Handhelds take computing mobile
Smartphones are the next logical step in today's cell phones. Take a cell phone, add an LCD screen and the processing power a Pocket PC so it's Windows Mobile or CE compatible. Throw in a liberal sprinkling of Personal Organizer features like a Date Book, Task/To-Do List. Give this cell phone the ability to connect to the internet over GSM/GPRS platforms so it can send and receive emails from anywhere you can get a cell connection. Give our new cell phone some optional add on devices using Bluetooth wireless technology and even a plug in thumb keyboard. Suddenly our device transcends the role of a mere phone and has now entered Smartphone territory. This aforementioned list of features could have been a Palm Treo, or Sony Ericsson's T616 or even a Blackberry 7200 series which also qualifies as a Smartphone.
Smartphones today even come loaded with the extras we've come to expect from any LCD display cell phone, things like built in camera and photo playback. With a Smartphone the photo you take can be uploaded immediately to any email address or even to a website. Hands down the Smartphone's biggest addition is the pure cool factor of its powerful media playback. Imagine how much ass it's going to kick standing in your local mass transit system on the morning commute catching up on last night's episode of the Daily Show with John Stewart on a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, 65K color backlit TFT display in the palm of your hand. It's your choice to either use the handset's speaker blasting sound into your face or using your favorite headphones for more personal up close audio.
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Do the kids today think their MP3 players are the coolest gadgets around? Try the Nokia N90/N91 models Smartphone by comparison. These smart looking black and silver handsets in flip phone or candybar style have the appearance of a cell phone that means more than just business. These are full function Smartphone's with a 4G hard drive, 3.5mm headphone jack and playback MP3, WMA, M4A and AAC files for over 12 hours on a single charge. Throw in one of the finest phone camera's made; 2MP full video and Carl Zeiss optics. And all that fancy MP3 player of yours does is what?