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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
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!

Xiaomi Redmi Note review

Xiaomi Redmi Note - A Phablet for the Masses

REVIEW / 25 Jun 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Xiaomi is trying its hand at the lucrative phablet market with the Redmi Note. It not only packs a serious punch with an 8-core processor, it also undercuts the competition with a very attractive price tag. Can Xiaomi deliver great performance in an affordable package? We find out in this review.

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Smartphone

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Smartphone

FEATURE / 17 Jun 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Huawei debut its latest flagship smartphone, the Ascend P7 in Singapore at CommunicAsia 2014 earlier this afternoon. Join us as we check out what's new in the Ascend P7.

LG G3 review

LG G3 - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

REVIEW / 11 Jun 2014 / By Sidney Wong

Of all the Android flagship smartphones, the LG G3 is the last one to be announced. To make up for lost time, the G3 comes packed with the best that LG has to offer such as a Quad-HD display, a rear camera with laser autofocus and a redesigned interface. Where does it stand among the competition? Find out in this review!

Hands-on: LG G3 Smartphone

Hands-on: LG G3 Smartphone

FEATURE / 28 May 2014 / By Sidney Wong

The new LG G3 is hardly a surprise as leaks and teaser videos flooded the Internet in the weeks leading up to today's official announcement. Are the leaks spot on this time or did LG have some more tricks up its sleeves? Read on to find out if the LG G3 is this season's best Android smartphone.