Mobile Phones Guide
The Gold and Red Smartphones to Get for the Lunar New Year
Gold and Red to Bring in Prosperity and Good Luck
Gold and red are considered auspicious colors in the Chinese culture as they symbolize good luck and prosperity. While other people dress themselves up in red and decorate their homes with gold items, set yourself apart from the rest by getting a gold or red smartphone. We've put together five smartphones for your consideration that should bode well for this festive season.
Apple iPhone 5S
The Apple iPhone 5S may not be the first gold phone in the market, but it has definitely inspired other brands to come up with similar color variants of their flagship smartphones.
What's new in the iPhone 5S are the Touch ID biometric fingerprint sensor, 64-bit A7 processor, and an improved 8-megapixel rear camera with a 15% larger sensor, a larger f/2.2 aperture and True Tone flash.
SRP: S$988 (16GB), S$1,148 (32GB), S$1,288 (64GB)
One of the best designed Android smartphones of 2013, the HTC One recently had a golden makeover just in time for the Lunar New Year. Also worth considering for this season, the glamour red variant has been available since August 2013.
Housed in the aluminum unibody are a 4.7-inch Full-HD display, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor and a pair of front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers. As reviewed by us, we feel it has excellent multimedia credentials and can be furthered by getting an optional HTC BoomBass speaker (first tested and reviewed with the HTC One Max).
SRP: S$768 (32GB)
Commonly referred as the rear-button smartphone, the LG G2 takes an unconventional approach in placing the power and volume control buttons at the back of the device. While it might seem awkward initially, the approach works quite well as it grew on us.
The G2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz processor, 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. If you're looking for a unique and modern user experience, the LG G2 will deliver just that.
SRP: S$898 (32GB)
Nokia Lumia 1520
The Nokia Lumia 1520 has the honor of being the first Windows Phone phablet in the market. In addition, it is also the first Windows Phone to sport a Full-HD display.
In terms of specs, the Lumia 1520 is comparable or better than the other Android flagship smartphones. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor and is equipped with a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera.
If you find the Windows Phone operating system appealing and want the best-in-class specs, the Lumia 1520 will not disappoint you.
SRP: S$999 (32GB)
Motorola Moto G
As the second Moto-branded device, the Motorola Moto G provides plenty of bang for the buck. Although it comes with a relatively affordable price tag, the Moto G is in no way inferior to its more expensive competitors.
The Moto G has a 4.5-inch 720p display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor. It ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and is guaranteed an update to Android 4.4 KitKat.
If the lack of 4G connectivity, average imaging quality and limited storage space (5.5GB available out of the box) don't seem to trouble you, the Moto G has no equal in its price category as a mid-range phone with an entry-level price point.
SRP: $318 (8GB)