Smartphones Vs. Regular Cellphones; What is the Difference?

Smartphones Vs. Dumbphones; What are the key differences?

Who would have thought that a mobile phone will one day be considered “smart”? In the first place, was there ever a “dumb” phone? At any rate, smartphones are the craze these days – and perhaps, rightly so. After all, with a smartphone, you get to take your office with you and keep it in your pocket; too! Don’t be fooled though; not all smartphones are the same. You could say that, well, some phones are “smarter” than the others.

Whatever types of smartphone you have however, this is still more preferred by consumers these days than the regular mobile phone. If you haven’t yet gotten hold of a smartphone – which means that you’re still using your old unit – you may be wondering why smartphones are more preferred than cell phones. To better understand what the fuss is all about, it’s best to look at their differences.

Smartphones vs. Regular Cellular Phones

A smartphone has a large touch-screen and should be able to browse the internet, send and receive email, watch videos, play music, run programs (called ‘apps’) and play high-quality games. A dumbphone, on the other hand, is more likely to have a standard number pad (from 1 to 0) and a small screen which isn’t touch-sensitive. You’d primarily use a dumb phone for making phone calls and sending text messages. Some have internet access, games and social media programs built in, but this is normally to a limited degree.

Operating System

One way to easily distinguish a smartphone from a regular mobile phone is to see if there is an Operating System installed on the unit. If there is an OS installed, you can pretty much assume that the phone you are looking at is “smart.” There are several key players in the mobile OS industry and the two most popular ones today are pretty much neck-and-neck in the arena. Each of these Operating Systems has their own mobile applications which are actually huge selling factors for smartphones.

Mobile Apps

It does not follow that when your mobile OS has more apps, it is the better option.The selling factor of the mobile apps relies more on their dependability, usability and manipulation rather than the number of available applications for a specific smartphone. If the app is not so easy to use; if it lags, hangs or compromises other apps on your phone; this particular smartphone may not be the smartest choice for you.

Walking Personal Computer

The smarter smartphone enables you to do everything that you do on your PC, right on your mobile phone. Well, perhaps not everything, but pretty much all the things that help you stay connected wirelessly while also allowing you to view or edit soft copies of your office documents.

Still a bit hazy on what a Smartphone is?

Imagine walking around with your PC but in a highly transportable unit – one that also allows you to send and receive SMS, make phone calls, chat, set an alarm, look at the calendar, check international time, play games and play music! With all of these features, it does seem that a smartphone is smart after all. The more crucial question here therefore is which smartphone is smart enough for you?

How to Choose a Smartphone

First-time buyers should carefully look at all aspects of a smartphone prior to making a choice. Look at several units of the same brand and then compare your choice to that of other brands’ smartphones – thoroughly looking at the features as well as the price.

If you only need a basic smartphone, then you may want to skip looking at high-end phones and stick to the more affordable ones but with features that you like. Smartphones with higher versions of their Operating Systems may have more features plus upgrades on existing apps but these could be more expensive. If you want to get the hang of using a smartphone first, you can opt to get the cheaper models and then simply get an upgraded unit once you’ve gotten used to manipulating a smartphone – or once your needs for mobile apps increase.

Having said that, dumbphones are still a very viable alternative to smartphones. Agreed, it’s definitely going to be hard to let go of that beautiful, crowd-forming 4-inch OLED screen on a smartphone — but when you realize how much money you’re saving, how much flexibility you’re gaining and how cool Nokia’s latest Asha feature phones look… you might be tempted to revisit your temptation!

Author Bio: This is a guest article written by Joe, who is a free lancer writer of

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