Author: Patricia Turchyn, Project Management, Cimpl
Cell phone, Texting phone, Blackberry, PDA, iphone, Smart Phone, and now SUPER PHONE! How many names do we really need for a “mobile”?
Being a project manager of a TEM, you’d think I’d heard it all. Imagine my surprise when the other day, I heard the newest and hottest devices were “SUPERPHONES”. Oh, come on! Really?
Remember when a cell phone was a cell phone? It was a simple creature: make a call, receive a call. Slowly, you could see the improvements: call display, voice mail, text messaging, SMS messaging, camera, and Bluetooth to name a few.
Research In Motion (RIM) came up with the “Blackberry” – which had all the functions of a cell phone, AND the capability of sending/receiving your email messages too! With the years, the evolution progressed: manufacturers came out with Blackberry “look-alikes” which we called PDAs, then Apple came out with the iPhone.
Even though a Blackberry is a Blackberry, and an iPhone is an iPhone, both terms encompassing different models and versions but bottom line if you have an iPhone, you don’t have a Blackberry, and vice-versa. If you have a cell phone, you really DO have a cell phone (that basic creature we used to hear about all the time) – it doesn’t matter who makes your cell phone: a cell is a cell is a cell.
What is the difference between the Smart Phone and Super Phone? Looking online, everyone is comparing them to superheroes! A Smart Phone is not as “smart” as a Super phone apparently. For those of you who really want to know the difference (and care), here you go:
- Access to apps – can handle a few apps without slowing down the device
- “Boxier” device & has “buttons”
- 2G & 3G (sometimes) access
- Made for users who are happy to occasionally use the internet feature on their phone
- Display is normal, like a digital-cable TV
- Access to any kinds of apps – can handle many apps without compromising performance issues
- Sleek touch-screen device
- 3G, 4G and above – including wifi
- Display is beautiful, bright like an HD-TV
Hmm... in reading what I wrote above, it really does sound like the Smart Phone is a rather dated creature and the Super Phone is the “newest”, “sleekest”, “bestest” (as my kids would say) device around.
What do you think?
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