Sunday, February 19, 2006

What is a smartphone?

Ok people, it's comment time. Since the first SPV, I've had a fairly certain idea of what I believe smartphones are - for me it's generally down to operating system alone. But the lines are becoming blurred, and I need to know what you think. If you want to know my thoughts on the matter, click on the 'read more' link below to read a short exchange between myself and Arne Hess - Publisher & Editor in Chief of the::unwired

The following follows a difference of opinion of the first Windows powered UMTS smartphone - the SPV M5000 in my opinion, but the ASUS P305 in Arnes.

Arne: The Universal is - by Microsoft's own definition - a Pocket PC Phone Edition (using Windows Mobile for Pocket PC) while the Asus P305 is using Windows Mobile for Smartphone which makes it the first UMTS Windows Mobile Smartphone. ;)

Me: Ahh, I see where you're coming from. Actually, I was wondering myself recently what actually defines a "smartphone". I guess it's been long accepted that the Microsoft OSs, Symbian Series 60, 80 and UIQ, and Palm all would make a phone a "smartphone" (in my way of thinking at least). But what with regular phones becoming better and better, the gap is certainly closing. Things that were once the domain only of smartphones - A fully featured internet browser, QVGA screens, QWERTY thumb-boards - have all been assimilated into the masses of "dumb-phones".

Perhaps it's the ability to run something else other than Java? How would you define it?

Arne: In the GSM world itself it was defined as or at least it was used as: Mobile Phone, Feature Phone Smartphone and you are right, the line between Feature Phone and Smartphone is fading out now. I would follow your suggestion that a Feature Phone might have a full Internet browser today but is running applications in a sand boxed Java environment only while Smartphones are a little bit more "open" and allows to run apps on the native platform (Windows Mobile, Symbian, UIQ).From the Microsoft point of view the Smartphone/Pocket PC Phone Edition definition was the following:Smartphone: Voice centric with data supportPocket PC Phone Edition: Data centric with voice supportToday I would define it as:Smartphone: Keyboard only inputPocket PC Phone Edition: Touch screen input which also supports additional keyboard support (today, with Windows Mobile 5.0)

So come on people, I know it's sunday (at the moment), but let's see some comments!


Blogger scozzie said...

hmmmmmm..... a smartphone.... well, im sure the general consesus here would be in regards to the operating system, i.e windows mobile/smartphone editions, palm powered, symbian series 60 among many others. these i think are all classed as smartphones by OS alone, but what about the other phones, which, lets be honest, are pretty damn smart, the phones with huge camera capabilities like the k750i SE or the samsung D600 with its tv compatability, the lione is very blurry, and i dont honestly think there is any one definition of a smartphone anymore, just smartphones, and smarter phones

4:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a smartphone is a device that A: freezes B: reboots c: crashes while installing software D: can't use it for a modem conection as it conflicts with the sync software E: runs really slowly F: takes half an hour to power on G: runs out of memory really quickly H: will throw up wierd and wonderful error messages periodically I: takes half and hour to power off J: doesn't recognise the memory card K: will lose all of your data at some point L: will drain the battery in under a hour just for using it e.t.c

4:16 pm  
Blogger Soop said...

Heheheh! that made me chuckle! Good skills

4:26 pm  
Blogger sekretskwirrel said...

Smartphonez are weird dude, theyre like a phone , right, but totally smart, like they know stuff. its really weird yeah, u know?

4:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smartphones are ones that wear suits and bow ties. They steer clear of such vulgarities as trainers and baseball caps, preferring hand-stitched Scottish brogues and top hats (which they will always doff to a passing lady). They are always nicely turned out and have excellent manners.

11:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO @ Sekret skwirrel...

anyway, Im with the general concensus, that if it has a non proprietary OS (symbian,windows mobile etc) it is a smartphone, and a TV out or multi megapixel camera doth not a smartphone make scozzie

7:03 pm  

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