The term “Smartphone” is heard everywhere alot. But you are not alone to find out what exactly a smartphone is. What makes a smart phone different from a cell phone that makes it so smart.

The smartphone not only allows you to make telephone calls but also it has the facilities that previously were present only on a personal digital assistant or a computer- for eg capability of sending and receiving emails and also editing of documents of office.

The study should be started from History,to understand the smartphone fully. In past phones and personal digital assistants (or PDAs) were there.The use of cell phones was limited to making calls not more than that. On the other hand PDAs, just like the Palm Pilot, were used as personal, portable organizers. PDA lets you to store your contact info with a to-do list and it also has the ability to sync with computer.

As the time passed by, PDAs acquired wireless connectivity and with the ability of sending and receiving emails. Meanwhile, The Cell phones also gained capabilities of messaging. The addition of cellular phone features in PDAs, and PDA-like (and even computer-like) features in cell phones, bought a Smartphone.

Key Smartphone Features:

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The main features are defined as:

Operating System:

To run applications, a smartphone is based on an operating system. For eg The iPhone of Apple‘s runs the iOS, and BlackBerry OS is run by BlackBerry smartphones. Google‘s Android OS, HP’s webOS, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone is run by Other devices.


A smartphone will have the ability to do more than the ordinary cell phones that contains some sort of software(which are present in every basic model like the contact manager sort and an address book,for eg). It allows you to create and also edit Microsoft Office documents and view the files at least. It also allows you to download apps, for eg business financeand personal managers, handy personal assistants, and almost anything. In addition it allows you to edit photos, getting driving directions through GPS and creation of digital tunes.

Web Access:

Thanks to the growth of 4G and 3G data networks, Many smartphones will access the Web at an high speed,and support Wi-Fi to many handsets as well. Yet not all smartphones allows high-speed Web access but they all allow some kind of access. For browsing to your favorite sites, smartphones can be used.

QWERTY Keyboard:

A smartphone includes a QWERTY keyboard.i.e. The alignment of keys is same as present in computer keyboard-no alphabetic order where you have to tap the number 1 to enter an A, B, or C on top of a numeric keypad. The keyboard is present in both ways a hardware ( As it includes physical keys,that you type on) or software (on a touch screen, like you’ll find on the iPhone).


All what makes a smartphone different from all other phones apart from sending and receiving messages is the ability of handling e-mail. Smarphone has the capability of sync with yor personal and with professional e-mail account of yours. Some support multiple e-mail accounts. Other May have accesses to popular messaging services like Yahoo! Messenger and like AOL’s AIM.


These are some of the features that make a smartphone smart. The technology is ever changing around smartphones and cell phones surrounding smartphones. The constitutes of a smartphone today may change by next week, next month, or next year. So Stay tuned!