A mobile device which offers advanced capabilities similar to those of a PC suite. offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a regular mobile phone. Blackberry Curve
Smartphones have become a global trend. Number of smartphone users expected to reach 1billion in 2013. Students are using them to download lectures, access the web, send I.Ms, etc. Employers and employees use them for emails, on the go connection to other employees, modern means of advertising, etc.
81% go to websites about movies, TV shows, music or sports .on their smartphones 65% use an online social networking site 63% go online to get news or information about current events or politics 57% have watched a video on video-sharing site like YouTube* 55% go online to get information about a college or university* 38% buy things online like books, clothing or music* 28% look online for health, dieting or physical fitness information* 27% keep a blog or online journal 19% have downloaded a podcast*
Smartphones can be used for good but they have a lot of misleading applications which seem to be common amongst teens. They are having a strong affect on the social life of teens. Smartphones have the right applications to be educational but have a lot of I.Ms and a good internet browser which outweigh the educational tools.
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