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Difference Between Cellphone and Smartphone

blackberry_tour_boldCellphone vs Smartphone

Cellphones have been around for some time. At first, its only function was to provide people with a means to call and be called anytime without being connected to any line. It eventually evolved and added more features like text messaging. Before the advent of the smartphone, people were often carrying two devices, a cellphone and a Personal Digital Assistant or PDA. The PDA is a digital organizer where users can get a calendar where they can input tasks and appointments and a contact list among other things. The smartphone combined these two devices into one.

Getting a proper comparison between these two is not that easy as there is no clear line between a smartphone and an ordinary cellphone with extra features. But as we see today, smartphones have more things in common to computers rather than cellphones. A compact or full keyboard often comes as standard in smatphones as it is necessary for quickly typing messages and emails.

Smartphones utilize an operating system that is identifiable and is often used on other phones. It provides a stable platform where users can install third party applications.These applications extend the capability of the phone and can often be bought from online stores provided by the OS maker. Smartphones are also expected to have a mail client that can connect to a mail server and extract messages.

The introduction of the iPhone has spurred the production of cellphones that imitate some smartphone features without totally being one. This includes touch screen cellphones and messaging phones with full screen QWERTY keyboards. This has blurred the line between the two even further. As the technology develops more in the future, there would be no reason why cellphones would not have the same functionality as smartphones. At this point in time all phones would be smartphones.

1. Smartphones have more advanced capabilities compared to cellphones
2. A smartphone is both a PDA and a cellphone
3. Today’s smartphones have more in common with computers than cellphones
4. Smartphones usually have a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard while cellphones come with a regular small screen and a number pad
5. A smartphone uses an operating system that allows third party applications to run on it

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  1. It helps a lot

  2. Thank U, this is awesome. Wanted to see the difference because today I will get my first phone.

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