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
LG V20 review

LG V20 review: A premium phone for audiophiles and content creators

REVIEW / 03 Dec 2016 / 7 hours 29 min ago / By James Lu

The timing for LG could not be better. With mixed reaction to the iPhone 7, Samsung's Note7 recalled, and Google's Pixel smartphones not officially available in Singapore, the market is wide open for a new premium device for the masses to embrace. Is the LG V20 that phone? We find out.

Sony Xperia XZ review

Sony Xperia XZ review: Sony fans finally get their flagship phone

REVIEW / 03 Dec 2016 / 7 hours 46 min ago / By Liu Hongzuo

Sony fans waiting for a true flagship Xperia in Singapore – your wait is over as the Xperia XZ is finally here. Sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and Snapdragon 820 SoC, how does it measure up to other 2016 flagships? We find out.

How to buy the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in Singapore (Updated!)

How to buy the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in Singapore (Updated!)

FEATURE / 13 Nov 2016 / 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.

Hands-on: LG V20, a new premium smartphone

Hands-on: LG V20, a new premium smartphone

FEATURE / 03 Nov 2016 / By James Lu

LG's newest flagship smartphone, the V20, will be coming to Singapore on 5th November for S$998. The V20 sports a bevy of high-end pro-sumer features, including a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with speakers tuned by B&O, an HD Audio Recorder, and front and rear wide-angle lens cameras. We take a closer look.

In pictures: The search for the glossiest smartphone

In pictures: The search for the glossiest smartphone

FEATURE / 31 Oct 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Glass, ceramic, polished aluminum - which of these smartphones is the ultimate fingerprint and dirt magnet? Let's find out! #justforfun

Hands-on with the Mi MIX, Xiaomi's all-screen, all-ceramic flagship phone

Hands-on with the Mi MIX, Xiaomi's all-screen, all-ceramic flagship phone

FEATURE / 30 Oct 2016 / By Ng Chong Seng

91.3% screen-to-body ratio, all-ceramic casing, no traditional proximity sensor and earpiece, Snapdragon 821 SoC - the Xiaomi Mi MIX is without doubt the most jaw-dropping phone you'll see all year. And it's actually shipping in China soon. We go hands-on.

Hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2

FEATURE / 30 Oct 2016 / By Ng Chong Seng

5.7-inch dual-curved OLED display, 3D curved back, 23MP rear camera, Quick Charge 3.0 - is the Mi Note 2 the Galaxy Note 7 replacement you've been waiting for? Here's our hands-on.

In pictures: Meet the Google Pixel XL, Google's version of the iPhone

In pictures: Meet the Google Pixel XL, Google's version of the iPhone

FEATURE / 30 Oct 2016 / By Koh Wanzi

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been widely lauded as the best Android phones on the market today. That said, the phones are still quite hard to find if you're living outside the US, but we've managed to get our hands on a Pixel XL. Here's a closer look at Google's latest beauty of a phone.

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