So, What is a smartphone?

A smartphone is just a mobile phone that can get online.

Because it has enough processing ability packed inside, it is able to operate as fast as a standard computer provided there is adequate '3G' or broadband coverage.

However, this service is now available across most of Ireland. So you can do all the things you might otherwise do on your computer, such as send or receive emails, check out websites and look and listen to web clips on sites such as YouTube. They usually also include powerful cameras or videos.

Most have a 'wifi' function, which allows them to piggy-back on the broadband signal that you may be receiving at home. This can help reduce the charges you pay for being online via your smartphone.

While they started out with the Blackberry-style keyboard, the trend is now toward the touch-screen type pioneered by the iPhone.

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