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Old 08-29-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I realize this is probably a stupid question, but I'm not really in the know about cellphones although I have had a few regular phones.

I'm going to be shopping for a new one soon and I'm trying to get as much information as possible. I tried googling the question but ended up more confused then ever. All I could come up with was a bunch of scientific gibberish lol

Help please, in Laymans terms. For instance what are "Gs" ? That's how green I am at this lol
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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My smartphone is more-or-less a pocket computer with phone capability.

There is so much more one can do with a processer, apps(programs), and internet access in a phone. Much more than just making phone calls.

Here is a thread where we got to comparing apps:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/cell-...pp-thread.html
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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Generally speaking, a smartphone wil have an e-mail application on it allowing let's say your personal email (yahoo, home isp, etc) to be pushed to your mobile phone. A smartphone will also have web browser on it allowing you to enter in a url.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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But how is the internet different on a normal cellphone ?

The last cell I had, had internet browsing on it. So wouldn't that be the same thing ?

Also, I don't know much about "apps", except that when I had my last phone these were special additions that cost extra money.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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A regular cellphone is a phone whose main purpose is for calling. Nowadays, some can do basic texting, internet, and email. Some even have the ability to install "apps" or "Applications". Sometimes they are called "Additions". These are programs that increase functionality of the phone. However, all of them are basic due to the limitations of the phone.

A smartphone is a phone that is a faster, more powerful, more web-ready and have a better, bigger, and more vibrant screen. Having a smartphone is akin to having a full computer in your pocket that has the capability of making phone calls.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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I realize this is probably a stupid question, but I'm not really in the know about cellphones although I have had a few regular phones.

I'm going to be shopping for a new one soon and I'm trying to get as much information as possible. I tried googling the question but ended up more confused then ever. All I could come up with was a bunch of scientific gibberish lol

Help please, in Laymans terms. For instance what are "Gs" ? That's how green I am at this lol
The G stands for Generation. 3G means 3rd generation of standards for mobile networks, 4G means 4th generation...etc. It's just an easy-to-use label for what type of network the phone uses.

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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A smartphone is a phone that is a faster, more powerful, more web-ready and have a better, bigger, and more vibrant screen.
Rita explains it pretty well. I would just add that using the internet on a smart phone is almost exactly like using it on your computer. When you use the internet on a "dumb phone" it uses a special type of internet browser that formats pages differently so it doesn't look quite the same and isn't as easy to navigate.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Think of a smartphone as a mini-PC. You can install apps (programs) on it, you can browse the Internet, and as an added bonus, you can even use it as a phone sometimes! A regular cell phone might be able to do some of those tasks, but usually not as well as a smartphone or PC.

A cell phone's #1 priority is making and receiving calls and text / picture messages. Most modern cell phones can do more, just not very well. A smartphone's #1 priority is whatever you want it to be.

As for the "G"s, kazyn hit the nail on the head. To simplify it even further, think of your "G" as a speed limit. 4G can be faster than 3G, while 3G can be faster than 2G (although devices below 3G are awfully hard to find in a store these days). Your actual speeds will vary depending on a lot of factors.

If you're unsure as to whether or not a smartphone is for you, you should probably check out one of the no-contract carriers like Virgin Mobile first. You won't be able to take your smartphone with you to another carrier, but the money you'll save on the cheaper rate plan will more than make up for that.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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A smartphone will talk back to you when you have no one to call.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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A smartphone will talk back to you when you have no one to call.

Really ??? I can't tell if you're serious or joking lol


Thanks for the replies guys, I'm still researching all cell phones until around the 22nd or so when I'll finally be able to get one. Juries still out lol
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