What's A Smartphone?, A smartphone is a mobile phone with more advanced computing and connectivity capability than a regular mobile phone. In the last few years, smartphones have almost caught up with personal computers in terms of what they can do. You can go on the internet, check your email, create documents and play games, all in the palm of your hand (as well as make phone calls and send messages - often forgotten features in smartphones!). You may ask yourself why you'd want to do all of these things on a small screen, and it's a valid question. But more and more apps are coming out now designed for pocket-sized devices that will make your life easier.
What can a smartphone do for me?
Mapping and navigation apps have become a core feature of many smartphones. A long as you can get an internet signal through WiFi or your network provider, you can connect to the internet to find out where you are and where it is you're trying to go, making travelling easier than ever. There are also apps available for finding places of interest, with anything from sightseeing locations to restaurants and shops listed and laid out with directions.
Smartphones have become an all around multimedia hub. Internet browsing and emails are standard features in all smartphones but with more power being harnessed by modern devices you can do even more. Versatile music player apps combined with a large amount of storage mean you can take your music collection on the go, and listen through headphones or through the phone's own loud speaker. You can even connect to speakers using a basic cable or wireless speakers through Bluetooth or Airplay.
Large, bright HD screens allow you to watch high quality videos and even stream live TV on the go with apps like BBC iPlayer. Your phone can also use DLNA to act as a universal remote to DLNA-enabled Smart TVs and music systems.
Many shops have their own app for easy mobile shopping, and some will even allow you to use your phone's camera as a barcode scanner for quick ordering. QR (quick response) codes like the ones seen on the right for our Android and iOS apps, use a similar scanning system for quick linking to websites, contacts, text and much more. You can share files using Infrared, Bluetooth or by simply tapping twoNFC-compatible (near field communication) phones together.
Cameras in smartphones are becoming more and more powerful, with top-of-the-range phones challenging many point-and-shoot cameras for image quality in both photos and videos. The Samsung Galaxy S4 contains an incredible 13MP camera with innovative features, such as 'Eraser Shot', which gives you the option to remove distracting moving images from the background of a shot, leaving the focus on your intended subject.
With all these features available and more, it's no wonder smartphones are becoming an essential part of modern society. They'll speed up your everyday tasks and give you access to information from across the world on the go. With brands likeSamsung pushing the limits on what you can achieve with a smartphone, you're bound to find something that'll make your life easier.
Please note: Streaming videos and music, using maps for directions, downloading apps and games and any other internet-enabled activities require a WiFi connection or a data plan from your network provider. Charges may apply.