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
Travel Photography: Craftsmanship in South Korea

Travel Photography: Craftsmanship in South Korea

FEATURE / 24 Jan 2016 / 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.

Never ever worry about storage with the Nextbit Robin cloud smartphone

Never ever worry about storage with the Nextbit Robin cloud smartphone

FEATURE / 06 Jan 2016 / By Vijay Anand

The Nextbit Robin is possibly a revolutionary smartphone that re-imagines physical and software design like no other device. If you ever wanted a modern, carefree phone for the connected age, the Nextbit Robin encompasses this better than any others in the market. Find out why in our feature.

Lenovo Vibe Shot review

Lenovo Vibe Shot: The smartphone that wants to be a compact camera

REVIEW / 29 Dec 2015 / By Cookie Monster

Part phone and part compact camera, the Lenovo Vibe Shot is a midrange Android smartphone with an interesting design. Touting a premium build and camera-centric features, can the Vibe Shot find its place among the competitive smartphone landscape? Find out more in our review!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: Is it still cheap and good?

REVIEW / 23 Nov 2015 / By Liu Hongzuo

Xiaomi declares that the Redmi Note 2 is a smartphone that gives us a "flagship-like" experience. We see how much of that experience rings true in our review.

The 8 coolest and most important new gadgets from IFA 2015

The 8 coolest and most important new gadgets from IFA 2015

FEATURE / 14 Sep 2015 / By Kenny Yeo

IFA is Europe's biggest and most important tech show, and here are the 8 coolest and most important new devices that were unveiled this year.

OnePlus 2 review

OnePlus 2 review: A flagship smartphone for half the price, but will it kill all others?

REVIEW / 31 Aug 2015 / By Liu Hongzuo

OnePlus is calling its new smartphone the '2016 Flagship Killer', but is it a worthy successor to last year's OnePlus One? Can it really kill the likes of the Samsung S7 and LG G5, and more importantly, can you actually buy one this time round? We find out in this full review.

10 uptown smartphone cases you can find in Singapore

10 uptown smartphone cases you can find in Singapore

FEATURE / 25 Aug 2015 / By Liu Hongzuo

A smartphone casing helps to protect and accessorize. Why simply stop at having a casing, when you can have the trendiest ones? Here are 10 à la mode smartphone cases for the ladies.

Hands on with the Solar Paper, portable solar charger for personal devices

Hands on with the Solar Paper, portable solar charger for personal devices

FEATURE / 14 Aug 2015 / By Liu Hongzuo

Yolk, the team behind the Kickstarter success Solar Paper, came to Singapore to give us a hands-on with their portable solar charger, with news on the finalized version of the product.