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 / 11 Mar 2014 / 5 hours 9 min ago / By Sidney Wong
Xiaomi's MIUI is one of the most popular Android ROMs in the world with over 35 million users. With Xiaomi's recent expansion beyond the Chinese market, it's prime time that we take a closer look at some of its distinguishing features built right into its user interface.
REVIEW / 06 Mar 2014 / By Sidney Wong
The Mi 3 is Xiaomi's current flagship smartphone with an affordable price tag. Equipped with all the linings of a top device like a 5-inch Full-HD IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and a 13MP rear camera, can the Xiaomi Mi 3 stand up against other Android flagship smartphones? We spill the beans.
FEATURE / 27 Feb 2014 / By Sidney Wong
ASUS unveiled the PadFone Mini and ZenFone series one month ago at Consumer Electronics Show 2014. We dropped by ASUS booth today at Mobile World Congress 2014 to take a look. Here's our initial impressions of the devices.
FEATURE / 26 Feb 2014 / By Dr. Jimmy Tang
Is it a tablet or a smartphone? We honestly don't know and neither does Huawei. The new Huawei MediaPad X1 is sleek enough to be carried around like a smartphone, yet its 7-inch screen makes it more like a tablet. You decide.
FEATURE / 25 Feb 2014 / By Dr. Jimmy Tang
Huawei unveiled their latest social-friendly Ascend G6 4G smartphone at MWC 2014. The phone features a 5-megapixel front facing camera that lets you take better selfies through its unique wide-angle lens.
FEATURE / 25 Feb 2014 / By Sidney Wong
Nokia today unveiled a new family of smartphones, the X which run on Android apps alongside Microsoft's services and signature Nokia experiences. While Android running on Nokia devices is like a dream comes true for some consumers, things aren't exactly what they seem. We list out five things you need to know about the Nokia X smartphones.
FEATURE / 24 Feb 2014 / By Sidney Wong
LG announced two new smartphones, the G Pro 2 and the G2 Mini days before Mobile World Congress 2014 kicked off. We had a brief hands-on with the two new devices at LG's booth. Read on to find out about our initial impressions.
REVIEW / 19 Feb 2014 / By Sidney Wong
The Xiaomi Redmi has proven itself to be very popular among consumers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan since its launch last July. Does the Redmi really offer plenty of bang for the buck? Find out in our review of the most affordable smartphone to-date!