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
REVIEW / 07 Oct 2014 / By Sidney Wong
Samsung finds itself in a precarious situation this year with two bigger iPhone 6 models breathing down its neck. Can Samsung, the company who started the phablet craze, defend its turf with the Galaxy Note 4 4G+? Let's find out in this detailed review!
FEATURE / 27 Sep 2014 / By James Lu
It's been a long wait, but Apple has finally jumped on the big display bandwagon with not one but two 8th generation iPhones. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are bigger than ever, but are they any good, and how do they hold up to everyday use? Jump in and find out in our review!
FEATURE / 04 Sep 2014 / By Sidney Wong
Samsung introduced a new design philosophy with the Galaxy Alpha as it is the first phone from the company to sport a metallic frame. Is the change in strategy a good one for Samsung? We share our findings in this hands-on article with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
FEATURE / 02 Sep 2014 / By Sidney Wong
85 HardwareZone members attended an exclusive hands-on session with the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE and were among the first in Singapore to test out the new smartphone and its updated features. Check out what took place at the event!
FEATURE / 19 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong
HTC officially announced the Butterfly 2, the international model of the J Butterfly HTL23 in Tokyo, Japan this afternoon. Join us as we check out what's new in the Butterfly 2 and how it compares with the company's premium HTC One (M8).
REVIEW / 15 Aug 2014 / By Hafeez Sim
Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom follows up on the premise of the Galaxy S4 Zoom to offer a camera-specialized smartphone that's better than the average smartphone shooter. The new K Zoom offers far better specs and in a much sleeker body while still maintaining the 10x optical zoom feature of its predecessor. Find out how the new pocket shooter fares in our use.
REVIEW / 13 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong
ZTE enters the crowded and competitive smartphone market in Singapore with three models, of which the Blade VEC 4G is the flagship product. Besides its attractive price tag of S$299, can the Blade VEC 4G impress us over its competitors? We tell you in this review.
FEATURE / 11 Aug 2014 / By Sidney Wong
Dual-SIM smartphones are gaining in popularity because they usually come with decent specs and they aren't terribly expensive too. In this shootout, we round up three such devices - ASUS ZenFone 5, HTC Desire 616, and Xiaomi Redmi 1S - to see which one offers the best bang for the buck.