Smartphones and Mobile Phones – Differences and Ancestry

Ever since the middle of the 19th century, the history of man has become intertwined with new machines or devices that changed the way we live our lives. It was a march of progress. We had trains, cars, planes, radio, TV, computers, etc. This decade is no exception to this historical trend. In the late part of the 2000’s, a new class of devices arose in our mainstream consciousness that promised to change how we interacted with each other and the information around us. Its name is the smartphone. oppo f17 pro

The smartphone is the child of the marriage of the computer with the mobile phone. It lets you use it as a cell phone. It can make calls and send SMS. But it is not limited to that. It also provides constant access to the World Wide Web. A user can install apps on a smartphone, which extend the functionality of the device.

Historically, smartphones as a device descended from a 90’s device called a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). PDAs were simple devices. It was an organizer at first, then it acquired the ability to wirelessly connect to the Internet and it became a portable e-mail machine. Manufacturers of these devices, like, Palm/Handspring and Research in Motion, added cell phone functionality. These early smart devices debuted in the early 2000’s and were primarily business-oriented gadgets. This perception changed in 2007, when Apple released the iPhone. It was a smartphone meant primarily for consumers. It was a completely touch-based phone with an easy to use User Interface (UI). It became a hit with the public and many manufacturers followed with consumer smartphones.

Generally, a smartphone has all these features:

Operating System. Smartphones are run by an operating system that can install and execute apps. Examples include iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, webOS, Windows Mobile and Meego.

Apps. All smartphones have apps that allow it to have more functions. Smartphones have an organizer, and web browser built in. You can add more apps if you chose. Games are extremely popular additions, although productivity apps are popular as well.

Web Access. A smartphone lets us immediately interact with data via its ability to enter the Internet. It is extremely convenient to have that much information at the touch of our fingers. It allows us to connect with our e-mail, social networks and the vast information stored in servers around the world.

Advanced Input/Output. Unlike common phones, smartphones do not use dial pads. Early smartphones use as full-fledged a keyboard as possible. The advent of the Phone exchanged a physical keyboard with one that was software-based. Today few smartphones still release models with a physical keyboard. Some smartphones feature a resistive touch screen, a screen that accepts input through pressure. However, the iPhone’s popularization of capacitive touch screen, which senses the body’s electrostatic field, started another new trend. Smartphones usually have larger screens than dumbphones in order to show as much legible data as possible.