What Is a Smartphone?

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A smartphone is a cell phone that has more capabilities than a typical phone, such as Web browsing, full keyboards and e-mail. Check out different smartphones, such as pocket PCs, Palm Treos or Blackberries, with information from the store manager of a cell phone broker in this free video on cell phones.

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Hi, I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California, and today, I'm going to show you what a smartphone is. Smartphones can be BlackBerrys, Treo devices, and the pocket PC devices like...that are made by HTC. This one right here is made by Siemens, but most commonly right now, pocket PCs are made by HTC. The thing about the pocket PC is that they're traditionally a little bit bigger. They always have a full keyboard for text messaging and sending emails and Web browsing. And most times, they have a touchscreen, which allows you to be able to touch on icons. They do run the Windows Mobile operating system. Windows Mobile is pretty similar to the Windows operating system that's available on computers. It's not like Windows Vista, but it's a lot like Windows XP or Windows 98. It's pretty basic, but at the same time, it's a little bit complicated, especially on a phone. It's a little bit hard to navigate. Next one up we have is the Palm Treo devices. This one is a little bit bulky, however, it's not always as big as the pocket PC devices. It does have the full keyboard. Normally, they'll have a camera in the back and they'll include a stylus so that you can use the touchscreen right here -- the touch-sensitive screen -- and navigate through the menus. The Palm devices usually come in a Palm operating system, which is just like the old Palm Pilot operating system if you remember those. And it's also available sometimes in the Windows operating system, so it's a lot like the pocket PC, except it's a little bit smaller if you get the Windows operating system. Next one up we have is the BlackBerry. The BlackBerry is a really popular device. BlackBerrys are the...pretty much the most popular device next to the iPhone that are sold these days. This one also has a full keyboard, but sometimes it does not. Sometimes it has a feature called SureType, which has two letters per key. This one also has a camera. Most BlackBerrys these days do. And this is really media-friendly. It has a full 3.5 millimeter headset jack, which is the same type of headset that the iPod uses, so you don't have to buy any extra accessories or anything like that. This screen is pretty wide and easy to navigate. However, it is not touch-sensitive like the Treo or the pocket PC. I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California. Those are the different types of smartphones that are available. You can log on our website at myspace.com/cellphonebroker.


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