Smartphones: Changing Society in the Palm of your Hand

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The smartphone is a highly complex yet simplified technological innovation that has transformed our lives. How is a smartphone different than a cell phone and why does it appeal to millions of users throughout the world? Rather than being more closely related to a generic landline telephone, a smartphone is a full-fledged touch-based computer with a QWERTY keyboard. Users can call, email, or text message one another, access the internet, use applications and much more (Cassavoy). All of these features are packed into a compact and convenient device that can, and has been, changing how we communicate with each other and store our information. The smartphone, an efficient and condensed combination of a phone, text messaging , and a touch screen computer has been drastically changing our social lives since 1993 for the better. A smartphone is a multifunctional hand-held device that incorporates a cell phone, email, text messaging, web access, GPS, applications, all of which are controlled by a Mobile Operating System. In order for users to access all of these amazing features, a Mobile Operating System comes pre-installed with the smartphone. For example, navigating between apps and displaying a keyboard to interact with those applications. Similar to a more complex Operating System used on computers such as Windows, Linux, and OS X (Mac). These simplified versions manage the wireless capabilities, mobile multimedia and other input methods specific to smartphones, and not available with computers. Due to the Mobile Operating System in a smartphone running on the limited resources in a micro-computer, it emphasizes communication, using Random Access Memory (RAM) instead of raw video power that a gaming computer might have (Janssen). ... ... middle of paper ... ...goriev, Michael. Blackberry Accessories :: Michael Grigoriev. Digital image. 2014. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "History of Cell Phones." Cellular Phones: How They Changed the World and Where Do We Go Now? N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Janssen, Cory. “Mobile Operating System.” Techopedia.com, Janalta interative, inc, Apr 4 2009. Maccarty, Brad. "The History of the Smartphone." The History of the Smartphone. The Next Web, Inc., 6 Dec. 2011. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. Mukherjee, Sangeeta. "Smartphone Evolution: From IBM Simon To Samsung Galaxy S3."International Business Times. IBT Media Inc., 08 May 2012. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. Reed, Brad. "A Brief History of Smartphones." Network World. Network World, Inc, 15 June 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Wingfield, Nick. "Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case." The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.
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