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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 PadFone review

ASUS PadFone - Phone, Tablet and Netbook Combined

REVIEW / 14 May 2012 / By Sidney Wong

The ASUS PadFone is a highly versatile hybrid smartphone that can transform into a tablet and even a netbook when docked with the PadFone Station and Station Dock respectively. Is the all-in-one package a viable option in a market dominated by slim and lightweight devices? Read on to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S III - The New Star on the Block (Updated with Video!)

Samsung Galaxy S III - The New Star on the Block (Updated with Video!)

FEATURE / 04 May 2012 / By Wong Casandra

We managed to get our paws all over the Samsung Galaxy S III in an exclusive, albeit short, hands-on session. So let's cut to the chase; check out our preview on the highly anticipated gadget after the jump.

Samsung Galaxy S III - What We Know So Far

Samsung Galaxy S III - What We Know So Far

FEATURE / 30 Apr 2012 / By Wong Casandra

Come next week, the new Samsung Galaxy S III will be unveiled to great fanfare. On our end, we have been compiling news on the highly anticipated device. Here's a quick round-up on what we have found out so far, including rumors and all.

App Attack #021: Fitness Apps

App Attack #021: Fitness Apps

FEATURE / 27 Apr 2012 / By Sidney Wong

Forget about expensive GPS devices dedicated for runners. Smartphones these days come with built-in GPS, making them a viable personal cardio trainer. Here are some of the best fitness apps.

HTC One V review

HTC One V - Friendly on the Pocket

REVIEW / 26 Apr 2012 / By Wong Casandra

The affordable HTC One V comes with an ICS-flavored treatment, a Sense 4.0a UI, and a 5-megapixel camera with BSI sensor and F2.0 aperture. Interested to know how it fared in our testing? Find out more after the jump!

HTC One X review

HTC One X - Return of the Champ

REVIEW / 12 Apr 2012 / By Sidney Wong

The One X is HTC's latest flagship model with top of the line hardware and software, which include a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, Android 4.0, HTC Sense 4, and an 8-megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip. So, is this the best Android phone money can buy today?

App Attack #020: Android Profiling

App Attack #020: Android Profiling

FEATURE / 12 Apr 2012 / By Wong Casandra

Require your Bluetooth connectivity to be switched on during a certain part of the day - automatically and without any fuss? Worry no more; here are some profile management apps that can prove to be handy when you least expect it.

Motorola Atrix 2 review

Motorola Atrix 2 - Game On

REVIEW / 28 Mar 2012 / By Wong Casandra

Bundled with a pack of ten free EA games, the Motorola Atrix 2 caters to casual gamers with its multimedia-friendly hardware features like a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 4.3-inch qHD screen. We bring you the verdict on its performance in this review.