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Topic # 14034 12-Jun-2007 11:08
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I know what a Pocket PC is , I have an Imate Jas jar.

I know what a standard mobile phone is.

But whats the definition of a smart phone,?

Does Vodafone ( imate ) sell them, if so what model is it ?

Please post links, thx

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Reply # 74364 12-Jun-2007 11:25
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In the most common sense, a smartphone (with lower case "s") is any mobile device with phone capabilities and capable of running native applications managed by an operating system. Feature phones won't count in this because most run only J2ME and don't have a sophisticated OS or APIs for developers to use.

Examples of smartphones are the Windows Mobile devices, Symbian, some Linux (mostly in Asia) and Palm OS devices.

In the Microsoft world, Windows Mobile Pocket PC is the PDA with no phone capabilities and touch screen. The Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition is the PDA with touch screen and phone capabilities. And the Windows Mobile Smartphone (with a capital "s" as branding) is the device with phone capabilities but no touchscreen.

Microsoft has changed the naming conventions with Windows Mobile 6 so they now become Windows Mobile Standard (Smartphone), Windows Mobile Professional (Pocket PC Phone Edition) and Windows Mobile Classic (Pocket PC).

Vodafone New Zealand sells the v1210 which is a Smartphone. The Palm Treo 750v  is called "smartphone" because Palm always called their Treo devices "smartphones" which is correct, but it is in fact running Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition OS. That's one of the reasons why the names are changing now...

incidentally, the v1210 is manufactured by ASUS, not HTC. And i-mate is just one brand, not manufacturer...

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