In Europe they are widely known as mobile phones. In the US the devices are named for the local cellular network that powers communication in a given area, otherwise known as cells.
Smartphones are differentiated from cell phones in that that carry a full operating system that effectively acts like a personal home computer complete with mini keyboard.
Text messaging, video chat, taking and sending photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing java based games and accessing the Web are just a few of the functions of today's smartphones.
Over the past 10 years, there's been big money in capturing the ears and eyes of mobile-hungry consumers. Online giants such as Apple and Google have gotten into the game with smartphones that are marketed as "personal assitants" in fulfilling voice commands -- with almost instantaenous answers to questions like "Where's the nearest pizza shop?" to "Call Mom."
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More information about cell phones & smartphones around the Web:
ZDNet Reviews: Smartphones - The inside scoop with reviews of the latest smartphones by manufacturer, feature articles on the latest apps, and predicitons of new smartphones coming down the production line..
Dooyoo? Mobile Phones - U.K. site searchable by phone type, manufacturer, price and several other options, and offering reviews and price comparisons.
CNet Mobile Electronics - Reviews of the latest cell phones including feature articles, and a directory
searchable by category including cell phones, smartphones and cordless, accessories.
HowardChui.com - The complete cell phone & smartphone community site with a very popular forum plus in-depth reviews, buying guides and related resources.
Scoop - What's new
and cool, breaking news, forum, feature articles, listings
of carriers, phone finder, glossary and related links.
PhoneArena.com- News, reviews and feature articles, forum, an extensive index of related terminology and a fully searchable 'Extras' category for downloadable freeware, manuals and ringtones.