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A smartphone is a mobile phone, that has the functionality of a pocket personal computer.
Although mobile phones almost always had additional functions (calculator, calendar). Over time, more and more intelligent models were released. The term “smartphone” was introduced to emphasize the increased functionality and computing power of such models. In the era of growing popularity of PDAs, they began to be released with the functions of a mobile phone, such devices were called communicators. Currently, the division of smartphones and communicators is irrelevant. Both terms denote the same thing – a miniature universal computer with full-fledged user interfaces and advanced radio interfaces of a mobile phone.
Now a lot of people have a smartphone in their pocket that is why smartphone 3D models are popular too.
Smartphones differ from ordinary mobile phones because of a sufficiently developed operating system that is open for software development by third-party developers (the operating system of ordinary mobile phones is closed for third-party developers). Installing additional applications can significantly improve the functionality of smartphones.
However, the border between “ordinary” phones and smartphones has been almost erased. New phones (with the exception of the cheapest models) have acquired functionality that before was common only for smartphones, for example, email and HTML browsers, as well as multitasking.
The term “smartphone” was introduced by Ericsson in 2000 to refer to its new Ericsson R380s phone. The device had relatively small dimensions (130 × 51 × 26 mm) and low weight (164 g). A special feature was the touchscreen, that was closed by a flip cover. With the name “smartphone”, the manufacturer emphasized the intelligence of the device. However, this device cannot be considered as a full-fledged smartphone, because it did not allow installing third-party applications (Symbian 5.1 OS was closed).
The rapid development of smartphones and communicators began in 2001: when Nokia released the first device of the 9xxx series with an open OS (Symbian 6.0), the Nokia 9210 communicator. It was based on the new Series 80 platform, which was incompatible with the programs for previous generations of Nokia communicators. The model had a very impressive functionality, the internal screen was color. In addition, the Nokia 7650 phone was announced, which is considered to be the first “real” smartphone, since it worked under the control of the Symbian 6.1 operating system open for third-party developers (Series 60 platform). However, Nokia has positioned this model primarily as an image phone with advanced multimedia features, and not as an intelligent device with an open OS. However, the small size of available memory (4 MB) and the absence of a slot for a memory card severely limited the capabilities of the device. In the same year, the first communicators running Pocket PC 2000 appeared.
Nowadays, smartphones are upgrading each year and their functionality sometimes is very close to laptops.
The most popular smartphone 3D models are: