What is the difference between a smartphone and a mobile phone?

We have already talked about how the tablet differs from a smartphone and what is the difference between an iPhone and a smartphone. Today we’ll talk about the differences between the phone and the smartphone..

First you need to give definitions for each of the terms.

  • Mobile (cell) phone Is a telephone that is designed to work in cellular networks.
  • Smartphone Is a mobile phone that is complemented by the functionality of a mobile computer.

Feel the difference? Now let’s go deep into comparison.

What is the difference between a phone and a smartphone?

  • The first major difference is the dimensions. If the phone, as a rule, is a small device that fits easily in the hand, then the smartphone is often twice as large. But this has its own plus – a large screen size. So, if the phone is content with a display diagonal of 1.5-2 inches, then the smartphone can have a display diagonal from 3.5 inches to 7 inches! Of course, on such a screen you can watch movies, play games, read e-books, etc. In the case of a phone, this is at least inconvenient..

  • Smartphones on the case have practically no physical buttons. If on a phone we dial a number using physical buttons, then on a smartphone we do this by touching the touch screen with our fingers. The number of physical buttons on the smartphone case rarely exceeds 2-3.
  • Smartphones are based on the operating system. The most popular system is Android, which most smartphones are based on. Another popular OS is iOS, which is used in the Apple technique. The operating system supports many different functions, so the smartphone can be safely called a real computer – only compact.
  • Operating systems support an incredible amount of applications – their number is tens and hundreds of millions. Applications are very diverse: for work, for reading, for watching videos, for a pleasant pastime … In general, the choice is huge. A nice plus is the fact that so many applications are free.

  • The smartphone can be used as a full-fledged navigator. To do this, you need to get an application with maps and turn on GPS or GLONASS. The accuracy of the location of the device is very high, so maps are used for movement, including by car.
  • Many smartphones have long replaced cameras. So, if you are going somewhere on vacation and do not plan to take professional shots, there will be plenty of a smartphone. Moreover, now devices that shoot no worse than semi-professional cameras have begun to appear on sale. The same applies to video recordings. Of course, the camera is also in the phones, but often the quality of the photos is very mediocre.
  • It is very convenient to use the Internet on a smartphone – it is not surprising with a screen of such a diagonal. All actions are performed by tapping the screen. And some sites have a mobile or adaptive version that adapts to the screen size of a smartphone – using this site is very convenient even with one hand. You can’t say all about the phone.

  • But as for operation, the smartphone is easier to drop due to its size. In addition, with a fall, the probability of breaking the screen is much higher than that of a phone with a small display.
  • The cost of smartphones is, of course, higher. But if before the difference was huge, today the most inexpensive smartphone can be bought for about 2 thousand rubles. In some countries, smartphones are offered whose prices do not even reach the mark of a thousand rubles. These are simple devices, but for 10 thousand rubles you can buy a mid-budget device. Flagships are much more expensive and whether it is worth overpaying for them, the buyer decides. Phones cost from about 500 rubles.

What to choose: smartphone or phone?

If you need a device exclusively for calls, buy a cell phone. If you need a mobile computer with which you will use social networks, watch videos, play games, etc., the choice should be in favor of a smartphone.