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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
Hands-on: HTC Butterfly 2

Hands-on: HTC Butterfly 2

FEATURE / 19 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

HTC officially announced the Butterfly 2, the international model of the J Butterfly HTL23 in Tokyo, Japan this afternoon. Join us as we check out what's new in the Butterfly 2 and how it compares with the company's premium HTC One (M8).

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom takes smartphone imaging performance up a notch

REVIEW / 15 Aug 2014 / By Hafeez Sim

Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom follows up on the premise of the Galaxy S4 Zoom to offer a camera-specialized smartphone that's better than the average smartphone shooter. The new K Zoom offers far better specs and in a much sleeker body while still maintaining the 10x optical zoom feature of its predecessor. Find out how the new pocket shooter fares in our use.

ZTE Blade VEC 4G review

Newcomer ZTE Blade VEC 4G challenges budget 4G smartphones

REVIEW / 13 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

ZTE enters the crowded and competitive smartphone market in Singapore with three models, of which the Blade VEC 4G is the flagship product. Besides its attractive price tag of S$299, can the Blade VEC 4G impress us over its competitors? We tell you in this review.

Shootout: ASUS ZenFone 5 vs. HTC Desire 616 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Shootout: ASUS ZenFone 5 vs. HTC Desire 616 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 1S

FEATURE / 11 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Dual-SIM smartphones are gaining in popularity because they usually come with decent specs and they aren't terribly expensive too. In this shootout, we round up three such devices - ASUS ZenFone 5, HTC Desire 616, and Xiaomi Redmi 1S - to see which one offers the best bang for the buck.

HTC One (E8) review

HTC One (E8) - A discounted M8?

REVIEW / 26 Jul 2014 / By Sidney Wong

HTC has proven that it is able to pump in more metal into its flagship smartphone, the One (M8), and made it one of the best designed smartphones in the market. What's the next challenge? Moulding the One (M8) in a plastic shell. Here's what we think of its plastic variant, the One (E8).

ASUS ZenFone 6 review

ASUS ZenFone 6 - Big phone, big performance

REVIEW / 24 Jul 2014 / By Sidney Wong

As the big brother of the ZenFone series, the ASUS ZenFone 6 packs the best specs such as an Intel Atom dual-core 2.0GHz processor, 16GB storage, 13MP camera and a large 3,300mAh battery. Is the ZenFone 6 worth getting over the ZenFone 5 and other competing phablets? We find out in this review.

Shootout: Compact 4G LTE Smartphones under S$600 (mid-2014)

Shootout: Compact 4G LTE Smartphones under S$600 (mid-2014)

FEATURE / 15 Jul 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Smartphones with 4G LTE connectivity are easily available today. They come in various screen sizes, hardware specs, software and more importantly, across a range of price points. We round up six phones from the likes of HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Sony whose screen sizes are below 5 inches and put them through their paces. Find out who's the leader!

Oppo Find 7 & 7A - Same Same, But Different

Oppo Find 7 & 7A - Same Same, But Different

FEATURE / 09 Jul 2014 / By Sidney Wong & PY Ho

The Oppo Find 7 and 7A are hard to tell apart from their looks as their differences are all under the hood. Do the differences in display resolution, processor, RAM, battery capacity and weight justify the need to spend an extra S$120 on the Find 7? We find out in this shootout!