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The future is now!

Even though this video is directed at folks in Singapore, this device will be everywhere.

Are You Addicted?

I’m a self-proclaimed cell phone addict. I take my phone (and occasionally a few phones) with me wherever I go, and much to my friend’s dismay check email and Twitter pretty much constantly no matter where I am or what I’m doing.

Looking around me at coffee shops, restaurants, and the like I can tell I’m not alone. The folks at CashGenerator sent some details on my fellow phone-obsessed friends, which the info claims to be a whopping 49% of people out there.

I definitely fit in the group that never turns their phone off, sleeps with it beside their bed, and checks email and apps before getting out of bed every morning. I don’t make phone calls in public places, but I’ll pull out my phone and tweet someone while I’m at dinner with no problem. I’ve tried a few times to cut the chord and leave my phone at home, which typically ends in me being exceptionally uncomfortable and heading home to grab my beloved as soon as possible.

Are you also part of the 49% of addicted users?
Check out the Signs of Smartphone Addiction.
If more than seven of these scenarios apply to you, then maybe it's time to take a day off.

Story by Emily Price

What makes a Smartphone Smart?

How is a smartphone different than a cell phone, and what makes it so smart? In a nutshell, a smartphone is a device that lets you make telephone calls, but also adds in features that, in the past, you would have found only on a personal digital assistant (PDA) or a computer--such as the ability to send and receive e-mail and edit documents, for example.

Key Smartphone Features

Operating System:

In general, a smartphone will be based on an operating system that allows it to run applications. Apple's iPhone runs the iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones run the BlackBerry OS. Other devices run Google's Android OS, HP's webOS, and Microsoft's Windows Phone.


While almost all cell phones include some sort of software (an address book or some sort of contact manager, for example), a smartphone will have the ability to do more. It may allow you to create and edit Microsoft Office documents--or at least view the files. It may allow you to download apps, such as personal and business finance managers, handy personal assistants, or, well, almost anything. Or it may allow you to take and edit photos, get driving directions via GPS, and create a playlist of digital tunes.

Web Access:

More smartphones can access the Web at higher speeds, thanks to the growth of 4G and 3G data networks, as well as the addition of Wi-Fi support to many handsets. Still, while not all smartphones offer high-speed Web access, they all offer some sort of access. You can use your smartphone to browse your favorite sites.

QWERTY Keyboard:

By our definition, a smartphone includes a QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard can be hardware (physical keys that you type on) or software (on a touch screen, like you'll find on the iPhone).


All cell phones can send and receive text messages, but what sets a smartphone apart is its handling of e-mail. A smartphone can sync with your personal and, most likely, your professional e-mail account. Some smartphones can support multiple e-mail accounts. Others include access to the popular instant messaging services, like AOL's AIM and Yahoo! Messenger.

These are just some of the features that make a smartphone smart. The technology surrounding smartphones and cell phones is constantly changing, though. What constitutes a smartphone today may change by next week, next month, or next year. Stay tuned