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 / 14 Apr 2015 / By James Lu & Alvin Soon
Not only is the Oppo N3 phablet armed with a unique motorized camera module, its 16MP sensor and f/2.2 aperture Schneider Kreuznach lens is one of the better performing smartphone cameras out there. With that in mind, we took it out for a day of shooting and here's the outcome.
REVIEW / 30 Mar 2015 / By Cookie Monster
The YotaPhone 2 is no ordinary Android smartphone; it comes with not one, but two displays - one on the front, the other on the rear. The YotaPhone 2 also packs notable specs, but more importantly, is this the smartphone concept of the future? We find out!
REVIEW / 25 Mar 2015 / By James Lu
The Oppo N3 is Oppo's latest flagship phablet. Now reduced to a more manageable 5.5-inch screen size, the quirky swiveling camera that lets you take high resolution selfies is back, only this time its motorized! Read on for our full review.
FEATURE / 01 Mar 2015 / By Dr. Jimmy Tang
HTC unveiled their latest flagship HTC One M9 device today and we have all the technical details inside with our hands-on experience to share. Jump in and find out more!
REVIEW / 15 Jan 2015 / By Cookie Monster
The HTC Desire Eye is the first of its kind in the industry with two 13-megapixel cameras, one on the front and one on the back. Clearly aimed at the selfie crowd, can the Desire Eye stand out among the competition?
REVIEW / 21 Nov 2014 / By James Lu
In Samsung's vision of the future, everything with a screen is curved. Even devices without curved form factors have curved displays, like the new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which has a display that curves right off the edge of the phone like a tiny super AMOLED waterfall. But is the Note Edge the future of smartphones or just a gimmick? We find out.
REVIEW / 07 Oct 2014 / By Sidney Wong
Samsung finds itself in a precarious situation this year with two bigger iPhone 6 models breathing down its neck. Can Samsung, the company who started the phablet craze, defend its turf with the Galaxy Note 4 4G+? Let's find out in this detailed review!
FEATURE / 27 Sep 2014 / By James Lu
It's been a long wait, but Apple has finally jumped on the big display bandwagon with not one but two 8th generation iPhones. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are bigger than ever, but are they any good, and how do they hold up to everyday use? Jump in and find out in our review!