Talk:Smartphone

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Mobile phone?[edit]

Nowadays, many people use their smartphone for anything but voice conversations. Sometimes one can read stories like, 'this is a good camera, excellent lenses, easy to handle, and by the way, you can also call somebody with it (because it really is a smartphone)'.

But I have the impression that the current lead downplays the phone element a little too much. After defining the smartphone as 'a mobile personal computer (...)', it gives a long list with abilities, and while 'the ability to place and receive voice/video calls' is the first in the list, it is also one of the few without a link. It is not elaborated if an instrument has to have all of the mentioned features to be called a 'smartphone'. A reader could think that an instrument lacking the first one could be a smart phone as well.

In my opinion, a smartphone is a mixture of a mobile phone and a general-purpose computer. If you cannot call or be called with it, it is not a smartphone but a PDA, tablet or whatever, but not a smartphone. Or is the present use of the term in English different?

The only reference for the definition (footnote 1) says something entirely different than this article: it defines the smartphone as a 'category of mobile phone that provides the functions of a small computer'. (I must say that I removed two other footnotes [1] and [2] because they were not very relevant.) Apparently somebody changed the definition without changing the reference, which leads to misrepresentation of the source. Bever (talk) 23:03, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Good point. I've added text to the lead mentioning smartphones subsuming fixed-line or basic voice-only mobile phones, and wiki page links to "Telephone call", "Videotelephony", "Telephone", and "Mobile phone" Lun Esex (talk) 00:10, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

It doesn’t make any sense to call a smartphone an object with the primary function of calling in addition to other ‘computer features’; It makes a lot more sense to define telephone calls as one of the ‘computer features’. The only things that separate tablets and smartphones apart is the fact that smartphones always are integrated with cellular capability, while tablets aren’t always. Smartphones also have smaller screens, while tablet screens are generally larger. Shickorbob (talk) 23:12, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

"swipe"[edit]

Very little here about that term, nor is it present much in the Touchscreen and Multi-touch articles. How come ? --Jerome Potts (talk) 15:46, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

It explicitly states that smartphones have cellular, more than once, in the intro..[edit]

“A smartphone is a handheld personal computer with a mobile operating system and an integrated mobile broadband cellular network connection for over-the-air data communication to the Internet.”

Right after, it says:

“Smartphones are typically pocket-sized (as opposed to tablets, which are much larger than a pocket), and have the ability to access the Internet through cellular networks or Wi-Fi.” Shickorbob (talk) 22:57, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

I redid the two sentences, so the first mentions Internet access via the cellular network, as well as Wi-Fi, and the second just talks about smartphone size vs. tablet size. Guy Harris (talk) 23:17, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

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can we add oxygen OS under operating software?[edit]

that is all — Preceding unsigned comment added by N!k3 8679 (talkcontribs) 19:46, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

I.e., adding OxygenOS as an Android derivative under Smartphone#Android? Guy Harris (talk) 20:48, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

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