Definition of a Smartphone

You have almost certainly heard of the wildly popular smartphones that a lot of people are talking about these days. It has been reported that these devices now make up a fifth of all mobile phone sales, and the figure is expected to keep on growing as more and more people see the benefits of having one. But you may be wondering what exactly they are and how they differ from normal cell phones.

For a start, you can carry out the same functions you do with a conventional phone such as make and receive calls, send text messages, etc.

However, with a smartphone you are given extra functionality and advanced applications that make the phone operate almost like a small computer. In fact, many people look upon their smart phone as more of a mini, portable computer than a phone. The key feature is the use of applications, commonly known as apps, which you can download at little or no cost at all.

So what kinds of things can you do with a smartphone? Let’s have a look at a few:

  • Play games. The bigger screen and improved processing ability mean that the games you can play on this type of phone are closer to those you would play on a PC than on an old style phone. There are loads available in online market places either for free or for a few dollars.
  • Connect to the Internet. This function really opens up a world of possibilities to the user, as you can hook up to many different sites and get all kinds of information, updates and news on your phone. This is done through a Wi-Fi connection, which can be switched on and off as you need it.  Smartphones with WiFi are valuable for those who need an easy internet connection.
  • Listen to music. This is another feature that is light years away from the old style of phones that gave you a decent quality sound on the limited number of songs you could fit on it. Now you can fit on loads of songs or stream a personalized internet radio service for a really high quality sound.
  • GPS. The GPS function on a smartphone gives a lot more possibilities than you might think. As well as being able to check maps by giving you step by step directions to where you want to go, there are also advanced apps that let you contact local businesses, track your phone if it is lost or stolen or even track down a friend.
  • Enjoy your hobbies. The great thing about the apps mentioned earlier is that they are developed on what is known as open source code. This means that anyone can build and offer new ones to the public. Due to this possibility, there are more and more of apps available every day. You can find one that lets your smartphone help you with an exercise plan, learn new recipes, learn a new language or just about anything you could think of.


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