppling everyone's favorite fruit from its throne. With last year's introduction of the iOS 5-flavored Apple iPhone 4S and Android 4.0 Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the competition is all set to be hotter between the Big Two this year.

The Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone 7.5 devices made their debut late last year as well, adding more variety and competition to the mobile line-up. While Research in Motion (RIM) had nothing much to show for their newly-announced BlackBerry 10 OS, details revealed this year unveiled much promise about a revamped UI and radical design changes.

2011 might have been the year for dual-core smartphones, but 2012 is set to be the year for more powerful, less battery-sapping quad-core smartphones such as those based on the NVIDIA Tegra 3

We know the challenges involved in choosing a smartphone. Do the latest mobile operating systems have the chops to get things running? Are you looking at a larger display on your smartphone? Does a faster processor speed and more cores matter? How do all these factors tie together in the big picture? All that, shall be answered in HardwareZone's Smartphone Buying Guide Essentials. Check out the jump links to the right to dive into the details.

Reviews and Feature Articles
ASUS ZenFone 3 review

ASUS ZenFone 3 review: The sexy mid-range phone to get

REVIEW / 26 Aug 2016 / 2 hours 7 min ago / By Liu Hongzuo

The new ZenFone 3 is out and ASUS has priced the model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at S$498. Can this mid-range phone justify its asking price and just how much has the ZenFone evolved from the previous generation? Find out in our full review here.

An in-depth look at the Huawei P9 smartphone's imaging system

An in-depth look at the Huawei P9 smartphone's imaging system

FEATURE / 10 Jul 2016 / By Marcus Wong

Plenty has been made of Huawei P9's camera - especially since it's co-engineered with Leica. But how does it actually perform? We put one to the test to find out!

Sony Xperia X review

Sony Xperia X review: Remaking the Xperia

REVIEW / 05 Jul 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Will the design, camera, and battery life improvements of the Sony Xperia X be enough to compete with the current panel of flagship smartphones? We find out in this review.

Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950 XL review: A second chance for Windows Phone

Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950 XL review: A second chance for Windows Phone

FEATURE / 27 Jun 2016 / By James Lu

There hasn't been a flagship Windows phone in Singapore since 2014. But now Lumia is back, with the 950 and 950 XL, two flagship-spec devices with QHD Super AMOLED displays, Windows 10 Mobile OS and 20MP PureView rear cameras. Is it enough to make you finally care about Windows phone? We find out.

Leagoo Shark 1  review

Leagoo Shark 1 review: A 6-inch juggernaut wannabe

REVIEW / 22 Jun 2016 / By Cookie Monster

Leagoo, a relatively new smartphone brand from China, entered the local market with its 6-inch Shark 1 smartphone that boasts a whopping 6,300mAh battery. Priced at S$399, can the Shark 1 provide compelling performance and bang for the buck in this competitive space? Find out in our review!

ZTE Blade S7 review

ZTE Blade S7 review: Can ZTE move into the premium mid-range market?

REVIEW / 09 Jun 2016 / By James Lu

Add another competitor to the tightly-contested mid-range smartphone market: ZTE's Blade S7 features a metal and glass build, a 5-inch Full HD display, a fingerprint scanner and front and rear 13-megapixel cameras. But with so many worthy phones floating around the S$500 price point, is this the one you want?

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) review

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) review: A ZenFone 2 on a budget

REVIEW / 16 May 2016 / By Cookie Monster

High popularity of the wide-ranging ZenFone 2 series has prompted us to take a closer look at the budget oriented ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser that we've been using for some time now. Can this camera-focussed smartphone stand up against more recent competitors? Find out in this review!

Apple iPhone SE review

Apple iPhone SE review: Mini but mighty

REVIEW / 08 May 2016 / By James Lu

The iPhone SE is the best 4-inch phone ever made. It has all the power and performance (as well as the rear camera) of the iPhone 6s, in a compact, one-hand-friendly form factor. But is there a place for it in 2016?

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