There has been some measure of controversy surrounding the definition of a smartphone, especially since the arrival of the iPhone. In an AAS article about how the Nokia 5800 won a contest as “Best multimedia smartphone”, the question of whether or not the iPhone is a smartphone came up again.
The organisers of the contest left out the iPhone, among others, from the list of contenders, and I honestly am of the opinion that the contest was biased. It looks like those behind it wanted the 5800 to win. But then that is my opinion.
A couple of commenters there have laid the matter to rest, but to help readers of MobiNaija put this controversy to rest, here again is the definition of a smartphone:
“A smartphone is any phone that allows 3rd party applications to be written for, installed and run on its native OS (operating system)”
Nothing else matters. Following this definition, the iPhone qualifies as a smartphone. Some argue that the iPhone lacks true multi-tasking, but so did the various Palm OS versions in use over the years (to a different degree), but Palm devices were (and are) still accorded smartphone status.
Hopefully, it is settled. The iPhone has a native OS for which 3rd party applications are designed, and on which they are installed and run. The iPhone is a smartphone. Stop beefing
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