Which is the right smartphone for you?

Which is the right smartphone for you?
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YOU'RE ON A BUDGET

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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is almost like a budget version of a Google Pixel phone, as it runs on pure Android OS.

For just S$349, you also get a full metal build, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, expandable storage, and a dual rear-camera wide-angle and telephoto lens setup.

Read our full review of the Xiaomi Mi A1 here.

YOU LOVE TAKING SELFIES

Photo: ASUS

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie is the ultimate phone for selfie addicts thanks to its two front-facing cameras: a primary selfie camera - 20MP, f/2.0 aperture and ASUS Selfie Master technology, and a secondary super wide-angle 120° selfie camera for group shots.

The phone also features a 5.5-inch IPS display, a Qualcomm Snadragon 430 mobile platform with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, and triple slots for 2 nano-SIM cards + 1 microSD memory card.

YOU LOVE MUSIC

Photo: LG

While headphone jacks continue to disappear from smartphones, LG has taken the opposite approach, fitting an audiophile quality 32-bit Quad DAC into its latest LG V30+.

The V30+ is also the first smartphone to support the MQA (Master Quality Audio) format. MQA is a high quality file format that boasts a better compression ratio for high-res audio than FLAC, but without the data loss associated with lossy file types like MP3. Instead, MQA repackages high frequency audio data into superfluous bits of data inherent in hi-res audio files.

Read our full review of the LG V30+ here.

YOU WANT THE BIGGEST DISPLAY

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8's bezel-less Infinity Display design means it can cram a huge 6.3-inch 19:9 aspect display into a much smaller body.

The Note8 is also one of the most feature-packed smartphones available, with anIP68 build, always on OLED display, dual rear camera with OIS on both lenses, wireless fast charging, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 support, and of course, its signature S-Pen stylus.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 here.

YOU WANT TO SHOOT SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium's Motion Eye rear camera comes with a unique feature set that makes it ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects. The 19-megapixel, f/2.0 camera has a special DRAM memory element built into the sensor itself, which allows it to buffer up to three full-resolution images at all times. You can capture these images, as well as a fourth shot, by pressing the shutter button. The buffered images means that even if your reflexes are a bit slow, you'll never miss a shot.

The Motion Eye camera is also capable of capturing super slow motion footage. It can shoot footage at 960FPS, which is 32 times slower than normal footage, and four times slower than any other slow motion phone on the market.

Read our full review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium here.

YOU WANT THE LATEST ANDROID FEATURES

Photo: Google

If you're a fan of all things Google, the Pixel 2 XL is the phone for you. As Google's own phone, it runs on pure Android and will always receive the latest Android updates and features first.

You can also be sure that it is the best companion for other Google hardware, like Google's language translating Pixel Buds bluetooth earphones.

Read our full review of the Google Pixel 2 XL here.

YOU LOVE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Most smartphones are now capable of taking great photos, but Apple's iPhone X is a step above everyone else. Its dual rear camera setup features OIS on both lenses, which lets it take great wide-angle and telephoto shots even in low-light environments, and it also has excellent software, with some of the best HDR and metering out there.

But the X's best asset is how well it does portrait photography. Its True Tone flash cleverly adjusts colour temperature and intensity based on its analysis of the scene so skin tones always look natural, and its Portrait Mode background blurring and Portrait Lighting lets you shoot the best portrait photography you can achieve without a DSLR and a studio setup.

Read our full review of the iPhone X here.

YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR SMARTPHONE'S FEATURES

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Google and LG may have abandoned their modular smartphone plans, but Motorola has been able to carve out a niche in the market with the unique Z2 Play.

On the back of the Z2 Play sixteen magnetic pins allow you to attach one of Motorola's MotoMods modules. These hot swappable modules let you change the capabilities of your phone, letting you attach a secondary battery, a JBL sound system, a Polaroid instaprinter, a Hasselblad camera with x10 zoom, a Pico mini projector, and many other things.

Read our hands-on with the Moto Z2 Play here.

YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT PHONE SECURITY

Photo: Blackberry

If you're looking for the most secure phone out there, the BlackBerry KeyOne Black Edition is probably it. BlackBerry focuses on enterprise-level security down to the hardware-level with unique security keys added to the processor of every KeyOne which can track, verify, and provision each device. The KeyOne also features FIPS 140-2 compliant full disk encryption, which is a US government-grade encryption that protects your private information if your phone is lost or stolen.

BlackBerry also has a dedicated security research and response team to continuously monitor for security threats and is one of the fastest to release security patches whenever a vulnerability is discovered.

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