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
Shootout: The best smartphones under S$350

Shootout: The best smartphones under S$350

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.

LG G4 review

LG G4 smartphone review: Inching closer to perfection

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!

Photograph the World: Craftsmanship in South Korea

Photograph the World: Craftsmanship in South Korea

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.

Xiaomi Mi 4i review

Xiaomi Mi 4i: A decent performer that won't break the bank

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.

Huawei P8 review

Huawei P8 smartphone: A thin and light flagship with novel features

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.

A day out with the Oppo N3 - A photo journal

A day out with the Oppo N3 - A photo journal

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.

YotaPhone 2 review

YotaPhone 2: When one screen is not good enough

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!

Oppo N3 review

Oppo N3 phablet: Motorhead

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.