Whether you are employed, or you own a business, you are required to carry out routine tasks associated with your business or work. If you think about any daily task, whether it is noting down memos, jotting down important pieces of information, adding names in your address book, or maintaining important telephone numbers, there is an electronic device that can help you to do that. The list of such daily tasks can be big, and it is not practically possible to keep several electronic devices about your person. You just don’t have enough pockets to support all the devices. On the other hand, if you have a common device which can not only cater to your daily activities, but also help you make calls, take pictures, capture videos, play music, and even browse the net, it would solve many of your problems. A smartphone is such a device. A smartphone is a specialized device, which can cater to all of your communication and computational needs in a single, comparatively small device. Currently, there are several types and makes of smartphones available in the market. Almost every model has some unique features to offer. It is worth knowing exactly how this phone differs from a traditional cell phone.
The differentiating features
Unlike traditional cell phones, these phones have numerous features that can’t be incorporated in old-fashioned cell phones, simply because the older versions are just not technically advanced to handle the features. Cell phones have a few built-in applications that can’t be updated or changed as per wish. Moreover, the features can’t be configured to work in the manner you desire. That’s not the case with smartphones. You can download new applications and delete them when you no longer need them. You can set up digital diaries and download the data to the PC or laptop for storage purposes. On a standard phone, this is not possible.
Since smartphones can be considered as a combination of standard phones and PDAs, they offer several unique features such as:
• Send as well as receive mobile phone calls using hands-free features. Many smartphones are Wi-Fi compatible.
• Help in carrying out routine activities as those offered by PDAs.
• It can be linked up or interfaced with laptops and computers.
• Data synchronization can be set up with software such as Apple’s iCal calendar and Microsoft Outlook.
• Send and receive e-mails.
• Use instant messaging features.
• Download and play video games.
• Use simple word processors.
• Play audio and video files.
The future of these phones appears to be secure. They are there to stay unless the technology develops further and offers even better capabilities and facilities than those offered by modern smartphones.