Today, you don’t literally have to carry your laptop or sit the entire day facing your desktop computer to perform all the tasks that you need to do. You need not have a wired telephone to do international calls either. With the constant technological innovations, almost everything is made possible with the use of a single, handy smart phone. But do you have even the slightest idea why these are called smart-phones? What makes smartphones smart? And what can one do with these types of phones?
Let’s begin with the definition of smartphones. Smartphones are high end cellphones that are most basically distinguished from traditional ones due to its more advanced features. The earliest smartphones combine the feature of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and camera. You can perform outgoing calls and receive incoming calls, send and receive messages and take pictures with this kind of smartphones. But as time passes by, developers continuously adapt to the needs of the users and integrate the latest technologies to these smartphones so other functions can be done as well. Along with the smart phones, tablets are also gaining popularity. Most of these tablets utilize the similar operating systems being used by the smart phones. The only difference of these tablets is that they have more features to offer and quite similar to having a miniature laptop.
But what makes these smartphones smart? The primary reason why it is called that way is because it enables users to do a lot of things with it. Smartphones are smart because of the operating system (OS) it carries.
What are these operating systems? These are a series of programs managing computer hardware and software resources to provide specific services. It is the core, the brain, and the most important part of a computer or any other device such as smartphones. No user can run any application without the presence of an operating system. An operating system makes computers and smartphones work.
The most common smartphone operating systems are Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Nokia’s Symbian, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, and Linux. The operating system with the highest market share to date is the Symbian with 51%. But this OS is forecasted to be taken over by another operating system in due time. Nowadays, sales figures in application stores show a change of OS preference. Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, Nokia Ovi Store, and Google Android Market ranks accordingly. Users now prefer more advanced operating systems, exploring the complicated yet amazing features that such OS have. Due to the increase of smart phone and tablet users, apps are now being sought after, thus you can have various types of applications built either of ecommerce, games and location based.
What can users do with their smart-phones?
- Make task or to-do lists
- Monitor appointments and set reminders
- Save contact information
- Use the built-in calculator for simple math
- Send or receive e-mail
- Play games
- Get information (news, entertainment, stock quotes) from the Internet
- Watch TV
- Send and receive text messages
- Integrate other devices such as PDAs, MP3 players and GPS receivers
- Take pictures
- Record voice messages
- Record videos
- Transfer and receive files using Bluetooth, GPRS or other forms of technology
With the above-mentioned things that one can do with his smartphone, it is no wonder that conventional or traditional cellphones that only have the calling and text messaging capabilities have now been drastically replaced by continually-evolving and improving smartphones. But unlike the earliest days when smartphones were first introduced in the market, these kinds of phones are not only becoming more user friendly but budget friendly as well. Even the average-income earner can now have a wide array of smartphone choices that he or she can afford within his or her budget limits. Various brands like Samsung, Nokia, iPhone, Blackberry and others come in updated models, styles and operating systems.
But if there are advantages, there are also a few disadvantages of these smartphones, one of which is being attacked by malicious software. This is also the same case with tablets. This malware is often distributed through application stores that don’t have proper review process or only have minimal screening procedures done with the content they offer. With this, it is highly advisable that you constantly update your OS for better performance and to avoid being destroyed by malicious software.
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