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 / 19 Jun 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Huawei officially launched the Ascend P6, the world's slimmest smartphone at an event in London last night. Here at CommunicAsia 2013, we had a chance to lay our hands on the Huawei Ascend P6. Hit the jump for our first impressions.
REVIEW / 18 Jun 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Besides its claim to be the world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone, does the Huawei Ascend P2 have any more tricks up its sleeves? We find out in this review if it lives up to its billing and more.
REVIEW / 11 Jun 2013 / By Sidney Wong
A dino-sized smartphone with the largest screen size ever, 6.3 inches to be exact, the Samsung Galaxy Mega with LTE is a niche product for those with large hands or those who refuse to lug around a dedicated tablet. We check out how it compares against the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate.
REVIEW / 03 Jun 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Huawei blurs the line further between smartphones and tablets with the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate. While smartphones with big displays are getting more popular among consumers today, is the Huawei Ascend Mate a little too big for its own good? Let's find out in this review.
FEATURE / 30 May 2013 / By Team HardwareZone
Music app Spotify, arrived in Singapore and Malaysia on April 2013, after Europe (2008) and US (mid-2011). There are however many other entertainment apps out there that have yet to reach us because of licensing or regulations. HardwareZone shows you a few we hope may someday make the cut for this part of the world.
REVIEW / 29 May 2013 / By Sidney Wong
BlackBerry returns to its roots with the Q10, the first BlackBerry 10 device to sport the classic QWERTY keyboard. Does the BlackBerry Q10 stand a chance in a market dominated by large touch screen smartphones? We take a quick look at it in detail.
REVIEW / 28 May 2013 / By Sidney Wong
ASUS joins the 5-inch smartphone party with the PadFone Infinity. Clad in a new aluminum design and equipped with the latest technologies, can the ASUS PadFone Infinity hold its own against the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z? We find out in this review.
FEATURE / 16 May 2013 / By Sidney Wong
BlackBerry announced the beta launch of the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Channels yesterday. Here's a quick look at how BBM Channels work.