Smart Phones Explained

Smart Phones Explained

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Smart phones, the latest generation of mobile phones, are rapidly becoming the must-have gadget among younger people. As their popularity increases, many older people are becoming aware of the benefits of smart phones too, with an estimated one in four over fifties owning a smart phone. If you are considering buying one of these phones, or if you just want to understand what it is that is keeping your grandchildren so captivated, here is a brief guide to smart phones, and how they can be useful for seniors.

What is a smart phone?

A smart phone is a new type of mobile phone which, as well as making phone calls and sending text messages, can connect to the internet through a standard wireless internet connection, or via a mobile signal. There are a number of different makes and models, but they are generally operated using a touch screen display, rather than physical buttons.

Smart phones run on specifically designed applications (a sort of mini software program) known as apps, which users can download directly on to their phone, and which are designed to fulfil different functions, such as checking the weather, paying bills, and reading the latest news headlines. There are hundreds of different apps, from games to social media apps, which allow you to chat over facebook from your phone, or update twitter on the move, and even give you utilities such as torches and compasses.

What are the main types of smart phones?

Although smart phones come in many different shapes and sizes, the main differences between them lie in their operating system. The two main operating systems are iOS, which is what the Apple iPhone runs on, and Android, which is what most of the other smart phones use.

The difference in operating systems means that the controls and layout of the iPhone are different to that of the different models of Android phones. There are a few other differences as well. The iPhone is more restricted as to what apps can be downloaded on to it, but it is also considered more secure because of these restrictions. IPhones are more expensive than the majority of Android phones, which come in a much wider range of prices and models.

How can a smart phone benefit me?

There are a number of ways that smart phones can be useful for seniors. Smart phones enable you to keep in touch while you are on the move. If you travel a lot, a smart phone can let you check your email, Skype with friends and family, take and post photos on Facebook to share with them, and much more, while you are away.

If you prefer to stay closer to home, there are smart phone apps to help you keep track of any medication you are taking, monitor your exercise levels, find recipes, check the weather, and read the latest news headlines.

There are even apps which can turn your phone into a light, or a magnifying glass, to help you when you are reading.

Smart phones are not just a fad for the younger generation. Even if you are not particularly technically minded, smart phones are very easy to use, and there are plenty of benefits to be gained from owning one.

 

 

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