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
ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML 4GB/128GB) review

ASUS ZenFone Zoom review: The first smartphone with a real zoom lens

REVIEW / 30 Apr 2016 / By Cookie Monster

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom is the first smartphone with a true 3x optical zoom lens on the back. That means you can actually zoom in on your subject without losing a ton of detail in the process. All this in a smartphone not much thicker than the popular ZenFone 2. Is this the camera phone you've been waiting for?

Apple iPhone SE review

Apple iPhone SE review: Mini but mighty

REVIEW / 28 Apr 2016 / By James Lu

The iPhone SE is the best 4-inch phone ever made. It has all the power and performance (as well as the rear camera) of the iPhone 6s, in a compact, one-hand-friendly form factor. But is there a place for it in 2016?

Hands-on: LG G5 - the flagship modular smartphone

Hands-on: LG G5 - the flagship modular smartphone

FEATURE / 22 Mar 2016 / By Team HardwareZone

LG has just unveiled the G5, a modular flagship smartphone, which you'll be able to customize with a slew of add-on attachments like a camera add-on grip, and a Hi-Fi DAC. Check out our first impressions here!

Huawei Mate 8 review

Huawei Mate 8 Review: A 6-inch phablet in a 5.5-inch form factor

REVIEW / 09 Mar 2016 / By James Lu

Huawei jumped onto a lot of people's radars last year with the Nexus 6P. Eager to maintain that momentum, Huawei is now back with a new flagship phablet of its own, the Huawei Mate 8, a 6-inch phablet with the dimensions of a much smaller device thanks to its ultra thin bezels.

First looks: KODAKIT mobile app lets you book photographers with ease

First looks: KODAKIT mobile app lets you book photographers with ease

FEATURE / 01 Mar 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Kodak brings us a mobile app that connects users to a database of professional photographers, making it easier for photographers to find work, and for clients to get the professional shooter they need for their events. Have a look at how the service works!

Photos: LG's latest flagship smartphone, the LG G5

Photos: LG's latest flagship smartphone, the LG G5

FEATURE / 23 Feb 2016 / By James Lu

The LG G5 is the company's first ever modular flagship smartphone. How does it look like up-close? We show you.

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

FEATURE / 22 Feb 2016 / By Liu Hongzuo

Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, are here! They're waterproof, they have bigger batteries, and yes, expandable storage is back! We had a chance to take a closer look at them before MWC starts. Here's what we think.

LG V10 review

LG V10 smartphone review: And now for something completely different

REVIEW / 13 Feb 2016 / By James Lu

The LG V10 is a pretty big departure from LG’s previous flagship, the G4. It isn’t curved, it isn’t plastic and it doesn’t have a leather back. What it does have is two selfie cameras, two front displays, and a textured, rubberized rear cover that feels like the grip of a power tool. Not to forget are its removable battery and expandable storage. Is this the best LG phone ever?