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 / 02 Jul 2015 / By Hafeez Sim
While Sony Mobile fans eagerly await the Xperia Z3+, the company has decided to combine Sony’s OmniBalance design language with some of the capabilities of the Z series to release the Xperia M4 Aqua. With the good looks of the Xperia Z series and some decent components, does the Xperia M4 Aqua provide value-for-money?
FEATURE / 26 Jun 2015 / By James Lu
If you don’t feel like paying close to S$1,000 just to have the latest and greatest flagship smartphone, there's excellent value to be found in mid-range mainstream smartphones, many of which now boast flagship features like Full HD displays and 64-bit octa-core processors. We take a look at six devices under S$350 to find out which offers the most bang for your buck.
REVIEW / 30 May 2015 / By Cookie Monster
If there are four things to know about the LG G4, they would be the design, display, camera and the flexibility in battery and storage capacity. Will these four features propel the G4 to the top of the Android smartphone kingdom? Let's find out in this review!
FEATURE / 27 May 2015 / 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 with an LG G4 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.
REVIEW / 12 May 2015 / By Hafeez Sim
Xiaomi's latest value flagship boasts impressive hardware specs like a 5-inch full HD display, 13-megapixel camera and Qualcomm's second-generation 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. At just S$279, the Mi 4i might sound too good to be true. Join us as we find out if it truly is a good deal.
REVIEW / 04 May 2015 / By James Lu
The Huawei P8 looks really impressive on paper: 6.4mm thin full aluminum design; octa-core 64-bit Kirin 930 processor; 5.2-inch Full HD display with ultra thin bezels and 78.3 percent body-to-screen ratio; and a 13-megapixel camera with OIS and the world's first RGBW sensor and DSLR-level independent image processor. But can it live up to its specs? We find out.
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!