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 / 13 May 2017 / By James Lu
Can the HTC U Ultra's bold new design, secondary display and AI assistant return HTC to smartphone relevance? We find out.
REVIEW / 07 May 2017 / By James Lu
Everyone wants larger displays, but no-one wants the extra bulk that goes with them. Fortunately, LG has solved that problem with the 5.7-inch LG G6.
FEATURE / 30 Apr 2017 / By Liu Hongzuo
So, are these Oppo phones worth a shot? We put the R9s and R9s Plus through their paces and find out!
FEATURE / 26 Mar 2017 / By Cookie Monster
There are countless leaks and rumors on the Samsung Galaxy S8. In this article, we take a look at these reports and determine whether they are likely to be true or false. We've also updated it with more information that we've gathered recently.
FEATURE / 25 Mar 2017 / By Kenny Yeo
The new iPhone 7 PRODUCT(RED) Special Edition is the first time Apple ever released a red iPhone. Take a closer look at it here.
REVIEW / 08 Mar 2017 / By PY Ho
In Google I/O 2016, Google publicly debuted Project Tango. Later on, Lenovo announced the Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango device for end users. Finally available recently in Singapore, just how good are its Tango capabilities? Is it suitable to the masses? We find out.
FEATURE / 04 Mar 2017 / By Liu Hongzuo
We had a closer look at the 2017 Sony flagship, and had a chance to clarify some points about both new and existing features.
REVIEW / 25 Feb 2017 / By James Lu
The line between Samsung's flagship S series and its mid-range A series continues to blur with the latest A series phones packed with new features, including an IP68 build and an always-on Super AMOLED display. We put the largest, 5.7-inch A7 variant, to the test.