A smartphone is a mobile or cellular phone that runs off a mobile operating system (OS) and functions like a mini computer
. Smartphones also function as portable media players, digital cameras, video cameras and GPS navigational devices. The operating system equips the device with advanced computing capabilities, runs applications and enables the device to perform the following basic features:
Access Web pages and browse the Web using 4G and 3G data networks and Wi-Fi support, along with mobile broadband, near field communication and Bluetooth
Send emails and sync with multiple email accounts
View, edit and share documents
Create and play music playlists
Take photos and record videos
Play games and watch movies
Communicate with friends and family through text messages and video chats
Think of smartphones as modernized personal digital assistants (PDAs) with wireless connectivity compact in design with a high-resolution touch screen, multi-touch interface and QWERTY keyboard. Popular operating systems include Google’s open-source platform Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Apple’s iOS, BlackBerry’s OS and Nokia’s Symbian.
Smartphones also are designed with software for built-in basic apps such as a calendar, contact list, maps, clock and weather. A million innovative apps in a wide range of categories are available to download that can keep a user entertained, productive, organized, current on breaking news and socially connected. From finance management and budgeting to making travel arrangements and logging workouts, smartphone apps have become modern-day digital survival tools.
Smartphones have evolved to be more than just a cell phone with fancy features, but arguably a portable device that people can’t live without. A smartphone is an individual’s connection to not only friends and family, but with the world around him or her.
Many users shop online and make purchases on a smartphone. Users can operate their smartphone with voice commands, stream live content and use their smartphone to monitor their heart rate or control home electronics. Some users even protect the security of their smartphone with a fingerprint sensor, so the possibilities for smartphones are seemingly endless.