For a look at the history and development check out this Wikipedia article. Here’s a short excerpt from it.
Cell and smart phones have a number of features in common. Manufacturers and service vendors differentiate their products by removing features, for instance from the Android operating system, and by adding functions making their product more attractive to consumers.
Several phone series have been introduced to address a given market segment, such as the RIM BlackBerry focusing on enterprise/corporate customer email needs; the SonyEricsson Walkman series of music phones and Cybershot series of cameraphones; the Nokia Nseries of multimedia phones, the Palm Pre, the HTC Dream, the Apple iPhone and phones based on Google’s Android system.
The common components found on phones are:
- A rechargeable battery, provides the power source for the phone functions
- An input mechanism allows the user to interact with the phone. The most common input mechanism is a keypad, but touch screens and keyboards are found in some high-end smartphones.
- Basic services allow users to make calls and send text and video messages.
- In the US there are two kinds of cell service. One type uses a SIM card which allows the customer to switch phones on an account. The other service, have a similar card called a R-UIM.
A comparison of cell phones and smart phones shows additional features that may be found on smart phones include:
- GPS navigation
- Music (MP3) and video (MP4) playback
- Voice memo recording, control of the phone and voice contact search
- Ability to watch streaming video
- Video calling
- Cameras and camcorders(video recording)
- Changeable ringtones
- Instant messaging and MMS
- Internet e-mail and browsing
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As with most futurist presentations Tomi Ahonen talks about the current statistics, what’s available today. Mobile and multimedia will be the future.
Using a smartphone, or a tablet, is the passport to the information around us.
- Personal mass media – mobile tutorials, get messages that will wake you up if important, take your medicines, dentists will send a message to you if a spot opens during the day, warnings of impending weather or medical disasters
- Always carried on the smartphone user – can educate us about our real time carbon footprint, help with exercise programs, monitor our activities and medicine
- Built in payment channel – digital banking, instant messages for contributions to fund raising efforts
- Available whenever a creative impulse hits – send videos and booklets to help with a problem
- Accurately measures the audience for a multimedia products – smartphone check before you get to the airport, the airlines can adjust seat occupancy in real time
- Replace loyalty cards with the phones — pay taxes with SMS, personalized one time use tickets or events
- Captures social context of messages – people use the phone while using other media, people can get real time information about events in other areas where you a friend in your contact list
- Augmented reality – can get a description of where you are and the area’s history, find the closest gas station by looking at the scene in the mobile phone, translate a paper in another language as you read it on the phone