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|
- Connect to the Internet – using either Wi-Fi or a cellular high speed service such as EV-DO.
- Cellular Phone – can’t forget the basic cellular phone capabilities.
- PDA Functionality
- Check e-mail
- Contact List
- Store data
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- See the PDA gaming section for more information on smartphone gaming.
- Slingbox offers video streaming software for PocketPC PDA phones.