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
How to buy the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in Singapore (Updated!)

How to buy the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in Singapore (Updated!)

FEATURE / 14 Jan 2017 / By James Lu & Vijay Anand

Google's latest smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, won't officially be launching in Singapore (at least for now) but there are still plenty of ways you can acquire one. Here are some updated offers we've scoured.

HWZ Deal Alert: 27th December 2016

HWZ Deal Alert: 27th December 2016

FEATURE / 27 Dec 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

It isn’t just the season of gift-giving where you’ll see great deals afloat. Don’t just sit there, get clicking and work those end-year bonuses on something you deserve!

Huawei Mate 9 review

Huawei Mate 9 Review: A smartphone that gets better the more you use it?

REVIEW / 16 Dec 2016 / By James Lu

How's this for a unique feature? The Huawei Mate 9 is the first smartphone with a unique machine-learning algorithm that studies your habits and actually increases its performance over time. The 5.9-inch phablet also has a dual rear camera setup co-developed with Leica and a massive 4,000mAh battery. But how does all this pan out in actual use?

Travel Photography: Craftsmanship in South Korea

Travel Photography: Craftsmanship in South Korea

FEATURE / 06 Dec 2016 / By Alvin Soon

How do you take great travel photographs that you'll love - using a smartphone? I spent seven days traveling around South Korea to discover the answer, taking lots of bad photos but still ending up with photos that I love. Here's how I did it and what I learned along the way.

LG V20 review

LG V20 review: A premium phone for audiophiles and content creators

REVIEW / 03 Dec 2016 / By James Lu

The timing for LG could not be better. With mixed reaction to the iPhone 7, Samsung's Note7 recalled, and Google's Pixel smartphones not officially available in Singapore, the market is wide open for a new premium device for the masses to embrace. Is the LG V20 that phone? We find out.

Sony Xperia XZ review

Sony Xperia XZ review: Sony fans finally get their flagship phone

REVIEW / 03 Dec 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Sony fans waiting for a true flagship Xperia in Singapore – your wait is over as the Xperia XZ is finally here. Sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and Snapdragon 820 SoC, how does it measure up to other 2016 flagships? We find out.

Hands-on: LG V20, a new premium smartphone

Hands-on: LG V20, a new premium smartphone

FEATURE / 03 Nov 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.

In pictures: The search for the glossiest smartphone

In pictures: The search for the glossiest smartphone

FEATURE / 31 Oct 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Glass, ceramic, polished aluminum - which of these smartphones is the ultimate fingerprint and dirt magnet? Let's find out! #justforfun

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