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.
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
FEATURE / 23 Oct 2016 / By James Lu
If you're in the market for a new phone to replace your Samsung Galaxy Note7, we've got some great options for you.
FEATURE / 23 Oct 2016 / By Cookie Monster
Samsung Mobile Singapore shared the full details of the Galaxy Note7 exchange/refund program recently. Are consumers in Singapore getting a good refund deal against other countries? Let's check out the different programs!
FEATURE / 12 Oct 2016 / By James Lu
LG's newest flagship smartphone, the V20, will be coming to Singapore on 5th November for S$998. The V20 sports a bevy of high-end pro-sumer features, including a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with speakers tuned by B&O, an HD Audio Recorder, and front and rear wide-angle lens cameras. We take a closer look.
FEATURE / 12 Oct 2016 / By Cookie Monster & Vijay Anand
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 might go down in history as the smartphone with the shortest shelf life. We take a look at its two-month journey from the launch to its unfortunate demise.
FEATURE / 04 Oct 2016 / By Vijay Anand
Google is serious about self-branding their new Pixel smartphones, which is a move away from the Nexus strategy we are familiar with so far. Find out more about their new handsets, strategy and other updates from Google.
REVIEW / 04 Oct 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo
The outgoing ZenFone Max has set high expectations, but how does the ZenFone 3 Max fare as a battery juggernaut? Will it fare as good, or would it be even better? We take the fancier new Max phone for a spin and find out.
REVIEW / 03 Oct 2016 / By Cookie Monster
TP-Link, a well known name in the networking realm, entered the smartphone market with three smartphone models this year. Here are our first impressions of the model with the biggest screen, the 5.5-inch Neffos C5 Max.
FEATURE / 01 Oct 2016 / By James Lu
Nearly everything on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is an upgrade: build, display, speakers, storage, processor, battery life, cameras. But are any of these things the next big thing? Here's what we think.