Difference between cell phone and smartphone
Cell phone Vs smartphone:
Since the mobile phone was first introduced to the world in its most simplest and the most barest form, it has come a very long way. Because of the unnerving competition in the mobile phone industry, more and more phones are being introduced in to the world each passing day. one such phone that has been introduced is the smartphone which took the world by storm. Therefore, this article seeks to distinguish the differences between the regular mobile phone and the much sophisticated smartphone.
What is a cell phone?
Mobile phones were first introduced in the 1970’s for use in cars for which the power was provided by batteries and they weighted about 100 lbs or more. Since these were used in automobiles, they are called mobile phones.
The first mobile hand set that was used to make calls was invented by the Japanese in 1979 by NTT and it was born in the metropolitan area of Tokyo. This wondrous system of mobile telephony became extremely popular over a very short time and soon the system was launched in many more countries such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. 1G, the first generation cellular services, soon to be followed by 2G and 3G, finally made its appearance in the US in 1983 through Motorola Company.
From the mobile systems installed in cars and the 1G cellular system, mobile phones has come a long way today. From a 100lb device, the mobile phone today has come to weigh as less as 50g. although the technology has been changing drastically over time, there are certain things that have not changed no matter how advanced the mobile telephony has become today. The standard, rechargeable Li-ion battery that is used to provide power for all the functions of the handset is one of these things. The traditional dialing keypads have now been replaced by touchpads and while basic mobile phones are called feature phones, the more sophisticated one with advanced features like advanced computing capabilities, internet facilities, etc are now being called Smartphone. Earlier, features like Wi-Fi, GPS, EDGE, GPRS, stereo FM, radio, navigation, MP3, MP4, video recording, browsing, downloading and uploading to the internet were considered as high-tech and sophisticated, these have become basic features of a basic cell phone today. Thus today, the mobile or the cell phone has become much, much more than the device which was originally invented for making calls.
What is a smartphone?
A smartphone can be defined as a melange of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone with more emphasize on the mobile phone features. Smartphones integrate the services of a mobile phone along with a computer thus providing the user with facilities such as storing information, creating and editing Microsoft Office documents, e-mail, GPS, installing programs in addition to the standard features of a mobile phone. A smart phone often features a QUERTY keypad like the one seen on Blackberry smartphones. This could be available in hardware or in software as the touchscreen keypad that is available in iphones. Some of the most common software utilized in smartphones can be listed as Windows Mobile, iPhone OS, Google’s Android, Symbian OS, RIM’s Blackberry, Palm’s Web OS, and Linux.
What is the difference between smartphone and cellphone?
The smartphone is a type of a cell phone and yet, it is a much advanced version of a cell phone. Due to the rapidly advancing technology, the cell phone has gone the extra mile and has put together the features of a regular cell phone and a computer which thus enables the user to combine both the devices in one apparel which is the smartphone.
While a regular cell phone contains the features of calling, messaging, etc, a smartphone contains so much more. A smartphone is able to execute so many tasks such as e-mailing, ability to store large amounts of data, smart navigational devices with features of GPS and A-GPS, EDGE, GPRS and advanced computing abilities. A smartphone also often boasts of a QUERTY keypad, either in hardware of software. Yet a regular cellphone does not have these features.
A smartphone can be more appropriately named as a pocket computer more than a cell phone with the introduction of dual core processors and operating systems. And yet, they do not have the ability to play or write CD’s or DVD’s, etc like a computer does. And yet, even though the cell phone has come a long way possessing many additional features such as cameras, MP3 players, radio, bluetooth, Wi-fi, etc, smartphones stand well ahead of cell phones with regards to its sophisticated computing facilities.