Does a Smatphone Beat a Laptop?


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  1. 1. ==== ====Watch TV on Your Smartphone... Click Here for Great Media! ====Since their explosion in popularity, cell phones have become increasingly more feature-rich andsophisticated, with enough features to supplement, or even replace, other devices such as mediaplayers, digital cameras, and PDAs. On the leading edge of this technological advancement in thesmartphone, a device that blurs the line between a cell phone and a PDA.Smartphone: Changing DefinitionsBy definition, a smartphone is a mobile phone that incorporates a PDA (Personal DigitalAssistant). A PDA is a miniature, hand-held device that replicates key features of a personalcomputer, most notably document viewing, task and contact management, and Internet access. Asmartphone, while possibly sharing many of these features, is still primarily a "voice-centric"device, while a PDA is, by nature, "data-centric." Rather than one device replacing the other,PDAs and smartphones have often developed in tandem, with PDAs taking on more voice-centricaspects, and smartphones including features previously limited to PDAs.Most contemporary smartphones include Internet and e-mail access, scheduling or PIM software,contact management, and the ability to read (and sometimes compose) document formats such asWord, Excel and PDF. Many smartphones also feature built-in cameras, music players, and GPSnavigation software, making them an excellent all-in-one replacement for a variety of otherdevices. As cell phone technology continues to develop, many features previously isolated tosmartphones become common in mid-range cell phones. As such, the definition of what preciselyconstitutes a "smartphone" is constantly evolving.Pricing and services for various smartphones will, of course, vary by carrier. If you have a Verizonsmartphone, for example, the Blackberry Voice & Data Core Choice Bundle from VerizonWireless offers 450 minutes of voice time, with unlimited nights and weekends and virtuallyunlimited Internet data usage (Web browsing, email, and instant messaging) for $79.99 a month.On the other hand, Cingulars Good Mobile Messaging Smartphone Connect service, which isoffered separately from its basic voice services, offers unlimited data usage within its coveragearea for $34.99 a month. Add this to Cingulars 450-minute basic voice package ($39.99 a month)and it comes out to a very competitive $75 a month from Cingular.The Most Popular SmartphonesWhile not quite as diverse as standard cell phones, smartphones are available in a wide array ofstyles and capabilities. In terms of culture and mind-share, the Blackberry is probably the mostpopular and easily recognizable smartphone currently on the market. The Blackberry 8800, forexample, features nearly everything customers have come to expect in a smartphone: a fullQWERTY keyboard, Internet and email access, document viewing, an integrated music and media
  2. 2. player, and built-in GPS capability. (For users who need a digital camera, the Blackberry Pearl orthe new Blackberry Curve are excellent choices.)On the other hand, if youre looking for something a bit less utilitarian than the Blackberry, thePalm Treo is slim and sporty (available in a distinctive crimson red), featuring a digital camera withvideo capture, an MP3 player, and Bluetooth.Like many smartphones, the Treo eliminates the need to carry around a multitude of otherdevices. For the user whos really passionate about multimedia, Cingulars ultra-slim Blackjack isone of the most video-intensive smartphones available, featuring a rich media player and CingularVideo. The Blackjacks Cingular Music Service supports several online music stores, as well asXM satellite radio, making it an ideal choice for the user who wants a smartphone and a powerfulmedia player in one convenient package.As with all emergent technology, new products are constantly pushing the boundaries. ApplesiPhone promises to raise the bar even further, not only featuring a camera, multimedia player, textmessaging, Web browsing, and wireless connectivity, but a touchscreen interface and virtualkeyboard that promises to bring a new level of functionality to users, with Apples distinctive senseof style and design.A Smart Choice for You?While many cell phone users will be more than happy with the features of an average cell phone,smartphones have a lot to offer people who want or need Internet access, email, and multimediawhile away from the home or office. While the price tag on a smartphone is often significantlyhigher than a mid-range cell phone, a smartphone can be a highly economical choice whencompared to the cost of all the devices it can effectively replace. For the frequent business traveleror someone whos just on the move a lot, a smartphone can be a marvelous all-in-one solution.Daniel Swensen is a freelance writer who covers websites like Wirefly.Article Source: ====Watch TV on Your Smartphone... Click Here for Great Media!
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