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 / 21 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.
FEATURE / 19 Feb 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.
FEATURE / 24 Jan 2017 / By Vijay Anand
Concluding the official investigation for the Galaxy Note7, Samsung has share that it is adopting stricter quality assurance protocols across its entire development process in an effort to renew its commitment to safety. Here are the measures taken to build safer batteries and devices.
FEATURE / 23 Jan 2017 / By Cookie Monster & Vijay Anand
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 might go down in history as the smartphone with the shortest shelf life. We take a look at its two-month journey from the launch to its unfortunate demise.
REVIEW / 20 Jan 2017 / By James Lu
After a long delay, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is finally here. Priced at S$998, ASUS' first flagship ZenFone offers the world's first antenna-less rear design, a 23MP Sony IMX318 rear camera and a 5.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display. Can the ZenFone brand compete at the flagship level? We find out.
FEATURE / 14 Jan 2017 / By James Lu & Vijay Anand
Google's latest smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, won't officially be launching in Singapore (at least for now) but there are still plenty of ways you can acquire one. Here are some updated offers we've scoured.
FEATURE / 27 Dec 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo
It isn’t just the season of gift-giving where you’ll see great deals afloat. Don’t just sit there, get clicking and work those end-year bonuses on something you deserve!
REVIEW / 16 Dec 2016 / By James Lu
How's this for a unique feature? The Huawei Mate 9 is the first smartphone with a unique machine-learning algorithm that studies your habits and actually increases its performance over time. The 5.9-inch phablet also has a dual rear camera setup co-developed with Leica and a massive 4,000mAh battery. But how does all this pan out in actual use?