You probably hear the term “smartphone” tossed around a lot. But if you’ve ever wondered exactly what a smartphone is, well, you’re not alone. How is a smartphone different than a cell phone, and what makes it so smart? In a nutshell, a smartphone is a device that lets you make telephone calls, but you also can think of a smartphone like a miniature computer with the add in features that, in the past, you would have found only on a personal digital assistant or a computer–such as the ability to send and receive e-mail and edit Office documents, for example. The number of people using smart phones has risen dramatically over the last couple of years. There are several reasons for this rapid growth but mostly it comes down to the advantages that smart phones offer, that and brilliant marketing. It will likely not be too far in the future when regular cell phones have been replaced completely by smart phones. The reason that so many people are choosing to use a smart phone rather than a cell phone is that the smart phone is just so much more capable. There are a lot of things that you can do with a smart phone that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The most obvious of these is the ability to surf the web. While you can do this to a certain extent with a regular cell phone with a smart phone you will get access to high speed internet which makes it much more convenient. One of the reasons that a lot of people really like smart phones is all of the multimedia features. You can use your smart phone to watch movies or television or you can use it to play games. It can also be used to listen to music or read e-books. Most people are finding that this is what they use their smart phones for the most frequently. They can watch a movie while they are on the bus for example. The portability of such a powerful multimedia platform has proved to be very popular. The other bit reason that people are using smart phones is that allows them a variety of ways to stay in touch. Rather than just having a phone and text messaging, there are so many different ways that you can communicate with smart phone that people will always be able to reach. In addition to phone calls and text messaging you can communicate through email, instant messaging and chat. Not only do you have more ways to communicate but you can do it much more quickly and you can transfer much larger volumes of data than you could with a regular cell phone. This makes it much easier to do your work with your smart phone. This means that no matter how people want to get a hold of you they will be able to. Really it was the ability to use email that resulted in the creation of smart phones in the first place so it is no surprise that this is one of the most popular uses. There was a time when text messaging was so commonplace that people were talking about the way that it would change the language. People were saying that it would completely change the way that we talked and wrote. Just a few years later and text messaging is already starting to look like a thing of the past as the rise of smart phones has made it unnecessary. Texting became popular because it allowed people to communicate with the cell phones for a lower cost than making a phone call. Now that people have smart phones this is no longer necessary as people have access to email, chat and instant messaging. Most people find these to be far more convenient to use than text messaging so people are choosing to use them. A big part of the reason that smart phones became popular in the first place is that they eliminated the need for texting. With things like instant messaging, chat and email the person receiving the message can get it on their smart phone or their computer. This makes it much more useful since you will be able to communicate with more people. Perhaps the biggest reason for the huge surge in popularity of smart phones is all of the apps that have been created for them. No longer are you limited to using the apps that the phone maker decided to provide on the phone. A smart phone allows you access to thousands of apps, this greatly increases the number of things that you can do with your phone.It is really just a portable computer and the operating system that runs it can run most computer programs. That means that apps can be created that can do any number of things. Since the apps can be developed by third parties you do not have to rely on the phone maker to determine what the phone will be capable of doing. You can upgrade the functionality of your phone by downloading a new app. With the processing power that a smart phone has there is also a lot more that the apps can do. The result is that you have a phone that will allow you to do a huge variety of things, more than most people will ever need. The smart phone was first created to help make the professionals work easier. Most people who use a smart phone for professional reasons use it primarily as a portable office. A lot of professionals spend a great deal of time travelling and having a way to do their work means that they are able to be productive during this time. The biggest benefit is that they are able to stay in touch with their office. This is an important benefit since it means that they are able to stay up to date with what is going on at the office. Having up to date information could come very handy when meeting with clients. Another reason that a smart phones can be a useful tool because they are able to use it to access the company network. That means that they will be able to get any documents that they need to be able to do their work. Without access to the network in this day and age it is very difficult to get any work done. Being able to access the network means that you will have the same information that you would if you were actually at the office. Clearly this makes you much more productive when you are trying to do your work. Smart phones were developed from PDA’s which were created in the first place to help keep busy professionals organized.It have retained this capability and include things like a day planner and an easy way to organize documents. In a lot of ways a smart phone is like a secretary that you bring with you when you are travelling. The result is that it is much easier to get your work done. The ability to keep yourself organized is not limited to when you are travelling, most professionals use them every day to keep things straight. When considering why so many people are using smart phones it is also necessary to acknowledge the role that marketing has played. Apple are brilliant marketers and when the I-Phone came out they really promoted it heavily. A lot of people bought smart phones because of all the hype even though they had little use for most of the features. In fact most people don’t even know how to use the majority of the features on their phone. Nevertheless it is the latest and greatest so people are buying them in large numbers and for the most part using them like regular cell phones. Cell phones have gained considerable popularity in the world. It is not surprising that it is the one gadget that accompanies more and more people. While many people still use cell phones as originally designed for making and receiving calls, a greater segment of society is beginning to see it as an instrument for productivity. For this reason, cell phones are constantly evolving to meet the new demands of society.Now days, development of technology has made such an impact on society that most people won’t leave home without their cell phone, and their computer has become their best friend. This is why one of the most life-changing pieces of technology for many has been the smart phone an all-in-one, portable device that combines the functions of a cell phone with the functions of a computer.