Features of a Smartphone
There are a few characteristics that define a smartphone in the traditional sense, although they are essentially PDAs with connectivity.
Firstly, smartphones have elaborate operating systems installed on the device. This feature was handed down from the PDA, as mobile phones merely had the minimum software to run the hardware. There was no possibility of processing other applications. Although this is a type of operating system, it had nowhere near the capabilities of a computing device. Additionally, all smartphones have a number of applications for various productivity, entertainment and media tasks.
Secondly, there is always some sort of web access available on smartphones. Mobiles have always had voice connectivity for obvious reasons, but data connectivity was only possible with the software to harness it properly – which came from the PDA.
Thirdly, a smartphone is intended to enhance or replace, in dire circumstances, a fully fledged computer. That means, it has features that facilitate productivity – like document and presentation viewers; or media players – like music players and FM receivers.
Lastly, there is always a phone component. This point may seem very obvious, but the main difference between a PDA and a smartphone is the former’s ability to make and receive calls, and send text messages – that is, connectivity.