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
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.

Hands-on: HTC One M9

Hands-on: HTC One M9

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!

HTC Desire Eye review

HTC Desire Eye smartphone: An eye-opener for the selfie crowd

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?

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+  review

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+: Finally, a curved screen that's actually useful

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.