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Is a smartphone a computer? [Answered]

Yes. A smartphone is a hybrid between a computer and a mobile phone.

With a smartphone, you can now do lots of tasks that were before, only possible on a desktop or laptop computer. You can now get internet access, hold video conference calls, watch videos, edit documents, send emails, and so much more on a smartphone.

How is a Smartphone a Computer?

As smartphones have gained in popularity, many feel that they do not deserve the name computer. So, it is vital to look at the definition of a computer to get to the truth.

According to Wikipedia, a computer is a machine that can be programmed to run programs automatically.

A smartphone fits this criterion perfectly.

You can add programs(apps) to a smartphone that allows the smartphone to perform tasks automatically. So, a smartphone is a computer according to this definition.

In another definition, a computer is a device consisting of a processor, some memory storage space, a display, an operating system(OS), input and output capabilities.

A smartphone has all these features.

The smartphone uses the touch screen for both input and output capabilities. It also has a CPU(processor), internal storage space and a custom operating system.

How is a Smartphone Different From Other Computers

A smartphone has the following distinct features:

  1. A smartphone has inbuilt call and SMS capabilities.
  2. A smartphone has a small size. The smartphone size is the unique selling point. A computer in your pocket that you can carry around everywhere.
  3. Unique Operating System(OS). They cannot use Operating systems meant for Laptops or Desktop computers. The currently leading smartphone operating systems are Android and iOS.

Previously, some features used to be unique to smartphones but are not anymore. These features are:

  1. Inbuilt cameras. Smartphones used to be the only computers with internal cameras. Now, Laptops and standalone desktops have inbuilt webcams. Smartphones are different because they have both front-facing and rear cameras. Their video and picture quality is way much better.
  2. They have a touch screen. Laptops are catching up with the touch screen capabilities.
  3. No internal moving parts. Smartphones utilize solid-state drives for memory storage that don’t have any moving internal parts. Laptops and Desktops are slowly catching up in using solid-state storage drives.

Advantages of Using Smartphones Computers

  1. Highly portable. Easy to carry and use anywhere.
  2. Can connect to multiple network connection.
  3. Lower starting price point compared to other computers.

Disadvantages of Using Smartphones Computers

  1. Smartphones have limited heavy graphic processing capabilities.
  2. Small screen size limits smartphone capabilities in activities that need more viewing space.
  3. Connect smartphones with other peripheral devices like printers, monitors, and other computers is difficult.

Despite their current limitations, smartphones usage as a computer is still rising. Maybe in the future, they will be as powerful as laptops or desktops computers.