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Chapter 4. Combining Mobile Phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs): Smartphones

Now you’ve got your home network up and running with broadband Internet access and perhaps a wireless local area network (LAN) on top, you’re probably ready to take your mobile communications to the next level as well. One of the ways to do this is via one of the newer models of smartphone, a combination mobile phone and PDA.

Although smartphones have been with us for several years, they are continuing to improve in functionality and usability. They offer a way to combine the benefits of a mobile phone and a PDA into a single device. Some of the earlier devices were good at being one device or the other but weren’t good at both. PDAs tried to add phone functionality, and phones tried to add PDA functionality. The latest devices are now mature enough that they succeed in both functions. They now offer the expected mobile phone and PDA functionality plus color screens, familiar and easy-to-use operating systems, advanced messaging options, and features such as the ability to listen to music, take digital photos, and download and view video files.


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