The days of your typical mobile phone are numbered; a new wave of divices is spreading slowly but surely. moving ahead of the mobile phone of today, the smartphone phenomenon looks set to push its older generation to the meseum. Just in case you have been dozing while the smartphones craze has picked up, here is your quick guide to the world of smartphones.
If we are to believe the techies, smartphones are the ‘Next Big Thing’ to grace the Earth’s surface. Let’s face it: how many of us wished at one point or the other that our phones could do much more than it is currently able to do? With a smartphone, you can do more, as most of these ‘intelligent’ phones are a combo of handphone, pager and PDA all rolled into one. Smartphones are what you call “a wireless phone with text and Internet capabilities that can handle wireless phone calls, hold address and take voice mail, as well as access information on the Internet and send/ receive e-mail” – as qouted by ComputerWorld.
Smartphones also run on various operating systems, be it Symbian, Linux, Windows Mobile or Palm. With the exception of not being able to talk to your toaster(not yet anyway, but I believe the day will come), smartphones can communicate with almost any electronic gadgets that speaks its language: infrared, Bluetooth, WIFI, GPRS, EDGE… and the list goes on and on. There is not surprise then that the demand for smartphones is almost astonishing; smartphones may have been around since 1996, but it is only recently that they are beginning to come of age due to the fact that big companies such Motorola or Nokia realised the potential and saw the increasing demand for such devices at the turn of the century. Wireless technology also played a part in driving the push for smartphones to lift-off from the runway.
These first devices fuelled the market further and what we have today is the progression from the first concept smartphones of a few years back. What you see today are second or even thrid generation smartphones and as we move into the future, so will the device itself. Who knows what the future smartphones will be like in another 10 years or so? In fact, future smartphones might turn out to be really intelligent devices unlike currnt ’slightly smart’ smartphones.
You might be surprised to hear it now, but don’t be against the prospect that we will do away with LCDs and substitute it with hologram images that displays a menu or caller! We have seen the steady growth of people adapting to use smartphones – more and more people are becoming aware of the potential that is held within its small mass!