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
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 / 28 May 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!

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?

Meet the Huawei P9, the first smartphone co-engineered with Leica

Meet the Huawei P9, the first smartphone co-engineered with Leica

FEATURE / 07 May 2016 / By Marcus Wong

Huawei Consumer Business Group held a major event yesterday to launch the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, their first smartphones co-engineered with Leica, and we were on hand to give you a first look of their premium smartphone.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML 4GB/128GB) review

ASUS ZenFone Zoom review: The first smartphone with a real zoom lens

REVIEW / 30 Apr 2016 / By Cookie Monster

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom is the first smartphone with a true 3x optical zoom lens on the back. That means you can actually zoom in on your subject without losing a ton of detail in the process. All this in a smartphone not much thicker than the popular ZenFone 2. Is this the camera phone you've been waiting for?

Hands-on: LG G5 - the flagship modular smartphone

Hands-on: LG G5 - the flagship modular smartphone

FEATURE / 22 Mar 2016 / By Team HardwareZone

LG has just unveiled the G5, a modular flagship smartphone, which you'll be able to customize with a slew of add-on attachments like a camera add-on grip, and a Hi-Fi DAC. Check out our first impressions here!

Huawei Mate 8 review

Huawei Mate 8 Review: A 6-inch phablet in a 5.5-inch form factor

REVIEW / 09 Mar 2016 / By James Lu

Huawei jumped onto a lot of people's radars last year with the Nexus 6P. Eager to maintain that momentum, Huawei is now back with a new flagship phablet of its own, the Huawei Mate 8, a 6-inch phablet with the dimensions of a much smaller device thanks to its ultra thin bezels.

First looks: KODAKIT mobile app lets you book photographers with ease

First looks: KODAKIT mobile app lets you book photographers with ease

FEATURE / 01 Mar 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Kodak brings us a mobile app that connects users to a database of professional photographers, making it easier for photographers to find work, and for clients to get the professional shooter they need for their events. Have a look at how the service works!