Smart Phones Explained
Gone are the days wherein a telephone is used solely for calling. A phone that can be used as a camera, a computer, a game console, a radio, and a map all at the same time was once a far-fetched idea that we only saw in science fiction movies. Now, it is within our reach. What we call in modern times as smart phone has already saturated almost every country in the world.
But what really is a smart phone? Here are basic things we need to know about this high-tech gadget that is now a must-have personal device.
Unlike its previous mobile phone versions, smart phones runs through an operating system (OS) that enables the phone to do multiple functions. The OS differs depending on the manufacturer of the phone. Examples are Apple’s iPhone OS, Google’s Android, Nokia’s Symbian, Research in Motion’s (RIM’s) Blackberry, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
Memory and Storage
When it comes to storage, smart phones have expanded memory and they can store data in external devices, like microSD cards. This enables smart phones to save as many contacts, messages, photos, and files.
State-of-the-art mobile phones use touchscreen technology which makes it easy to navigate from one application to another. Message composition can be done using the typical phone keypad or a QWERTY keyboard. Smart phones can easily connect with a computer or laptop using the USB port. They can also transfer data through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. These phones also have security and accessibility features and can help in tracking through GPS.
Multiple Functions and Applications
Smart phones have a capability to send and receive e-mail, keep track of events and appointments through a calendar, compute figures with the use of the calculator, record videos, images and sounds, and other functions. You can even track your food with a food diary app or go on a diet. Most phones have built in camera, flashlight, alarm clock, while additional features can be added by downloading various applications covering games, business, health and wellness, messengers, books and references, family, entertainment, lifestyle, and other categories.
With the several functions and applications it can perform, smart phones often sacrifice the battery life. The more apps are used, the faster the battery is drained. As flaws are detected, smart phone developers always come up with solutions to such problems. Mobile phones upgrade faster as newer and more updated versions come out each year.