What Is a Mobile Device?

What Is a Mobile Device?

Mobile device is a general term for any handheld computer or smartphone. The term is interchangeable with 'handheld,' 'handheld device,' and 'handheld computer.' Tablets, e-readers, smartphones, PDAs and portable music players with smart capabilities are all mobile devices.

Characteristics of Mobile Devices

Mobile devices have similar characteristics. Among them are:

  1. Wi-Fi or cellular access to the internet
  2. A battery that powers the device for several hours
  3. A physical or onscreen keyboard for entering information
  4. Size and weight that allows it to be carried in one hand and manipulated with the other hand
  5. Touch-screen interface in almost all cases
  6. A virtual assistant, like Siri, Cortana or Google Assistant
  7. The ability to download data from the internet, including apps and books
  8. Wireless operation

Smartphones Are Everywhere

Smartphones have taken our society by storm. If you don't already have one, you want one. Examples include the iPhone and Android phones, including the Google Pixel line. Smartphones are advanced versions of traditional cell phones in that they have the same features as cell phones — such as the ability to make and receive phone calls, text messages and voicemail — but they can also be used to browse the internet, send and receive email, participate in social media and shop online. They also can download apps from the internet using a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to expand the smartphone capabilities in a vast number of ways.Smartphones are advanced versions of traditional cell phones in that they have the same features as cell phones — such as the ability to make and receive phone calls, text messages and voicemail — but they can also be used to browse the internet, send and receive email, participate in social media and shop online. They also can download apps from the internet using a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to expand the smartphone capabilities in a vast number of ways.

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