What is a smartphone?
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
Smartphone features and options
The smartphone has come a long way from the original model, Simon, created by IBM in 1992. Actually, the continuing evolution of smartphones renders a simple definition impossible. Contemporary smartphones are a highly efficient combination of cell phone, PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), and computer-like software and/or abilities.
Smartphone technology is evolving and improving on a constant basis, allowing more features to be included in a small hand held device. Does that clear up the mystery? If not, here are some primary characteristics that should help define the term “smartphone” for you a bit more clearly.
A good smartphone typically:
- Allows you to make and receive cell phone calls with fabulous clarity and consistency
- Allows you to enter and view items in your calendar, record appointments and events, add to and subtract from your “to do” list, and create a complete contact file, including phone numbers, physical and e-mail addresses, notes, and reminders of any kind
- Allows you to surf the Internet, save favorite sites, get news and sports information, and access most ‘Net addresses wirelessly
- Allows you to perform many computer functions, like word processing, spreadsheet, and other productivity or entertainment activities
- Includes a standard (but miniaturized) full "QWERTY" keyboard for entering text and numbers
Classic smartphones, like the RIM Blackberry and Palm Treo, have now been joined by equally exciting new devices, like the Samsung Blackjack II, to offer an amazing range of features. These small (4 to 5 inches by 2.5 to 3.5 inches), sophisticated devices permit you to carry your entire office with you and stay in touch with your work, family, and friends whenever and wherever you desire.
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