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A few years ago, cameras started merging into cellular phones. Today, cellular phones are more like computers and have become smartphones. The iPhone, Android, Palm, BlackBerrys, and PocketPC smartphones have all contributed to the smartphone’s increased popularity. The smartphone can now replace your camera, video iPod, GPS navigator, PDA, VOIP phone, PSP, video camera, and of course, your cellular telephone. The all–in–one handheld that has been talked about for so long is finally becoming reality.

Type of Smartphones

Apple iPhone Android Palm WebOS BlackBerry Window's Mobile
Apple iPhone Android Palm WebOS BlackBerry Window's Mobile

Smartphone Applications

  1. Connect to the Internet – using either Wi-Fi or a cellular high speed service such as EV-DO.
  2. Cellular Phone – can’t forget the basic cellular phone capabilities.
  3. PDA Functionality
    • Check e-mail
    • Contact List
    • Calendar
    • Notes
    • Store data
  4. Surf the Web – go to all your favorite websites.
  5. Digital Camera – the higher the MP (Mega Pixel), the better. Also look for optical zoom or flash capabilities.
  6. Video Camera – look for resolution and frame rate capabilities.
  7. MP3 Music Player – look for MP3, WMV, WAV, and AAC music file playback. Also, make sure there is a headphones interconnect.
  8. Internet Radio Player – listen to the thousands of internet radio stations out there including Pandora.
  9. Satellite Radio Player – stream XM or Sirius satellite radio .
  10. GPS Navigation – use to get directions to nearby restaurants, attractions, taxies, and more.
  11. Streaming Video Player - watch streaming video from your HTPC, security cameras, Slingbox, or other place–shifting devices.
  12. Control Your Home Theater Network – including your HTPC, receivers, smart appliances, and any computers.
  13. VOIP Phone – use free Wi–Fi with VOIP to make free calls.
  14. Tethering – use your PDA phone as an internet gateway for your laptop.
  15. Play Games – see the PDA gaming section for more information.

Smartphone Tips

  1. If you are out of cell phone minutes, you can use a combination 802.11b Wi-Fi and Skype to make free calls. This also works great for any international business travelers.
  2. Look for smartphones with built–in Wi–Fi if you want to avoid paying cellular downloading service fees. Of course, you will be limited to Wi-Fi hotspots.
  3. Verizon and Sprint offer high speed EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) internet services. EV-DO bandwidth is limited to a maximum of 2.5 Mb/s with a average sustained data rate of 300kb/s to 600 kb/s. Older downloading speeds of 1xRTT are limited to 144 kb/s (1Mb = 1000kb).
  4. You can also use your smartphone as an internet gateway for your laptop. Some smartphones also let you use Bluetooth to wirelessly connect your phones to your laptop. Keep in mind that you will be limited to Bluetooth’s 2 Mb/s maximum downloads.
  5. See the PDA gaming section for more information on smartphone gaming.
  6. Slingbox offers video streaming software for PocketPC PDA phones.

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