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
REVIEW / 05 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Google partners with LG for the second time to manufacture the fifth-generation Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5. Equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and a 4.95-inch Full-HD IPS display, how does the Nexus 5 stack up against the other Android flagship devices? Read on to find out.
FEATURE / 04 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong
It's been 8 months since we last sprung a surprise network test on the three telcos. And now, armed with three Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones and a 4G SIM card from each telco, we went to six shopping malls in Orchard to review the 4G coverage, and see if anything's changed.
REVIEW / 26 Nov 2013 / By Sidney Wong
The Z30 is BlackBerry's biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone to date with the latest BlackBerry 10.2 OS, a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm MSM8960T Pro dual-core 1.7GHz processor and a 2,880mAh battery. Is the Z30 also BlackBerry's biggest hope of getting back in the game?
REVIEW / 13 Nov 2013 / By Sidney Wong
HTC wants to change people's perception of mid-range and entry-level devices with the Desire 601, which comes with a spoonful of premium features from its One flagship devices at a very affordable price. Is the HTC Desire 601 the ultimate value smartphone for everyone?
REVIEW / 11 Nov 2013 / By Hafeez Sim
An oddity in the smartphone world, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom combines an S4 Mini with the capabilities of a digital compact. But does this work out? Join us as we put the camera aspect of the phone to the test.
REVIEW / 29 Oct 2013 / By James Lu
ASUS impressed us with the 5-inch version of its eccentric phone-in-tablet PadFone Infinity device when it launched earlier this year. Less than six months later and the Taiwanese company is releasing a new and improved version. We find out if it's worth the upgrade.
FEATURE / 23 Oct 2013 / By Dr. Jimmy Tang
We take a closer look at Nokia's latest 6-inch smartphones, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.
REVIEW / 18 Oct 2013 / By Sidney Wong
The Apple iPhone 5C is meant to be a colorful replacement model of the iPhone 5. Sporting a new polycarbonate body, a slightly larger battery and support for more 4G LTE bands, is the iPhone 5C worth the price tag it is commanding? Let's find out in this review.