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 / 10 Jul 2016 / By Marcus Wong
Plenty has been made of Huawei P9's camera - especially since it's co-engineered with Leica. But how does it actually perform? We put one to the test to find out!
REVIEW / 05 Jul 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo
Will the design, camera, and battery life improvements of the Sony Xperia X be enough to compete with the current panel of flagship smartphones? We find out in this review.
FEATURE / 27 Jun 2016 / By James Lu
There hasn't been a flagship Windows phone in Singapore since 2014. But now Lumia is back, with the 950 and 950 XL, two flagship-spec devices with QHD Super AMOLED displays, Windows 10 Mobile OS and 20MP PureView rear cameras. Is it enough to make you finally care about Windows phone? We find out.
REVIEW / 22 Jun 2016 / By Cookie Monster
Leagoo, a relatively new smartphone brand from China, entered the local market with its 6-inch Shark 1 smartphone that boasts a whopping 6,300mAh battery. Priced at S$399, can the Shark 1 provide compelling performance and bang for the buck in this competitive space? Find out in our review!
REVIEW / 09 Jun 2016 / By James Lu
Add another competitor to the tightly-contested mid-range smartphone market: ZTE's Blade S7 features a metal and glass build, a 5-inch Full HD display, a fingerprint scanner and front and rear 13-megapixel cameras. But with so many worthy phones floating around the S$500 price point, is this the one you want?
REVIEW / 16 May 2016 / By Cookie Monster
High popularity of the wide-ranging ZenFone 2 series has prompted us to take a closer look at the budget oriented ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser that we've been using for some time now. Can this camera-focussed smartphone stand up against more recent competitors? Find out in this review!
REVIEW / 08 May 2016 / By James Lu
The iPhone SE is the best 4-inch phone ever made. It has all the power and performance (as well as the rear camera) of the iPhone 6s, in a compact, one-hand-friendly form factor. But is there a place for it in 2016?
FEATURE / 07 May 2016 / By Marcus Wong
Huawei Consumer Business Group held a major event yesterday to launch the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, their first smartphones co-engineered with Leica, and we were on hand to give you a first look of their premium smartphone.