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What Makes a Smartphone Smart

A mobile phone can make and receive telephone calls to and from the public telephone network which includes other mobiles and fixed-line phones across the world. The mobile phone is rapidly becoming the smarter device, “the one device that seems to have it all and becomes even more indispensable than it is now”.

Mobile phones have already started functioning as more than just communications devices. Mobiles serve as watches and alarm clocks. Even with the limited free games that come with basic phones, they are already good for "time-pass". They can also function as calculators.

In addition to the basic capabilities of any entry-level cellphone, most smartphones (such as Windows Phone, Apple’s iPhone and the phones based on Google’s Android operating system.) has plenty of capabilities associated to it. These include the following:

What Makes a Smartphone Smart

  • Internet access: The ability to access Web sites through a Web browser on your phone
  • Wireless e-mail: The ability to send and receive e-mail from your phone
  • Multimedia: The ability to play music and videos on your phone
  • Downloaded games and applications: The ability to run games and applications you buy from an online software marketplace

Internet access:

Until a few years ago, the only way to access the Internet when you were away from a desk was with a laptop. Laptops are great, but they weigh at least a few pounds and need time to boot up. Plus, lugging a laptop around with you everywhere you go just isn’t very practical — and it’s not like the whole world is one big Wi-Fi hotspot.

Smartphones are a great alternative to laptops because they’re small, convenient, and ready to launch their Web browsers right away. Even more important, when you have a smartphone, you can access the Internet wherever you are — regardless of whether Wi-Fi is available.

The drawback to smartphones is that their screen resolution is less than even the most basic laptop screen. Plus, image-heavy Web sites can take a long time to load.

To accommodate this problem, more Web sites are adding mobile versions. These sites are slimmed-down versions of their main site — they have fewer images, but offer similar access to the information on the site.

The Apple iPhone was the first smartphone to offer multi-touch capability, which allows you to zoom in and out by pinching or stretching. Today, all modern smart phones including Windows Phone offers the same capability.

On the Windows Phone, you can use the mobile version of a Web site if you want, but if you prefer to use the standard Web site, you can pinch and stretch your way to get the information you want.

Wireless e-mail:

The Blackberry from Research In Motion hit the cellular phone market in 2001, and wireless e-mail has been growing by double and triple digits ever since. On your smartphone, you can access your business and personal e-mail accounts, reading and sending e-mail messages on the go. Depending on your e-mail system, you may be able to set it up so that, when you delete an e-mail on your phone, the e-mail is deleted on your computer at the same time, so you don’t have to read the same messages on your phone and your computer.

Multimedia:

Some smartphones allow you to play music and videos on your phone in place of a dedicated MP3 or video player. Your Windows Phone is no exception. On the Windows Phone, you use Microsoft’s Zune services to access music and videos. And on Apple iPhone, you can use iTunes.

Downloaded games and applications:

Most smartphones can run games and applications that you can buy from an online software marketplace. Microsoft is working with application developers, large and small, to offer a variety of applications and games for the Windows Phone available exclusively on the Windows Phone Marketplace (http://marketplace.windowsphone.com). New applications are constantly being developed, so check back regularly.

And for Android Phones (https://market.android.com/), Discover the latest apps and games in Android Market. Purchase and enjoy instantly on your Android phone or tablet.

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